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Pop Culture's 40-Year Itch

Writer Adam Gopnik describes the idea of his latest piece in the New Yorker: that the prime source of nostalgia in popular culture is usually the period 40 years beforehand.
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'Steinbeck In Vietnam': A Great Writer's Last Reports

The last piece of published writing from one of America's greatest writers was a series of letters he sent back from the front lines of war at the age of 64. John Steinbeck's dispatches shocked readers and family so much that they've never been reprinted — until now.
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Blair Underwood On Stanley, Stella And 'Streetcar'

A new multiracial Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire is opening and stars Blair Underwood as Stanley Kowalski. Underwood talks to Weekend Edition's Scott Simon about portraying the role as an African-American, New Orleans, and differentiating his "Stella!" from Brando's.
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A Genetic Portrait : What's in America's DNA?

Surprising facts and challenging insights are being revealed regularly now that geneticists are applying DNA testing to ideas about history and human migration. What one world-famous geneticist is finding out about America's shared past...

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'Racist' Cake Episode Cuts The Wrong Way

When Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, Sweden's culture minister, cut into a cake last Sunday, she had no idea the act would spark an international incident.
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Pennsylvania Poet Delves Into Metaphors, Myths

As part of Tell Me More's series for National Poetry Month, host Michel Martin shares a poetic tweet from poet and adjunct English professor, Sorina Higgins. Listeners are invited to tweet original poems of 140 characters or less to #TMMPoetry.
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'Think Like A Man,' And We'll See What Happens

A battle-of-the-sexes comedy adapts Steve Harvey's self-help book Act Like A Lady, Think Like a Man, illustrating the comedian's words of wisdom with familiar dating situations and stereotypes. NPR's Bob Mondello says it's part rom-com, part infomercial, but with a pleasantly broad sitcom vibe.
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The St. Cuthbert Gospel: Looking Pretty Good At 1,300

The St. Cuthbert Gospel was buried alongside its titular saint in the late seventh century, making it Europe's oldest intact book. After a massive fundraising campaign, the British Library acquired the handwritten, leather-bound tome, which is in surprisingly good condition.
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Italian Critics Don't 'Love' Allen's Roman Holiday

After shooting in London, Barcelona and Paris, Woody Allen set his latest film, To Rome With Love, in, yes, Rome. The just-released Italian-language version fell flat with Italian critics, who call it superficial, banal and full of stereotypes. The American version comes out in June.

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