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'Broadway': A Mother's Wistful Quest For Stardom

In his debut novel, Broadway Baby, Alan Shapiro examines the fictional life of Miriam Bluestein, a woman whose dream of a life on stage slowly unravels her family. Shapiro says the story is presented as a struggle with emotional and physical intimacy.
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A Puzzling Grab Bag Of Phrases

Today's puzzle is a grab bag. Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts with B-A and the second word starts with G.
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'Enchantments' Of Rasputin's Lion-Taming Daughter

Kathryn Harrison's new novel is a fairytale mash-up of magical realism and history — a fanciful tale about the real-life daughter of the mystic Rasputin during the last days of Imperial Russia.
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'Being Flynn': Taking In A Prodigal Father

A fractious, self-deluding writer (Robert De Niro) reaches out to his adult son (Paul Dano) after almost two decades of estrangement. Critic Bob Mondello says the movie could have been precious in the wrong hands, but director Paul Weitz and his cast tell an emotionally real story.
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Kristin Chenoweth On God, Comedy And Dolly Parton

The Emmy-winning actress stars on ABC's new GCB, a sort of Desperate-Housewives-ish dishy, soapy comedy-drama premiering Sunday night. The show — about a group of Southern Christian women — hit close to home for the singer, who grew up in the Bible Belt and describes herself as a "God person."
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Lottery For 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll

It's not too late to get a ticket to the White House Easter Egg Roll!
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DeVito Speaks For The Trees In 'The Lorax'

Danny DeVito's a short and funny guy with a long and winding career in movies, TV, on-stage and online. His latest project transports him to the land of Truffula trees and singing fish. Host Scott Simon speaks to DeVito about voicing the title character in the new adaptation of Dr. Seuss's book, The Lorax.
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Actor Ciaran Hinds Takes On Crime

Ciaran Hinds seems to show up in every other movie you may have seen over the past decade, including There Will Be Blood, The Road to Perdition, Harry Potter and The Debt. He's currently starring in the hit television series Above Suspicion based on the Lynda La Plante novels. Host Scott Simon speaks with Hinds about his career.
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Actor Alec Baldwin Plays Not My Job

Baldwin's latest project is called Here's the Thing — a new podcast from WNYC that features interviews with artists, writers and thinkers. We've invited Baldwin to answer three questions about other people's brothers.
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Book Review: 'Arctic Rising'

Tobias Buckell has written a thriller called Arctic Rising. Set in a period after global warming has opened the polar region to smugglers, drug traffickers and other illegal pursuits, the book is a fast paced thriller. Alan Cheuse, who teaches writing at George Mason University, thinks readers should receive it warmly.

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