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Harmony Holiday On Finding Poetry In Her Biracial Roots

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Weekend Edition is asking young poets about what poetry means to them. This week, Harmony Holiday describes how poetry helped her "negotiate the language" of having a white mother and an African-American father.
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After Tragedy, Young Girl Shipped West On 'Orphan Train'

Christina Baker Kline's new novel incorporates a true piece of American history. One of the book's protagonists, an Irish orphan, is packed onto a train and sent to the Midwest. In real life, "orphan trains" were intended to save children from the streets, but sometimes resulted in near-slavery.
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In A Fragmented Cultureverse, Can Pop References Still Pop?

In film and TV, pop culture references are meant to give a knowing nod to those in the audience who understand the joke. But in an increasingly segmented and diverse country, those jokes may be pulling in fewer laughs. This story originally aired on Morning Edition on Jan. 18, 2013.
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O Say Can You C The Answer?

Every answer is a two-word phrase in which the first word starts with O. Drop the O, and you'll get a new word that ends the phrase.
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Jurassic Bark: How Sound Design Changed Our Imaginations

When Gary Rydstrom recorded and mixed together a set of noises for the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park, he never guessed he'd inform our ideas about them for decades to come.
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A 'Caesar' With An African Accent

The plays of William Shakespeare are known for their enduring universality, so the Royal Shakespeare Company's new production of Julius Caesar -- set in a chaotic African dictatorship, with an all-black cast — makes a certain sense.
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'First American Ballet Star' Soared To Fame With 'Firebird'

One of America's first great prima ballerinas has died. Maria Tallchief brought life to The Nutcracker and Firebird at the New York City Ballet. She died Thursday at the age of 88. NPR's Joel Rose has this remembrance.
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How Did All Those People Get Inside Jonathan Winters?

Winters was best known for creating a repertory company of characters that he carried around in his head. In 2000, he told NPR's Scott Simon how he built that cast, after taking some advice from another performer.
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Not My Job: Food Writer Mark Bittman Takes A Quiz About Batman

We've invited him to play a game called "Holy, Bittman, Batman!" We guessing Bittman gets mistaken for the Caped Crusader all the time, so we're going to ask him three questions about Batman.

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