Marie Howe is the author of three collections of poetry. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

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Poet Marie Howe On 'What The Living Do' After Loss
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'New Yorker' Cartoonist And TV Producer Writes 'Honest Portrait' Of His Parents

Bruce Eric Kaplan's illustrated memoir I Was A Child describes his life in New Jersey in the '60s and '70s. He says the book is a way of keeping his parents alive. Originally broadcast April 2, 2015.

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Music Reviews

Musicians Pay Tribute To Blind Willie Johnson On 'God Don't Never Change'

A range of musicians, including Tom Waits and Sinéad O'Connor, cover gospel-blues performer Johnson on a new tribute album. Critic Milo Miles says the record's tracks are striking and inventive.

Musicians Pay Tribute To Blind Willie Johnson On 'God Don't Never Change'
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Remembering Harry Wu, 'Troublemaker' For The Chinese Communist Party

Wu, who survived 19 years in Chinese labor camps, died Tuesday. Born in China, Wu had lived in the United States since 1985 and was an active proponent of human rights. Originally broadcast in 1994.

Remembering Harry Wu, 'Troublemaker' For The Chinese Communist Party
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A White House Meeting Brings Together 2 Lost Souls In 'Elvis & Nixon'

A new film imagines what happened when Elvis Presley met President Nixon on Dec. 21, 1970. Film critic David Edelstein says Elvis & Nixon "shows the crazy-making insulation of celebrity."

A White House Meeting Brings Together 2 Lost Souls In 'Elvis & Nixon'
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If 'Carmichael Show' Topics Feel Uncomfortable, That's Because They're Real

Jerrod Carmichael says that the complicated family debates on his NBC comedy series are inspired by real life. "I grew up in a household that's very argumentative ... in a very healthy way," he says.

If 'Carmichael Show' Topics Feel Uncomfortable, That's Because They're Real
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Music Reviews

Jazz Legend Sonny Rollins Revisits Past Performances With 'Holding The Stage'

The 85-year-old saxophonist's new album features live recordings made between 1979 and 2012. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead calls Holding The Stage a "mixed bag" with a few "real gems."

Jazz Legend Sonny Rollins Revisits Past Performances With 'Holding The Stage'
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Mother And Daughter Come Together At The Card Table In 'The Bridge Ladies'

Betsy Lerner writes about joining her 83-year-old mother's weekly bridge club in her new book, which critic Maureen Corrigan calls a "smart and colorful memoir."

Mother And Daughter Come Together At The Card Table In 'The Bridge Ladies'
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Questlove On Prince, Doo-Wop And The Food Equivalent Of The 'Mona Lisa'

In his new book, somethingtofoodabout, The Roots' drummer discusses the artistry involved in creating a great meal. "I'm more obsessed with the journey ... than the destination," Questlove says.

Questlove On Prince, Doo-Wop And The Food Equivalent Of The 'Mona Lisa'
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