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July 28, 2014 | NPR · A new salvo has been fired in the fight over teacher tenure. A group led by former TV anchor Campbell Brown filed a complaint in New York state court, arguing that tenure laws are preventing the state from providing every child with the "sound, basic education" its constitution guarantees.
 
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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.
 

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Jun 20, 2014 — Poetry has deep roots in music — in fact, in some cultures, poetry and song are the same word. Edward Hirsch, author of A Poet's Glossary, explains how poets use rhythm to reach their readers.
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Jun 15, 2014 — Douglas Kearney tells NPR's Rachel Martin about the anguish of miscarriages and the tough decisions presented by in vitro fertilization — experiences that inspired his latest book, Patter.
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Jun 12, 2014 — Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Wright, who will serve as the next poet laureate, tells NPR's Melissa Block that his inspirations — landscape, language and God — have stayed constant for 50 years.
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Apr 8, 2014 — April is National Poetry Month, and as part of Code Switch's celebration, we'd like to make a poem with the help of our readers. Poet Kima Jones will be curating lines of verse you submit on Twitter.
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Apr 5, 2014 — Willie Perdomo's new collection is inspired by the salsa jam bands of '70s-era Puerto Rican New York. The poems are performance-page crossovers, rich in sound, slang and musical detail.
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Apr 2, 2014 — The novelist and Iraq veteran examines the lasting effects of war in his debut book of poetry, Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting. Reviewer Abigail Deutsch says the poems are piercing.
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Mar 29, 2014 — Nick Lantz's third collection, How to Dance as the Roof Caves In, could hardly be called cheerful. But his poems of divorce and recession are accessible and entertaining, even at their most grim.
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Mar 12, 2014The Book of Hours, Kevin Young's eighth collection, tracks the emotional extremes of a father's death and a son's birth. The poems present a gentle vision of mourning — a habitable kind of hurt.
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Feb 21, 2014 — Michael Benedikt was an exemplary poet, a dedicated editor and an agoraphobic recluse. His work was almost lost forever — until two poets rescued his archive and published a selection, Time is a Toy.
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Feb 13, 2014 — A new volume of Robert Frost's collected, unexpurgated letters reveals that the poet thought a great deal about how people read him — and was hurt when his modernist friends didn't approve of his raw, sincere style. Reviewer J.P. O'Malley says the collection gives readers greater insight into Frost the poet and Frost the man.
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