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At The BBC, The Beatles Shocked An Institution

Between 1962 and 1965, The Beatles were featured on 53 BBC radio programs. For The Beatles: The BBC Archives, executive producer Kevin Howlett had to search for many of these recordings, and they weren't easy to find.
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Flory Jagoda And Trio Sefardi

Kojo explores the sounds of Sephardic music with acclaimed singer and composer Flory Jagoda and members of the early music group, Trio Sefardi.

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It Still Isn't Easy, But Independent Bookstores Are Doing Better

Despite intense competition from Amazon and big-box retailers, there are more independent bookstores now than there were four years ago. Borders' bankruptcy, the "buy local" movement and cooperative publishers have all contributed to the renaissance.
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Katie Couric And Yahoo!: Two Brands Wondering What's Next

Katie Couric's leap to Yahoo! has been hailed as a landmark and criticized as an awkward misstep. But Eric Deggans sees in both Couric and Yahoo! media brands struggling to find a way forward.
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Meet The 'Arabs Got Talent' Star Who Doesn't Speak Arabic

A Massachusetts woman is getting a lot of attention in the Arab world where she's advanced to the final of Arabs Got Talent. Jennifer Grout can't speak Arabic, but she sings flawlessly in Arabic.
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Fans Boo 'Family Guy' Dog Death, But Will It Bring Bryan Back?

Fans of the animated comedy Family Guy got a shock Monday. Some wailed about it on Twitter and Facebook. Spoiler alert: The episode was about the death of Brian, the family dog. One fan started a petition to insist that Fox bring back Brian. It reached 30,000 signatures in less than 24 hours. But the internet has made petitions so easy, they may have lost their power.
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Thanksgivukkah Stress Getting You Down? Here's A Literary Escape Plan

For critic Maureen Corrigan, this year's hybrid family holiday may be best celebrated by escaping into a book. Her recommendations include a kids' book about Russian Jews that identify with the Pilgrims, and a novel that contemplates class divides during wartime through the lens of a football game.
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In Vermont, A Wild-Game Church Supper Feeds The Multitudes

How about a nice, juicy moose burger with your venison? Wild-game suppers are a rural American harvest tradition dating back to Colonial times. This year, 800 people turned out for the long-running "Superbowl" of these suppers, where hunters donate most of the meat (with some roadkill thrown in).
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Trove Of Artifacts Trumpets African-American Triumphs

More than 35 years ago, Bernard and Shirley Kinsey began acquiring documents, artifacts and artworks that tell the story of the African-American experience. The collection, which spans more than 400 years, spotlights not black pain, they say, but the strength and resilience of African-Americans.
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Beer-Tapping Physics: Why A Hit To A Bottle Makes A Foam Volcano

So you know how, if someone comes by and taps the top of your open beer bottle, a volcano of brewski will explode? Well, it turns out that the physics involved are the same as what causes an atomic bomb to form a mushroom cloud. A scientist explains how it works.

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