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Simple Summer Jam Session Calls For Strawberries And Sunshine

When strawberries are in season, the Food Network's Amy Thielen's thinks of jam — sun jam. She shares her grandmother's method for making preserves with little more than sugar and the summer sun.
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David Tomas Martinez Turns Hustle In The Street To Poetry On The Page

Before writing the poems that make up Hustle, Martinez was hustling for a long time. His work dips into his teenage years running with a gang, his enlistment in the Navy, and his turn to poetry.
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Questlove And The Roots: How A Hip-Hop Band Conquered Late Night

"It's strange to admit it, but this is kinda the job we were born for," Questlove says of his group's serving as house band for The Tonight Show.
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'Life Itself': An Unflinching Documentary Of Roger Ebert's Life And Death

In late 2012, filmmaker Steve James and Roger Ebert began talking about filming a documentary based on Ebert's memoir. Ebert's wife, Chaz, agreed. They didn't know that he would die within months.
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In Charming Film 'Begin Again,' Music Can Save A Life

Keira Knightley plays a heartbroken singer-songwriter who teams up with a drunken producer in Begin Again. Irish director John Carney, who had a surprise hit with the musical Once, hit his mark again.
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Is Robin Thicke Just A 'Creepy Crooner'? The 'Shop' Guys Weigh In

From fireworks to singer Robin Thicke's new album falling flat, the Barbershop guys weigh in the week's happenings.
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The Late Walter Dean Myers Wrote In The Language Of Teens

Myers' young adult novels talked about the tough realities of urban life in language that made teens stop and listen. He won almost every award for YA literature during the course of his career.
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Taking a Chance on New Theater in West Virginia's Oldest City

For 24 years now, the Contemporary American Theater Festival has built a name for itself by taking risks and nurturing America's newest plays.
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Controversial Takes On The Stars And Stripes Explored In New Exhibit

Plenty of artists and musicians have re-interpreted and re-imagined the American flag and our national anthem — though not without controversy.

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Keeping Time for the NSO: Timpanist Shares Role as Orchestra's 'Bus Driver'

Jauvon Gilliam never expected to play timpani, but now he's one of two African Americans performing in D.C.'s National Symphony Orchestra.

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