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Ruth Richardson: "Dickens & the Workhouse: Oliver Twist and the London Poor"

The recent discovery that as a youth Charles Dickens lived only a few doors from a major London workhouse made headlines worldwide. Diane and her guest talk about the campaign to save it from demolition and Dicken's pre-occuptation with the bleak workhouse at the heart of his novel.

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Fashion, Image and Influence with Robin Givhan

Fashion critic Robin Givhan and Kojo talk about fashion's gender divide, status as art, and competitive dressing.

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Tracing The Divides In The War 'To End All Wars'

Historian Adam Hochschild traces the patriotic fervor that catapulted Great Britain into war during the summer of 1914 — as well as the small, but determined British pacifist movement — in his historical narrative To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918.
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A 'Five-Year Engagement' Leaves A Bitter Taste

The romantic comedy The Five-Year Engagement reunites writer-director Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel, who made Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Muppets together. This time, Segel and Emily Blunt play a couple whose relationship is tested by a major relocation.
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Managing The Gershwins' Lucrative Musical Legacy

In the 1920s, it wasn't uncommon for the Gershwin brothers — composer George and lyricist Ira — to have two shows on Broadway at once. This season, it's happening again. As Jeff Lunden reports.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, April 27

Laughter pairs really well with the weekend.

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What We Have Here: A Failure To Communicate

Thanks to Twitter, Facebook, Skype, mobile phones, chat, instant messages and countless other tech advances, we're more connected than ever — theoretically, at least. But all too often, being totally wired leaves us oddly disconnected.
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Bradbury's Tale: A 'Wicked' Read, A Haunted Book

It wasn't just the creepy carnival that drew Seth Grahame-Smith to Something Wicked This Way Comes. It was also the book's frank portrayal of parents who don't behave like grown-ups. Do you remember when you realized your parents weren't perfect? Tell us about it in the comments.
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'Moist,' 'Dude' and 'Slacks': The Worst Words Ever?

The New Yorker started a tongue-in-cheek contest last week to purge the worst word from the English language. Some of the submissions were words that are "like" overused. Others had "bad textures."
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'Best Man' John Larroquette Takes Broadway

Perhaps most recognizable for his role on Night Court, John Larroquette has recently taken to the stage, earning a Tony Award for his role in the 2011 production of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Now, he's returned to Broadway in a revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man.

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