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Activist, Professor, Historian — Now A Poetry Pulitzer Prize Winner

Peter Balakian is the author of "Ozone Journal," winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Scott Simon talks with Balakian about how the collection has changed since he began writing decades ago.
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Shakespeare Saw '360 Degrees Of Humanity,' And That's Why He Endures

From actor David Tennant to artistic director Gregory Doran, Royal Shakespeare Company thespians reflect on the Bard's legacy. Shakespeare is said to have died 400 years ago on April 23.
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In Shakespeare's Day, Hunger Tore Through England. His Plays Tell The Tale

Many food riots broke out during Shakespeare's era. Endless rain wiped out crops, and speculators profited (including the bard). The chaos and anxiety around food show up in some of his famous works.
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Flights Of Fancy: Exploring The Songs And Pathways Of 'The Living Bird'

Wildlife photographer Gerrit Vyn and essayist Scott Weidensaul share bird calls and discuss some of the remarkable abilities of birds. Originally broadcast Oct. 20, 2015.
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'Man, Oh Manischewitz': When The Jewish Wine Was Big With Gentiles, Too

The wine associated with Jewish tradition was once a huge crossover success. At one point, the typical drinker was described as an urban African-American man.

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Snacking In Shakespeare's Time: What Theatregoers Ate At The Bard's Plays

There were no dress circle lounges nor mezzanine bars 400 years ago. Back then, audience snacked on cold nibbles and ready-made street food from vendors they passed on their way to the performance.
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Electric Currents And An 'Emotional Awakening' For One Man With Autism

Switched On author John Elder Robison says the emotional empathy he gained after receiving transcranial magnetic stimulation was intense. "It's like I lost a protective shield," he says.
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A Baby Boomer With Parkinson's Reports Back From Front Lines Of Aging

Journalist Michael Kinsley was diagnosed when he was in his 40s. Now in his 60s, he says he feels like he's "a scout for his generation." His new book is Old Age: A Beginner's Guide.
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Curtis Sittenfeld: "Eligible"

A modern retelling of "Pride And Prejudice" by Curtis Sittenfeld, bestselling author of "Prep" and "American Wife."

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Cooking With The Bard: We Suss Out Shakespeare's Forgotten Foods

References to obscure foods abound in Shakespeare. Know your codlings from carbonadoes? Your umbles from jumbles? We crack open Renaissance cookbooks to figure out how to feast like the Bard.

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