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At 86, A 'Jazz Child' Looks Back On A Life Of Sunshine, Sorrow

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Singer Sheila Jordan, who leaped to fame in George Russell's version of "You Are My Sunshine," recalls her dirt-poor childhood and the thrill of hearing Charlie Parker play through a club's back door.

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Pope Francis As Reformer, Evangelizer — And Doctrinal Conservative

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Austen Ivereigh, author of a new biography of Pope Francis, says the media have misjudged the pope's comments on abortion and homosexuality — but that Francis is a radical in other respects.

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After Wrongful Conviction, Three Lifetimes Spent With Hope In Check

Sunday, November 30, 2014

They were young men when they went to prison in 1975 for a murder they did not commit. The last two of them were freed this month, releasing a joy they could finally savor together.

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Backstage With Janis Joplin: Doubts, Drugs And Compassion

Saturday, November 29, 2014

John Byrne Cooke was Janis Joplin's road manager from 1967 until her untimely death in 1970. So he saw a lot of rock history up close — and describes some of the details in a new memoir.

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In 'Imitation Game,' An Outsider Takes Center Stage

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Director Morten Tyldum says he wanted the film, about World War II code breaker Alan Turing, to show "how important it is to actually celebrate those who are different than us instead of fear them."

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Jesus Started A Chain Letter — And Other Hoaxes

Saturday, November 29, 2014

After Jesus died, he supposedly wrote a letter to Earth. A copy of that letter is now on display, along with other historic fakes and forgeries including a famous — and bogus — anti-Semitic tract.

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A Decade After Battle, Medic And Wounded Soldier Reunite

Saturday, November 29, 2014

In 2004, Command Sgt. Maj. Roy Wilkins was wounded in an IED explosion in Afghanistan. Medic Keith Melick pulled him from the rubble. This summer, a chance meeting brought the two together again.

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Teacher Seeks Exoneration From McCarthy-Era Conviction

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Miriam Moskowitz was convicted of conspiracy during the Red Scare. Now the 98-year-old wants to clear her name — and warn others of what happens when fear fuels persecution.

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Chicken Confidential: How This Bird Came To Rule The Cultural Roost

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Andrew Lawler's Why Did the Chicken Cross the World? explores the secret to the domesticated bird's success: "You can turn the chicken into almost anything," he says, from religious symbol to dinner.

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Why The ER Doctor Asks Patients What's Happening At Home

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Some people would argue that the emergency room isn't the right place to deal with patients' personal problems. But the ills that lead people to seek care are often tied to their challenging lives.

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From Humble Salt To Fancy Freezing: How To Up Your Cocktail Game

Friday, November 28, 2014

You don't need to have liquid nitrogen at your next cocktail party — but it's certainly a sure-fire way to impress your guests. Expert mixologist Dave Arnold walks you through it.

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A Boozy Parisian Pineapple That Tastes Like The Holidays

Friday, November 28, 2014

Dorie Greenspan struggled to recreate a friend's sweet dessert, but he just wouldn't divulge his secret. "It's nothing," he said. "It's so simple." Turns out, it is simple — once you have the recipe.

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Killer Mike: 'Rap Has Given Me Voice'

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Atlanta rapper — and one half of rap group Run The Jewels — wants his songs to confront heavy everyday issues with empathy: "I think our regular lives are amazing, beautiful things."

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Once Homeless, Family Feels 'Blessed To Wake Up Another Day'

Friday, November 28, 2014

In 2013, after drowning in past-due bills, Franklin and Sherry Gilliard became homeless. Now they live in transitional housing, and they hold a circle of thanks at dinner to remember what they have.

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Gold-Plated Gowns And 8-inch Pumps: The Stuff That Made Starlets Shimmer

Friday, November 28, 2014

Actress Mae West was petite, but on screen — thanks to a pair of platform shoes — she looked larger than life. A show in Boston examines the fashion and jewelry of Hollywood's golden age.

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Melissa Etheridge Opens Her Heart

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Etheridge talks about being accepted by her conservative hometown, being truthful with the public, getting married and living her monster-ness.

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Stabat Mater: Young Composers Explore An Ancient Text

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

British choral group The Sixteen sings new settings of the Stabat Mater. Director Harry Christophers says the ensemble was looking for "something that was very spiritual, very mystical."

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The Native American Side Of The Thanksgiving Menu

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The first Thanksgiving was something of a joint venture between pilgrims and Native Americans. Chef Richard Hetzler shares a menu that celebrates the first settlers and the country's first tribes.

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Gluten-Free? Vegan? Thanksgiving Recipes For Alternative Diets

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

It's like the start of a bad joke: a vegan, a gluten-free and a paleo walk into a bar — except it's your house, and they're gathered around the Thanksgiving table. Don't panic — we've got recipes.

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Box Of Love Letters Reveals Grandfather Didn't Escape WWII With 'Everyone'

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Years after her grandfather's death, Sarah Wildman discovered letters from a young woman he'd left behind in Vienna in the 1930s. So Wildman set out to find her grandfather's true love.

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