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Tragedy Gives The Hoodie A Whole New Meaning

When Trayvon Martin slipped a sweatshirt over his shoulders that fateful February night, he was probably just a little bit chilled. But since he was shot and killed that simple piece of clothing has taken on big symbolic weight.
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'The Big Con': If You Can't Avoid It, Avenge It

When con men took off with Texas rancher J. Frank Norfleet's fortune, he turned con man himself in the hopes of stealing his money back. In The Mark Inside, Amy Reading shares one of the strangest stories in the history of the swindle.
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Shakespeare's Accent: How Did The Bard Really Sound?

"To be or not to be" may be the question, but there's another question that's been nagging Shakespeare scholars for a long time: What did Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet really sound like when The Bard's work was first performed more than four centuries ago?
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Actress Ana Gasteyer Plays Not My Job

Gasteyer wrote and performed a sketch on Saturday Night Live about a fake NPR show called Delicious Dish. She has gone on to Broadway and TV, including the ABC comedy Suburgatory. She will perform her own one-woman show at Joe's Pub in New York on April 2.
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With 'Mad Men' Return, A Look At Its Influence

AMC's Mad Men returns with new episodes starting on Sunday, after being off the air for over a year. Audie Cornish talks to Tampa Bay Times critic Eric Deggans about the cultural influence of the show.
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Niecy Nash Puts Her Blended Family In The Reality Spotlight

Neda Ulaby talks to comedienne Niecy Nash about her new real-life sitcom, Leave It To Niecy, about her blended family.
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Picture An Embryo

As part of an NIH-funded project, Bradley Smith, associate dean for creative work, research and graduate education at the University of Michigan, posted a collection of optical images and MRI scans of human embryos to the web. Intended for a clinical audience, Smith talks about the unexpected response he got from the public.
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'Losing Control' In The Movies

A new romantic comedy opens in theaters this week, and it stars a scientist as the likeable, and only slightly nerdy, main character. The film's writer and director, former scientist Valerie Weiss discusses Losing Control, and why she made the shift from lab bench to big screen.
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Helping Celebrities Find Their Roots

Journalist Barbara Walters, Congressman John Lewis, and comedian Margaret Cho will join scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to trace their family trees. His new PBS series, Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. , premiers this weekend. Gates discusses the series with host Michel Martin.
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'Mad Men' Returns, Cocky And Confident As Ever

The AMC series Mad Men — winner of the Best Drama Series Emmy for each of its four seasons to date — returns March 25 after a 17-month hiatus. TV critic David Bianculli determines whether it was worth the wait?

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