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"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Tuesday, January 5, 2010

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(January 5) AMBASSADOR OF CHILDREN'S BOOKS There's a new ambassador in town--the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Named by the Librarian of Congress for a two-year term, the ambassador for youth lit is charged with raising awareness about literacy, improving the lives of young people, and making books cool. The newest plenipotentiary of pages will be at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Northwest D.C. this afternoon at 4 p.m.

(Through January 9) A LITTLE W.I.T. Overcome one of the scariest experiences imaginable, public speaking, at "WIT," the Washington Improv Theatre. Free low-stress intro to improv workshops run 7 to 9 p.m. through Friday, and Saturday at 3 p.m. at The Children's Studio School near the U Street-Cardozo Metro. Learn the art of speaking spontaneously with confidence and humor, and how to get yourself out of bad situations and into awesome ones.

(January 9) TAPPERS WITH ATTITUDE Tappers with Attitude pound away on the stage at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street Northeast for two shows Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. The award-winning percussive dance ensemble explodes with energy during the family-friendly concerts, featuring classic tap set to traditional jazz, high-style a cappella and exuberant contemporary music.


Kentucky Boy Solves Rubik's Cube In Record Time

A 14-year-old boy from Lexington, Ky., has solved a Rubik's Cube in less than five seconds. As Guinness World Records declares this a record-breaker, we hear how NPR covered a Rubik's Cube competition in 1981.
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International Military Action In Syria

French President Hollande meets with President Obama in Washington to seek additional U.S. support in the fight against ISIS in Syria, and NATO holds an emergency meeting over the downed Russian fighter jet: An update on international military strategy in Syria.


Used Rocket Is A New Breakthrough For Blue Origin's Space Plan

Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, has sent a craft past the edge of space and then landed its rocket safely – and vertically — in Texas.

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