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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, May 21, 2012

Sandra Cinto, The Servant of Two Masters, and the operatic marionettes of Dennis Bergevin. 

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An Author's Journey Back To 'The Lower River'

Travel writer Paul Theroux's latest novel, The Lower River, is about a former Peace Corps volunteer who returns to Malawi years later and finds the village he left much changed. Host Rachel Martin talks with author.
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From Borat To Aladeen, Laughter Is Cohen's Goal

From bumbling interviews as Borat to taking off his clothes in front of Rep. Ron Paul as Bruno, there isn't much actor Sacha Baron Cohen won't do for a laugh. The story of his latest persona, Admiral General Hafez Aladeen, might seem inspired by recent revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East, but he insists the character was in development before the Arab Spring.
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TV Networks Hope Familiar Faces Bring Viewers To New Fall Shows

On Sunday's Weekend Edition, a discussion about the familiar faces coming to fall television, including Matthew Perry, Connie Britton, and Vanessa Williams.
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Initially Famous 2: Electric Boogaloo

This week's on-air challenge is a twist on "Characteristic Initials." We will gives clues for some famous people, past and present. The initial letters of the clues are also the initials of the answers.
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The Movie Dustin Lance Black's 'Seen A Million Times'

The director of Milk and the new film Virginia says he can't get enough of Rob Reiner's rom-com When Harry Met Sally. It speaks to "such basic truths about matchmaking and love," Black says, "that I think it's withstood the test of time."
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China's New Plan: A Great Leap Into The Air

China's newest five-year plan aims to make the country an aerospace powerhouse — and indirectly, a more modern, prosperous, sophisticated industrial nation. The plan would help Chinese companies expand outside national borders and grab a chunk of the aerospace market — but will it succeed?
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Sacrifice Calories, Not Taste, With Skinnier Summer Cocktails

Restaurant drinks may contain as many calories as the meals, and they may not be included in the new menu labeling law. Here's our much lighter, 150-calorie cocktail alternatives.
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'Never Fall Down': Surviving The Killing Fields

Patricia McCormick's new young adult novel tells the story of Arn Chorn-Pond, a real-life survivor of the Cambodian genocide whose musical skills kept him alive.
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Barnes Foundation Changes Location, But Little Else

After years of bitter controversy, the Barnes Foundation will open the doors of its new location in downtown Philadelphia on Saturday. Since 1922, the collection has been housed in the Philadelphia suburbs, where critics say the collection's owner would have wanted it to stay.

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