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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.

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.

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.

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.

'Terrorists In Love': The Psychology Of Extremism

What motivates someone to become a terrorist? That's the question former prosecutor Ken Ballen set out to tackle when he traveled to Saudi Arabia and Indonesia to interview more than 100 Islamist extremists. "We've never sat back and said, 'Let's really understand our adversaries,' " he says.

Skipping The Ads On TV? Get Ready For The Shows That Are The Ads

Advertisers are looking for new ways to keep viewers from working around their advertisements. One way to do it is to just make the whole show into an ad, which is happening with products as diverse as Disney theme parks and Kenmore microwaves.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 5

Army Choir

Flashpoint gets specific, Dance Exchange gets crafty, the American Art Museum gets Encuentros and St. John’s gets the U.S. Army Chorus.


DVD Picks: 'The Honeymooners'

Bob Mondello recommends a new box set that brings you some of the forgotten moments of one of television's most influential series.

How The Financial Crisis Created A 'New Third World'

In Boomerang, writer Michael Lewis tells the stories of the countries hit hardest by the 2008 financial crisis. He also profiles some people who bet against European governments and are likely to make millions if and when they default.