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Wislawa Szymborska, Poet Of Gentle Irony, Dies At 88­

The Polish poet, a Nobel Prize winner in 1996, died Wednesday in Krakow, Poland. Szymborska was an ironist who deployed whimsy and a light touch, even when exploring weighty themes. Critic David Orr praises her as a writer of "dry-eyed, athletic precision."
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Life Imitates Art In 'Groundhog Day' Town

It's been 20 years since actor Bill Murray woke up to Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe" in the movie Groundhog Day. Each year, the town of Woodstock, Ill. — where the movie was filmed — relives the experience.
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The Producers Behind NBC's Musical 'Smash'

Producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan take us inside the world of Smash, the new NBC musical drama about the people putting together a Broadway musical.
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Making Art From The Things We Fear

Artists confront the things they fear most in the Torpedo Factory Art Center's latest exhibit, "Fears and Phobias."

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District Artists Fear Loss Of Homes, Livelihood

Artists at 52 O Street are fearing some major changes, as the landlord considers transforming part of the building in to a hostel.
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Fired And Foreclosed: Unemployment Lit

Unlike the Great Depression, our current recession hasn't yet produced much memorable literature, but book critic Maureen Corrigan says that situation, like the economy, seems to be changing.
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RuPaul: Half A Century Of Pure Glamour

RuPaul is known for his dazzling dresses, sky-high wigs and even higher stiletto heels. His latest accomplishment is hosting "RuPaul's Drag Race," a modeling competition for drag queens, now in its fourth season. Host Michel Martin speaks with 51-year-old entertainer, singer and model RuPaul.
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Fans Mourn 'Soul Train' Host, Don Cornelius Was 75

Don Cornelius dismissed the description that Soul Train was the "black" American Bandstand. He said the show was for everybody, and he showcased white acts as well as black — as long as they were funky. The show was an important cultural barometer and a touch-point for young African Americans who saw few reflections of their lives on TV or in the movies in the 1970s and eighties.

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