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Debt Struggles As Old As America Itself

Bitter debates about the national debt date back to the earliest days of the Republic, economist Simon Johnson says. Back then, the nation's failure to borrow was the problem. In White House Burning, Johnson and co-author James Kwack explore the meaning of the national debt and prospects for managing it.
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Harlem Renaissance Artist Catlett Dies At 96

Sculptor Elizabeth Catlett was one of the most important African-American artists of the 20th century and one of the last living links to the Harlem Renaissance. She died Monday at the age of 96.
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Many Colors Of Prejudice Are Revealed In 'Dark Girls'

Dark Girls, a documentary about color prejudice among African-Americans, has become a hit on the film festival circuit. Actor-director Bill Duke says discrimination by light-skinned blacks toward dark-skinned ones is not a thing of the past.

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A Fruitful Collaboration Still Yielding Broadway Hits

Two highly regarded revivals of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's 1970s hits Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita are opening within two weeks of each other on Broadway. Jeff Lunden talks with Lloyd Webber and Rice about their hit shows and the collaboration that led to them.
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With 'Scandal,' ABC Targets Black Female Viewers

ABC's new drama Scandal, from Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, depicts a powerful black woman in Washington, D.C.: Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), a top-flight crisis manager. Critic Eric Deggans says the show is an example of programming increasingly aimed at black female viewers.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, April 5

Life in conflict zones and Aztec Two-Step.

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Catlett Blazed Trails As An African-American Artist

Elizabeth Catlett was one of the most important African-American sculptors of the 20th century and one of the last living links to the Harlem Renaissance. She died Monday at age 96.
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Fred Savage: A Child Star Makes Good, With Less Than Wholesome Comedies

Fred Savage has gone from child actor to a producer and director with a new comedy on NBC. He says growing up in show business doesn't have to mean a life of crime and disaster.

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