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At Arena Stage, A Million-Dollar Toast To Playwrights

In Washington, D.C., the newly expanded Arena Stage has established a program that provides playwrights a few basics — including housing, a salary, and health benefits — so they can focus on their work.
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The Red Solo Cup: Every Party's Most Popular Guest

It's not just any party cup; it's the king of the keggers. Born in the '70s, the ubiquitous red Solo cup is the official drinking vessel at barbecues, fairs and college parties across America. It's changed over the years, but it'll never be too old for beer pong.
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A Tale Of Forgiveness From The Tragedy Of Masada

When Jerusalem fell in 70 A.D., hundreds of Jews journeyed through the desert to a place called Masada. They called it home until the Romans came and a bloody battle left behind only a few survivors. Alice Hoffman tells her own version of the story in her new novel, The Dovekeepers.
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'Train Of Small Mercies': RFK's Last Journey Imagined

David Rowell's debut novel puts public and personal timelines alongside each other as he recounts June 8, 1968. That's the day a train made a slow, momentous journey from New York to Washington, D.C., to deliver the body of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy for burial beside his slain brother.
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Basketball Legend Shares 'Charmed, Tormented Life'

Jerry West is literally the symbol of the National Basketball Association; his silhouette is the NBA's logo. Host Scott Simon talks to the former player about his life both on and off the court, documented in his new memoir, West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life.
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Catherine The Great: First She Read, Then She Ruled

Biographer Robert Massie explains how Catherine II read books to escape the misery of her unhappy marriage. When she became empress in 1762, she championed the ideals of the French Enlightenment during her 34-year reign over Russia.
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A Global History, Told Through '100 Objects'

In the book A History of the World in 100 Objects, the director of the British Museum chose 100 objects from his institution's collection of thousands to tell a surprisingly comprehensive history of the world.
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Actor Colin Hanks Plays Not My Job

We've invited Hanks to play a game called "'Till Death Do We Part ... Or At Least Until I Get A Better Offer." Three questions about short-lived celebrity marriages.
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What's The Defining Moment Of Your Generation?

Demographers divide generations by birth year. But each group has also been shaped by the news, music and major cultural events of its era. So what really distinguishes a baby boomer from a Generation Xer, a millennial from a member of the silent generation? Share your defining moments.

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