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College Student Pieces His Way To Lego Mastery

After prevailing in a grueling Lego build-off by replicating a Picasso sculpture, 23-year-old Andrew Johnson of Illinois is the newest — and youngest — person to earn the title master model builder. Which means he'll get paid to build things with Legos.
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'Shanghai': A Rom-Com Look At Americans In China

The romantic comedy Shanghai Calling tells a fish-out-of-water story about a New York attorney on assignment in China. Frank Langfitt went to the Shanghai premiere and spoke with Chinese-American director Daniel Hsia about the film and the growing number of American professionals in China.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, April 4

Nightmare theater and glimpses of the future.

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Secret Worlds: 3 Magical Myths For Grown-Ups

So many fantasy classics are written with young readers in mind — books like Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter. But for the adult who loves to escape into new and magical universes, author Lyndsay Faye recommends these three reads. Have a favorite magical novel? Let us know in the comments.
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Should American Jews Boycott West Bank Settlements?

Journalist Peter Beinart supports Israel but thinks the Jewish settlements in the West Bank are compromising Israel's commitment to democracy. He has proposed a boycott of goods made in those Jewish settlements.
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Don't Sweat Over Iambic Pentameter

April is National Poetry Month and Tell Me More is inviting listeners to tweet original poems no longer than 140 characters to #TMMPoetry. Host Michel Martin launches the "Muses And Metaphor" series with poet Holly Bass. They take a listen to the first series of poetic tweets from a teacher and students at Hart Middle School in Washington, D.C.
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Pianist and Conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy

Vladimir Ashkenazy is a classical music star who was born in the Stalinist era in the Soviet Union. He moved to London in the 1960s. Ashkenazy is a renowned chamber music performer and six-time Grammy award-winning pianist. He is also a...

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Media Outlets Adapt To Growing Hispanic Audience

The growing U.S. Hispanic community has created another boom — in Hispanic media. In recent months, several major media players have announced plans to compete for that audience with a new TV network and several new cable channels — and they're not all in Spanish.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, April 3

Arabian Nights, Chinese ice, and open water.

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