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Russian Activist Masha Gessen And The Art Of Dissent

Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen lived and worked in Russia for 20 years before increasingly severe anti-gay legislation led her, her partner and three children to leave for the U.S. last December. Her newest book, “Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot,” details the story of the famed feminist punk rock activist group, tracing the roots of their revolt in Russia’s post-Soviet culture and documenting the members’ journey into Russia’s penal colonies after being convicted of hooliganism. She joins Kojo to discuss the art of dissent.

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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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America's First Ladies

They walk a tricky line: closest adviser to the President of the United States and hostess in chief. A new book examines the evolution of the role of first lady of the United States.

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E-Cigarettes and Vaping

Last week, the D.C. Council voted to designate e-cigarettes and "similar vapor products containing nicotine" as tobacco products. That means that their sales tax will jump from the regular 5.75% sales tax to the 70% tax that's tacked onto sales of products like cigarettes and cigars. We explore what this means for the evolving public health debate surrounding e-cigarettes.

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