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Ruth Richardson: "Dickens & the Workhouse: Oliver Twist and the London Poor" (Rebroadcast)

The recent discovery that as a youth Charles Dickens lived only a few doors from a major London workhouse made headlines worldwide. Diane and her guest talk about the campaign to save it from demolition and Dicken's pre-occuptation with the bleak workhouse at the heart of his novel.

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The Adrenalized Action And Cult Films Of Tony Scott

Stylish, exuberant and kinetic are words often associated with the late Tony Scott's movies. The director found success with energetic films that sometimes didn't gain a following until well after their commercial release.
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Hopper's Pensive Lady In Pink Travels The World

The Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio has been home to Edward Hopper's Morning Sun painting for more than 50 years. But if you visit Columbus, there's no guarantee you'll be able to see it; the painting spends much of its time on loan to other museums.
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Robert Crais: L.A. Is 'Natural Canvas' For Nightmare

From murder in the Venice canals to human trafficking in the desert, Los Angeles serves as the perfect setting for Robert Crais' noir novels, starring Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, two PIs who are desperately seeking normal — both for their clients and themselves.
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Living Above The Past: Museum Opens Up To Tenants

Actors in period garb are the usual denizens of the Strawbery Banke Museum campus in Portsmouth, N.H., which spans 250 years of history. To make ends meet, though, the museum has lured more modern dwellers — renters for the upper levels of its historic homes.
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Long After Katrina, New Orleans Fights For 'Home'

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the devastating losses and the inept government response, dominated the news cycle for a few months. But New Orleans residents' struggle to return home never stopped. Writer Daniel Wolff's new book follows several Crescent City characters as they rebuild after the disaster.
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Blind Teen Directs Inspirational Documentary

A 15-year old filmmaker is releasing an inspirational documentary that she helped to direct, but has never seen.

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The 'State Of England' Is Grim In 'Lionel Asbo'

Martin Amis' latest novel, Lionel Asbo, takes a bilious — but funny — look at the deterioration of England through the eyes of the titular lowlife Lionel, a habitual offender who doesn't mind repeated prison stints, and his crime-reporter nephew Desmond.
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'Gone With The Wind' Author's Estate A Windfall

Weekend Edition Sunday guest host Linda Wertheimer takes a look at what happened to the estate of Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone with the Wind.

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