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Behind Rockwell's Idyllic America, There Were A Lot Of Therapy Bills

In his later years, Norman Rockwell lived in the kind of small town you'd expect to see in his paintings. But he didn't move there for its tranquil pastures; he moved for the psychiatric institute where he and his wife sought treatment. In American Mirror, Deborah Solomon looks at the artist's relationship with his psychoanalyst.
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Wil Hylton: "Vanished"

After World War II, the U.S. government declared 73,000 soldiers MIA. The search for the missing men and the ongoing quest by explorers and scientists to bring closure to families.

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The Poetry Of Music For "Every Lover Who Ever Loved"

As part of Tell Me More's occasional series 'In Your Ear,' celebrated poet Nikki Giovanni shares how the music she listens to inspires her life and work.
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Terry Teachout: "Duke: A Life Of Duke Ellington"

Wall Street Journal critic and author Terry Teachout joins Kojo to discuss the story behind the acclaimed American composer and his unusual process of composing.

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Dickensian Ambition And Emotion Make 'Goldfinch' Worth The Wait

Donna Tartt is a writer who takes her time — she's published just one novel per decade since her debut in 1992. But critic Maureen Corrigan says she'd gladly wait another 10 years for a book as extraordinary as Tartt's latest work, The Goldfinch, an "exuberantly plotted triumph."
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Fannie Flagg: "The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion"

Diane talks with author, actor and comedian Fannie Flag about her latest book. It's a comic mystery novel about two women who are forced to re-imagine who they are.

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Providence Kindles Love Of Horror Writer H.P. Lovecraft

The science-fiction writer is attracting new attention. Hordes of visitors and tentacle-bedecked merchandise descended on Rhode Island for a literary festival this year that would have made Cthulhu and Yog-Sothoth proud. A bronze bust of Lovecraft even appeared in a local museum.
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Recurring Dream: Morpheus Returns In Gaiman's 'Sandman' Prequel

The last issue of Neil Gaiman's Sandman comics came out a decade ago. Now, the author returns to Dream's world with a prequel series, The Sandman: Overture. Gaiman speaks with NPR's Steve Inskeep about the freedom of starting something new and why he, like all writers, is a Sandman himself.

A Readers' Review conversation about Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," a classic horror tale that has fascinated readers for almost two centuries. 

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield Brings Lessons From Space Down To Earth

The former International Space Station commander achieved Internet stardom with his in-space rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity." After three missions and a total of six months in space he shares what he's learned in a new book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth.

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