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'Present': For Nadine Gordimer, Politics Hit Home

Nadine Gordimer has always incorporated political themes into her novels, but her latest work turns its sights toward the domestic sphere. In No Time Like the Present, a South African activist couple struggles to find happiness in a world of their own making.
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For Carole King, Songwriting Is A 'Natural' Talent

Carole King wrote songs for others before becoming a performer and writing for herself. In her new memoir, A Natural Woman, she details the stories behind some of her most famous songs and her relationships with songwriters like James Taylor, Gerry Goffin and Paul Simon.
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Virginia Author Remembers Nostalgic Summers

As part of Tell Me More's series for National Poetry Month, guest host Viviana Hurtado shares a poetic tweet from author and professor Luisa Igloria of Norfolk, Virginia. Listeners are invited to tweet original poems of 140 characters or less to #TMMPoetry.
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Film Festival Turns Lens To African Homeland

The 19th New York African Film Festival kicks off Wednesday, with a wide selection of films exploring ideas of home and homeland. Guest host Viviana Hurtado speaks with the festival's founder Mahen Bonetti, and documentary filmmaker Laura Gamse, who is showing her film The Creators about South African artists.
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At The Met: A Middle East Transition, Centuries Ago

When Islam was established in the seventh century, it spread rapidly to regions ruled by Orthodox Christians centered in Constantinople. There was confrontation, but also coexistence, among the different cultures and religions. A new exhibit looks at the pivotal period, with an eye toward the region's modern upheaval.
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D'Oh! Springfield In 'Simpsons' Was Based On Town In Oregon All Along

Matt Groening tells Smithsonian magazine that the show's location is based on Springfield, Ore. He credits the idea of naming it Springfield to the hit TV show Father Knows Best.
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‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram, April 11

Family drama, from Scotland to Brooklyn.

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Encore! Encore! Applauding The Literal Showstopper

NPR's Bob Mondello looks back at classic examples of the showstopping theatrical phenomenon that's fallen out of fashion — the encore.

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