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A Memoir Reflects On What Happens To The 'Fairest' Of Them All

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During a boyhood in the Philippines, Meredith Talusan received positive reactions to the white skin and blonde hair accompanying albinism. She found a different response as a trans woman in the U.S.

'Running For Your Life': A Community Poem For Ahmaud Arbery

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For this latest community poem, NPR poet-in-residence Kwame Alexander sifted through more than 1,000 submissions reacting to the killing of Ahmaud Abrery and created a poem that speaks with one voice.

HBO Max's Original Series: A Guide For The Perplexed

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The new streaming service launches with a handful of original series, featuring ballroom culture, Anna Kendrick, Elmo and crafting. We take a look at what's on offer.

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'The Power Of A Group' Moves Sharon Horgan, Kristin Scott Thomas In 'Military Wives'

The film follows women who form a choir to cope with their spouses' deployments to Afghanistan. "It's a story that speaks to a huge number of partners, spouses and wives of the military," Horgan says.

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Postcards From The Pandemic: The Lonely Writer

Jordan Hernandez, a writer from Southeast Portland has been quarantined alone for the past two months. The pandemic is changing the way she views aloneness.

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Neither Flood, Nor Fire, Nor Virus Shakes The Virtual Calm Of 'Minecraft'

A non-gamer discovers peace in the pixelated world of Minecraft, where the horizon stretches on forever, and while there may be zombies, spiders and skeletons — there are also ways to fight them.

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'Brown Album' Centers On The Erasure Of Race In American Culture

Porochista Khakpour's work is strongest when she turns the lens on herself to examine how she, too, is complicit; many essays here are just too tantalizingly brief to allow space for deep analysis.

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New Thriller Challenges Readers To Take Another Look At 'These Women'

Ivy Pochoda keeps up her focus on the overlooked and forgotten in her new novel. Here, it's a group of sex workers and club dancers whose lives are connected — and imperiled — by a serial killer.

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'The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes' Is A Lackluster Prequel To 'The Hunger Games'

While Suzanne Collins leaves readers uncertain of the answer to the question she poses in The Hunger Games — how much of character is innate, how much formed — it becomes painfully obvious here.

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In 'She-Ra And The Princesses Of Power,' True Strength Is In Being Yourself

Netflix and DreamWorks Animation have rebooted the classic 1980s cartoon She-Ra: Princess of Power. The new version updates characters from the old show to reflect a more diverse audience for kids.

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Crass Warfare: 'The Great' Casts A (Vodka) Gimlet Eye On Privilege

Loosely (very loosely) based on the early life of Russia's Catherine the Great, Hulu's 10-episode historical comedy-drama is arch, witty, twisty and knowing.

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Poetry Callout: Write A Poem For Ahmaud Arbery

Morning Edition is asking for poems reacting to the death of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man shot and killed while jogging in Glynn County, Ga. Create one based on how you feel in this moment.

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'Funny Weather' Asks What Art Can Do In A Crisis

At her best, Olivia Laing turns criticism into an elevated form of hospitality: Like a good party host, she introduces you to someone, tells you what she likes about them, then leaves you to it.