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Sherlock: A Character Who's More Than Elementary

What can explain the enduring popularity of Sherlock Holmes? Critic John Powers says it's that Sherlock "embodies an archetypal aspect of the human psyche" — and appeals to the part of us that loves a good mystery.
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When It Comes To War, Humor Helps Us Survive

Water by the Spoonful is this year's winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It's a play about addiction, memory, and the Iraq War. Host Michel Martin speaks with playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes, who says that her people don't have to wallow in misery, that we can laugh, even in our darkest moments.
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ExxonMobil: A 'Private Empire' On The World Stage

In Private Empire, investigative journalist Steve Coll explains how ExxonMobil has used its money and power to wield significant influence in Washington, D.C., concerning issues like climate change.
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'Scream' Still Echoes After More Than A Century

The Scream, by Edvard Munch, is one of the most recognized and reproduced works of art ever created. Experts say the image seems to crystallize viewers' fears and anxieties, transcending language to express something primal.
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Do Liberals Live Under A 'Tyranny Of Cliches'?

Jonah Goldberg, conservative columnist and editor of National Review Online, argues in his new book that liberals use catchphrases to avoid engaging in actual arguments over ideas.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, May 2

Artherapy, an art sale, and Desert Queen Khaira Arby.

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Young Dancers, Aiming For 'First Position'

In the spirit of such competition documentaries as Spellbound and Mad Hot Ballroom, First Position follows seven young dancers as they prepare for the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix. Elizabeth Blair reports on the film and the dancer-turned-director behind it.
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'Blown Covers': Not Ready For The Newsstand

There are countless memorable New Yorker magazine covers. But for every one that appears on the newsstand, countless more end up in the rejection pile. Now, a new book collects some of the best rejected covers and explains why they didn't make the cut.

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