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'Nurse, Spy, Cook:' How Harriet Tubman Found Freedom Through Food

Tubman's role as a professional cook has often been overlooked. She self-funded many of her heroic raids to rescue slaves through an activity she enjoyed and excelled at: cooking.
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Questlove On Prince, Doo-Wop And The Food Equivalent Of The 'Mona Lisa'

In his new book, somethingtofoodabout, The Roots' drummer discusses the artistry involved in creating a great meal. "I'm more obsessed with the journey ... than the destination," Questlove says.
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The Mardi Gras Indian Of 'Lemonade'

In "Lemonade," Beyoncé's much-discussed visual album, a girl resplendent in white plumage appears. It's a nod to the pop star's New Orleans roots and loaded with the region's racial history.
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Beyonce's 'Lemonade' Turns A Somali-Brit Poet Into A Global Star

Queen Bey reads some of Warsan Shire's writings about love and loss. The young poet also tells stories about refugees and immigrants from Africa, where she was born.
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VIDEO: Chocolate Bars With A Political Bite

It's often said that Washington, D.C., is a town obsessed with politics. Apparently, that obsession extends to its chocolatiers. We visit a factory making politically inspired chocolate bars.

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Tom Hanks Says Self-Doubt Is 'A High-Wire Act That We All Walk'

"No matter what we've done there comes a point where you think, 'How did I get here?' " Hanks says. He plays an American businessman working in the middle of the Saudi Arabian desert in his new film.
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Michael Kinsley: "Old Age: A Beginner's Guide"

More than twenty years ago, journalist Michael Kinsley was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. In a new book, he reflects on living with that diagnosis and why he thinks his fellow baby boomers should focus on quality of life instead of longevity.

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Meryl Streep's First Acting Gig: Becoming Pretty And Popular In High School

In a new biography called Her Again, author Michael Schulman says that at 14, Streep decided to reinvent herself — and before she was an Oscar winner, she was homecoming queen.
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'Alter Egos' Dissects Hillary Clinton's Tenure As Obama's Secretary Of State

Mark Landler of The New York Times discusses Clinton and Obama's contrasting views on America's role in the world. Clinton, Landler says, was often the hawk, more willing to intervene with force.
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Would You Publish Your Personal Diary? Heidi Julavits Discusses 'The Folded Clock' With WAMU

Author Heidi Julavits spoke with The Kojo Nnamdi Show producer Ruth Tam about the process of creating her new book "The Folded Clock" — assembled from real journal entries.

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