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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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The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech

The Innovators, Walter Isaacson's new book, tells the stories of the people who created modern computers. Women, who are now a minority in computer science, played an outsize role in that history.
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A 'Post-Post-Colonial' Take On The Violent Birth Of Modern Jamaica

Marlon James' latest novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, is not brief, and it contains many more than seven deaths. It's a portrait of Jamaica in the '70s, when gang warfare and reggae reigned.
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Seeing Neurological Patients As Characters, Not Case Studies

Legendary theater director Peter Brook is working on a new play centered on people with unusual conditions — like synesthesia, extraordinary memory or the inability to sense their own bodies.
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Deciphering The 'Priestly Mumbo-Jumbo' Of The Financial World

If you're mystified by terms like "Libor," "stagflation" and "Grexit," you should pick up John Lanchester's new book, How To Speak Money, which aims to untangle the tortured language of finance.
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For Her First Trilogy, Jane Smiley Returns To Iowa, 'Where The Roots Are'

Smiley used to live in Iowa and says something about the place still pulls on her imagination. Her new book, Some Luck, begins on a family farm in 1920.

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