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Comedians Parody Two Sides Of President Obama

Comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have become well-known for their humorous take on race relations. Their video series featuring a cool President Obama and his Vesuvian "anger translator" Luther has become a viral sensation. The duo talks about using comedy to explore touchy racial issues in the 2012 campaign.
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Mantel Takes Up Betrayal, Beheadings In 'Bodies'

Hilary Mantel is the first woman to win the Man Booker Prize twice, first for her 2009 novel, Wolf Hall, and now for that book's 2012 sequel, Bring Up the Bodies. The novels are part of a historical fiction trilogy about Tudor England and the events surrounding the reign of King Henry VIII.
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Sandwich Monday: The Butter & Sugar Burger

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we make our own version of a special from Asia's Freshness Burger chain: The Butter And Sugar Burger. Spoiler alert: It has two ingredients, and they are butter and sugar. And it's on a bun.
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Jonathan Kozol On Kids That Survive Inner Cities

Jonathan Kozol has chronicled the lives of lower income children for nearly fifty years. In his new book, Fire In The Ashes, Kozol writes about families that he met in the 1980s, and the inspiring — and sometimes tragic — turns their lives have taken. He shares their stories with host Michel Martin.
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'Life Of Pi' Life-Changing For Young Star

How did Suraj Sharma end up starring in Oscar-winning director Ang Lee's new film Life of Pi? All he needed to do was learn to act, learn to swim, and learn to understand tigers.
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Rain Pryor

An artist with one of the most recognizable names in show business is bringing new visibility to a small theater company in Baltimore.

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Memoir Traces How Cartoonist Lost Her 'Marbles'

Just before her 30th birthday, Ellen Forney received a diagnosis that finally explained her super-charged highs and debilitating lows: bipolar disorder. In Marbles, a new graphic memoir, Forney recalls both the pain and the humor of her path to stability.
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D.C. Considers Ramping Up Incentives To Lure More Movie Shoots

The D.C. Council is hoping to lure more movies to shoot on location in the District, and may provide more incentives to filmmakers looking to shoot in the city by increasing the film incentive fund.

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No Innocent Spice: The Secret Story Of Nutmeg, Life And Death

Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice found in cakes and cider, and even spiking our spinach, if we're lucky. But it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan back in the 1600s.

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