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Steve Jobs: How Apple's CEO Helped Transform Popular Culture

Steve Jobs, who died Wednesday, changed many things about the way we consume music, television, and even books.
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Literature Nobel Goes To Swedish Poet Tomas Transtromer

His work "gives us fresh access to reality," the Nobel committee says. The surrealist poet has also spent a career as a psychiatrist working with institutionalized children.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 6

Norman live actors

The work of Norman McLaren realized on stage, Poe’s Nevermore and a Ponca Festival. 

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Eugenides Spins A Modern Kind Of 'Marriage Plot'

Madeleine, Mitchell and Leonard are about to graduate from Brown University when they get caught in a love triangle worthy of Jane Austen. In his latest book, Middlesex author Jeffrey Eugenides brings the classic Victorian marriage plot to a modern American college campus.
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Sheen And Estevez Do Movies The Father-Son 'Way'

Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez recently embarked on a journey together — both as real-life father and son, and as characters in the new movie The Way. Estevez wrote and directed the film about a man, played by Sheen, who goes on a pilgrimage in northern Spain.
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Long Literary Shadows On Nobel Shortlist

The Nobel Prize for Literature will be handed out on Thursday morning, and some perennial bridesmaids are on the shortlist.
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For Plus-Sized Model Contest Winner, Prize Denied

When retailer American Apparel put out a call for plus-sized models, Nancy Upton entered the contest as a joke. She submitted photos of herself eating food in posed positions, and even lying in a tub full of ranch dressing. Upton won the contest. But American Apparel announced she would not be awarded the prize. Michel Martin talks with Nancy Upton about her decision to enter the contest, and the reaction from the media, the public and American Apparel.
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Computer Science Major Becomes Hindu Dance Expert

Washington is hosting the Fall Festival of Indian Arts this week, which features poetry, music and a fusion of classical Indian dance with modern dance. Its founder Daniel Phoenix Singh grew up in a poor, fundamentalist Christian family in southern India and didn't see a live Indian dance performance until college. He works in IT during the day. He talks with Michel Martin about his journey into dance and his work bringing Indian dance to the U.S.
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In 'Homeland,' It's Hard To Know Whom To Trust

Heroic POW or al-Qaida double agent? Howard Gordon, creator and producer of the new Showtime thriller, Homeland, talks about the twists and turns of the series, and explains why it's very different from his previous show, 24.

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