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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, April 6

Two Earth Day events, a pair of LaBute plays and 20 years of Dana Tai Soon.

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Mary J. Blige Burger King Commercial Draws Ire

There's growing controversy over a Burger King ad featuring singer Mary J Blige. Blige apologized for the ad on Thursday, saying she didn't approve the final version.
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Kerry Washington On Bringing Washington 'Scandal' To TV

Kerry Washington has a new network drama about a crisis manager in D.C. She says it might remind you of other D.C. shows, but it's got its own interesting inspiration.
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Lionel Shriver's Not-So-'New Republic'

Publishers initially passed on Lionel Shriver's satire on terrorism, The New Republic. The manuscript languished in a drawer until now, but can a work written 13 years ago remain relevant today?
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Australian Filmmaker Offers A Somber Poetic Tweet

As part of Tell Me More's series for National Poetry Month, host Michel Martin shares a poetic tweet from Jim Lounsbury of Sydney, Australia. He is a writer and filmmaker who listens to NPR on his iPhone. Listeners are invited to tweet original poems of 140 characters and less to #TMMPoetry.
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Artist, Social Justice Activist Dies At 96

Host Michel Martin remembers American artist Elizabeth Catlett, who died this week at the age of 96. Catlett is known for integrating social justice activism in sculptures and prints. That activism caught the eye of the U.S. government at the height of McCarthyism. For years, she was banned from entering the U.S. from her adopted home of Mexico.
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Debt Struggles As Old As America Itself

Bitter debates about the national debt date back to the earliest days of the Republic, economist Simon Johnson says. Back then, the nation's failure to borrow was the problem. In White House Burning, Johnson and co-author James Kwack explore the meaning of the national debt and prospects for managing it.
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Harlem Renaissance Artist Catlett Dies At 96

Sculptor Elizabeth Catlett was one of the most important African-American artists of the 20th century and one of the last living links to the Harlem Renaissance. She died Monday at the age of 96.

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