Exclusive: Read a 9-Year-Old’s Letter to Obama About Putting a Woman on U.S. Currency — and His Response

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The little girl who asked Obama last year why there aren’t any women on U.S. bills has finally gotten a letter back from the President — and she’s invited to the annual White House Easter Egg roll.

President Obama made waves last year when he mentioned he had received a letter from a little girl asking him to put some women on U.S. currency, which he called a “pretty good idea.” That letter was from Sofia, a Massachusetts girl who was just finishing third grade at the time.

“I was studying Ann Hutchinson, who stood up for women’s rights,” she says. “Almost everyone who chose a boy, on their poster they had pictures of different dollar bills or coins with their person on it. So I noticed, why don’t women have coins or dollar bills with their faces on it?”

Sofia, now 9, knew immediately what she had to do…

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Watch Cate Blanchett Lose It in a Cinderella Interview

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Cate Blanchett, one of the stars of the new Cinderella, reacted in a way befitting the evil stepmother in an interview about the movie.

First, after fumbling through an awkward set of questions, Channel Ten’s Jonathan Hyla jokingly says he’s going to add alcohol to the mix: “I was going to bring like a six pack of beer. You seem like the type of person that we should just crack open a beer and just have a chat,” he says to Blanchett.

To which she responds: “This date is not going well, I do not drink beer.”

Yikes. But it gets worse. The two agree to “start over” and reintroduce themselves to each other. But Blanchett is not amused when Hyla’s first new question is about how she wrangles a cat on a leash in the film.

“I tried to put my girlfriend’s cat on a leash, and it…

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Singing Changes Your Brain

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When you sing, musical vibrations move through you, altering your physical and emotional landscape. Group singing, for those who have done it, is the most exhilarating and transformative of all. It takes something incredibly intimate, a sound that begins inside you, shares it with a roomful of people and it comes back as something even more thrilling: harmony. So it’s not surprising that group singing is on the rise. According to Chorus America, 32.5 million adults sing in choirs, up by almost 10 million over the past six years. Many people think  of church music when you bring up group singing, but there are over 270,000 choruses across the country and they include gospel groups to show choirs like the ones depicted in Glee to strictly amateur groups like Choir! Choir! Choir! singing David Bowie’s The Man Who Sold the World.

As the popularity of group singing grows, science…

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