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Facebook Game 'SongPop' Draws On Players' Nostalgia

SongPop is the fastest growing social game on Facebook right now. Around the world, four million people a day play it, according to the company. It's a social name-that-tune kind of game but it's about nostalgia and connection as much as it's about music.

Hannibal, Mo.: Art Abounds In Twain's Hometown

Mark Twain found the inspiration for his classic works while growing up in the river town of Hannibal, Mo. Today, there's a new set of artistic characters in Twain's boyhood home; the town of 18,000 boasts a vibrant arts community.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Aug. 30

Human relations, robot relations, and Page to Stage.


Slaughter In The Subway: A Tale Of New York Terror

As a kid, author Victor LaValle loved horror stories. But it wasn't until he read Books of Blood by Clive Barker that he found one set in his own hometown. Have you ever read a book that took place where you live? Tell us in the comments.

A Linguist's Serious Take On 'The A-Word'

In his new book Ascent of the A-Word, linguist Geoffrey Nunberg looks at how the term took root among griping World War II GIs — and how its meaning evolved in the '60s and '70s. He tells Fresh Air that crude words are "wonderfully revealing."

Victor LaValle On Mental Illness, Monsters, Survival

In the author's latest novel, The Devil in Silver, a man is mistakenly committed to a mental hospital where a buffalo-headed monster stalks patients at night. LaValle tells Fresh Air why he picked monsters, about his family history of mental illness and how he had his own brush with psychological problems.

Brooklyn Mack, From Ball Player To Ballet Star

Brooklyn Mack used to dream of becoming a football player. He took up ballet, at age 12, to beef up his athleticism — and he never turned back. Earlier this summer, Mack became the first African-American man to win gold at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. Mack speaks with host Michel Martin about his life and his career.

Nobody, Not Even Your Mom, Has Such Small Hands: 10 Other Products 'For Her'

We take a moment to consider the "Bic For Her" pen and what other products might follow in its wake.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Aug. 29

Middle Eastern landscapes, International Expressions, and The Ultimate Story Showcase.