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Not My Job: We Quiz Funk Legend George Clinton On The British Parliament

Clinton, the founding father of funk, is the creator of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic. We'll ask him three questions about another kind of parliament — namely, the British Parliament.
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Why A Black Man's Murder Often Goes Unpunished In Los Angeles

From witnesses to reluctant gang members, Jill Leovy says, "everybody's terrified." Her book, Ghettoside, uses the story of one murder to explore the city's low arrest rate when black men are killed.
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Two Outcasts Form An Artistic Bond In 'Mr. Mac And Me'

Painter's daughter Esther Freud weaves her own experiences into the story of a lonely little boy in a British seacoast town, who befriends the great Art Nouveau designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
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A Japanese Singing Competition Blooms In Colorado

Kohaku Uta Gassen is a popular singing competition with roots in Japan. It came to the U.S. with a generation of immigrants from that country, and Denver's Kohaku is still thriving today.
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'American Sniper' Exposes Unresolved Issues About The Iraq War

American Sniper, based on the life of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, has been a surprise hit at the box office. But as NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports, some say the movie misrepresents Kyle and glorifies war.
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When Pop Broke Up With Jazz

For the first half of the 20th century, Tin Pan Alley songwriters like Irving Berlin and the Gershwins dominated pop music. By the the 1950s, tastes had changed, and the music changed with them.
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Sundance A Lab For Changing Models In Film, TV

Audie Cornish speaks with film reporter Steve Zeitchik of the Los Angeles Times about the trends, breakouts and mood at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
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Petition Calls For D.C. To Shut Down U Street For Funk Parade

Organizers want to formally shut down U Street NW for the second edition of the parade, in May. Last year the city gave them a less prominent route.

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Why Would You Share A Secret With A Stranger?

"Secrets ... can be shocking, or silly, or soulful," says Frank Warren, the founder of PostSecret. He shares a few of the half-million secrets that strangers have sent him on postcards.
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'Red Army' Explores How The Cold War Played Out On Ice

When the U.S. team beat the USSR during the 1980 Olympics, it was dubbed the "miracle on ice." Red Army profiles the Russian athletes and their place in the Soviet Union's propaganda machine.

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