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A Refugee's Multilayered Experience In 'Ru'

Kim Thuy based her award-winning novel Ru on her own experiences as a refugee from war-torn Vietnam. She says the word "ru" has a poetic double meaning: In archaic French, it means a rill or stream, but in Vietnamese, it means a lullaby to soothe a child.
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'Dallas' Villain Larry Hagman Dies At 81

Hagman played J.R. Ewing on television's long-running, prime-time soap opera Dallas. His family said in a statement that he died Friday afternoon of complications from a battle with cancer.
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A Boy, A Boat, A Tiger: Reflecting On 'Life Of Pi'

Ang Lee's meticulously controlled style makes a perfect fit for Life of Pi, a passionately overcontrolled adaptation of a wondrous adventure story with a surprisingly harsh sting in its tail.
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What Happened To 'Baby Jane'? She's Turning 50

On its 50th anniversary, Robert Aldrich's classic horror film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? has just been released on Blu-ray. Though it's far from a musical, classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz says its musical elements are crucial to the film.
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Annual ZooLights Display Begins This Weekend

The National Zoo will be lit up by more than 500,000 lights for the holiday season, as the ZooLights display begins this weekend.

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Cartoonist On Sikh Superhero Who Fights Prejudice

The shooting at a Wisconsin Sikh temple this summer put the small religious community under the spotlight. One Sikh cartoonist says a Sikh superhero could help raise awareness. But after getting hateful responses, he's thinking even bigger. Cartoonist Vishavjit Singh talks with guest host Celeste Headlee about his plans.
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Perry Hall Students To Paint Love Mural In Wake Of Shooting

Students who witnessed a shooting in the school cafeteria on the first day of school in Baltimore County this year are installing a "love mural" to help the school community heal. 

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A Readable Feast: Poems To Feed 'The Hungry Ear'

According to poet Kevin Young, the best poems are like the best meals — they're made from scratch. Young has edited a new collection of poems that celebrate the pleasures of food, from "butter disappearing into whipped sweet potatoes" to oysters that taste like "starlight."
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We Ask A Historian: Just How Accurate Is 'Lincoln'?

Lincoln biographer Ronald White critiques the accuracy of Stephen Spielberg's new film about the Great Emancipator. White says that while not every detail of the film is true, "the delicate balance or blend between history and dramatic art comes off quite well."
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Rob Delaney Talks About Gratitude, Perspective, Spaceships And A Career With Teeth

Rob Delaney has almost 670,000 Twitter followers. He talks to NPR's Audie Cornish about what that means for his traditional standup career, and whether he cares if you call him a "Twitter comedian."

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