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If you’re one of the millions who get their fix of political satire courtesy of Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show,” you already know that he’s a master at simultaneously entertaining and infuriating with his lampooning of politics and the national media. But did you ever wonder how Stewart got to the top of the TV-host heap? Or why what he does matters? Leverett writer Bruce Watson’s going to tell you, Thursday at 7 p.m. at Jones Library in Amherst. Watson, the author of the e-book “Beyond the Moments of Zen,” which chronicles Stewart’s rise to fame, calls “The Daily Show” a “necessary antidote to the kind of craziness we see in day-to-day life.” Free. 259-3223


The Emily Dickinson Museum’s annual poetry walk begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at The Homestead, 280 Main St. in Amherst. If you want to volunteer to read Dickinson poems on the walk, arrive at 12:45.

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