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'A Chosen Exile': Black People Passing In White America

From the time of slavery, some light-skinned African-Americans escaped racism by passing as white. The new book, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, explores what they lost.
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The Secret To Prize-Winning Porridge Is In the Spurtle

An Scottish man won the prestigious 21st Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championships on Saturday. We learn from Dr. Izhar Khan about his secret to winning porridge.
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Voters Will Get Their Say On GMO Labeling In Colorado And Oregon

Similar measures calling for labeling genetically modified foods have failed in recent years in California and Washington, and Vermont is being sued for the labeling law it enacted earlier this year.
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'The Flash' And 'Gotham' Succeed By Taking Comic Book Stories Seriously

As The CW's new superhero series The Flash debuts tonight, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans notes the best new broadcast dramas of the fall season are based on comic book stories.
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Eating Comfort Foods May Not Be So Comforting After All

It's tempting to seek out the mac-and-cheese or a pint of ice cream after a terrible, horrible, no good day. But fresh research suggests such comfort foods might not be mood boosters after all.
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The 'Sioux Chef' Is Putting Pre-Colonization Food Back On The Menu

Sean Sherman plans to open a restaurant serving food inspired by what was eaten in the Great Plains prior to the arrival of European settlers. Discovering those ingredients has been half the battle.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Oct. 7

It’s never too early to get in the Halloween spirit. You can see a play about a twisted scientist and his human-like animal experiments, or see an art exhibition featuring Daliesque pen and ink drawings.

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The Unadaptable 'Curious Incident' Gets A Stage Adaptation

Author Mark Haddon never imagined The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time would work as a play — he judged his writing by its unadaptability. But now it is one, and critics are loving it.
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Historian: FDR Was The Last Great President. Let's Never Have Another.

In his new book, The End of Greatness, historian Aaron David Miller argues the nation might be better off without any more truly great presidents — or the national crises that produce them.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Oct. 6

An ambitious young woman climbs to the top in a musical based on historical events. A local gallery focuses on a specific form of printmaking in its fall exhibit.

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