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'If Walls Could Talk': A History Of The Home

Why did the flushing toilet take centuries to catch on? When did strangers stop sharing beds? And how did people brush their teeth with fish bones? Historical curator Lucy Worsley details the intimate history of the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen in her new book.
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Jodi Picoult Turns Tough Topics Into Best-Sellers

Novelist Jodi Picoult isn't afraid to traverse morally fraught terrain in her tense family dramas, making her an unlikely fixture on the best-sellers charts. Her latest, Lone Wolf, follows two siblings who disagree about whether to continue medical care for their comatose father.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Mar. 13

Going green in film, art, and spirit.

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The Knives Come Out: Three Books About Betrayal

The Ides of March — that infamous day that saw the death of Julius Caesar — are nearly upon us. And to commemorate it, author Myla Goldberg recommends three tales of back-stabbing. Have a favorite story of disloyalty? Tell us in the comments.
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Here (And There, And Really Everywhere) Be Dragons

As the supernatural enjoys a pop culture resurgence — from vampires to fairy tales — there's also been a firestorm of fascination with dragons, who appear this year in two movies, a new book, video games and a Washington, D.C. museum exhibit. Allison Keyes explores the mystical creatures' appeal.
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Peter Bergman: Remembering The 'Firesign' Satirist

Peter Bergman, one of the founding members of the four-man surrealist comedy troupe The Firesign Theatre, died Friday of complications from leukemia. He was 72. Fresh Air remembers Bergman with excerpts from a 1993 interview.
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Virginia Scholar To Write Prequel To Godfather Series

An author in Virginia has won the coveted assignment of writing the prequel for the Godfather series, but there's a last-minute twist.
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'Schoolhouse': Rosenwald Schools In The South

Sears, Roebuck President Julius Rosenwald and civil rights leader Booker T. Washington got together to help build of thousands of schoolhouses for black children in the segregated South. Author Stephanie Deutsch tells the story of their friendship in You Need a Schoolhouse.
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Flower Power: Philly Show Eyes More Than Gardeners

Since 1829, the Philadelphia International Flower Show has used dazzling flower displays to attract gardeners and plant buffs. But is that enough anymore? This year's show has tried to make visitors part of the exhibition.

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