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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Gail Collins talks about how Texas influences American politics. Karen Russell discusses her new book of short stories, Vampires in the Lemon Grove. Carol Becker, Dean of Columbia University’s School of the Arts, examines the value of art school.

Gail Collins on Texas's Outsize Political Footprint

Gail Collins talks to Leonard Lopate about American politics and the disproportional influence of Texas, which has become the model for not just the Tea Party but also the Republican Party.

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Karen Russell's Vampires in the Lemon Grove

Karen Russell, author of the bestselling novel Swamplandia!, talks about her new book of short stories, Vampires in the Lemon Grove.

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What's the Value of Art School?

Carol Becker, Dean of Columbia University's School of the Arts, answers the question what’s the value of art school?  She wrote the article "Art Schools Are All About Potential" on the NEA's blog.  She’ll discuss the cost, curricula, job market, and whether art school is worth the money.

Weigh in: Did you go to art school and would you do it again? Did you consider going and decide against it? Let us know about your experiences—leave a comment!

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Guest Picks: Karen Russell

Karen Russell was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to discuss her new collection of short stories, Vampires in the Lemon Grove. She also told us what she's been reading and listening to...and the allure of the "season packet" that comes with Stouffer's stuffing.

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