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'The Snowy Day': Breaking Color Barriers, Quietly

The classic children's book by Ezra Jack Keats turns 50 this year. When it came out in 1962, it was one of the first major kids' books to feature a non-caricatured black protagonist. It became a huge hit, and was embraced by parents, teachers and children of all colors.

Pollock's Legend Still Splattered On Art World

Even a century since his birth, American "splatter artist" Jackson Pollock still provokes heated debate about the very definition of art. Was a man who placed a canvas on the floor and dripped paint straight from the can actually creating a work of art?

Newbery Medal Winner Jack Gantos Plays Not My Job

Jack Gantos might just be the first Newbery Medal winner to have served time in federal prison for drug smuggling. We've invited the children's author to answer three questions about Harlequin romance novels.

Fresh Air Weekend: Glocks, David Milch, The Smiths

In his book Glock: The Rise of America's Gun, Paul Barrett traces how the sleek, high-capacity Austrian weapon found its way across the U.S. Also, TV writer David Milch talks about his new HBO series Luck. And rock historian Ed Ward looks back at The Smiths.

'Star'-Crossed: When Teens With Cancer Fall In Love

You wouldn't necessarily think of a cancer support group as a place where teens meet and fall in love — but that's exactly what happens to Hazel and Augustus, the young protagonists in The Fault in Our Stars, the latest from author John Green.

'How It All Began': A Lively Ode To Happenstance

In her 20th work of fiction, Penelope Lively imagines a mugging that sets off a chain of events — and explores the role that chance plays in our lives. "You find yourself looking back over your own life and wondering about where it could have gone completely different," Lively says.

'Smash' Stars An 'Interesting Tribe': Theater People

NBC's new drama plumbs the drama behind the curtain. The new series is the story of a Broadway musical — from the first idea, to auditions, rehearsals and the big premiere. The show's creator and executive producer says Smash has a universally appealing theme: the desire to pursue a dream.

Movie Titles That Might Have Been

Star Beast, The Scar, Tribal Rights of the New Saturday Night: If you saw them, you'd know them, but there's a reason you've never heard of these popular movies. Critic Bob Mondello takes a look at movie titles that fell by the wayside.