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History Of The Folger Shakespeare Library

This year, Shakespeare fans the world over will be marking 450 years since the birth of the "Bard of Avon." We talk to the director of the Folger Shakespeare Library about the history of the institution, how they're marking this banner year and why the work of England's preeminent poet and playwright continues to resonate with modern American readers.

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A Critic Tours 'Echo Spring,' Home Of Beloved Boozy Writers

A new book by critic Olivia Laing explores the link between alcohol and writing through the commentaries of famous writers who were themselves alcoholics. Fresh Air's Maureen Corrigan calls Laing's readings "exquisite," and says she wisely avoids "any one-size-fits-all conclusions about the bond between the pen and the bottle."
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Gary Shteyngart: "Little Failure"

Best known for his knife-sharp satire in novels like "A Super Sad True Love Story" and "Absurdistan," Gary Shteyngart's latest is a memoir of his life in the U.S. as the child of immigrants from the Soviet Union.

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'Cut Food': Take A Peek At The Beauty Inside Everyday Edibles

What happens when you slice foods apart? A whole new world of geometric wonder can reveal itself. The best part? There's relatively little trickery or fancy gadgets involved — so please, do try this at home, say the creative minds behind this photo series.
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Can One Girl Challenge The Traditions Of Her Village?

Kakenya Ntaiya tells the story of challenging ingrained traditions, insisting on continuing school, and becoming the first girl to leave her Maasai village for college.
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Don't Call Him Theo: Malcolm-Jamal Warner On Life After 'Cosby'

Malcolm-Jamal Warner famously played Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show. Now he's starring in a new stage production of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Warner talks to NPR's David Greene about his audition for the part of Theo, what he learned from Bill Cosby and how his new play differs from the 1967 movie that inspired it.
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Bjarke Ingels: An Architect For A Moment Or An Era?

Cartooning was his passion as a kid, and he enrolled in the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture to become better at drawing backgrounds. Now, some call Ingels a "starchitect," because his challenging designs are getting built.
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Broadway's 'Spider-Man' Musical Turns Off The Lights At Last

By most estimates, the trouble-plagued show will have lost about $60 million when it closes tomorrow. It has been commercial theater's most stunning flop.
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'Before I Burn' Uses Autobiography To Tell A Crime Story

Scandinavian crime novels have become so popular that some publishers even have a name for the genre — "Scandi-crime." Many of these books keep readers right on the edge of their seats. But reviewer Rosecrans Baldwin says that Before I Burn by Gaute Heivoll takes a more subtle approach.
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Tiny Museum Preserves Proof Of Creators' Crazy Stories

Housed in an old elevator shaft off a Manhattan alleyway, the Museum's 18 small shelves hold random objects like bootleg Sharpies and prison dice made of bread. Co-creator Josh Safdie says the Museum's roots lie in its founders' outlandish stories.

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