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Broadway Director Kenny Leon Opens Theater Doors To New Audiences

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 2:42am

Leon says he likes to attract diverse audiences, so different cultures rub together in the crowd. This spring, he's directing a revival of A Raisin in the Sun and a new musical inspired by Tupac.

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Mickey Rooney, All-American Boy For More Than 90 Years, Dies

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 3:03pm

Bob Mondello offers an appreciation of the career of Mickey Rooney, who died at 93.

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Peter Matthiessen On Writing And Zen Buddhism

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 1:02pm

Fresh Air listens back to our 1989 interview with Snow Leopard author and Paris Review co-founder Peter Matthiessen, who died Saturday at age 86. His new novel In Paradise comes out Tuesday.

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If Jesus Never Called Himself God, How Did He Become One?

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:42pm

In How Jesus Became God, Bart Ehrman explores how a Jewish preacher from Galilee was transformed into a deity. "Jesus himself didn't call himself God and didn't consider himself God," Ehrman says.

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Book News: CIA Tried To Use 'Doctor Zhivago' To Weaken The USSR

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 7:43am

Also: Tracy Chevalier will write a novel inspired by Shakespeare's Othello; the best books coming out this week.

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In Book's Trial Of U.S. Justice System, Wealth Gap Is Exhibit A

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 4:30pm

Journalist Matt Taibbi investigates the differences between punishment for white-collar and blue-collar crimes in The Divide. He also questions beliefs about who is "appropriate for jail."

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#CancelColbert: A Silly Twitter Tempest With A Worthy End

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 9:42am

#CancelColbert may be a simplistic overreaction to an out-of-context tweet, but the hashtag activist who started it may have a valid point. Asians are too often stoic about bias.

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#CancelColbert Let Asian-Americans Call Out The Real Ding-Dongs

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 9:42am

The fuss over #CancelColbert could be chalked up to an out-of-context tweet, but Asian-Americans are seriously tired of being the butt of jokes.

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Global Grannies Don't Sweat Travel Headaches

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 9:42am

They call themselves the Global Grannies, a group of women who travel together, started by three ladies in Montana. On this week's Wingin' It!, NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with the Global Grannies.

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Peter Matthiessen, Co-Founder Of The Paris Review, Dies At 86

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 9:33am

Matthiessen was a spy, a naturalist, a well-regarded activist and a three-time winner of the National Book Award — for both fiction and nonfiction. He died of acute myeloid leukemia.

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Peter Matthiessen Dies At 86; Wrote Of Travels In The Natural World

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 7:26am

Author Peter Matthiessen, who used fiction and nonfiction to explore how man relates to nature, has died at 86. The revered naturalist and novelist had been suffering from leukemia.

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Under Scrutiny, Teen Learned Defiance From 'President's Daughter'

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 6:03am

Years after she first read and adored Ellen Emerson White's series of young adult novels, author Tova Mirvis still finds herself wondering, "What would Meg Powers do?"

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Lydia Davis' New Collection Has Stories Shorter Than This Headline

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 4:21am

The award-winning author is known for her brevity, and Can't And Won't doesn't disappoint. Davis tells NPR's Rachel Martin that the works of Russell Edson inspired her to write super-short stories.

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What Silicon Valley's Cast Thinks About Silicon Valley Culture

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 4:17am

The perk-laden, money-drenched world of Silicon Valley gets a send-up from Mike Judge and HBO starting Sunday night. The cast weighs in on the "real" Silicon Valley.

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What Silicon Valley's Cast Thinks About Silicon Valley Culture

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 4:17am

The perk-laden, money-drenched world of Silicon Valley gets a send-up from Mike Judge and HBO starting Sunday night. The cast weighs in on the "real" Silicon Valley.

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How To Kill A Character

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 4:11pm

To the shock and awe of viewers, main characters were killed off on ABC's Scandal and CBS' The Good Wife in recent weeks. Author K.M. Weiland offers advice on successfully killing a character.

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An Astronaut Asks: What Does This Cloud Look Like?

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 3:26pm

The image comes from Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who gained fans last year when he tweeted photos and messages about his stint on the International Space Station.

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Ken Jeong: Doctor By Day, Comedian By Night

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 12:47pm

Before Ken Jeong played Señor Chang in Community and the infamous Mr. Chow in The Hangover, he was known by his patients as Dr. Jeong.

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Puerto Rico's Most-Loved And Most-Hated Band

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 6:36am

The bad boys of Puerto Rico have grown up. Step brothers Rene Perez Joglar and Eduardo Cabra of Calle 13 have a new album that takes a more thoughtful route to deliver their message.

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'In Paradise,' Matthiessen Considers Our Capacity For Cruelty

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 6:36am

At 86, Matthiessen has written what he says "may be his last word." In Paradise, a novel about a visit to a Nazi extermination camp, caps a career spanning six decades and 33 books.

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