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Not My Job: Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin Gets Quizzed On The Future

Goodwin's an expert on presidents of the past, so we'll quiz her on presidents of the future — three questions about leaders from science fiction.
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Living, And 'Forgiving,' In A Brilliant Writer's Orbit

Jay Cantor is a hard author to nail down. He's written about topics as wide-ranging as Che Guevara and Krazy Kat. His latest work expands his range even more, fictionalizing the lives of four of Franz Kafka's friends and lovers. It's called Forgiving the Angel, and Cantor tells NPR's Lynn Neary it's a book born out of gratitude.
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Sundance Festival Celebrates 30 Years Of Independence

The Sundance Film Festival is celebrating its 30th year this week. NPR's Lynn Neary commemorates the anniversary with Eric Kohn, the chief film critic for Indiewire, an independent film news site.
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'Lunch' Gets Boxed Out: India's Oscar Pick Controversy

India's Film Federation chose a movie called The Good Road as the country's best foreign language film submission to this year's Oscars — but it didn't make the Academy's short list, and many say another film, festival favorite The Lunchbox, should have been chosen. Film critic Aseem Chhabra tells Lynn Neary that the federation is quite secretive, and no one really understands its process.
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One Last Tale Of The City In 'Anna Madrigal'

Armistead Maupin's famous series Tales of the City winds down with one last story about Anna Madrigal, the transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane. Maupin tells NPR the series originally grew out of his attempts to write a nonfiction piece about the heterosexual pickup scene at his local Safeway.
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For Cheating Husbands, A Little Dose Of Revenge

On Tuesday, France's president held an uncomfortable news conference, beginning with a question about his personal life. Rumor has it he's been cheating on the French first lady with a younger actress. In light of this affair, author Sarah Wendell recommends revisiting an old classic: The First Wives Club.
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Rachel Joyce's 'Perfect' A Flawed, But Hopeful Novel

Rachel Joyce's new novel offers two parallel narratives: the 1972 story of Byron, an anxious schoolboy, and the present-day account of Jim, a supermarket worker who has spent most of his life in institutional care. But critic Ellah Allfrey says that the novel is made up of two distinct and unequal parts.
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A Strange Composition: Classical Music Meets Bioterror In 'Orfeo'

Richard Powers' new novel tells the story of an avant-garde classical composer who finds himself dabbling in DNA. He "gets obsessed with finding music inside of living things," Powers explains, and, as a fugitive, ends up leading officials on a low-speed chase.
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Diet Soda: Fewer Calories In The Glass May Mean More On The Plate

The latest evidence that artificially sweetened drinks may be making us hungrier? Heavier-set people who choose diet beverages are making up the calorie gap at meals and through snacks — especially sweet ones, researchers report.
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Did Author Amiri Baraka 'Remix' Who He Was?

Author Amiri Baraka sparked a lot of controversy with his writings — and those controversies were reignited with his recent passing. Host Michel Martin speaks with author and professor Mark Anthony Neal about Baraka's divisive career, and where he belongs in the larger context of American literature.

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