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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 13

the wiyos

Spooky film, evil theater, D.C. dance and American music.

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How Crossword Puzzles Unlocked An Artist's Memory

In 2007, artist Lonni Sue Johnson contracted viral encephalitis, leading to severe brain damage and amnesia. But language and crossword puzzles have unlocked Johnson's ability to remember how to play the viola and create simpler, childlike art — and that intrigues scientists at Johns Hopkins University.
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Drunk On Words: A Literary Escape From Adolescence

The romantic power of words has the uncanny ability to lead us through the aches and pains of growing up. Author Leah Hager Cohen recommends Brian Hall's The Saskiad, a coming-of-age tale with a bookish twist.
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'Lost Memory Of Skin' Goes Where Most Fiction Won't

Russell Banks' latest is an uneven effort to excavate and redeem the dregs of modern society. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the novel — about porn addiction and sexual predators — is compelling in a low-grade, nightmarish sort of way.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 12

all the presidents men

More quakes, they’re Bach, labors of love and fall fashion.

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Funding Scarce For Minority Arts Groups

Arts funding is not created equal, according to an arts funding watchdog that is criticizing the diminishing quantity of funds going to groups that serve racially diverse communities.

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'Good Wife"s Alan Cumming On His Career In Acting

Actor Alan Cumming got his start with a breakout performance in a 1993 revival of Cabaret. Now he plays pithy and practical political consultant Eli Gold on CBS' The Good Wife. Cumming joins NPR's Neal Conan to discuss his various roles, both on-screen and on-stage.
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Twenty Years Later, Anita Hill Reimagines 'Equality'

On Oct. 11, 1991, law professor Anita Hill testified that then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her. Now, 20 years later, Hill is out with Reimagining Equality, a book that was inspired by the letters she received after those hearings.
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A 'Marriage Plot' Full Of Intellectual Angst

Jeffrey Eugenides' third novel, The Marriage Plot, charts the lives of three young adults as they finish college, fall in love and navigate the real world after graduating from Brown University in 1982. Eugenides, also a Brown alum, based some of the novel on his own experiences directly after college.
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How Hip-Hop Has Revolutionized Marketing

Rapper and producer Jay-Z has pushed computers for Hewlett Packard and musician Queen Latifah models for Cover Girl cosmetics. Steve Stoute documents the marriage between hip-hop culture and big business in his new book The Tanning of America. He speaks with guest host Tony Cox.

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