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Person at the Institute for American Indian Arts.
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A wide range of writers — now celebrated with commercial and critical success — work to celebrate an evolving literary canon without limiting it. 

Paul Wendell Jr.
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Rapper Tall Paul uses hip-hop to reclaim his Native language—and he's not the only musician remixing Native culture.

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9:17
Antigone
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Writer, classicist, and stand-up comic Natalie Haynes makes a strong case for reading ancient Greek and Roman literature in the modern age.

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7:23
Circe
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Circe, the all-powerful goddess from Homer’s “The Odyssey,” is known for turning men into swine, and for her mastery of potions. The artwork “Circe,” imagined by Romare Bearden, is a black woman surrounded by mystical animals and a skull, wearing West African garb with a calm but defiant look on her face.

Women Who Rule
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It's common in literary and historical accounts of powerful women to make them out to be villains — witches, demons, succubi, changelings — or erase them entirely. Historian Kara Cooney, author Madeline Miller, Religious scholar Serenity Young, and classics scholar Emily Wilson talk about why that might be.

Teens on stage
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Charles Monroe-Kane recently sat down to talk with the founder of the "Louder Than A Bomb" youth poetry — poet Kevin Coval — as well as two high school poets — Luis Carranza and Kee Stein — to hear more about how poetry is empowering teens.

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12:48
Angie Thomas
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The hit young adult author on how she channeled feelings in the wake of a tragedy into her debut novel, "The Hate U Give."

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9:46
Teen brain
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If teens have trouble remembering where they put their homework, how are they going to marshall a legislative agenda? On the other hand, maybe teens have mental advantages adults don’t. Steve Paulson asked neuroscientist Frances Jensen to weigh in.

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11:09