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Freedom Singer: 'Without Music, There Would Be No Movement'

The Freedom Singers, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez were some of the people who provided the soundtrack at the March on Washington. The Freedom Singers' Rutha Mae Harris tells host Michel Martin why the civil rights movement couldn't exist without music.

To Grow Sweeter Produce, California Farmers Turn Off The Water

California's small producers of tomatoes, grapes and other crops are increasingly taking up dry farming, which involves growing crops without watering them for months. The technique, which obviously saves water, can produce more flavorful crops.
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'Souvenir Nation' At The Smithsonian

We talk with the curator of a new Smithsonian exhibit about the evolution of souvenirs and what we can learn from those early relics.


'Twerk' Sashays Into Oxford's Online Dictionary, 'Srsly'

The dance move that many older folks first heard about this week thanks to Miley Cyrus is now officially defined. Seriously. (Or "srsly," another addition to the online dictionary.)

Brainy, Fat And Full Of Ideas: 'Night Film' Is A Good-Natured Thriller

In the pages of Marisha Pessl's Night Film, you'll uncover the death of a beautiful woman; her terrifying, filmmaker-father; even a seemingly haunted mansion. But reviewer Meg Wolitzer says that while the book dips into the unsavory and the scary, it stays surprisingly PG.

Conan's 'Uphill Climb' To Late-Night Throne

When O'Brien took over for David Letterman on NBC's Late Night, he had virtually no on-air experience. In a 2003 interview, O'Brien tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross about his efforts to fill Letterman's shoes and how his Irish-Catholic repression fuels his comedy.

Jay Leno: 'Tonight' Was About 'Trying To Get Johnny To Laugh'

In a 1996 interview with Fresh Air's Terry Gross, Leno recalled his rocky Tonight Show debut: "I got heckled my first show ... but luckily I had worked a lot of clubs so I could deal with it, and Johnny [Carson] seemed to like that."

Tortellini, The Dumpling Inspired By Venus' Navel

Legend has it that an innkeeper caught a glimpse of the goddess of love in her bedroom and then rushed to his kitchen to create an egg pasta inspired by Venus' belly button. Today the art of making tortellini is endangered, but several groups are devising creative ways to preserve the tradition.

'Braai Day' Aims To Bring S. Africans Together Over Barbecue

Jan Scannell is a 32-year-old former accountant with a dream: to establish a national holiday in South Africa like July 4 called Braai Day. Braai is a South African barbecue of meat or vegetables over wood embers.

Sandwich Monday: A Hot Dog Cookoff

For today's Sandwich Monday, we eat our way through a hot dog cookoff, and so far, we have lived to tell about it.