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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Nov. 16

Multiplicity, Michael Ondaatje and The Legend of Buster Neal

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Hello From Flyover Territory: 3 Midwestern Novels

It might be the Heartland of America, but writers from the middle of the country are often overlooked. An Iowa resident herself, author Jennifer Wilson recommends the best books from that cold, comforting place known as the Midwest.
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Mark Kelly Tells Of Giffords' 'Courage' In Recovery

The retired NASA astronaut, who has written the new book Gabby: A Story Of Courage and Hope, goes into detail about his wife Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' recovery since she was shot in the head on Jan. 8. His constant refrain is that she's "improving all of the time."
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Regis Philbin Explains How He 'Got This Way'

On Friday, Regis Philbin will step down from his hosting duties on the talk show Live with Regis and Kelly. But that doesn't mean he's retiring. In his new memoir, How I Got This Way, Philbin chronicles the twists and turns of his career and explains where he plans to go next.
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Bollywood To Hollywood: Director Embraces Chaos

Shekhar Kapur started as an accountant in the U.K., then became an actor and director in India. He later took his work to Hollywood and directed the Oscar-winning 1998 film Elizabeth. Host Michel Martin talks with Kapur about his controversial films, where he finds inspiration, and whether film festivals are still necessary.
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Astaire, Burns, Allen In 'Distress' In London Town

George and Ira Gershwin wrote some of their best songs for movies — one of which, 1937's A Damsel in Distress, has just been issued by Warner Archives. Critic Lloyd Schwartz says it may be the oddest of the Gershwin brothers' films.
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'Then Again': Diane Keaton On Owing It All To Mom

In 1977, Diane Keaton's role in Annie Hall turned her into the star she had dreamed of becoming since she was a little girl, when no one believed she would make it more than her own mother. Keaton looks back on her life — and her mom — in her new memoir, Then Again.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Nov. 15

cirque du soleil

A Second Chance, precious porcelain and Cirque du Soleil.

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Renoir's Perfect Lunch Is Not About The Food

A curator describes Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party" as a painting of the perfect meal where the food doesn't really matter.
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In Don DeLillo's 'Angel,' Stories Of America Alone

The latest book from the celebrated American novelist is a collection of short stories pulled from his decades-long career. Exploring themes of isolation and solitude, The Angel Esmeralda charts a changing America from the 1970s through today.

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