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Keaton Biography Explores 'Tempest in a Flat Hat'

Edward McPherson's biography takes a fresh look at silent film star Buster Keaton.
Edward McPherson's biography takes a fresh look at silent film star Buster Keaton.

Jennifer Ludden talks to Edward McPherson about his new biography of silent film star Buster Keaton, known as the "Great Stone Face." McPherson says Keaton handcrafted every aspect of his movies in a way that would be unimaginable today.

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Jennifer Ludden helps edit energy and environment stories for NPR's National Desk, working with NPR staffers and a team of public radio reporters across the country. They track the shift to clean energy, state and federal policy moves, and how people and communities are coping with the mounting impacts of climate change.