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'Freedom': Franzen's Novel Earns High Praise

Why all the adulatory attention, critics ask, for Jonathan Franzen's latest domestic drama about marriage and family? Even though Franzen gets more praise for doing what many fine female writers do "backwards and in heels," critic Maureen Corrigan says Freedom has earned its accolades.
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Franzen Tackles Suburban Parenting In 'Freedom'

Jonathan Franzen's novel Freedom was called "a masterpiece" by Time Magazine and received rave reviews from critics. Franzen talks about the runaway success of his previous novel The Corrections, and the strong reaction elicited by Freedom.
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An Atmospheric 'Shelter' For Era Full Of Foreboding

In Take Shelter, Michael Shannon dreams of an apocalyptic storm, and builds a backyard bunker for his family to survive. Critic David Edelstein says the film is terrific. (Recommended)
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Sept. 30

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Crafty Bastards, D.C. State Fair, Basquiat and Bonny “Prince” Billy.

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Lincoln Theatre Board Blames Gray For Imminent Closure

The Board of Directors for U Street's Lincoln Theatre are blaming Mayor Vincent Gray for the imminent closure of the historic theatre, for cutting grants and refusing to meet with the board.

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Grammy Winner Audra McDonald: Say Yes To Yourself

Audra McDonald has been dazzling audiences for more than a decade with her stunning soprano voice. She has won Grammy and Tony awards, and has starred in stage classics and the TV drama, 'Private Practice.' She's now part of a controversial new interpretation of Gershwin's American opera, 'Porgy & Bess.' She speaks with Michel Martin about her latest show and upcoming concert tour.
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Project Runway Sensation In 'Africa Underground'

Korto Momolu, a fashion designer and runner-up on the reality TV show Project Runway, is presenting her Sankofa Collection this Friday at "Africa Underground," an arts showcase at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.
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The Pawpaw: Foraging For America's Forgotten Fruit

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The pawpaw is a tropical-type fruit native to North America with a long and almost forgotten history. Thomas Jefferson once prized it, and now scientists are looking at whether the pawpaw can claim some health benefits, along with cachet. NPR's Tiny Desk Kitchen goes on the hunt for this tasty treat.

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'Hark!': From DNA To JFK, A Comic Take On History

Joe Kennedy lectures burping baby Ted on political ambition while teenagers Joe Jr. and John wrestle for the presidency. Cartoonist Kate Beaton irreverently recasts history and classic literature in her new book, Hark! A Vagrant.

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