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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, April 2

Don't forget to appreciate yourself some jazz this month.

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'Did Jesus Exist?' A Historian Makes His Case

Some claim that Jesus is a myth, created for nefarious or altruistic purposes. Some truly believed that Jesus lived and breathed. But did he really? Is there any historical evidence? Historian and religious studies professor Bart Ehrman answers these questions in his new book, Did Jesus Exist?.
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Study Says Art Boosts Academic Achievement For Disadvantaged Youth

According to a new study, arts education can have a significant impact for disadvantaged youth.
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New 'Haggadah': A Sacred Text, And A Good Read

Novelists Jonathan Safran Foer and Nathan Englander set out to bring literary quality to an ancient sacred text with New American Haggadah. Foer edited the volume, while Englander provided new translations from the original Hebrew and Aramaic.
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A Mud-Slinging Political Drama Returns To Broadway

Gore Vidal's 1960 play The Best Man will strike audiences as surprisingly timely: When a political party gathers to nominate a presidential candidate, they find both leading contenders flawed and the convention deadlocked. Jeff Lunden reports on a new star-studded revival that asks, who's the "best man" for the job?
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Willem Dafoe: A 'Hunter' With A Restless Eye

Willem Dafoe is having a busy spring at the cineplex: he's had roles in the sci-fi epic John Carter and in the apocalyptic drama 4:44, and in the new eco-thriller The Hunter, Dafoe plays a mercenary tracking down the world's last Tasmanian tiger.
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Testing Your Wits With Knowledge Of Spirits

Today's challenges are from an old English book called Lateral Thinking Puzzles by Hannah Robson and Nick Hoare. They all have a drinking theme, and they'll test your wits.
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Fight For Klimt Portrait A Fight To Reclaim History

During World War II, the Nazis stripped Jews of their belongings, including many pieces of art. Some of these were returned after long legal battles. Author Anne Marie O'Connor's new book, The Lady in Gold, tells the story behind one of the most famous cases, Gustav Klimt's Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer.
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Three-Minute Fiction: Round 8 Submissions Closed

Nearly 6,000 original stories were submitted to this round of Three-Minute Fiction. We're on the quest to select just one winner. Until then, we'll be reading a few of the stories that catch our eyes. To see these stories and others go to npr.org/threeminutefiction.

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