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Making the Show Go On: Arts Groups Grapple with Federal Funding Cuts

As D.C.'s performing arts organizations launch their new seasons, many are doing so with far fewer federal funds than before.


In 'Arabia,' Writing Life As You Wish You'd Lived It

Dana Spiotta's third novel, Stone Arabia, is about an aging musician who never achieved the type of success he'd have liked. Rather than giving up, he chronicles an imaginary version of his life — as a successful rock star recording his career in a series of journals.

Brad Pitt: 'Moneyball,' Life And 'The Stalkerazzi'

The veteran actor has played a Nazi-hunter, a vampire, a cowboy hitchhiker and the outlaw Jesse James. In his latest film, Brad Pitt plays the manager of baseball's Oakland A's. He tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross why the part interested him and what it's like to live life in the public eye.

Beauty Shop: Davis' Execution, DSK's 'Moral Failing'

Georgia executed Troy Davis Wednesday night for the shooting death of a police officer, despite widespread opposition to the execution and Davis' innocence plea. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist's new book says the Obama White House was a hostile workplace for women. And Dominique Strauss-Kahn confesses to "moral failing." The Beauty Shop women weigh in.

WWII Survivor Stirs Literary World With 'Outrage'

One of the literary world's unexpected successes over the past year has been a book written by former French resistance fighter Stephane Hessel. In Time for Outrage, Hessel calls for young people to resist the injustices of today's world — and he seems to have struck a nerve.

'Ebony,' 'Jet' Parent Takes A Bold New Tack

After a tough few years, Johnson Publishing says it has righted its course — revamping its flagship titles and selling an equity stake in the iconic black-owned company to raise money for brand-building.

Quays Focus 'Weeping Glass' On The Mutter Museum

Philadelphia's Mutter Museum invited Stephen and Timothy Quay to capture the collection of medical oddities in the filmmakers' signature moody, avant-garde style. "We never walk through the front door," the Quays say of their approach to film. "We insist on coming through the side door or the back door."

Hallmark Produces Layoff Greeting Cards

Melissa Block talks with Derek McCracken. He's a creative director with Hallmark Greeting Cards, which has a line of cards for job loss.

'Biggest Loser' Nudges Many Viewers To Think Thin

More than half of the people in a recent poll say weight-loss shows influence what they eat. And 49 percent say they believe the television programs will have a positive influence on the obesity epidemic.