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Sunday, June 1,2014
Wise Up!

Alcohol

By David Bruce
Sam Andrew played guitar in the bands Big Brother and the Holding Company and the Kozmic Blues, both of which backed up vocalist Janis Joplin. He remembers that a critic once wrote, "Janis Joplin has true melisma in her singing."
Monday, May 26,2014
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Authors

By David Bruce
When young people's book author Susan Beth Pfeffer was a senior in high school, she worked on the school newspaper. Another student on the paper wrote an editorial advocating that if a student had a study period as the last class of the school day, the student ought to be allowed to skip the study period and leave school early.
Sunday, May 18,2014
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Revenge

By David Bruce
Al Capp, creator of "Li'l Abner," once hosted a party for a group of South American cartoonists. Unfortunately, he discovered that none of them could speak English.
Sunday, May 11,2014
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Mothers

By David Bruce
Families with two mothers sometimes get interesting reactions from other people. Amie K. Miller and her partner, Jane, adopted and are raising a daughter named Hannah, who is 4 years old. Hannah's family gets some attention from children her own age, one of whom, Annika, asked Amie, "How come Hannah has two moms?"
Sunday, May 4,2014
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Education

By David Bruce
The boys in Sister Margaret Anne's fiftth-grade class at the Catholic school got into trouble one day when one of the girl students reported to the principal that the boys were using swear words on the playground.
Sunday, April 27,2014
Wise Up!

Alcohol

By David Bruce
• In the 1908 Olympic Games in London, Italian Dorando Pietri appeared to win the gold medal in the marathon, despite being near collapse at the end of the race.
Sunday, April 20,2014
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Names

By David Bruce
William R. Brody, president of the Johns Hopkins University, tells a story about two students attending Columbia University. One student was Sandy Greenberg, who discovered that he was suffering from glaucoma.
Sunday, April 13,2014
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Comedians

By David Bruce
Comedian Fred Allen spent years entertaining people in vaudeville, and as you would expect, he had many stories to tell.
Sunday, April 6,2014
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Money

By 2010, Lady Gaga had made a lot of money. So what is the best thing that she spent money on? She says, "I bought my parents a car." The car was a black Rolls-Royce. Lady Gaga says, "My dad's very Italian, so I wanted to get him a real Godfather car."
Sunday, March 30,2014
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Practical Jokes

By David Bruce
In 2000, Kevyn Aucoin did the make-up for Hilary Swank at the Academy Awards; she won the Best Actress Oscar for Boys "Don't Cry." (The previous year, he did the make-up for Gwyneth Paltrow at the Academy Awards; she won the Best Actress Oscar for "Shakespeare in Love.") Actually, the production company of "Boys Don't Cry" could not afford Mr. Aucoin's very expensive thousands-of-dollars fee, but in "Boys Don't Cry," Ms. Swank played a transgendered teen.
 
 
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