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    President Obama Remarks on National Poetry Month

    President Obama delivered remarks at a poetry reading featuring poet Elizabeth Alexander.

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    Book Discussion on Citizen: An American Lyric

    Claudia Rankine talked about her book, Citizen: An American Lyric, with playwright and University of Southern California professor Brighde Mullins. She spoke at the 2015 Los Angeles Times…

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    Panel Discussion on Biographies of World Leaders

    A. Scott Berg, Wilson; Kirstin Downey, Isabella: The Warrior Queen; and Stephen Kotkin, Stalin: Volume I - Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928, talked about their biographies of world leaders. The…

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    Open Phones with Tavis Smiley

    Tavis Smiley, author of My Journey with Maya, talked about his book and responded to viewer calls.  He was interviewed at the 2015 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, which took place…

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    Panel Discussion on Journalism

    Jeff Hobbs, The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League; Joshua Horwitz, War of the Whales: A True Story; Mark Schapiro, Carbon…

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    Book Discussion on Ordinary Light

    Tracy K. Smith talked about her memoir, Ordinary Light. This interview, recorded at Princeton University, where Professor Smith teaches, is part of Book TV’s College Series.

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    African-American Actor Ira Aldridge

    Jim Barber talked about the history of an oil painting of African American actor Ira Aldridge in the National Portrait Gallery’s collection. Ira Aldridge was born free in New…

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    Book Discussion on B & Me: A True Story of Literary Arousal

    J.C. Hallman talked about his book, B & Me: A true Story of Literary Arousal, about the author’s discovery of writer Nicholson Baker and the relationship people have with…

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    "Oklahoma Writers: A Literary Tableau" Exhibit

    Teresa Miller talked about the “Oklahoma Writers: A Literary Tableau” exhibit. Sponsored by Oklahoma State University - Tulsa, the exhibit is located throughout downtown…

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    2015 National Book Critics Circle Awards

    Book TV presented coverage of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Awards from the New School in New York City. This year’s winners included David Brion Davis for The Problem of…

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    Panel Discussion on Charles Bowden's Southwest

    Jim Harrison, Luis Urrea, and Clara Jeffery talked about author Charles Bowden’s love of the Southwest and his interest in life along the U.S. Mexican Border.  “Charles…

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    Panel Discussion on Narrative Non-Fiction

    Daniel James Brown, S.C. Gwynne, and Hampton Sides talked about how they use character, plot, and pacing to write nonfiction narratives and biographies. “History with a…

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    George Washington Portraits

    Hugh Howard talked about presidential portraits of George Washington and what audiences can learn about America’s first president from these depictions. He talked about the work…

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    National Portrait Gallery History and Mission

    National Portrait Gallery senior historian David Ward and director Kim Sajet talked about the plans for the museum as it approached its 50th anniversary. They also discussed the…

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    World War I Veterans and Art Therapy

    Tara Tappert talked about how art therapy was used to help World War I veterans deal with the trauma of war. She used letters and works of art from former soldiers to illustrate the…

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    National Endowment for the Humanities

    William Adams, the newly appointed chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), spoke at a National Press Club luncheon. He announced the NEH’s “Common Good:…

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    Book Discussion on Mark Twain's America

    Harry Katz talked about his book Mark Twain’s America: A Celebration in Words and Images, a collection of photographs, illustrations, and newspaper clippings that depicts the world…

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    O. Henry Museum

    Michael Hoinski talked about the Austin, Texas, home of writer William Sydney Porter, also known as O. Henry, and the role of Austin in Mr. Porter’s writing. Best known for…

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    White House Kennedy Center Honors Reception

    President Obama spoke about the arts in America at a Kennedy Center Honors reception. The 2014 honorees were actor Tom Hanks, musician Sting, singer Al Green, comedian Lily Tomlin, and…

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    Interview with Jonathan Yardley

    Jonathan Yardley spoke about his life and career. A former book critic for the Washington Post, Mr. Yardley retired after a 33-year tenure and having written approximately 3,000…

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