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Peter Bergman: Remembering The ‘Firesign’ Satirist

Peter Bergman, one of the founding members of the four-man surrealist comedy troupe The Firesign Theatre, died Friday of complications […]

The Knives Come Out: Three Books About Betrayal

I was in Mrs. Farrell’s English class when I first saw the daggers come out. Casca led them, Brutus finished […]

SXSW Film: ‘Paul Williams Still Alive’ Brings The Filmmaker Into The Picture

People are often a little fuzzy on exactly what Paul Williams did. Maybe they know he wrote “The Rainbow Connection,” […]

Flower Power: Philly Show Eyes More Than Gardeners

Philadelphia hosted the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show this week. Since 1829, the Philadelphia International Flower Show has […]

‘Schoolhouse’: Rosenwald Schools In The South

Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington came from vastly different backgrounds. Rosenwald, president of Sears, Roebuck and Co., was one […]

Life At Jefferson’s Monticello, As His Slaves Saw It

Thomas Jefferson’s very existence was shaped and enabled by slavery. Slaves placed newborn Thomas in his cradle, and slaves comforted […]

Artful, American Essays From ‘When I Was A Child’

In her new collection of essays, novelist Marilynne Robinson writes: “I find that the hardest work in the world — […]

A ‘Shinsai’ To Aid Japan’s Theater Community

A year ago, Japan suffered a shinsai — an earthquake disaster. And on the anniversary of that disaster, theater artists […]

This Puzzle Gets Cracked When Opposites Attract

On-Air Challenge: Every answer consists of two words that are opposites. You are given rhymes for the words, and you […]

Here (And There, And Really Everywhere) Be Dragons

As the supernatural enjoys a pop culture resurgence — from vampires to fairy tales — there’s also been a firestorm […]

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