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NPR Poetry Month: Richard Blanco

For National Poetry Month, NPR's Michel Martin speaks with poet Richard Blanco about the listener-submitted Twitter poems that caught his eye.

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NPR Poetry Month: Richard Blanco

For National Poetry Month, NPR's Michel Martin speaks with poet Richard Blanco about the listener-submitted Twitter poems that caught his eye.

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PHOTOS: Coronavirus Kept People Out Of Beijing’s Parks. Now They’re Coming Back

As restrictions are relaxed in parts of China where the coronavirus struck, residents in Beijing are cautiously returning to the public spaces they love.

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Grim Reaper Comedy ‘Melancholia’ Is Surprisingly Uplifting

Nicholas Gurewitch scratched images into clay with a stylus for this tale of Death's visit to an analyst — who helps him come to terms with Death Jr.'s lack of interest in the family business.

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In ‘Hidden Valley Road,’ A Family’s Journey Helps Shift The Science Of Mental Illness

Over the years, six of the Galvins' 12 children were diagnosed with schizophrenia. Robert Kolker, who has a new book on the family, says "there is a lot of hope and inspiration in this story."

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Little Demons, Death And Biting Dogs: How We Picture Disease

Today's cartoonists are depicting the novel coronavirus as an angry, spiky ball — reflecting our knowledge of viruses. But before we knew what they looked like, we imagined disease differently.

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Not My Job: The Creators Of ‘The Big Sick’ Get Quizzed On A Big Chick

Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon created a film about their very unusual courtship called The Big Sick, so we've invited them to play a game called "The Big Chick" — three questions about Big Bird.

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Not My Job: The Creators Of ‘The Big Sick’ Get Quizzed On A Big Chick

Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon created a film about their very unusual courtship called The Big Sick, so we've invited them to play a game called "The Big Chick" — three questions about Big Bird.

(Image credit: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

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Julia Alvarez: Literature Tells Us ‘We Can Make It Through’

Julia Alvarez returns to adult fiction with Afterlife, which she calls her first novel as an "elder." It's about a newly retired woman whose comfortable life is upended when her husband dies.

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Charming ‘Hex’ Insists On Beauty And Joy

Rebecca Dinerstein Knight's oddball new novel follows a newly unemployed scientist, lovesick for her former mentor — but convinced of her own worth and her need for a life full of beauty.

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