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Janna Levin: I'm Still That Same Kid

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Secret Life of Scientists
PBS


Janna Levin is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Barnard College of Columbia University. Her research focuses on the early universe, chaos and black holes. When she isn't trying to figure out why anything exists, Janna writes novels including the much-celebrated "A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines." Continue


Pulitzer-winner Vijay Seshadri finds inspiration everywhere

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Bangalore-native, Brooklyn-based poet Vijay Seshadri assiduously collects the details of his life, his world, his ruminations big and small, in the hope that once amassed and ordered they'll connect with readers and arrive at a higher meaning. Continue


Best-selling author James Patterson on the crisis in books

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Despite having dozens of best-selling titles to his name in crime, mystery and even children's books, James Patterson is very worried about the present and future of books in America, as the publishing world grapples with the advent of ebooks and their major distributor, Amazon. Continue


Mass Shootings; Arianna Huffington's Thrive; Maya Angelou

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To The Contrary
PBS


Mass shootings are looked at through a gendered lens. Arianna Huffington's new book teaches us how to Thrive with rest and recovery. Remembering poet and author Dr. Maya Angelou. PANEL: Sabrina Schaeffer, Dr. Lara Brown, Donna Brazile, Francesca Chambers Continue


Author Betty Medsgar on her new book 'The Burglary'

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Betty Medsger sat down with chief correspondent Jeffrey Brown to talk about her new book, "The Burglary," about the unlikely group that stole papers from the FBI in 1971. That theft provided evidence of a wide-scale surveillance of U.S. citizens. For more Art Beat: newshour.pbs.org/art Continue


Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself - Full Film

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American Masters
PBS


Co-founder of The Paris Review and a participatory journalist George Plimpton (1927–2003) was a fascinated journalist who lived fully, strangely and incredibly. With George Plimpton’s own narration, the film includes extensive archival footage of his sport stunts and participatory journalism gigs, and interviews with friends, family and contemporaries. Premieres nationally May 16, 2014, on PBS. Continue


Nigerian Schoolgirls; Teen Pregnancy Lows; Infertility

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To The Contrary
PBS


Nigeria's Schoolgirls: U.S. women senators call for action on the abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls. Teen Pregnancy Lows: Teen pregnancy and abortion reach record lows. Infertility: The pros and cons of the infertility industry. PANELISTS: Republican Strategist Bettina Inclan, Women Thrive Worldwide President Ritu Sharma, Republican Strategist Rina Shah, Host of Focus Point Avis Jones DeWeever Continue


The National Women's History Museum

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To The Contrary
PBS


Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) join forces to push the building of a National Women's History Museum in Washington, DC. Their proposed bipartisan bill launches an exploratory commission to determine whether a feasible location exists on or around the National Mall. Continue


Robert F. Kennedy: Friend and Admirer of George Plimpton

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American Masters
PBS


In this film excerpt, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. recalls his father's admiration for Plimpton. "My father admired George for his courage, he had a curiosity about life and I think that’s the thing that probably attracted my father the most to him," says Kennedy, Jr. "Like my father, he saw life as a great adventure." Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself airs May 16, 2014 at 9 pm on PBS. Continue


Nikki Giovanni reads ‘The Lost Cause ... Lost’

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Nikki Giovanni reads her poem “The Lost Cause ... Lost” at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. Continue


Nobel-winning South African author Nadine Gordimer in 1987

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Nadine Gordimer, a South African Nobel Prize-winning author who wrote about the oppression in her country during the apartheid-era, has died at the age of 90. She spoke with the NewsHour’s Charlayne Hunter-Gault in 1987. Continue


Jill Tarter: Carl Sagan Contacted Me

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Secret Life of Scientists
PBS


Jill Tarter is an astronomer and the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI Research at the SETI Institute in California. SETI stands for Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence and that's exactly what Jill's been doing for almost her entire professional life. She was also the basis for the main character in Carl Sagan's novel "Contact" and the character played by Jodie Foster in the film adaptation. Continue


Is U.S. popular culture is swaying public opinion abroad?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Martha Bayles, a professor of humanities at Boston College, speaks to chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brow about her new book "Through a Screen Darkly: Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America's Image Abroad." For more Art Beat: newshour.pbs.org/art Continue


Dinaw Mengestu on his new novel 'All Our Names'

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Dinaw Mengestu talks about his new novel "All Our Names," which narrates the story of a young black man in post-colonial war in Africa and a young white woman who meets and falls in love with that man in a small Midwestern American town. For more Art Beat: newshour.pbs.org/art Continue


Plimpton Gives Writer Jay McInerney His Debut

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American Masters
PBS


Author Jay McInerney says that George Plimpton "liked to tell people that he had saved me from becoming a pharmacist." It was Plimpton who published McInerney's first story ever in "The Paris Review" in 1982, which formed the basis for the iconic novel, "Bright Lights, Big City." This is a web exclusive outtake from "Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself," airing May 16 at 9 pm on PBS. Continue


Ric Burns on George Plimpton's Death

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American Masters
PBS


"It was like a light on top of the Empire State Building went out when he died," says filmmaker Ric Burns about Plimpton's death in 2003. "You felt like he couldn't die. His indescribably handsome, boyish quality kept on giving the older he got. His eternally adolescent, prep school energy promised to keep on going." A web exclusive outtake from "Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself." Continue


Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself - Preview

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American Masters
PBS


Explore the tall-tale life of participatory journalist and Paris Review co-founder George Plimpton. Continue


James Levine: Different Banks On The Same River

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Secret Life of Scientists
PBS


James Levine is a medical doctor and obesity researcher at the Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University. He is also the inventor of the treadmill desk. While he's standing up (whether at his treadmill desk or not), James is also a slam poetry champion and the author of two novels, "The Blue Notebook" and "Bingo's Run." Continue


James Levine: What Is This Guy Doing Here?

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Secret Life of Scientists
PBS


James Levine is a medical doctor and obesity researcher at the Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University. He is also the inventor of the treadmill desk. While he's standing up (whether at his treadmill desk or not), James is also a slam poetry champion and the author of two novels, "The Blue Notebook" and "Bingo's Run." Continue


Nikki Giovanni reads ‘The Lost Cause ... Lost’

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Nikki Giovanni reads her poem “The Lost Cause ... Lost” at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. Continue


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