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Prelutsky's 'Carnival Of Animals' Poems Meet Music

Jack Prelutsky, a well-known children's poet and editor of kids poetry collections, has written poems based on Camille Saint-Saens's "The Carnival of Animals." He will read the poems when the National Symphony Orchestra performs the music at the Kennedy Center on Sunday.
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The Cost of Economic Inequality

A discussion about the role of income inequality in today's economy and its consequences for our future.

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Robert Caro: The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson (Rebroadcast)

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Caro has spent nearly four decades researching and writing about President Lyndon Johnson. His fourth book on the LBJ, "The Passage of Power," follows Johnson from 1958 to 1964. Lyndon Johnson was...

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Deford: How Sportswriting Has Changed 'Over Time'

NPR sports commentator Frank Deford says he has always been "more interested in the people than in who was winning the games." In his new memoir, Over Time, he says it used to be easier for writers to get close to athletes.
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'Freeman': A Liberated Slave In Search Of Family

The end of the Civil War marked a pivotal moment for slaves in America, but newfound freedom arrived as a bittersweet victory. Longing to find their displaced families, freed slaves placed classified ads in newspapers. In his new novel, Leonard Pitts Jr. explores the chaos of the era through a love story.
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Thomas Jefferson's Vegetable Garden: A Thing Of Beauty And Science

Thomas Jefferson's garden was a vast, beautiful science experiment involving over 300 varieties of 90 different plants. And no gardening detail was too small for Jefferson to note in the gardening journal he kept for nearly 60 years.
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Northern Virginia Father Writes His Way To Hope

We meet two Virginia kids coping with a rare genetic condition, and hear how their dad is honoring them, and coping with his grief over their diagnosis with a new young adult novel.

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Vanessa Williams On Scandals, TV And Her Mom

Award-winning actress and singer Vanessa Williams stars on ABC's Desperate Housewives. She's come a long way since a 1983 Miss America scandal forced her to give up her crown. Host Michel Martin talks with Williams about co-writing the memoir You Have No Idea with her mother, who she says inspired her. Please be warned this conversation may not be comfortable for some listeners.
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Beyond The 'Blonde': A Look At Marilyn's Inner Life

Flamboyant and confident, Marilyn Monroe oozed sex appeal. But in Joyce Carol Oates' Blonde, we see a woman overshadowed by her onscreen persona. Author Manuel Munoz says the novel gives a glimpse into the star's interior life. Have a favorite book about a celebrity? Tell us in the comments.

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