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"Art Beat" with Stephanie Kaye - Monday, August 24, 2008

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(Through September 15) HIP TO BE SQUARE D.C.'s young people are piecing together some community spirit for The American Quilt: Weaving the District's Future, a project sponsored by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. The Commission is seeking "squares," taking entries for ideas to construct a community quilt through September 15th. Anyone 17 years or younger can enter their ideas -- via drawings, photos or video -- and enter to win a spot on the city's blanket. Winners will be on display at the Textile Museum.

(August 26-September 13) WITTENBERG Rep Stage opens their new production, Wittenberg, at the Smith Theatre in Columbia, Maryland, on Wednesday, running through September 13th. This historical drama tells the story of the Protestant Reformation in a time-bending tale pitting reason against faith, as two professors engage in a battle of wits for the soul of their student.

(August 26) LYIN' TAMER For any fans of the TV series "Lie to Me," the 16th Street Center in D.C. hosts Janine Driver for a session on decoding expressions tomorrow night at 7. Driver trained with the original "lyin' tamer," Paul Ekman, whose research on the seven universal emotions inspired the TV show.


Kids' Films And Stories Share A Dark Theme: Dead Mothers

Why do so many animated movies star motherless kids? Sarah Boxer, a graphic novelist, cartoon-lover and mother, talks to NPR's Kelly McEvers about the phenomenon and the message it sends to children.

Saskawhat? A Novel Berry From Canada Takes Root On Michigan Farms

Some rookie farmers in northern Michigan are growing saskatoon, an imported shrub from Canada that looks like blueberry. They're also experimenting with it in the kitchen — in jams and pies.

Why Did Black Voters Flee The Republican Party In The 1960s?

Fifty years ago, when the ultra-conservative wing of the GOP overthrew Republican moderates to choose Barry Goldwater as the party standard-bearer, black voters deserted the GOP in droves.

Looking For Free Sperm, Women May Turn To Online Forums

Bypassing commercial sperm banks, thousands are logging on to websites where women can connect with men at no cost. Anecdotes abound, but the scope of the unregulated activity is unclear.

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