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Three Secrets To Crispy Pickles, And A 'Lost Recipe' Found

Expert canner Marisa McClellan helps a listener re-create her grandma's pickle recipe, and offers three tips on how to keep homemade pickles crisp by cutting off the ends and adding alum or a tannin.
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Fresh Air Celebrates Woody Guthrie At 100

The legendary folksinger wrote hundreds of political songs, children's tunes and ballads, including "This Land Is Your Land," "Pastures of Plenty" and "Pretty Boy Floyd." Many of his tracks appear on a new CD box set released by Smithsonian Folkways.
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A Dancer Rises And Falls And Rises Again (Originally broadcast February 10, 2012)

Alicia Graf Mack thought her dancing days were over when an autoimmune disorder forced her to hang up her toe shoes. But now she's back, dancing with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and determined to make the most of her time on the stage.

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The 'Political Animals' Running Washington, D.C.

Greg Berlanti's new series on the USA Network stars Sigourney Weaver as the secretary of state and former first lady. Critic John Powers says he suspects that "even a Martian" would realize Weaver's character is based on Hillary Clinton — and that's not a bad thing.
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Watch This: Lisa Kudrow Recommends Golden Oldies

The former Friends star and creator of Showtime's Web Therapy recommends some classics — both well-loved and forgotten — as well as a YouTube video that beautifully mixes the old with the new.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, July 12

A tale of two theater festivals and the city that could accommodate both.

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Revisiting Shakespeare's Sonnets With Peter O'Toole

Peter O'Toole announced his retirement from show business on Tuesday. The actor is best known for the title role in Lawrence of Arabia 50 years ago. Melissa Block spoke to O'Toole in 2007 and offers this look back.
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Finally, TV's 'Dolt' Dads Get To Evolve

"Starting from the birth of sitcoms, fathers are pretty much universally morons," writes Hanna Rosin in "The Evolution of the Doltish Dad" for Slate.com. The latest crop of sitcoms, though, present happy stay-at-home dads, or successful businessmen who are more than just sources of comic relief.
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'A Door In The Ocean' Leads To Dark Depths

In his new memoir, David McGlynn describes how his teenage years were disrupted by violence. McGlynn was a swimmer who turned to evangelical Christianity in college. A Door in the Ocean is a compelling coming-of-age story marked by random tragedy and biblical tracts, church coffee and chlorine.

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