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When Linus Met Sally and Other Famous Fictional Couples

VALENTINE'S DAY
You have to be pretty hard-hearted to not get a least a little lump in your thought when you think of some of fictional couples. But have you ever stopped to think just how these crazy lovebirds ever got together? The answers may surprise you.

Linus Van Pelt and Sally Brown
According to the comic strip, Charlie Brown’s sister, Sally was born on May 26, 1959 where Charlie marked the occasion by passing out chocolate cigars to his friends. She grew up quickly. She took her first steps on August 22, 1960 and she fell in love with Linus, Lucy’s brother, on the next day. It was love at first sight, at least on her part. Sally has often referred to Linus as her “Sweet Baboo.” Her dedication to her man seems endless. She has missed out on “tricks and treats” by sitting in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin and she was incensed that Linus would snub her a Valentine’s gift in favor for his teacher, Miss Othmar. Still, she clings hopelessly in love with the stripe …

Katie Couric Stars in New Documentary Series

America Inside Out with Katie Couric
Katie Couric (L) greets a child at the Islamic Association of Raleigh, NC.
 (National Geographic/Ben McKeown)

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National Geographic today announced the title of the network’s latest project with Katie Couric: America Inside Out with Katie Couric. The six-part documentary series follows Couric as she travels the country to talk with the people bearing witness to the most complicated and consequential questions in American culture today.

Inspired by her own journey making National Geographic’s critically acclaimed documentary Gender Revolution, Couric travels to dozens of cities across North America — from Freemont, Nebraska, to Montgomery, Alabama, to talk with hundreds of people to get an inside look at pressing social issues, including gender inequality, Muslims in America, political correctness, white working-class anxiety, the battle over Confederate monuments and statues and how technology is affecting our humanity.
Couric enlists cultural icons, experts and everyday people to help her look past the noise, politics and individual discomfort to understand complicated truths. Examples include Farris Barakat, whose brother Deah, a dental student, was murdered in what many believe was an anti-Muslim hate crime; residents of Erie, Pennsylvania, who have faced a steady decline in jobs and are having to reimagine their futures; and an Oregon family whose 20-year-old son is headed to a three-month technology rehab echnology rehab after falling into gaming addiction.

“As a nation, we are in the midst of unsettling, often head-spinning change — how we live, how we communicate, how we see the past, the future and each other,” says Couric. “I wanted to explore some of the thorniest, most divisive issues facing the country, and give people the tools to have a conversation, not just an opinion. In the instantaneous, 24/7 news cycle, people seem to want affirmation, not information. That makes it all the more important to step out of our comfort zones and be open to different perspectives. I want to revive the lost art of listening, because when we understand each other, it can help us reclaim our empathy and humanity, and forge a path forward.”

America Inside Out with Katie Couric premieres April 11, 2018 on the National Geographic channel.

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