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For 'Black Nerds Everywhere,' Two Comedy Heroes

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, longtime friends and comedy-show colleagues, are about to launch a new show on Comedy Central. They say their shared experiences as the biracial kids of single moms have often been a comedy gold mine.
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'Birmingham': A Family Tale In The Civil Rights Era

A road trip from Michigan to Alabama places the Watson family in Birmingham in 1963, just as racial tensions are roiling. Christopher Paul Curtis draws upon his own experiences growing up in the 1960s for this Newbury Honor-winning novel.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Jan. 27

Oscar Wilde, William Shakespeare, Simone Dinnerstein and Apocalyptoon.

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In Broadway's 'Wit,' A Documentary Of Our Demise

Cynthia Nixon, best known for her glamorous role in Sex and the City, stars in a Broadway revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Wit. Jeff Lunden talks with Nixon — and Wit's playwright Margaret Edson — about depicting disease and pain with humor.
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Bound Together: Breaking Those Toxic Family Ties

In the bucolic setting of The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker, the joys and pitfalls of sibling rivalry are given new life. Author Amy Waldman says the book's sparse prose and stark setting provide the backdrop for a moving story of familial resentment.
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Was The Stimulus Package 'Money Well Spent'?

Did the economic stimulus program amount to a costly failure, or save the U.S. from a depression? ProPublica investigative reporter Michael Grabell's new book explains how the 2009 stimulus package was passed and what happened to taxpayers' money.
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Real Tuskegee Airmen Helped 'Red Tails' Take Flight

George Lucas, the executive producer of the World War II saga, said he wanted the movie to be about heroes. So, he brought them in. Actual Tuskegee Airmen advised actors on everything from how to wear their pants to how to move in a cockpit.
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In 'Albert Nobbs,' Glenn Close Does More Than Pass

Both Close and co-star Janet McTeer have received Academy Award nominations for their roles in the period drama. Set in Dublin before World War I, it centers on a woman who finds more freedom by living life as a man.

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