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How Ellen DeGeneres Helped Change The Conversation About Gays

In 1997, DeGeneres chose a very public forum — her television sitcom — to announce, "I'm gay." The entertainer's career has tracked the seismic shift in public opinion on gays and same-sex marriage.
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In A World That's Always On, We Are Trapped In The 'Present'

In Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, Douglas Rushkoff cautions against living in the perennial, virtual now. "It's very hard for us to orient ourselves," he says, "to look forward to things, to join movements with goals, to invest in the future."
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Forget Fish Fridays: In Louisiana, Gator Is On The Lenten Menu

Move over, tuna fish, shrimp and clam chowder. Alligator is here for your Friday Lenten meals, thanks to confirmation from the archbishop of New Orleans that it is, in fact, a seafood.
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Remembering Chinua Achebe And The Importance Of Struggle

To remember Chinua Achebe who died last Thursday, Fresh Air listens back to an interview with the great African writer that originally aired on May 10, 1988. In it, Achebe talks about the literary trope of the white explorer or missionary living amongst the savages, and the importance of struggle.
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How And Why The Hollywood Star Machine Made 'Gods Like Us'

In a new book about movie stardom and fame, Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr looks at the evolving history of the relationship between movie stars and the people who love them, as well as at how changing technology influences the kinds of stars the public wants.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, March 25

Orange you glad you listened to Art Beat today?

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Book News: Willa Cather's Letters To Be Published Against Her Wishes

Also: the best books coming out this week; Philip Roth on the joys of napping; Caroline Kennedy on books about Catholicism.
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'Bike DC' Organizers Cancel Event

A popular, springtime bicycling event in D.C. has been cancelled due to confusion over the District's permit process.

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Love, Roughhousing And Fifth Position In 'Brothers Emanuel'

Ezekiel Emanuel, elder brother to Chicago mayor Rahm and Hollywood superagent Ari, has written a new memoir about his family and growing up Jewish in inner-city Chicago. It's called Brothers Emanuel, and yes, he does discuss middle brother Rahm's talent for ballet.

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