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(Nov. 26-Dec. 12) MARY STUART Mary, Queen of Scots, had a historical beef with her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. Their power struggle was first dramatized by German playwright Friedrich Schiller, whose tragic text is reworked in the Washington Shakespeare Company's stark presentation of Mary Stuart in Arlington through Dec. 12.

(Nov. 26-Dec. 23) A MATTER OF LIFE OR DEATH Visual artist Julie Wolfe is intrigued by matters of life and death. Her fascination is salient in her paintings, which present sinister creatures and violent symbols flanked by colorful floral patterns and other happy living things. Her work is featured at Northwest Washington's Hemphill Fine Arts through late December.

(Nov. 26-Dec. 19) REENTRY Baltimore's CENTERSTAGE presents ReEntry today through Dec. 19. Based on interviews with Marines and their families, the production focuses on both parties' struggles to return to normalcy after the myriad difficulties faced while apart.

Background music: The Crooked Spine by M. Ward


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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Recipes Get A Makeover With GIFs, Science, And Emojis

On Food Wednesday, we explore the new ways recipes are being presented, with everything from GIFs to scientific method.

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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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