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"Lee Daniels' The Butler"

Eugene Allen began working at the White House in 1952. Over the course of three decades, he would serve eight presidents and witness the upheavals of the civil rights movement from within 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. A new star-studded feature film, "Lee Daniels' The Butler," tells a (slightly) fictionalized version of Allen's unique life story, while exploring the fraught issues of race and racism in American politics. We talk with the film's director and the local journalist who uncovered Allen's story.

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Peruvians Love Their Chicha Street Art. The Government ... Not So Much

Walk down a street in Peru and you'll likely see an example of the glow-in-the-dark posters and murals. Lots of people love them. But the upper crust — and the government — aren't impressed.
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Tea-Infused Sweets: Chocolate + Jasmine Tea Is A Match Made In Heaven

Smoky and floral brews can provide a kick of flavor to desserts, especially when blended with chocolate. Pastry chef Naomi Gallego shows us a few tricks for surprising the palate with tea.
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Texas Textbooks And Teaching The Civil War And America's History Of Racial Segregation

This fall five million public school students in Texas will use textbooks that critics say misrepresent the Civil War and the nation's history of racial segregation. The battle over how the Civil War is taught in public schools.

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UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski

The president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, chats about the future of higher education — and what he's doing to steer African-American students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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