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Picture This: Frederick Douglass Was The Most Photographed Man Of His Time

The abolitionist wanted to ensure a more accurate depiction of black Americans during the tumultuous years before the Civil War, Harvard's John Stauffer writes in Picturing Frederick Douglass.
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Why And When Men Grow Beards

NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to author Christopher Oldstone-Moore about his history of the beard, Of Beards and Men.
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Monty Python Meets Ocean's 11 In 'The Relic Master'

Christopher Buckley's new novel is the story of a 16th-century relic hunter and his buddy Albrecht Dürer, who end up in trouble after trying to forge a holy shroud to sell to an unsuspecting nobleman.
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Whom Do You Write For? 'Pandering' Essay Sparks A Conversation

Novelist Claire Vaye Watkins recently published an essay called "On Pandering," about realizing she was writing to appeal to white men. She and author Marlon James discuss responses to the piece.
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In 'Drawing Blood,' A Life Of Art And Action

Artist Molly Crabapple's lavishly illustrated memoir chronicles her youth in New York and her work illustrating the Occupy Wall Street movement, protests in Greece and everyday life in Syria.
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In 'Bastards Of The Reagan Era' A Poet Says His Generation Was 'Just Lost'

After being convicted of carjacking as a teenager, Reginald Dwayne Betts spent eight years in an adult prison. Since his release, he has become a poet and a Yale law student.
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A Downtrodden Protagonist Reveals Himself Room-By-Room In 'Hotels Of North America'

Rick Moody discusses his new novel, which is told solely in the form of online hotel reviews. The narrator of Hotels Of North America is increasingly down on his luck — and may even be homeless.
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Simple Number, Complex Impact: How Many Words Has A Child Heard?

The Thirty Million Word Initiative, created by University of Chicago Hospital pediatric surgeon Dana Suskind, attempts to close the achievement gap between poorer and more affluent students.
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'The Game's Not Over' Takes On The Traumas Of Football

The most popular sport in America causes head trauma. Some famous players have been convicted of domestic abuse, or accused of cheating. But author Gregg Easterbrook won't give up on the gridiron.
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'New Yorker' Cartoon Editor Explores What Makes Us Get It

Humor is both a creative and a cognitive process, says Bob Mankoff, who has contributed cartoons to The New Yorker since 1977. Originally broadcast March 24, 2014.

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