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'SNL' Responds To Cast Diversity Criticism...With Jokes

Lots of folks have given Saturday Night Live flak about the fact that the show has no black women in its cast. On Saturday night, SNL themselves started talking about it, too. In a sketch with guest host Kerry Washington, they poked fun by having her play Michelle Obama and Oprah.
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Bands Come From Afar For Concert Benefiting Autism

Music is known to have a positive impact on the lives on many individuals with autism, which was the object of a concert in Fairfax this past weekend.

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Richard Blanco: "For All Of Us, One Today"

Richard Blanco is the youngest inaugural poet ever. He is also the first immigrant, first Latino and first openly gay man chosen for the honor. His journey from Cuban immigrant in Miami to inaugural poet for President Obama.

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Female Friendship Puts 'New' Angle On Italian Classism And Machismo

Bound by the confines of gender and finances, two young women take divergent paths in Elena Ferrante's The Story of a New Name, the second book in her "Neapolitan Novels" trilogy. Critic John Powers believes the bold, expansive series to be semi-autobiographical, a revelation from a secretive author who won't reveal her true name.
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Author Catherine Chung: 'I Want To Embrace The Things That I Am'

The author of Forgotten Country went from crunching numbers to writing, though she says words were always her first love. Her novel explores the tenuous lines between freedom and selfishness.
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From Sulking To Sanctions, A Street-Level View Of Life In Iran

Journalist Hooman Majd's new book, The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay, was inspired by the year he and his young American family spent in Tehran, where Majd was born. He tells Fresh Air about the country's long-standing tradition of sulking, and what sets Tehran apart from most other Islamic metropolises.
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New Scholarship Boosts Urban Art

Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks to the Hip Hop Sisters president Lynn Richardson, about a new college scholarship focusing on urban art. Joining them is Hiwot Adilow, a slam poet and scholarship recipient.
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Rapping Biology? Why Science And Hip-Hop Works

Engaging students in science class is no easy task but using hip-hop may be one way to get their attention. Research scientist Danielle Lee uses hip-hop to bridge the gap between culture and science.
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Teddy Roosevelt's 'Bully Pulpit' Isn't The Platform It Once Was

Roosevelt described the power of the presidency to shape public opinion as "The Bully Pulpit." That's also the title of a new book from presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, in which she explains the unique relationships Roosevelt forged with reporters.
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With Fading Memory, Terry Pratchett Revisits 'Carpet People'

At the age of 59, the British science-fiction writer was diagnosed with a form of Alzheimer's. Now he's publishing an edited version of a book he first wrote when he was 17. He can't read because of his disease, but Pratchett continues writing — with the help of dictation software.

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