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'Cultural Revolution Cookbook': A Taste Of Humanity

A new book combines the memories and culinary skills of one Chinese political dissident who lived through the country's Cultural Revolution. Since food was rationed, Sasha Gong learned to cook with whatever she could find. "There's something about humanity," she says. "It's hard to suppress."
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Sitting Comfortably In Between

You'll be given two things in the same category. You name the only other thing in the same category that fits between the given things alphabetically. For example, given "Mars" and "Saturn," the answer would be "Mercury."
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Drugs At The Center Of 'The House I Live In'

A new documentary tracks the history of the U.S. War on Drugs. As the film explains, after 44 million arrests, sales of illegal drugs are still on the rise. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz speaks with director Eugene Jarecki, who debuts his film The House I Live In at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend.
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Lesson Learned: Don't Fly To North Pole In A Balloon

In 1897, S.A. Andree took an unlikely approach to exploring the North Pole: As other Arctic adventurers tried to march, sail or sled to the northernmost point on Earth, Andree decided to fly in a hydrogen balloon. Alec Wilkinson tells the story of the ill-fated expedition in his new book, The Ice Balloon.
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Duke Fakir Of The Four Tops Plays Not My Job

Duke Fakir was still a high school student in Detroit when he started performing songs with three friends in the 1950s. That was the beginning of the 40-year career of the Four Tops, one of Motown's biggest acts. We've invited Duke to answer questions about three different kinds of bottoms.
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Carol Channing, Still Delightfully 'Larger Than Life'

Veteran Broadway performer Carol Channing has been onstage for seven decades. A new documentary lovingly profiles the still-sharp, still-charming star of Hello, Dolly.
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Brad Pitt: On Life, Movies And 'Moneyball'

The veteran actor has played a Nazi-hunter, a vampire, a cowboy hitchhiker and the outlaw Jesse James. In his latest film, Brad Pitt plays the manager of baseball's Oakland A's. He tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross why the part interested him and what it's like to live life in the public eye.
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'Coriolanus': A People's Hero Turns On His Own

Ralph Fiennes' directorial debut adapts Shakespeare's Coriolanus, about a Roman general with his eye on political office. Critic David Edelstein says that in Fiennes' hands, the modern-day update makes for thrilling moviegoing.
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Stephen Colbert Wants You To Know: That's Definitely Not His SuperPAC

Stephen Colbert had a superPAC. Jon Stewart has it now. But they're totally not coordinating with each other — or so they explain when parodying campaign finance laws as part of Colbert's latest operation.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Jan. 20

Arena’s Red, dancing ‘Into Sunlight’, and another New Year’s.

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