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Growing Up, From Utopia To Reality In 'Arcadia'

Lauren Groff's new novel, Arcadia, follows the story of Bit, the first baby born to a Utopian commune, as he grows to adulthood and the commune gradually falls apart. Groff says she was skeptical about communes at first, but her views changed as she wrote.
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NewsPoet: Kevin Young Writes The Day In Verse

Each month, NPR's All Things Considered invites a poet into the newsroom to see how the show comes together and to write an original poem about the news. This month our NewsPoet is Kevin Young. Want to write your own poem about the day's news? You can put them in the comments below.
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Art, Mind And Brain Intersect In Kandel's Vienna

In The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind and Brain, Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Eric Kandel writes of turn-of-the-century Vienna, where artists mingled with writers, scientists and physicians, and explains how the brain perceives a work of art.
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Harry Crews On Writing And Feeling Like A 'Freak'

Writer Harry Crews had a hard life and didn't make it any easier for the characters in his novels. He died Wednesday at age 76. Fresh Air remembers the Southern novelist with excerpts from a 1988 interview.
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'Thrones,' 'Killing' Return ... And Revert To Old Habits

Both Game of Thrones and The Killing drew a lot of attention during their first seasons, and both are back Sunday night to start a second year — one hoping to build on the momentum from some positive late-season buzz, the other hoping to overcome some negative buzz from last year's cliffhanger.
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The Art Of The Everyday: The Alchemy Of Anne Tyler

In her first broadcast interview in decades, novelist Anne Tyler introduces us to her new book, The Beginner's Goodbye; her Baltimore; and her definition of heaven.
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James Cameron: Diving Deep, Dredging Up Titanic

Filmmaker James Cameron has just returned from a successful submersible expedition to the deepest spot in the ocean — and he's also gearing up for the 3-D rerelease of his 1997 epic, Titanic. Cameron says that for him, filmmaking and exploring are two aspects of the same basic impulse.
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'Escape From Camp 14': Inside North Korea's Gulag

Shin Dong-hyuk is the only person known to have been born in North Korea's prison camps and gotten out alive. Journalist Blaine Harden tells the story of Shin's daring escape.
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Love Isn't All You Need: 3 Relationship Building Reads

Love is messy and complicated. But author and psychologist Harriet Lerner recommends three books that can help. They offer advice for keeping a relationship healthy, thoughtful and mature. Is there a book that has helped your relationship? Tell us about it in the comments.

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