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Audra McDonald: Shaping 'Bess' On Broadway
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In Porgy and Bess, David Alan Grier plays the drug dealer Sporting Life, a role closely associated with Sammy Davis Jr. and Cab Calloway. Courtesy of the American Repertory Theater hide caption

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David Alan Grier's 'Sporting Life' On Broadway
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A Linguist's Serious Take On 'The A-Word'
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Victor LaValle is also the author of Slapboxing with Jesus, The Ecstatic and Big Machine. E. Robateu/Random House hide caption

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Victor LaValle On Mental Illness, Monsters, Survival
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a campaign rally in Powell, Ohio, on Saturday. AP Photo/Evan Vucci hide caption

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'Real Romney' Authors Dissect His Latest Campaign
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"To me, the voice is an instrument, just like any other instrument," Regina Spektor says. Shervin Lainez hide caption

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Regina Spektor: On Growing Up A 'Soviet Kid'
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Dr. David Eagleman is a neuroscientist and writer. He directs the Laboratory of Perception and Action at Baylor College of Medicine. Sharon Steinmann/Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Texas, Houston Medical School hide caption

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'Incognito': What's Hiding In The Unconscious Mind
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Paul Auster is the author of fiction including The New York Trilogy and In the Country of Last Things. Lotte Hansen/Picador hide caption

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Paul Auster Meditates On Life, Death And Near Misses
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Bill Hader On Sketch Comedy, His Love Of Old Films
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President Obama is on record as opposing superPACs for normalizing gigantic donations, but his campaign has hesitantly decided to accept donations from such groups. He is shown above speaking during a campaign stop in Oskaloosa, Iowa, last week. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Jane Mayer: Obama In 'Impossible Bind' Over Donors
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Mario Savio, shown here at a victory rally in UC Berkeley's Sproul Plaza on Dec. 9, 1964, was the face of the free speech movement. AP hide caption

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Student 'Subversives' And The FBI's 'Dirty Tricks'
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Fresh Air Remembers Comedian Phyllis Diller
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Scenes in the movie Sleepwalk With Me -- about Mike Birbiglia's sleep disorder — made him emotional while filming them. Adam Beckman/IFC Films hide caption

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Mike Birbiglia, 'Sleepwalk'-ing On The Big Screen
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Donald Ray Pollock On Finding Fiction Late In Life
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Sacha Baron Cohen plays Admiral General Aladeen, the authoritarian, anti-Semitic and unexpectedly sympathetic protagonist of The Dictator. Melinda Sue Gordon/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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Sacha Baron Cohen: The Fresh Air Interview
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