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A Poem Store Open For Business, In The Open Air

Zach Houston makes a living on the streets of San Francisco by composing poems on a manual typewriter. Give him a topic, and he'll pound out a poem in a matter of minutes — hopefully for a donation that will help him stay in business.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, April 17

Three completely different things.

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I Want To Be Surprised With Language, Curator Says

For Tell Me More's poetry series, Muses and Metaphor, host Michel Martin speaks with writer and poet Holly Bass to review her picks from listener submissions. The series is in celebration of National Poetry Month, and all month long, listeners are invited to send in poetic tweets, no longer than 140 characters, via Twitter, using the #TMMPoetry.
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Interpreting Shariah Law Across The Centuries

In his new book, Heaven on Earth, English barrister Sadakat Kadri describes how early Islamic scholars codified — and then modified — the Shariah laws that would govern how Muslim people lead their daily lives. He then reflects on the present day, describing how today's religious scholars interpret the Shariah.
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Lost And Found: Rare Paul Revere Print Rediscovered

Brown University announced it found the rare engraved print by the Revolutionary War icon inside an old medical book. The print depicts the baptism of Jesus and is one of five in existence. The finding is timely as Wednesday marks the 237th anniversary of Revere's ride.
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A Father And Son Go On Their Last 'Odyssey' Together

When author Daniel Mendelsohn decided to retrace one of the most epic journeys of Greek literature, he went with his father, Jay. Much like the travels of Odysseus himself, their journey was punctuated with unlikely encounters and uncanny coincidences.
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Actress In Record Books After Thousands Of Shows

Record-setting actress Catherine Russell has the distinction of appearing in the off-Broadway play Perfect Crime for 25 years. She joins host Rachel Martin.
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Late Photographer Saw The Inner Lives Of Soldiers

War photographer Tim Hetherington was killed in Misrata, Libya, a year ago this week, and friends and family are still mourning their loss. At a show of his photographs in Washington, D.C., one of his friends tells us what made Hetherington a different kind of photographer.
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'Lazhar': In A Crisis, An Outsider Finds His Place

Philippe Falardeau weaves issues of social taboos and authority in his Oscar-nominated film Monsieur Lazhar. Falardeau's films blend comedy and tragedy in a way that can ruffle audiences, and Lazhar is no exception.

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