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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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Bradbury Revered In Space Exploration Community

Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury died Tuesday at the age of 91. Among other things, he wrote The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451. Commentator Andrew Chaikin talks about the influence Bradbury had on science and the space program.
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How Dorothy Parker Came To Rest In Baltimore

Dorothy Parker considered New York City to be her beloved hometown: It's where she grew up, where she wrote many darkly humorous poems and short stories, and where she became famous. But today, Parker's ashes can be found not in New York, but in Baltimore.
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The End Is Near, And It's No Walk 'On The Beach'

Growing up in the '80s, author Myla Goldberg crafted a survival plan in the event of a nuclear war. But all that changed when she read On the Beach by Nevil Shute. Have you ever read a book that gave you a sobering picture of the world? Tell us in the comments.
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Ray Bradbury: Finding Our Reflections Where We Didn't Expect Them

Peter Sagal remembers Ray Bradbury as one of the writers who wrote the stories of his science-fiction childhood. He notes that the author was always showing us "our reflections in very strange places."
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The Curious Life Of Futurist Author Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury has died at the age of 91. He wrote such classics as The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451. Futuristic tales from a man who never used a computer, or even drove a car.

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