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(Dec. 27-28) THE ROOTS Philadelphia's The Roots are quite possibly the only hip-hop band to claim a sousaphonist in their ranks. Tuba Gooding Jr. and the rest of The Roots' crew have successfully fused traditional hip-hop sounds with rock, jazz and other influences. A permanent gig on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon has only furthered their crossover success. The Roots bring their rousing live show to Northwest Washington's 9:30 Club Monday night and stay on for Tuesday.

(Dec. 27-30) VIVAT REX! Vivat Rex! or "Long live the king!" celebrates the life of King Henry VIII through Thursday at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Southeast. Rare books, manuscripts, handwritten letters and prints offer a look at the king and his court during an eventful period in England's history.

(Dec. 27-Jan. 23) CINDERELLA, ELLA, ELLA If you like a Cinderella story, there's "Cinderella" at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia, Md. Rogers and Hammerstein's) take on the timeless fairy tale is staged Monday night through late January.

Music: "Clock With No Hands" (Instrumental) by The Roots

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Poetry Behind Bars: The Lines That Save Lives — Sometimes Literally

Words Unlocked, a poetry contest for juveniles in corrections, has drawn more than 1,000 entries. Its judge, Jimmy Santiago Baca, says it was a poetry book that helped him survive his own prison term.
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When It Came To Food, Neanderthals Weren't Exactly Picky Eaters

During the Ice Age, it seems Neanderthals tended to chow down on whatever was most readily available. Early humans, on the other hand, maintained a consistent diet regardless of environmental changes.
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Trump And Cruz Campaign At California GOP Convention

The remaining Republican presidential candidates have been making their case at the party's state convention. Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler explains the divisions on display among Republicans.
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'The Guardian' Launches New Series Examining Online Abuse

A video was released this week where female sports journalists were read abusive online comments to their face. It's an issue that reaches far beyond that group, and The Guardian is taking it on in a series called "The Web We Want." NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik, who receives a lot of online abuse.

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