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London's Mayor On 'The City That Made The World'

In just a few weeks, the world will descend on London for the Olympic Games. NPR's Scott Simon talks with London Mayor Boris Johnson about his city and his new book, Johnson's Life of London: The People Who Made the City That Made the World.
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Local Movie Making For The Masses

Can a decent camera, a laptop and a creative vision really spell success in the movie business? For one Washington, D.C., filmmaker, those elements--plus local talent and $20,000--resulted in "Ultrasonic," the first award-winning feature...

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John Edwards: Once More With (Or Without) Feeling, He Takes Full Responsibility

Yesterday, John Edwards became the latest political figure to talk about taking full responsibility for his actions without explaining much about what that might entail.
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A Memoir About Mothers, Memory And Loss

Writer Mira Bartok's memoir, The Memory Palace, is in part about the car accident that left her with traumatic brain injury and about her relationship with her schizophrenic mother. She explains how her brain injury helped her understand — and reconnect with — her mother.
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A 'Snow White' As Bleak As It Is Grimm

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm first published Snow White in 1812, but the story had been around for centuries and would continue to evolve. Opening Friday is the latest and perhaps darkest treatment, Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth.
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Andrew Garfield, Disappearing Into Spidey's Suit

The actor, who's currently up for a Tony Award for the Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman, looks to be on the verge of stardom: In July, Garfield will play Peter Parker in one of the most anticipated movies of the summer, The Amazing Spider-Man.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, June 1

Discover Dupont, Art on the Edge, and Big Freedia.

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Meet Manjiro, Japan's Unlikely Teen Ambassador

Heart of a Samurai tells the true story of 14-year-old Manjiro, a boy who was shipwrecked, rescued by whalers and taken to America. It was the late 1800s, when Japan was cut off from the outside world — until Manjiro returned and influenced the shogun to open the country to diplomacy.
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D.C. Museum Uses Art To Help Alzheimer's Patients

The Kreeger Museum in D.C. pairs dementia patients and their caregivers with middle-school students to enjoy art.

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2012: Not The Best Year At Cannes

John Powers, Fresh Air's critic-at-large and the movie critic for Vogue, returns from this year's Cannes Film Festival. Though he says it wasn't the festival's strongest year, the experience once again left him feeling rejuvenated about the movies.

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