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Marcus Samuelsson: On Becoming A Top Chef

The James Beard award-winning chef was the youngest ever to receive a three-star review from The New York Times. His new memoir, Yes, Chef, explains what it takes to be a master chef — and describes his journey from Ethiopia to Sweden to some of America's finest restaurants.
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'Louie': TV's Most Original Comedy Returns

Fresh Air's critic at large, John Powers, says Louis C.K.'s raunchy FX show is changing the way comedy is done — for the better. "More than any TV comedy ever, it's all about capturing moments of truth and freshness," he says.
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Gabriel Iglesias: Funny, 'Hot And Fluffy'

Tell Me More has been hearing from some of today's funniest men and women. Gabriel Iglesias is one of the most watched comedians on YouTube. He's also featured in Magic Mike, coming out this Friday. Iglesias talks with guest host Viviana Hurtado. Advisory: This segment uses language that may not be comfortable for some listeners.
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FX Welcomes Sheen Back To TV, But Will Viewers?

Charlie Sheen will return to television in Anger Management Thursday night on FX. Until last year, Sheen was the lead on CBS's Two and a Half Men, the most popular TV sitcom. His erratic behavior forced CBS to fire him. Critic Eric Deggans, of the Tampa Bay Times, asks will people want to watch more Charlie Sheen?
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Great Expectations, And Some Hope Of Meeting Them

Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang has written extensively on Asian immigrants' assimilation into American culture. The American dream, he says, is defined by the ability to imagine a future, and then have hope of fulfilling it.
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In France, A Star Rises From An Oft-Neglected Place

The Intouchables, a heartwarming comedy about a Paris aristocrat's friendship with the unemployed black man he hires as his aide, is an unlikely box-office hit in France. The film has produced an equally unlikely new movie star: Omar Sy, the son of African immigrants from a gritty Paris suburb.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, June 28

Hot art, sweaty rock, and simple abstractions from Southern California.

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Pieces Of AIDS Quilt Blanket Nation's Capital

Created in 1987, the AIDS Memorial Quilt honors the lives of more than 94,000 people who have died of AIDS. Now, it's celebrating its 25th anniversary in Washington, D.C., with portions of it displayed around the city.

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'Beasts' Finds Its Heart In A 6-Year-Old Heroine

The film Beasts of the Southern Wild won top honors at Sundance and took a prize for best first film at Cannes. NPR's Melissa Block talks to director Benh Zeitlin about the isolated community he's imagined — and the extraordinary girl who narrates the picture.
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Folklife Festival Begins On National Mall

The 46th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival kicks off today on the National Mall, featuring delicious food, loads of educational opportunities, and tonight, a performance by George Clinton.

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