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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, May 8

You can't know who you are or where you're going without knowing where you've been. You can check out an art exhibit that speaks to the past and a play that illuminates issues of identity.

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With Gorgeous Dorms But Little Cash, Colleges Must Adapt

Jeffrey Selingo, an editor with The Chronicle of Higher Education, argues that American colleges have lost their way. In College (Un)bound, he describes the challenges facing American higher education and takes a close look at what college students are getting in return for their tuition.
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'Love' Stories: Pierce Brosnan, Then And Now

The actor's new film, Love Is All You Need, has him playing a widowed businessman on vacation on the Amalfi Coast. He tells NPR's Audie Cornish it was a role he could identify with.
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Are We Laughing With Charles Ramsey?

Our reaction to overnight Web celebrities like Charles Ramsey, Antoine Dodson, Sweet Brown and Ted Williams deserves a longer look.
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'Show Boat' Steams On, Eternally American

A revival of the Hammerstein-Kern classic showcases once again the rich tapestry and timeless themes of an American saga that changed the course of musical theater — and confronted audiences with painful truths about our history.
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Matt Groening's Mother, Inspiration For Marge Simpson, Dies

Margaret Groening was born a Wiggum, a name familiar to fans of The Simpsons. She died in her sleep on April 22. She was 94.
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Why Britain Has Gone Mad About Baking

Some 9 million Britons have taken up baking in the last year alone. A TV program showcasing home bakers is a runaway hit, and sales of baking goods have skyrocketed. Then there are the cake clubs, where the rules call for pacing yourself — and sampling as much as you can.
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Scorsese Talks 'The Language Of Cinema'

In a talk he titled "Persistence of Vision: Reading the Language of Cinema," the famed director spoke passionately about the history of cinema and the films that stoked his love for the medium.
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'Shocked': Patricia Volk's Memoir About Beauty And Its Beholders

Even as a child, Patricia Volk knew she would never measure up to her strikingly beautiful mother. But after reading the memoir of fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, Volk found a new understanding of beauty that had more to do with personality than a pretty face.
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Book News: Freud's Couch Succumbs To Despair, Ennui

Also: Margaret Atwood on dreams; Martin Amis and Brooklyn hipsters; and previously unseen Hemingway papers.

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