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From Harpies To Heroines: How Shakespeare's Women Evolved

In her new book Women of Will, Tina Packer traces Shakespeare's maturation — and, she argues, the corresponding transformation of his female characters from caricatures to fully-realized humans.
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I Saw The All-Stars Of Our Generation Honor Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl'

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Ginsberg's once-controversial poem. A group of musicians and actors put on a show in Los Angeles this week in celebration of Ginsberg and his iconic poem.
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In 'Distant Marvels,' A Witness To Revolutions Tells Cuba's Story

Chantel Acevedo's latest novel opens in 1963 and focuses on octogenarian Maria Sirena, part of a Cuban generation that lived through both the war of independence from Spain and the Cuban Revolution.
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Adventures In Vietnam — Street Food, Love And Taking Chances

Journalist Graham Holliday moved to Vietnam in the '90s and immersed himself in the culture through food. That meant getting "a little bit" poisoned, finding the best Bún chả — and meeting his wife.
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A Dark, Funny — And Vietnamese — Look At The Vietnam War

Viet Thanh Nguyen grew up in America with war movies like Apocalypse Now and Platoon, which offer accounts of the war focusing on Americans. His new novel, The Sympathizer, follows a Vietnamese spy.
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'Born With Teeth,' Actress Kate Mulgrew On A Life Lived With Abandon

Mulgrew played Captain Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager and is a formidable kitchen manager on Orange Is the New Black. But her personal story is more dramatic than any she's ever played on screen.
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How Jim Grimsley Shed His 'Racist' Skin

In 1966, Jim Grimsley's North Carolina school was integrated. NPR's Tamara Keith talks to Grimsley and one of his first black classmates, Donnie Meadows, about Grimsley's book, How I Shed My Skin.
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In 'William Shakespeare's The Phantom of Menace,' Jar Jar Binks Plays the Fool

Jar Jar Binks is one of the most reviled Star Wars characters. But in the hands of Ian Doescher, author of William Shakespeare's The Phantom of Menace: Star Wars Part the First.
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Practicing 'Extreme Medicine,' From Deep Sea To Outer Space

Dr. Kevin Fong explores how humans survive extremes of heat, cold, outer space and deep sea. He compares the exploration of medicine with the "explorers of the 20th century and every age before them."
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Meet The 'Capital Dames,' Civil War Washington's Secret Power Brokers

In her new book, Cokie Roberts explains how women like Mary Todd Lincoln and Jessie Benton Fremont influenced Washington's men of power when they weren't even allowed to vote.

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