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Three-Minute Fiction: Round 8 Submissions Closed

Nearly 6,000 original stories were submitted to this round of Three-Minute Fiction. We're on the quest to select just one winner. Until then, we'll be reading a few of the stories that catch our eyes. To see these stories and others go to npr.org/threeminutefiction.
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The Passionate, Turbulent Life Of James Brown

Brown was a music industry survivor, but he wasn't as indestructible as he seemed to believe. RJ Smith's new biography The One presents the soul godfather as an unparalleled performer undone by drugs and violence.
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Beef, Tarantula And Gout: Food Critics Suffer, Too

Former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni recently revealed he has gout. It's hard for most of us to feel too sorry for people who get paid to eat free meals at posh restaurants, but food professionals will tell you: Eating asks a lot of your body.
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Writer, Musician Carrie Brownstein Plays Not My Job

Brownstein has founded two rock bands and is the creator and star of the sketch comedy show Portlandia. We'll ask her three questions about the famously rigid city-state of Singapore, the diametrical opposite of Portland, Ore.
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Snow White Rising: Why This Princess, And Why This Moment?

There are two Snow White movies scheduled for release this year, and Snow seems set to eclipse Cinderella as the fairy tale of the moment. Neda Ulaby investigates what makes this princess the one surging at this moment.
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Pushing the Barre: Septime Webre & The Washington Ballet

Over the past decade, Septime Webre's transformed a once-traditional ballet company into one of America's most innovative and diverse dance troops. Prepare to see Alice, the Queen of Hearts, the White Rabbit, and the Cheshire Cat as you've never seen them before.

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Customer Service Nightmares, Now Onstage

If you've ever wailed and gnashed your teeth after wasting precious minutes on the phone struggling with an automated customer service system, you're the perfect audience for playwright Lisa Kron's new work, The Veri**on Play.
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Growing Up, From Utopia To Reality In 'Arcadia'

Lauren Groff's new novel, Arcadia, follows the story of Bit, the first baby born to a Utopian commune, as he grows to adulthood and the commune gradually falls apart. Groff says she was skeptical about communes at first, but her views changed as she wrote.
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NewsPoet: Kevin Young Writes The Day In Verse

Each month, NPR's All Things Considered invites a poet into the newsroom to see how the show comes together and to write an original poem about the news. This month our NewsPoet is Kevin Young. Want to write your own poem about the day's news? You can put them in the comments below.

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