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Puppets Used To Convey HIV, STDs And Other Tough Topics

The Kenyan troupe U-Tena uses theater to promote awareness of HIV, but when things turn to more touchy topics like genital mutilation and rape, the group turns to a pair of puppets.

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Hemsley Remembered As Obnoxious, Beloved Jefferson

Actor Sherman Hemsley was best known for his role as George Jefferson on the hit sitcom The Jeffersons. He died Wednesday at the age of 74. Host Michel Martin speaks with Tampa Bay Times media critic Eric Deggans about the actor's career and the impact his roles had on TV and in our culture.
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Sherman Hemsley, TV's George Jefferson, Dies

The actor known for his headstrong, high-strung character in The Jeffersons sitcom has died. He was 74.
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Sherman Hemsley, Actor Best Known As George Jefferson, Dies

For 11 seasons, Hemsley played an endearingly brazen dry cleaning mogul. He died in El Paso, Texas, at age 74.

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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, July 25

A real dance-off, classic rock, and heavy metal.

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'The Twilight War' Between The U.S. And Iran

In The Twilight War, historian David Crist outlines the secret history of America's 30-year conflict with Iran. Based on interviews with hundreds of officials as well as classified military archives, the book details how the covert war has repeatedly threatened to bring the two nations into open warfare.
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For Opening Ceremonies, An Olympic Secret Is Hard To Keep

With the London 2012 Opening Ceremony just days away, armies of costumed performers are rehearsing in Olympic Park. They offer clues to the big show, which organizers are trying to keep under wraps.
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A Bartender's Antidote To Sweet And Citrus? Bitter Bark, Myrrh And Secrets

In a world of citrusy, sugary drinks that can all taste alike, Fernet Branca stands alone. It has a cult following within the U.S. that elicits a strong reaction, whether its your first sip — or a regular ritual. As we found out at a recent tasting, Fernet's centuries old secret recipe delivers.
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Watch This: William Friedkin's Unlikely Inspirations

The director of The Exorcist and The French Connection recommends three of his favorite Hollywood classics, all of which differ dramatically from the films Friedkin is known for.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, July 24

Town of Runners, Imperial Paintings, and Rufus Wainwright.

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