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Lateral Visions

Novelist Veronica Roth and pianist Amy Yang see a way forward.

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I'm Jim Cotter, and on this episode, "Lateral Visions."

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Young adult author Veronica Roth

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st.

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ves.

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ing

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ver.

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ty,

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eve

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- [Cotter] And pianist Amy Yang plays

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way.

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ions

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ng.

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tes.

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ed,

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can,

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ife,

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an.

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cay?

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te?

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e."

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ic)

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- [Roth] "Somewhere inside me

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son.

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Somewhere there is a girl who tries to understand

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ugh,

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ngs,

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hem

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ed.

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I swear she exists."

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- [Cotter] Veronica Roth was just 21

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ook.

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er,

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ogy.

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ing.

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ries

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ies.

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ical

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es.

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for

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ad,

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ng,

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ed.

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rown

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en.

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- [Cotter] Veronica Roth. Wasn't your average student

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tion

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ies.

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eak

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gent

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ion.

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ghts

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vel

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ves.

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At the time, the young student author was still getting to

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der.

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ess

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aits

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ry.

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es,

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rapy

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der.

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was

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out,

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to

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er.

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ke,

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is.

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ring

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it.

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hat

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d be

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ow.

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that

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want

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cks.

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end

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rful

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sire

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ss,

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ries

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ge.

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rtue

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life

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ong.

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tes

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le.

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sion

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ty.

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zed

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ers.

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And soon after, she became known as the new face

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ough

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on.

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ing.

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ing,

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it,

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it,

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as.

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ave,

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ls,

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rced

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le.

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- [Cotter] Fame followed in the wake

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es,

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elt

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cs.

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Roth

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her

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ght.

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ult,

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ad.

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pen.

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you.

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ed,

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rts

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me.

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ow,

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orld

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for.

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it,

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me.

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ng?"

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is.

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king

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like

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ing.

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ary.

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- [Cotter] 10 years on, Veronica Roth has matured

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th.

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ence

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lds.

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ters

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ory,

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her,

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er,

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ils.

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auty

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ted,

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ois,

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ere

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go.

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ay.

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lace

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ves,

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ere.

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ion

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ly,

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mes.

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ful

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ful.

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hem.

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ot.

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ble

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ked

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ing.

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to,

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em.

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too

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like

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it.

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ay.

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ils.

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ng.

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what

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wow.

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too.

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ence

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ity

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ng,

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ngs

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- [Cotter] And her fictitious landscapes are where

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ce.

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ests

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ago,

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ing.

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vels

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ngs

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knew

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ate.

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kid.

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er,

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ray.

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d of

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ion

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ory.

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- [Cotter] As a young reader, Veronica Roth was drawn

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fate

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ns.

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ay.

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nted

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vil,

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tiny

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nt,

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ted

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oes,

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ff.

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rk,

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ter

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nce.

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- [Roth] "I got the feeling, looking at her,

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ple,

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it.

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ay,

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ers.

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orld

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to.

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'You want to see people as extremes,

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aid,

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way,

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k.'"

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- [Cotter] Although It would be easier

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vil,

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use

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els

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act

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ce.

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is.

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ed,

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ten

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say.

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ow.

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now,

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uch

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it.

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bit

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ct,

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ter.

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as,

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now,

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ld?

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is?

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it.

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ome

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hy.

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ter,

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done

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it.

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sure

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ly.

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ld,

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to

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rld.

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eve

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gs.

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ooks

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ay,

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real

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and profound impact on those characters.

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ike

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g it

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ch,

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r us

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st,

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ies.

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efer

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onal

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ce.

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- [Cotter] Roth's first attempt at writing

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nes,

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oan,

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ero

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ed.

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ing

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her,

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One.

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ero,

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orld

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owl,

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sm,

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ith

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fe.

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mug,

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nd.

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ross

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ed.

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She's never told anyone what it's from

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me,

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ay.

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"Paper cut," she says.

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I'm pretty sure it's supposed to be a joke, so I laugh.

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ion

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work

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at.

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g,"

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for

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ny.

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ay.

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rks.

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- [Cotter] Veronica Roth's characters build resilience

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ce,

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ed.

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ce,

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nto

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er.

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ic)

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The Washington Post has called Amy Yang

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how

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sse.

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no,

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ng.

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ions

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ng."

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ing.

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ple,

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ea.

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rd.

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- [Cotter] And for Yang, performance gives access to complex

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elf.

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und

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rted

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ay.

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life

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sic.

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(Yang playing piano)

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As a soloist and chamber musician,

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es,

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er,

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use.

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rk,

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019.

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Hers is the story of a musical life

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ege,

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hip

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es.

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Born in China in 1984, Yang remembers first poking

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ool.

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no,

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oir.

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egin

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way.

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When yang was eight, her father moved to the US

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ily.

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ng,

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ns.

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od.

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hips

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orn

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de,

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ion,

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rty.

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Everything was a disaster there, it was.

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ign

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ied

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es.

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oyed

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usic

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ed.

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sdom

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es.

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nd,

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just first of all, how lucky I am to be their child,

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but also that the lessons that they learned are

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actually ones of optimism and hope for life rather than,

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ch,

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ng.

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- [Cotter] After three years,

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on.

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ld,

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ing.

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erts

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ape.

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ital

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ter.

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nt.

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him

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him

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and they happened to be good friends.

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ver

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me.

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- [Cotter] Like a dam breaking,

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ng.

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ice.

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ship

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ia,

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hool

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sic.

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un,

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er.

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es,

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es.

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it

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nd.

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ate?

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orld

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tion

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gs?

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me.

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ano)

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- [Cotter] When Amy Yang plays, she is free

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sic.

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st.

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ges

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usic

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ses,

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her

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ces.

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or.

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it.

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xt.

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And yeah, for me, it'd be more harmony related

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ions

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ano)

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I think there is a polarity in this piece,

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ing.

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I try to really tune into the lifespan of the notes.

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ed.

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And I think your imagination,

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fe,

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it has that lifespan.

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ay?

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ote?

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ht,

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rk,

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ing

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in performance, it is, it is like,

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yeah, channeling, traveling.

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Yeah, at that moments, I do feel like,

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yeah, I'm doing something worthy.

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ng,

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ive,

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give its voice its due.

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- But is there any sense of it being,

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it?

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...

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ah.

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ot,

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me.

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nce

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elp

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ert.

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- [Cotter] There's no doubt that Amy Yang's performances

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ely

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ers.

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ron,

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do.

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er,

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ful

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ulty

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ily

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rs,

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im.

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- [Cotter] And her parents are never far from our thoughts

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shes

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ds,

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eart

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me,

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ift

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mber

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- [Cotter] And to honor this gift,

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nto

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urs.

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(Yang plays piano)

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