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Bad Girls Of History, How Wicked Were They?

Egypt's Cleopatra was called "Serpent of the Nile," and England's Mary Tudor, was called "Bloody Mary." But were these names fair? That's the question editor Shirin Yim Bridges raises in the tween book series, The Thinking Girl's Treasury of Dastardly Dames. She speaks with host Michel Martin as part of Tell Me More's biography series.
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'Foodistan' Takes India-Pakistan Rivalry To The Kitchen

The cooking show, which will have its semi-finals next week, pits Indian chefs against Pakistani chefs. It exploits the long rivalry between the two countries — something that has rarely been a joking matter.
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'Coral Glynn': The Art Of Repression

Peter Cameron's new novel about a young nurse is a consummate English country home novel. Put the kettle on and settle in — but don't get too comfortable: Cameron's writing is full of sharp angles and unanticipated swerves into the droll and the downright weird.
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Michael Rosen: "Dignity: Its History and Meaning"

Dignity plays a central role in current thinking about law and human rights, but there is sharp disagreement about its meaning. Diane and her guest discuss modern conceptions of dignity.

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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Mar. 14

Master puppetry, filmmaking, and Mozart.

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Nike Kicks Up Controversy With 'Black And Tan' Shoes

One of Nike's latest sneaker creations — dubbed by retailers "The Black and Tan" — is rolling out just in time for St. Patrick's Day. To many Americans the "Black and Tan" is the half stout, half pale ale drink. But to the Irish, it was a brutal paramilitary group employed by the British in the early twentieth century to put down Irish revolutionary fighters. Robert Siegel and Melissa Block have the story.
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What's In A Word? A 'Dictionary' Of Americanisms

Sky looking a little slatchy to you? Want another helping of slang-jang? The final volume of the Dictionary of American Regional English, a 50-year project to document English across the U.S., is a treasure trove of history and local color.

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