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Amid Rising College Costs, A Defense Of The Liberal Arts

Wesleyan University President Michael Roth, author of the new book Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters, says that the debate over the value of a college education is hardly new.
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'Oh Gad!' Presents A Compelling Slice Of Caribbean Life

Joanne C. Hillhouse's novel tells of a woman returning to the island of Antigua, a homeland which she's never been able to call home. Author Elizabeth Nunez says the book is a weekend must-read.
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'Great Glass Sea' Presents A Dark Vision Of Bright Nights

NPR's Arun Rath talks to Josh Weil about his new novel The Great Glass Sea, which imagines a dystopian Russia of 24-hour daylight and 24-hour labor under a greenhouse dome.
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Roxane Gay On Acknowledging — And Owning — Her 'Bad' Feminism

Yes, her new essay collection is called Bad Feminist, but Roxane Gay says the title — originally jokey — grew into a larger message about owning your feminism even when you're not perfect at it.
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Beethoven's 'Eroica,' A Bizarre Revelation Of Personality

Born in a moment of despair, as its creator was staring down hearing loss, Beethoven's Third Symphony is as odd as it is transcendent.
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Albert Camus And The Search For Meaning In The Midst Of Ebola

An outbreak of Ebola has hit Western Africa, killing hundreds. Writer Michael Schaub recommends The Plague by Albert Camus, a novel he hasn't been able to stop thinking about since the outbreak began.
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Not My Job: We Quiz Novelist Amy Tan On Tanning Techniques

Tan is the author of The Joy Luck Club, and most recently, The Valley of Amazement. We'll ask her three questions about just how far people will go to achieve that golden bronze look.
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In 1879, Explorers Set Sail To Solve Arctic Mystery, Once And For All

In the Kingdom of Ice tells the story of a "grand and terrible" 19th century expedition into uncharted Arctic waters. Of the 33 men who set out, only 13 made it home after a truly harrowing voyage.
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WWI Diaries Of Poet Siegfried Sassoon Go Public For First Time

Nearly a dozen notebooks and journals by the author, who fought in the British Army during the war, are being released to coincide with the centenary of the start of the conflict.
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Remembering Dick Smith, Hollywood's 'Godfather of Make-up'

Academy Award-winning makeup artist Dick Smith has died at age 92. In a career that spanned more than six decades, Smith was responsible for bringing some of Hollywood's most iconic characters to life. Ari Shapiro speaks with Sue Cabral-Ebert, the president of the Make Up and Hair Stylists Guild, about Smith's legendary career.

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