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"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Tuesday, February 23, 2010

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(Through February 25) GET SHORTY If you're looking for an excuse to downsize, check out this year's Academy Award-nominated short films through Thursday at E Street Cinema in downtown D.C. You can decide for yourself which shorty is deserving of a little Oscar glory among the animated and live-action contenders.

(Through March 14) STRANDED Olney Theater Center's newest scenes are set smack in the middle of a blizzard, making its latest production, Bus Stop, one that local audiences will be able to appreciate. The play runs in Maryland through March, unwinding the lives of a group of people in a local diner stranded among the snow berms.

(February 27 & 28) COCO DANCE Cynthia Oliver's CoCo Dance Theater reveals the beauty of Caribbean movement and rhythm at Dance Place, Oliver's Ruptured Calypso dance theatre layers myth, history, spoken word and dance into one stratified show.

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Colson Whitehead On The Importance Of Historical Fiction In Tumultuous Times

Kojo talks with author Colson Whitehead about his new novel "The Underground Railroad" and its resonance at this particular moment in history.

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'Cup Noodles' Turns 45: A Closer Look At The Revolutionary Ramen Creation

Today instant ramen is consumed in at least 80 countries — with culturally specific adaptations. The U.S., for instance, gets shorter noodles, because Americans don't slurp them up like the Japanese.
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Rating The United States On Child Care

A majority of parents in the U.S. work outside the home. That means about 12 million children across the country require care. A new report ranks states on cost, quality and availability of child care - and says nobody is getting it right.

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Scientists To Bid A Bittersweet Farewell To Rosetta, The Comet Chaser

To cap its 12-year scientific voyage, the Rosetta spacecraft will take a final plunge Friday. Scientists will signal Rosetta to crash into the surface of a comet — and gather data all the way down.

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