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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Feb. 22

Silent films, speaking comics, and video art from the future.

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Mardi Gras Indians Tout Generations-Old Traditions

New Orleans hosts one of the biggest Mardi Gras celebrations on Tuesday. Local self-described Mardi Gras Indians are known for their eye-catching regalia, but police have seemed to look critically at them. Host Michel Martin speaks with Clarence "Big Chief" Dalcour of the Creole Osceola Mardi Gras Indians.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Feb. 21

Indulgence in the name of Fat Tuesday.
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A Depressive Diarist Chronicles His Descent

How much do we read into ourselves when we write a diary? Author Patrick DeWitt recommends the dark, deep journal of a man suffering from a nervous breakdown.
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Book Review: 'The Darlings'

Bernie Madoff's investment scandal inspired financial analyst Christina Alger to write a novel based on the personal and financial turmoil created by the collapse. It's called The Darlings, and Alan Cheuse — writing professor at George Mason University — has a review.
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'Clinton' Doc Turns Lens On Former President

Host Audie Cornish talks with writer and director Barak Goodman about his latest project, Clinton, part of the American Experience: Presidents series. The first of two installments airs Monday night on PBS.
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Our Media, Ourselves: Are We Headed For A Matrix?

We're streaming our video, downloading our books and doing away with the hard copies that used to help communicate our personalities to one another. Bob Mondello points to a surprisingly early vision of that kind of digital future — and asks what's behind the worry it expresses.
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'New Yorker' Cartoonist Imagines Washington At 7

Through his many New Yorker covers, Barry Blitt has become one of the preeminent satirical cartoonists of America's recent presidents. Now Blitt has trained his eye and pen upon our first president; he's illustrated a new children's book called George Washington's Birthday.

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