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Lemongrass Brings Essential Spark To Southeast Asian Cooking

Lemongrass is prized in Southeast Asia for lightening meat dishes and keeping powerful seafood flavors in check, as well as imparting its own unique citrusy, herbal flavor. The Thai people have also traditionally prized lemongrass as a digestive aid.
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Bill T. Jones Takes Broadway Hit 'Fela!' On Tour

Award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones joins NPR's Neal Conan to discuss Fela!, his hit musical about the life of Nigerian musician and human rights activist Fela Kuti. The show kicks off a national tour this month.
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Project Promotes Writing The Wartime Experience

Many veterans say writing about war helps them confront the emotions they carry. The Missouri Warrior Writers Project is working to compile those service members' stories in the anthology Holding Each Elephant's Tail: Voices from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.
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Maria Bello Traces 'Prime Suspect' To The US

Critics laud the British crime series Prime Suspect for paving the way for smart television roles for women. NBC's remake stars Maria Bello as the strong-willed detective Jame Timoney. Bello talks about her role and what she hopes the remake will bring to American audiences.
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The Greedy Battle For Iraq's 'Hearts And Minds'

In 2009, Peter Van Buren joined a team working to rebuild Iraq's infrastructure and economy. For the next year, he encountered comically misguided projects, greedy contractors and oblivious bureaucrats. In his new book, We Meant Well, he recounts the ground-level waste and corruption he saw.
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Washington Monument Opening Date Still Unclear

Large crack in Washington Monument

National Park Service officials are expected to  give a progress update on the Washington Monument later today. The park service discovered several cracks in the monument after the earthquake that hit in Virginia last month.

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Andy Warhol's 'Headline': Sensationalism Always Sells

The National Gallery of Art showcases 80 early-'60s Andy Warhol works, all on the theme of newspapers and celebrity. In prints, paintings and drawings, the pop-art icon methodically reproduced tabloid headlines, interrogating the relationship between publications and their readers.
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Three-Minute Fiction: The Final Countdown

The clock is ticking and there are only a few hours left before this round of our Three-Minute Fiction writing contest closes. All stories must be submitted by 11:59 Eastern Time tonight. Our Round 7 judge, Danielle Evans, issued this challenge: One character must come to town and one character must leave town. For the full rules go to npr.org/threeminutefiction.
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'Biblical Womanhood': A Year Of Living By The Book

As a woman and an evangelical Christian, Rachel Held Evans wanted to know just what being a "biblical woman" meant. She spent a year documenting her quest, which included submitting to her husband's choice in movies and holding a sign praising him at the entrance to her town in Tennessee.

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