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"The Taming of the Shrew" Meets The Spaghetti Western

Shakespeare's epic battle of the sexes is the story of the wooing--or corralling--of wildcat Kate by suitor Petruchio. He waxes poetic about his love: "She's rich, and she's.... rich." In the end, though, it's a rollicking love story, and in this Wild West version, there's even a "Blind Balladeer" whose original songs play off the show's themes.

Folger Shakespeare Library--The Story of the Taming of the Shrew"

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Writer James Alan McPherson, Winner Of Pulitzer, MacArthur And Guggenheim, Dies At 72

McPherson, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has died at 72. His work explored the intersection of white and black lives with deftness, subtlety and wry humor.
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Oyster Archaeology: Ancient Trash Holds Clues To Sustainable Harvesting

Modern-day oyster populations in the Chesapeake are dwindling, but a multi-millennia archaeological survey shows that wasn't always the case. Native Americans harvested the shellfish sustainably.

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A Look Back At Obama's Past Convention Speeches

President Obama delivered his fourth DNC speech last nigh — 12 years ago to the day he took to the national stage as a candidate for Senate.
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Writing Data Onto Single Atoms, Scientists Store The Longest Text Yet

With atomic memory technology, little patterns of atoms can be arranged to represent English characters, fitting the content of more than a billion books onto the surface of a stamp.

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