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At The Met: A Middle East Transition, Centuries Ago

When Islam was established in the seventh century, it spread rapidly to regions ruled by Orthodox Christians centered in Constantinople. There was confrontation, but also coexistence, among the different cultures and religions. A new exhibit looks at the pivotal period, with an eye toward the region's modern upheaval.
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D'Oh! Springfield In 'Simpsons' Was Based On Town In Oregon All Along

Matt Groening tells Smithsonian magazine that the show's location is based on Springfield, Ore. He credits the idea of naming it Springfield to the hit TV show Father Knows Best.
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‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram, April 11

Family drama, from Scotland to Brooklyn.

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Encore! Encore! Applauding The Literal Showstopper

NPR's Bob Mondello looks back at classic examples of the showstopping theatrical phenomenon that's fallen out of fashion — the encore.
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'Winding Up' As The Mets' Knuckleball Pitcher

New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey is currently the only knuckleball pitcher in the major leagues. His new memoir, Wherever I Wind Up, explains how his life — and career — have mimicked the unpredictable trajectory of the difficult pitch he throws game after game.
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Arizona Artist Looks To Space For Celestial Verses

As part of Tell Me More's series for National Poetry Month, host Michel Martin shares a poetic tweet from writer and artist Heather Feaga from Phoenix, Arizona. Listeners are invited to tweet original poems of 140 characters or less to #TMMPoetry.
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Carole King, From Doo-Wopper To Chart Topper

Singer-songwriter Carole King started young: She was just 15 when she founded a doo-wop group with her classmates. The act never took off, but King eventually became one of the biggest-selling artists of all time. She tells the story of her career so far in a new memoir, A Natural Woman.
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Best Books (And Surprising Insights) On Lincoln

Politicians love to invoke Honest Abe, often while twisting his legacy to fit their own purposes. But who was the man, really? Three Lincoln historians discuss the books they think best capture the president's character.

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