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Actor Alan Alda Plays 'Not My Job'

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You know Alan Alda as an actor — most famously as Hawkeye Pierce in the classic TV comedy M*A*S*H — but now he's making his debut as a professional playwright, and we've invited him on to break the news that the lead actress never goes out with the writer.

He's also here to play a game called "You're the Assistant Keeper of the Royal Privy." We know a fair amount about the queen of England — for example, she is rarely amused — but we didn't know much about the people who serve the British royal household ... until now. A new book, Not In Front of the Corgis, details life behind the scenes in the monarchy.

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From Broadway To TV, An Actress' Death Takes Us Down Cultural Rabbit Hole

Beth Howland died on Wednesday at age 74. One of her best known roles, was as the original Amy in Stephen Sondheim's "Company." Looking into her past can lead you down a pop culture spiral.
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'Sweetbitter' Is A Savory Saga Of Restaurant Life And Love

Oysters, cocaine, fine wine, love triangles: Stephanie Danler's debut novel Sweetbitter follows a year in the life of a young woman working at a top-tier Manhattan restaurant.
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Is Primary Rivalry Making The Democratic Party Stronger Like It Did In 2008?

It's not the first time we've seen a bitter end to the Democratic primaries. In 2008, divisive moments came through personal attacks. But back then, Clinton and Obama pushed similar ideologies.
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After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, She Channeled Her Ups And Downs Into Texts

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Natalie Sun about her project, textingwithcancer.com. The website won a Webby award, and documents her pessimism and optimism while undergoing chemotherapy.

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