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Lemony Snicket Dons A Trenchcoat

In Who Could That Be at This Hour?, a prequel to A Series of Unfortunate Events, Daniel Handler satirizes pulp mysteries and uncovers the parallels between detective fiction and childhood. In both, he says, an outsider is trying to make his way in a mysteriously corrupt world.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, April 12

One good thing about music; when it hits you feel no pain, unless you're in a mosh pit, in which case there might be a little pain. But none of the following three shows feature mosh pits, so you should be OK.


Book News: DC Comics Introduces First Transgender Character

Also: Ireland bungles James Joyce coins; a literary hoax; and a new D.H Lawrence manuscript.

Listener Muses About Tobacco, Parcheesi, and Espresso Cups

Tell Me More continues to celebrate National Poetry Month with the 'Muses and Metaphor' series. It's where listeners submit their own poems via Twitter. Today's tweet is about a bazaar and comes from listener Chris Johnston, who tweets under the name Boinkaz.
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Dan Jones: "The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England" (Rebroadcast)

The Plantagenets were the dynasty that directly preceded the Tudors, ruling England for longer than any family before or since. Diane and bestselling author and historian, Dan Jones, discuss how their realm shaped England into the country we recognize today.


Hotel Magnate Bill Marriott On Life's Lessons

Hospitality mogul Bill Marriott transformed his family's modest business into a global empire. Even today in his 80s, Marriott shows little sign of slowing down. He speaks with Michel Martin about the lessons he learned along the way.

Was Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. An Ordinary Guy?

The Mountaintop is an award-winning play about the night Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. died. But some critics don't love playwright Katori Hall's portrayal of the civil rights icon as a regular guy. Hall tells host Michel Martin why she found it important to focus on the man, not the myth.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, April 11

You can celebrate local art and films from abroad at two festivals.


Book News: NYC To Pay Occupy Wall Street For Destroyed Books

Also: A new T.C. Boyle short story; the problem with the "death" of print; and Maya Angelou speaks with The Daily Beast.