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Poet Laureate: 'Poetry's Always A Kind Of Faith'

This week, the Library of Congress announced that Natasha Trethewey, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Native Guard, will be the next poet laureate of the United States. Trethewey, a native of Mississippi, is the first Southern poet laureate since 1986.
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Ray Bradbury: 'It's Lack That Gives Us Inspiration'

"I'm never going to go to Mars but I've helped inspire ... the people who built the rockets and sent our photographic equipment off to Mars," Bradbury told Terry Gross in 1988. The science-fiction writer died Tuesday at the age of 91.
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Luke, I Am Your Father, Now Pick Up Your Toys

The father-son strife between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker in Star Wars is legendary. But what if Darth Vader was the purveyor of evil in the galaxy and trying to raise a young son at the same time? Cartoonist Jeffrey Brown speaks with host Michel Martin about putting a new spin on the classic story in his graphic novel Darth Vader and Son.
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Right On The Money: A 'Capital' Book For Our Times

In the 2008 financial crash, a lot was written in newspapers and even books — but there wasn't much fiction out there to help those who like to view life through an imaginative lens. Now author John Lanchester's Capital can fill that void. It describes the crash as seen from London, and Lizzie Skurnick calls it "brilliant."
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Celebrating Two Centuries Of Dickens

Charles Dickens was born 200 years ago this year, and while he is perhaps best known for his more popular novels, the man and his work went much deeper than that.

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New U.S. Poet Laureate: A Southerner To The Core

Natasha Trethewey, 46, is among the youngest U.S. poet laureates and only the second to hail from the South. Trethewey's work explores issues of mixed race, history and memory. "She's taking us into history that was never written," says Librarian of Congress James Billington.
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New Book Explores The 'Wicked' Ways Of Capitol Hill

We tour Capitol Hill with a guide who's written a new book about the neighborhood's most titillating tales and sinful scandals.

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