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'Dark Shadows': A Retro Redo Lacking Life And Luster

Tim Burton and Johnny Depp's latest collaboration adapts the vintage Gothic soap opera, focusing on aristocratic vampire Barnabas Collins as a fish out of water in the 1970s. NPR's Bob Mondello says that except for Depp's clever turn as Barnabas, there isn't much to sink your teeth into.
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Faas Protege Remembers Legendary Photographer

Melissa Block talks to Hal Buell about the life and legacy of Horst Faas, a Vietnam War photographer. Fass died Thursday at the age of 79. Buell used to work with Faas at the Associated Press.
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Prelutsky's 'Carnival Of Animals' Poems Meet Music

Jack Prelutsky, a well-known children's poet and editor of kids poetry collections, has written poems based on Camille Saint-Saens's "The Carnival of Animals." He will read the poems when the National Symphony Orchestra performs the music at the Kennedy Center on Sunday.
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Art In A Neon Cage: Welcome To The Havana Biennial

Every other year, Cuba's artists get a chance to show their wares to the world. The historic hulk of Havana's La Cabana fortress makes for an art gallery like no other — and provides a home for one of the most important art events in Latin America.
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Deford: How Sportswriting Has Changed 'Over Time'

NPR sports commentator Frank Deford says he has always been "more interested in the people than in who was winning the games." In his new memoir, Over Time, he says it used to be easier for writers to get close to athletes.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, May 11

Talking about Mom, Living Well in Bolivia, and Sunday in the Woods.

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'Freeman': A Liberated Slave In Search Of Family

The end of the Civil War marked a pivotal moment for slaves in America, but newfound freedom arrived as a bittersweet victory. Longing to find their displaced families, freed slaves placed classified ads in newspapers. In his new novel, Leonard Pitts Jr. explores the chaos of the era through a love story.
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Thomas Jefferson's Vegetable Garden: A Thing Of Beauty And Science

Thomas Jefferson's garden was a vast, beautiful science experiment involving over 300 varieties of 90 different plants. And no gardening detail was too small for Jefferson to note in the gardening journal he kept for nearly 60 years.
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'Where Do We Go?' Lebanese Women Pave The Way

A group of women are determined to stop their hotheaded men from starting a religious war in Where Do We Go Now?, a bittersweet comedy from Lebanese director Nadine Labaki. The film has broken box office records in the Middle East.
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'Dark Shadows': A Vampire Returns, Without His Bite

Johnny Depp stars in Tim Burton's feature-film adaptation of the cult Gothic soap opera Dark Shadows, about an 18th-century vampire transplanted to the 1970s. Critic and longtime Dark Shadows fan David Edelstein says the camp sendup of the show is lifeless and unfunny.

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