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Tiny Ovens For Tots: A Kitchen Evolution

The Easy-Bake oven might be the most widely recognized cooking toy ever made. But it's just one chapter in the century-old history of working toy ovens. We've cooked up a few examples of the Easy-Bake's predecessors, and a few choice morsels from the iconic toy's own evolution.
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An Arts Leader Lifts the Baton One Last Time

More than 45 years after founding the Washington Choral Arts Society, Norman Scribner is preparing for his final performance on June 13.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Silverdocs Documentary Festival at AFI Silver

The 10th annual Silverdocs Festival is "non-fiction nirvana," demonstrating great documentary works at AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Md.

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Tonys Prompt Questions Of Race In American Theater

With a black president in the White House, there's a lot of talk about a post-racial society. But is that feeling reflected in the dramatic arts? Ahead of Sunday's Tony Awards, host Michel Martin looks at the role of race in American theater. She speaks with Kyle Bass of Syracuse Stage and chief theater critic for The Chicago Tribune Chris Jones.
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Why Soybeans Sit On The Bench While Corn Takes The Field

Soybeans came to the U.S. as a cheap source of oil, and they've never been able to overcome that past. They just don't have the rock star status of corn, even though they're the nation's number two crop.
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How Dorothy Parker Came To Rest In Baltimore

Dorothy Parker considered New York City to be her beloved hometown: It's where she grew up, where she wrote many darkly humorous poems and short stories, and where she became famous. But today, Parker's ashes can be found not in New York, but in Baltimore.
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Monet's Green Thumb: How Art Grew From A Garden

Claude Monet is famous for his impressionist paintings, but a new exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden looks at the horticultural skill that informed his art. One horticulturalist says, "Monet would never have been the painter he became if he wasn't the gardener he was."
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, June 7

Traveling theater, unplugged experimental music, and a homegrown talk show.
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The End Is Near, And It's No Walk 'On The Beach'

Growing up in the '80s, author Myla Goldberg crafted a survival plan in the event of a nuclear war. But all that changed when she read On the Beach by Nevil Shute. Have you ever read a book that gave you a sobering picture of the world? Tell us in the comments.

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