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Friend Or Fiend? 'Pit Bull' Explores The History Of America's Most Feared Dog

Author Bronwen Dickey says the idea of pit bulls as predators is based on myth and misinformation. In the early Hollywood era, Dickey says, the dogs were often chosen to appear in comedies.
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Bluefin Blues: Valuing A Tuna Species Before It's Too Late

Our appetite for the Pacific bluefin — prized for its tender, flavorful flesh — has reduced stocks to just 2.6 percent of original levels. The incentive to save bluefin is ecological — and financial.
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The Code Switch Podcast Is Coming! Get A Sneak Peek!

You've been asking for it. We've been cranking on it. And now, it's happening: the Code Switch podcast!
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More Than A Mistress: Madame De Pompadour Was A Minister Of The Arts

Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour, may be best known as King Louis XV's chief mistress. But she was also a well-educated tastemaker, a patron of the arts and an artist in her own right.
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Avant Garde Influences The Blockbuster In 'Uncharted 4'

J.J. Sutherland and Chris Suellentrop of the podcast "Shall We Play a Game" review the latest from the Uncharted video game franchise, which will be released Tuesday for the PlayStation system, featuring intrepid explorer Nathan Drake back in action.
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Richard Russo Returns To North Bath, NY, In 'Everybody's Fool'

The Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Empire Falls says his characters are inspired by his parents' working-class World War II generation. Russo's new novel is set in a small town in upstate New York.
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7 Years Later, 'Good Wife' Ends As It Began: With Betrayal And Uncertainty

TV critic David Bianculli discusses the final episode of the CBS drama and the legacy of the show as a whole. "The Good Wife managed to be one of TV's best series for its entire run," he says.
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Notorious FDA? Feds Turn To Hip-Hop To Tamp Down Teen Smoking

For its latest anti-tobacco campaign, the Food and Drug Administration wants to harness hip-hop swagger to reach minority teens — who disproportionately suffer the consequences of smoking.
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Ken Burns Delves Deeply Into America's Complex Racial History

The documentary filmmaker has been chosen to deliver this year's Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, the highest honor bestowed by the federal government for work in the field.
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Is Klingon A Living Language? That's For (Human) Courts To Decide

Does Star Trek — and Klingon — belong to the fans or to the studios? The answer has big implications for more people than just Trekkies.

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