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In Fiery Protest, Italian Museum Sets Art Ablaze

In Italy, the budgets of state-run museums, archaeological sites and libraries are among the hardest hit by the government's tough austerity measures. One museum director is protesting by systematically burning pieces from his museum.
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Sacha Baron Cohen: The Fresh Air Interview

Actor and writer Sacha Baron Cohen is famous for taking his characters — Ali G., Borat, Bruno — into the real world, interacting with people who have no idea that they're dealing with a fictional character. But his new movie, The Dictator, is a scripted comedy about a tyrant on the loose in New York.
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Nancy Pearl Unearths Great Summer Reads

For Nancy Pearl, beach reading doesn't mean light reading. NPR's go-to librarian has dug up a diverse mix of titles old and new — a selection of mystery, memoir and more — that will leave you with some substantial summer reading.
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Three-Minute Fiction: The Round 8 Winner Is...

The end of Round 8 of our Three-Minute Fiction contest has finally arrived. We've read through more than 6,000 stories, and now our judge for this round, novelist Luis Alberto Urrea, has picked his favorite.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, May 21, 2012

Sandra Cinto, The Servant of Two Masters, and the operatic marionettes of Dennis Bergevin. 

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An Author's Journey Back To 'The Lower River'

Travel writer Paul Theroux's latest novel, The Lower River, is about a former Peace Corps volunteer who returns to Malawi years later and finds the village he left much changed. Host Rachel Martin talks with author.
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From Borat To Aladeen, Laughter Is Cohen's Goal

From bumbling interviews as Borat to taking off his clothes in front of Rep. Ron Paul as Bruno, there isn't much actor Sacha Baron Cohen won't do for a laugh. The story of his latest persona, Admiral General Hafez Aladeen, might seem inspired by recent revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East, but he insists the character was in development before the Arab Spring.
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TV Networks Hope Familiar Faces Bring Viewers To New Fall Shows

On Sunday's Weekend Edition, a discussion about the familiar faces coming to fall television, including Matthew Perry, Connie Britton, and Vanessa Williams.
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Initially Famous 2: Electric Boogaloo

This week's on-air challenge is a twist on "Characteristic Initials." We will gives clues for some famous people, past and present. The initial letters of the clues are also the initials of the answers.
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The Movie Dustin Lance Black's 'Seen A Million Times'

The director of Milk and the new film Virginia says he can't get enough of Rob Reiner's rom-com When Harry Met Sally. It speaks to "such basic truths about matchmaking and love," Black says, "that I think it's withstood the test of time."

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