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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, April 30

It’s important to remember where we come from, lest we forget who we are.

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'Wonderful Words' In Willa Cather's No-Longer-Secret Letters

Willa Cather's will forbade the publication of her private letters, but that will has now expired. The Selected Letters of Willa Cather contains more than 500 missives — including one that details the real-life story behind Cather's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, One of Ours.
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Vibrant 'Club' Links Two Countries In Award-Winning Book

Benjamin Alire Saenz won this year's PEN/Faulkner award for his latest collection of short stories, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club. The real-life Kentucky Club is just south of the U.S.-Mexico border, and Saenz joined a reporter there to talk about life in two countries.
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What's In A Category? 'Women Novelists' Sparks Wiki-Controversy

Wikipedia is the latest battleground in the fight over the status of female writers in the literary world. A subcategory called "American women novelists" has sparked accusations of sexism on the collaboratively written online encyclopedia — where fewer than 10 percent of the editors are women.
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A Real-World Connection Between Video Games And Guns

Video game makers want their products to be as realistic as possible. Often, that means modeling virtual weapons on real ones, then buying permission to use real brand names. For gun makers, that brand placement is worth a lot more than the licensing fees they collect.
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If TV's Your Cup Of Tea, Try A Character-Infused Blend

It looks like tea is joining the ranks of fan fiction and fan art as an option for expressing your love for the likes of everything from Downton Abbey and Doctor Who to Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games. One company is selling crowdsourced fandom blends inspired by customers' favorite TV shows, books, movies and comics.
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Behind The Curtain Of 'Disgraced'

A play that tackles Islamophobia and questions of Muslim-American identity recently won the Pulitzer Prize for drama. The play is Disgraced, by first-time playwright Ayad Akhtar. He talks with guest host Celeste Headlee about his play and the significance of the award.
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Book News: Feminist Icon Mary Thom Dies In Motorcycle Crash

Also: Photographing the library at Guantanamo Bay; authors annotating their own work; and the best books coming out this week.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, April 29

Is all well that ends well? You can see two plays that will make you wonder…

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Dilruba Ahmed: An Outsider Turns To Poetry

For National Poetry Month, Bangladeshi-American poet Dilruba Ahmed talks about how her heritage and her experience of being an outsider in small rural towns pushed her toward writing poetry.

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