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Dan Jones: "The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England" (Rebroadcast)

The Plantagenets were the dynasty that directly preceded the Tudors, ruling England for longer than any family before or since. Diane and bestselling author and historian, Dan Jones, discuss how their realm shaped England into the country we recognize today.

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Hotel Magnate Bill Marriott On Life's Lessons

Hospitality mogul Bill Marriott transformed his family's modest business into a global empire. Even today in his 80s, Marriott shows little sign of slowing down. He speaks with Michel Martin about the lessons he learned along the way.
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Was Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. An Ordinary Guy?

The Mountaintop is an award-winning play about the night Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. died. But some critics don't love playwright Katori Hall's portrayal of the civil rights icon as a regular guy. Hall tells host Michel Martin why she found it important to focus on the man, not the myth.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, April 11

You can celebrate local art and films from abroad at two festivals.

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Book News: NYC To Pay Occupy Wall Street For Destroyed Books

Also: A new T.C. Boyle short story; the problem with the "death" of print; and Maya Angelou speaks with The Daily Beast.
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William Friedkin: "The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir"

Diane talks with Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin about his life and decades-long career in film, and now, opera. His seminal movies include "The French Connection" and "The Exorcist."

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American Tribe Fights To Halt Artifact Auction In Paris

Seventy objects sacred to Arizona's Hopi tribe are scheduled to hit the block Friday. Tribal members say the items were taken illegally and have asked U.S. officials to help stop the sale, which French auctioneers estimate the sale may bring in $1 million. A court hearing is set for Thursday in Paris.
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The Prickly Process Of Changing Your Name

Names are something that we carry with us all our lives. But we seldom think about what goes into choosing the right one. In a piece for Slate.com, Silas Hansen writes about his decision to change his birth name — Lindsay — as he told his family and friends that he was transgender.
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Thank G-O-O-D-N-E-S-S: The National Spelling Bee Adds Meaning

The National Spelling Bee is adding vocabulary questions to the qualifying tests. It's a great step toward ensuring that the most visible showcase for really smart kids isn't just a memory competition.

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