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Stories Of 'Outside The Wire' Give An Insider's View Of War

In some ways, Christine Dumaine Leche's writing class was just like any other — there were backpacks, rough drafts, class discussions. But her classroom was on an air base in Afghanistan, and her students were active soldiers. She's collected their work in a new book called Outside The Wire.
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The Extraordinary Lives Of Ordinary North Koreans

Amid a cascade of headline news from North Korea, often forgotten are the 24 million average citizens living under the most authoritarian regime in the world. Host Jacki Lyden speaks with Barbara Demick of the Los Angeles Times on the lives of ordinary North Koreans.
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Roger Ebert In Review: A 'Fresh Air' Survey

Fresh Air remembers film critic Roger Ebert, who died Thursday, with a roundup of interviews from our archive — one with Ebert alone, one with him and his late partner Gene Siskel, and two in which Ebert interviews iconic directors. Plus, critic-at-large John Powers discusses Ebert's 2011 memoir Life Itself.
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Remembering Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert, who died Thursday, was not only a writer but a social media master, a romantic and a guy who deeply believed in rice cookers. He was also one of the most influential critics of his generation.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, April 5

This weekend you can enjoy performance art at two local events.

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Weekend Festivities: Cherry Blossoms And Waterfront Fireworks

Nearly two thousand cherry blossom trees are expected to be in full bloom this weekend.

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Book News: Forgotten Young Adult Novels From 1930s Onward To Get New Life

Also: Isabel Allende's love of Zorro; Lemony Snicket makes a Twitter appearance; Cat Marnell's book proposal was leaked.
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As Audiences Shift To Cable, TV Programming Changes, Too

Broadcast TV used to have bigger stars, bigger audiences and bigger budgets. Cable shows were edgier, with more sex and violence than the broadcasters dared show. In the last few seasons, though, cable ratings have improved and broadcast shows have taken more risks. What's going on on TV?
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Jewishness On Display: 'Truth' By Way Of Discomfort

A new exhibit in Berlin's Jewish Museum is intentionally provocative. The point, one curator says, is to "get people talking about how they perceive Jews, particularly in Germany today." At the center of the controversy is a display in which a Jewish person sits inside a glass showcase and answers questions from visitors.

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