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Life As A 'Symbol Of Integration' In College

In 1953, A.P. Tureaud Jr. enrolled as a freshman at Louisiana State University, becoming the school's first and only black undergraduate that year. Tureaud's family had filed a lawsuit on his behalf. And as he recalls it, life on campus was anything but easy.
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Franz Liszt At 200: An Important, But Not Great, Composer

Commentator Miles Hoffman reflects on the influential composer's legacy 200 years after his birth.
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'Margin Call': A Movie Occupied With Wall Street

This fiscal thriller, starring Kevin Spacey, Zachary Quinto and Demi Moore, is set during one day in 2008, as a group of brokers try to prevent their firm from going belly up. David Edelstein says that given the headlines, the film's timing couldn't be better. (Recommended)
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Goodbye, Gadhafi: A Dream Made Into Reality

After over 40 years of repression, Libyans the world over are celebrating the death of leader Moammar Gadhafi. Libyan-American student Sarah Burshan recalls her reaction to the emotional news of Gadhafi's death.
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Real 'Sybil' Admits Multiple Personalities Were Fake

In Sybil Exposed, Debbie Nathan explores the life of Shirley Mason — the psychiatric patient whose life was portrayed in the 1973 book and 1976 TV movie. Mason later admitted to her psychiatrist that she'd made the whole thing up — but not before the story manufactured a psychiatric phenomenon.
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Amy Poehler: Playing Politics, But Only On Television

Emmy-nominated actress Amy Poehler talks to Ari Shapiro about her role as an aspiring local politician on the NBC comedy Parks And Recreation.
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Quit Playing Games With Scrabble!

After accusations of a rogue consonant at the World Scrabble Championship in Warsaw, the board game world is as shaken as its bag of lettered tiles. But is an elusive triple word score ever worth this kind of extreme unsportsmanlike conduct? Author Meg Wolitzer settles the score.
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Justice Stevens Reflects On The Court And Its Chiefs

After 35 years as a Supreme Court justice, John Paul Stevens retired last year. His newly released memoir is about his time on the bench and the five Supreme Court chief justices he personally knew. He details his views of those justices and how his viewpoints on various issues evolved over the years.
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Sometimes, One Is Enough

In an era of reality TV and short attention spans, Frank Deford wonders if the best-of-seven game series is really such a good idea.
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For The First Time, 50 Percent Of Americans Say U.S. Should Legalize Pot

Gallup has asked the survey question since 1969 and this is first time half of Americans think pot use should be legal.

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