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Sandra Beasley Reads Her Summer Poem 'Ukulele'

This month, we'll be hearing from poets about what summer evokes for them. Our first poet is Sandra Beasley, whose latest collection is: I Was the Jukebox: Poems.

Will Americans Buy Bug Snacks? Maybe ... If They're Funny And Cute

The "ick factor" has kept consumers in the U.S. from eating crickets, locusts and mealworms. To convert skeptics, bug-food advocates are trying to win them over with sleek packages and clever names.

A State Court Says Rap Lyrics Can't Be Used As Evidence In A Criminal Trial

Code Switch recently wrote about the practice of using violent hip-hop lyrics as evidence in criminal cases. Now a New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled on that very issue.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Aug. 6

West African artifacts from a curator’s personal collection are on view, but not for much longer. Additionally, you can attend a free blues performance at a local venue.


The Ebola Outbreak: 'A Dress Rehearsal For The Next Big One'

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is spreading at a frightening rate. To find out why this outbreak has been so deadly and what may lie ahead, we spoke with science writer David Quammen.

With Magic And Fables, 'Angel Of Losses' Breathes Life Into History

Stephanie Feldman's debut novel is about Jewish folk tales and family history. It's also an exploration of the inheritance of loss and the guilt of survival as it is passed down through generations.

No More Reservations: Exclusive Restaurants Require Tickets Instead

High-end restaurants featuring rock star chefs are starting to turn to tickets to stem the tide of no-shows. In the future, going out to eat could become a lot like going to a sold-out concert.

How Ronald Reagan Used An 'Invisible Bridge' To Win Over Americans

Rick Perlstein's new book describes how Reagan emerged as the leader of a potent political movement during the turbulent mid-'70s. He says the soul of Reagan's appeal was how he made people feel good.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Aug. 5

You can see work by local artists or check out a concert featuring three different performers.

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Virginia Forest Service Celebrates 100 Years With Smokey Bear Art Show

The Virginia Department of Forestry is celebrating a century of service with an art show featuring Smokey Bear and a birthday cake, minus candles, of course.