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Sketches From A War-Torn World: A British Illustrator In Syria

George Butler's illustrations are a powerful account of life in the country's north. They're not just about the sorrows and pain of Syrian refugees and the wounded, but often about Syrians' stubborn insistence that life will carry on despite the war.
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DC By The Book

The nation's capital has served as the backdrop for many works of fiction. We explore the literary fabric of the city and learn about a new mapping project that will help readers explore the city through books.

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The Science Behind Good Design

Why are some shapes more pleasing to us than others? And is beautiful design the same as good design? We explore what nature and science have to say.

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'Sex And The Citadel' Peeks Inside Private Lives In The Arab World

Shereen El Feki spent five years traveling across the Arab region asking people about sex: what they do, what they don't, what they think and why. Her ambition was to learn about the intimate lives of people in the Middle East, and how the sexual aspects of their lives reflect larger shifts.
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Imperfect Gentlemen Says Being Persian Is Hip

Spring is upon us, and so is the Persian New Year, Nowruz. Iranian-Americans and people across the Middle East and parts of Asia are celebrating. Michel Martin talks with Afro-Iranian-American comedian Tehran Von Ghasri about his favorite traditions.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, March 20

Tonight you can sneak a peek at an art show and a soon-to-be-released rock album.

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Book News: Jane Goodall Apologizes For Lifted Passages In Her New Book

Also: Vladimir Nabokov's classroom rules; Condoleezza Rice is writing a book; a photo essay featuring Shakespeare & Company.
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Spring Or No Spring, Cherry Blossoms Still Weeks Away

The National Park Service has revised their expected peak bloom dates for the region's iconic cherry blossoms, due in large part to the cold weather this March.

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Veterans Face Red Tape Accessing Disability, Other Benefits

On the 10-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, journalist Aaron Glantz talks about the challenges American service members face in accessing disability and other benefits. Glantz says there is a backlog of 900,000 claims and that the average waiting period is 273 days.

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