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Not My Job: Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee Gets Cursy

If you were a track and field fan in the 1980s and '90s, three names rose above all the others — and they all belonged to one woman. We've invited Kersee to answer three questions about curses from around the world.
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Bullock And McCarthy, Packing 'Heat' (And Laughs) In Boston

Director Paul Feig and writer Katie Dippold have found a perfect pair of leads for their cop comedy. Critic Bob Mondello says Oscar winner Sandra Bullock and Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy turn out to have enviable comic chemistry.
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Bikini Baristas And Sexist Sausages: Food Marketing Gone Wrong

In over-caffeinated Washington state, police have raided a chain of coffee stands where the scantily clad baristas were allegedly serving up way more than espressos. Meanwhile, in Germany, a plan to serve up "his and her" bratwurst proves sexist and ham-headed.
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Culture Clash Between Africans And African-Americans?

It's a special Africa-themed Barbershop this week. Host Michel Martin checks in with the guys to get their take on President Obama's visit, the culture clash between Africans and African-Americans, and the life of Nelson Mandela.
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For Carole King, Songwriting Is A 'Natural' Talent

Carole King wrote songs for others before becoming a performer and writing for herself. In her memoir, A Natural Woman, she details the stories behind some of her most famous songs and her relationships with songwriters like James Taylor, Gerry Goffin and Paul Simon.
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Please Text And Tweet During This Theater Performance

A play that encourages the audience to keep its phones on, take photos and live-tweet the characters onstage. "All it really did was give me a chance to check my email during the show," contributor Noah Nelson writes.
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Book News: Paula Deen's Cookbook Sales Still Sizzle

Also: Dan Savage on stealing books; new works from Amy Tan; Jamie Oliver reads an entire book for the first time.
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So Hard To Say Goodbye: Advice For Farewell Notes

On the final day of Talk of the Nation, staff and colleagues have been faced with the dilemma of how to say goodbye. When your words fail, a greeting card can supply the right sentiment. Former Hallmark greeting card writer David Dickerson gives advice on saying goodbye.
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Moonshine As Moneymaker? Eastern Tennessee Will Drink To That

Locals in eastern Tennessee have been making moonshine for centuries. But until a few years ago, it was pretty hard for most distillers to do so legally. Now, entrepreneurs have turned their moonshine heritage into a way to boost the local economy and help farmers, too.
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Corcoran Exhibit Sees D.C. Through The Eyes of Outer-Space Aliens

A new exhibit at the Corcoran explores the nation's capital with the help of extraterrestrial tour guides.

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