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Mohammed Hanif On Secrets And Lies In Pakistan

The journalist turns to fiction to tell Pakistan's hardest truths. His first novel, A Case of Exploding Mangoes, investigated the death of dictator Zia-ul-Haq; and his latest, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti, looks at the fate of women and minorities in the country.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, May 24

Raps from Paris, neuroses from New York, and LIVE FROM D.C., IT’S SATURDAY NIGHT!

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Happy Feet: Tips For Healthier Running

Have you thought about switching to barefoot running? New York Times exercise columnist Gretchen Reynolds did — and promptly injured herself. She details what she did wrong — and how to keep your own feet healthy — in her new book, The First 20 Minutes.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, May 23

Heavy metal and sawdust art.
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I Vs. We: The 'Heart' Of Our Political Differences

For years, the Tea Party has held individualism up as the great American value. But columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. says that Americans historically have prized communitarianism just as much. In Our Divided Political Heart, Dionne argues that America is at its best when it balances the two.
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'It Worked For Me': Life Lessons From Colin Powell

If you're looking for advice on leadership, it's good to start with a four-star general. In his new memoir, former Secretary of State Colin Powell offers advice and anecdotes drawn from his childhood in the Bronx and his military career — and reflects candidly about the lead-up to the Iraq war.
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"The Taming of the Shrew" Meets The Spaghetti Western

This new production of Shakespeare's comedic battle of the sexes is a Wild West love story, including a "Blind Balladeer," whose original songs play off the show's themes.

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David Alan Grier's 'Sporting Life' On Broadway

The stand-up comedian and star of In Living Color was recently nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of Sporting Life in the opera Porgy and Bess. "I think the character of Sporting Life is a salesman so he has to be flamboyant, the life of the party," he says.
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'Right-Hand': A Lush Prequel To 'Mason's Retreat'

In The Right-Hand Shore, Christopher Tilghman returns to the racially charged landscape and the crumbling plantations of his book Mason's Retreat. Fresh Air critic Maureen Corrigan calls the prequel "the real deal."

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