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Some Book! 'Charlotte's Web' Turns 60

Monday, October 15, 2012

E.B. White's classic children's book is ostensibly about a spider and a pig. But author Michael Sims says the story is really about the barn the critters live in, based on a real barn on White's Maine farm.

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How Lincoln's Fiercest Rival Became His Close Ally

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Walter Starhr's new biography, Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man, tells the story of William Seward and Abraham Lincoln and how these two campaign adversaries became close White House allies.

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Michael Feinstein: What I Learned From The Gershwins

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The musician and educator spent six years as Ira Gershwin's cataloger and archivist. His experience forms the basis of a new book, The Gershwins and Me, in which he explores George and Ira's work and influence.

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Virgin's Richard Branson Bares His Business 'Secrets'

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Branson dropped out of school at 15, but by 16 he had his own magazine, and by 21 he had opened his first business — Virgin Records. Today, he's the head of a global business empire. ...

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Romney's Debate Performance Swings Polls In His Favor

Monday, October 08, 2012

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In the five days since Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was declared by many the winner of the first presidential debate, political watchers have waited to see if polls would shift in response to his performance. And, they did.

Preventing Silicon Valley's 'Immigrant Exodus'

Friday, October 05, 2012

A new study from the Kauffman Foundation shows that the number of immigrant entrepreneurs in the country has fallen slightly. But according to Vivek Wadhwa, an author of the study, th...

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'Million-Dollar Blocks' Map Incarceration's Costs

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Many cities spend millions on prisons annually, and often those moving in and out of jail come from the same neighborhoods. The Justice Mapping Center maps those costs, block by block...

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The Man Who Jump-Started Presidential Debates

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Four years before the famous Kennedy-Nixon face-off, a student at the University of Maryland wanted to see whether the nominees in 1956 — Dwight Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson — might...

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'Looper' Director: Memory A Form Of Time Travel

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Director Rian Johnson is known for his 2005 high school noir flick Brick. His new movie, Looper, jumps 30 years into a grim future for a twisty thriller involving time traveling assas...

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The 'Future' Of Movies? Critic Says It's Not So Bright

Sunday, September 30, 2012

In his new book, New Yorker film critic David Denby bemoans what digital and global filmmaking has done to the industry. "[Movies] have to play in Bangkok and Bangalore ... as well as...

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To Prep For Debates, Stand-Ins Take The Stage

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Both President Obama and his GOP rival, Mitt Romney, have spent weeks preparing for the debates by facing off against fake versions of their challengers played by stand-ins. Though ea...

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What Winning The 'Catholic Vote' Means Today

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Catholics used to reliably side with Democrats, in large part because of the labor union movement. But after a century of integration, the group started to look like the rest of the A...

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Frankie Valli On Hair Products And Finding His Falsetto

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Jersey boy also spoke to Scott Simon about his group's early names and his friend Joe Pesci.

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'Listening In' To JFK's Secret White House Recordings

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The new trove of recordings covers everything from the Cold War to civil rights to Vietnam to the U.S. ice hockey team. Listening In, a new book and CD set, includes more than 260 hou...

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Poverty Informs J.K. Rowling's New Novel For Adults

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Casual Vacancy is worlds away from Hogwarts and Harry Potter. It's a dark comedy of manners, set in a small town in the aftermath of a local politician's death. Rowling says her e...

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Held Dear In U.S., Free Speech Perplexing Abroad

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Protesters in the Middle East and North Africa have demanded an apology from the U.S. government over a video that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad. While even highly offensive speech ...

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Mets' Pitcher Makes 'Knuckleball!' His Own

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

It's an exclusive club: pitchers who win with the knuckleball in Major League Baseball. The New York Mets' R.A. Dickey is one of the few active starting pitchers in professional baseb...

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Becoming 'Anton,' Or, How Rushdie Survived A Fatwa

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

In 1989, Iran's leader issued an edict that sentenced Salman Rushdie to death for writing the novel The Satanic Verses. Rushdie reflects on the fallout from that order — from the year...

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Former Diplomat: Doing A Good Job Invites Risk

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Ryan Crocker mourns the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who died in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya on Tuesday. But as a former ambassador himself, Crocker says, "We...

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'It's A Grind': An NFL Player's Struggle For Survival

Sunday, September 02, 2012

To call Ross Ventrone's career as an NFL defensive back unstable is an understatement. He's been hired, promoted, or fired by the New England Patriots no fewer than 29 times in two years.

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