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Peter Bergman: Remembering The 'Firesign' Satirist

Peter Bergman, one of the founding members of the four-man surrealist comedy troupe The Firesign Theatre, died Friday of complications from leukemia. He was 72. Fresh Air remembers Bergman with excerpts from a 1993 interview.
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Virginia Scholar To Write Prequel To Godfather Series

An author in Virginia has won the coveted assignment of writing the prequel for the Godfather series, but there's a last-minute twist.
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'Schoolhouse': Rosenwald Schools In The South

Sears, Roebuck President Julius Rosenwald and civil rights leader Booker T. Washington got together to help build of thousands of schoolhouses for black children in the segregated South. Author Stephanie Deutsch tells the story of their friendship in You Need a Schoolhouse.
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Flower Power: Philly Show Eyes More Than Gardeners

Since 1829, the Philadelphia International Flower Show has used dazzling flower displays to attract gardeners and plant buffs. But is that enough anymore? This year's show has tried to make visitors part of the exhibition.
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Life At Jefferson's Monticello, As His Slaves Saw It

Thomas Jefferson, a man who dedicated much of his life to the idea of liberty, owned more than 600 slaves throughout his lifetime. A new exhibition, "Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty," invites visitors to reconsider what they know about the nation's third president.
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A 'Shinsai' To Aid Japan's Theater Community

The word carries "disaster" in its meaning, but this weekend it's the name for a series of stage benefits across the U.S. and around the globe, all to commemorate the first anniversary of the massive Tohoku earthquake and tsunami — and fund relief efforts for Japanese artists.
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Artful, American Essays From 'When I Was A Child'

Novelist Marilynne Robinson takes on Christian faith and the American West in her new collection of essays, When I Was a Child I Read Books. "I find that the hardest work in the world," she writes, "... is to persuade Easterners that growing up in the West is not intellectually crippling."
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This Puzzle Gets Cracked When Opposites Attract

Every answer consists of two words that are opposites. You are given rhymes for the words, and you give the opposites.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, March 12

Explore space and time from the comfort of your District.
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Three-Minute Fiction Round 8: She Closed The Book...

Weekends on All Things Considered is launching Round 8 of its Three-Minute Fiction contest. This time, the story has to start with this sentence: "She closed the book, placed it on the table, and finally, decided to walk through the door."

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