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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, June 14

The Normal Heart, Iraqi women, and big themes with slight cuts

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Ice-T Gives A Hip-Hop History Lesson In 'The Art Of Rap'

The rapper and actor says he is paying a debt with his film about hip-hop. "Rap music saved my life," he says.
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Teenage Tales: Sneaking Looks In Sexy Books

Coming out as a teenager can be difficult. That's why finding Rubyfruit Jungle was important for author Emily Danforth. The book's lesbian narrator helped her figure out who she wanted to be. Have you ever found a book that helped you understand yourself better? Tell us about it in the comments.
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'Push Girls' Wheel Chairs Through Life And Love

Mia Schaikewitz and Auti Angel are two of four friends featured on the new Sundance Channel reality show Push Girls, which hopes to defy the stereotypes of women in wheelchairs. Schaikewitz and Angel talk about the show and how they've reinvented their lives since their injuries.
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At The Heart Of 'Your Sister's Sister,' A Love Triangle

Indie director Lynn Shelton's latest film stars Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt as half-sisters Iris and Hannah, and Mark Duplass as Iris' best friend, Jack. The three connect — and then reconnect — on a remote island off the coast of Washington state.
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'Fermentation': When Food Goes Bad But Stays Good

Self-described "fermentation revivalist" Sandor Katz says "the creative space" between fresh and rotten is the root of most of humanity's prized delicacies. His new book, The Art of Fermentation, explores the ancient culinary art form.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, June 13

Getting back to nature and the cosmopolitan jazz of Veronneau.

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Under The 'Nuclear Shadow' Of Colorado's Rocky Flats

Kristen Iversen spent her childhood in the 1960s in Colorado near the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons factory, playing in fields that now appear to have been contaminated with plutonium. In Full Body Burden, she investigates the environmental scandal involving nuclear contamination around her childhood home.
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Harissa: The Story Behind North Africa's Favorite Hot Sauce

Christopher Columbus and other explorers brought red peppers from the New World back to Europe, where they spread across the globe, each culture adapting a pepper paste or sauce to their taste. Harissa is North Africa's contribution.

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