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A Real-World Connection Between Video Games And Guns

Video game makers want their products to be as realistic as possible. Often, that means modeling virtual weapons on real ones, then buying permission to use real brand names. For gun makers, that brand placement is worth a lot more than the licensing fees they collect.
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If TV's Your Cup Of Tea, Try A Character-Infused Blend

It looks like tea is joining the ranks of fan fiction and fan art as an option for expressing your love for the likes of everything from Downton Abbey and Doctor Who to Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games. One company is selling crowdsourced fandom blends inspired by customers' favorite TV shows, books, movies and comics.
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Behind The Curtain Of 'Disgraced'

A play that tackles Islamophobia and questions of Muslim-American identity recently won the Pulitzer Prize for drama. The play is Disgraced, by first-time playwright Ayad Akhtar. He talks with guest host Celeste Headlee about his play and the significance of the award.
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Book News: Feminist Icon Mary Thom Dies In Motorcycle Crash

Also: Photographing the library at Guantanamo Bay; authors annotating their own work; and the best books coming out this week.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, April 29

Is all well that ends well? You can see two plays that will make you wonder…

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Dilruba Ahmed: An Outsider Turns To Poetry

For National Poetry Month, Bangladeshi-American poet Dilruba Ahmed talks about how her heritage and her experience of being an outsider in small rural towns pushed her toward writing poetry.
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Anti-Drug PSAs: Do They Work?

The U.S. has spent millions of dollars since the 1980s on anti-drug ads. But research shows that some of these older public service announcements might be counterproductive. Now that the ads are shifting to reach teens who want to rebel, new studies show they may actually be more effective.
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Iran's Political Scene Is Sketchy For Cartoonists

Political cartoons have a long history in Iran and give voice to critics of the authoritarian regime. Lately cartoonists have been increasingly persecuted for their work. A recent book, Sketches of Iran, pairs 40 political essays with cartoons depicting life in Iran today.
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Two Daytime Soaps Return, But Will Fans Follow Online?

When ABC cancelled the daytime soaps All My Children and One Life to Live in 2011, millions of fans suddenly found themselves left without their daily guilty pleasure. Both shows are re-launching Monday, but they won't be on any TV channel — the soaps are going online.
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Tarantino's Stolen 'Pulp Fiction' Chevy Found After 19 Years

Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino's red convertible used in "Pulp Fiction' was stolen in 1994; officers believe they recovered it this month in the Oakland area.

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