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Ghanaian Poet Kofi Awoonor Among Those Slain In Nairobi Attack

In a distinguished career that spanned politics, diplomacy and teaching, Kofi Awoonor is best known as one of Africa's most accomplished poets. The 78-year-old Ghanaian was killed in Saturday's attack at a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya.
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Sandwich Monday: The Woody Allen

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the "Woody Allen," made famous by the Carnegie Deli in New York City. It's got pastrami, corned beef, and a whole lot of baggage.
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'12 Years' Star Alfre Woodard: 'You're Never Too Young For The Truth'

Actress Alfre Woodard missed out on an Emmy last night for her role in 'Steel Magnolias,' but she's got plenty of other golden statues to comfort her. She's also generating buzz for the upcoming film '12 Years a Slave.' Woodard takes us behind the scenes of that film, and offers some wisdom about the acting business.
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Political Violence, Uneasy Silence Echo In Lahiri's 'Lowland'

India's politics and history play a central role in Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowland. In the Booker Prize-nominated novel, an Indian radical is killed, and his wife and brother start over in America. Lahiri tells NPR's Lynn Neary that the story is inspired by true events, but very unlike her own life.
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The Man Who Gets The Science Right On 'The Big Bang Theory'

NPR's Neda Ulaby talks to David Saltzberg, the scientist who makes sure that all those equations splashed all over CBS's hugely popular The Big Bang Theory make sense. He also helps create realistic dialogue, and he even wrote a joke once.
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'Hollywood Said No,' But 'Mr. Show' Fans Said Yes!

Bob Odenkirk and David Cross created and starred in the short-lived sketch comedy program Mr. Show. Fifteen years after their show went off the air, they have a new book of old scripts that were rejected by Hollywood.
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Move Over Vodka; Korean Soju's Taking A Shot At America

It's the top-selling spirit in the world, but you've probably never heard of it. That's because Jinro soju does less than 5 percent of its sales in the U.S. Now, they're looking to expand that presence — by a lot. "We want to be in every store," says one marketing manager. "That's our main goal."
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In Ed Ruscha's Work, A City Sits For Its Portrait

Once dismissed as "doomed to oblivion," Ed Ruscha's first photo series celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Ruscha devoted his photography to all the mundane details of his native Los Angeles, capturing all the gas stations and buildings that go missing in glamor shots.
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Play The Blame Game

You will be given two words. Think of a third word that can follow each to complete a familiar two-word phrase. The third word will rhyme with one of the given words. For example, given "blame" and "board," you would say "game," as in "blame game" and "board game."
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NFL Veteran Recounts The Bruises And Breaks Of Life In The League.

Former NFL receiver Nate Jackson's new memoir, Slow Getting Up, is a raw account of his six years on the field. Jackson spent most of that time with the Denver Broncos, and while he wasn't a star, he got just as banged up as the big-name players — and learned to play through the pain.

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