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A Quest For Roots Uncovers Ordinary People

Lawrence Jackson went through most of his life not knowing much about his family history, but when he had a child, he wanted to pass along a family tree. His search took him across Virginia, where he found out more than he ever expected.
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The Movie Peter Berg's 'Seen A Million Times'

The director of Friday Night Lights, Hancock and the new film Battleship says the movie that "just hit me like a freight train" is Milos Forman's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, starring Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher.
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In A World Where One Teen's Voice Is An Internet Hit

Jake Foushee was 14 when he posted a YouTube video showing off his "movie trailer voice" for friends. When the video went viral, Jake found himself on national television. The next stop might be the big screen itself.
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Author's Tweets Give New Meaning To Short Fiction

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan tweeted a science fiction story from the New Yorker fiction Twitter account (@NYerFiction) this week. In the story, Egan takes a character from her novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, and sets her in a futuristic world in which she is a female spy. Host Scott Simon talks with Egan about the first time The New Yorker has serialized fiction on Twitter.
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Clean Your Grill, And Other Hot Holiday Tips From Food Network's Alton Brown

If there's one grilling tip to remember this Memorial Day weekend, it should be this: Flame is bad. Whether you're barbecuing OR grilling, a meat-eater or a vegetarian, here's how to keep your flavor from going up in smoke.
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'Istanbul': A Twisted Tale Of Foreign Espionage

In Joseph Kanon's new spy thriller, Istanbul Passage, former intelligence aide Leon Bauer is caught in the complexities of post-World War II life, in a story of moral compromise and shifting loyalties.
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Fresh Air Weekend: David Alan Grier, Sacha Baron Cohen

The stand-up comedian and star of In Living Color was recently nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of Sporting Life in the opera Porgy and Bess. Also, actor and writer Sacha Baron Cohen on Borat, Bruno, Ali G., and his latest character, The Dictator.
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Folk Singer Bonnie 'Prince' Billy Plays Not My Job

Will Oldham is among the most celebrated singer-songwriters in the country, but chances are you haven't heard of him. That's because he doesn't record under his own name, but under a series of pseudonyms — his latest, and most well known, is Bonnie "Prince" Billy.
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Lady Arm Wrestlers Kick Butt, Entertain In Charlottesville

A group of strong-willed and strong-armed ladies in Charlottesville have pioneered the Collective of Lady Arm Wrestlers — an organization that raises money while doing battle with one another.

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'Route 66': A Country-Crisscrossing Series Comes To Home Video

Actor George Maharis talks about Route 66, the television show he starred in that's just been released in a new DVD box set.

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