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'After Murder': Learning To Live After You've Killed

Can a murderer ever be redeemed? That's the question journalist Nancy Mullane takes on in her new book, Life After Murder. Over the past few years, Mullane has made dozens of trips to California's San Quentin prison to interview men locked up for committing heinous crimes.
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Portraits: Texas Ranchers Remember An Epic Drought

Their faces have weathered decades of hardship.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Summer Cooking From Top Chefs

Jack Bishop and Bridget Lancaster highlight some of their favorite grilling techniques and summer recipes. Also, James Beard award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson explains what it takes to work in America's finest kitchens.
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Remembering George Szell, Powerhouse Conductor

Michael Charry's new biography captures the power Szell brought to the Cleveland Orchestra, as well as his tempestuous personality.
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Sarah Polley: On Love, Desire And The Female Body

The actress turned director just released her second feature, Take This Waltz, a look at a young couple's suddenly flat marriage. Polley spoke with NPR's Melissa Block about the movie, Hollywood's portrayal of women, and the perspective that comes with being a female director.
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Science, The Supernatural Key To 'Night's' Alchemy

Deborah Harkness combines serious academic research with occult romance in her novels, the latest of which is Shadow of Night.
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Wish You Were Here: City Kayaking In Seattle

We all have a place where we can go to get away — even if it's only in our mind's eye. Writer Jess Walter loves days spent paddling on Lake Union.
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'Savages': A Violent, Drug-Induced High

Oliver Stone's new film Savages is a violent thriller starring Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson as pot growers caught up in a Mexican drug war. Critic David Edelstein says the movie is deeper and more complicated than Stone's famously bloody Natural Born Killers.
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'Seventeen' Magazine Takes No-Photoshop Pledge After 8th-Grader's Campaign

Julia Bluhm, 14, rounded up 80,000 signatures with an online petition, and that convinced the magazine to promise not to digitally alter editorial photos of teen models. The editor in chief writes that Seventeen "never has, never will."

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