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Critical Mass: Fall TV And Diversity On The Small Screen

As fall begins, a new slate of TV shows is hitting the airwaves. We convene a round table of TV critics to consider the state of diversity and quality on the small screen.

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The Gefilte Fish Line: A Sweet And Salty History Of Jewish Identity

Gefilte fish can be a hard sell even in its standard savory form. But some European Jews like it sweet, a preference that, surprisingly, overlaps exactly with a geographic and linguistic divide.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Sept. 24

A local opera company opens its 2014-2015 season with a Spanish-language show and a group of artists use portraiture to dive into the complex topic of identity.

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Too Graphic? 2014 Banned Books Week Celebrates Challenged Comics

Captain Underpants has once again topped the list of most-challenged books. Author Dav Pilkey says his tighty-whities-clad hero teaches kids a healthy lesson about questioning authority.
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A Historic Backdrop Frames Forbidden Love In 'The Paying Guests'

Sarah Waters' latest novel, set in 1920s London, examines the moral consequences of passion. Though slightly too long, this book brings the past to life with exquisite clarity.
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Before You Take A Bite Of That Mushroom, Consider This

Guess what scientists found lurking inside a common-looking packet of supermarket porcini? Three entirely new species of fungi. That's what happens when you DNA sequence your dinner.

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Rosh Hashana's Sacred Bread Offers Meaning In Many Shapes And Sizes

Making challah for the Jewish New Year lets the baker take a moment to reflect on life's blessings. The bread can be shaped into the traditional round, or a lion or bird to echo Bible verses.
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Your Guide To Dining From The Dump

Maximus Thaler really puts his money (or at least, his morals) where his mouth is when it comes to food waste. He's a dumpster diver. And he's happy to share tips for foraging from trash bins safely.
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How Not To Handle A New Voice In TV

The firestorm kicked off by a New York Times analysis of TV's most successful black female showrunner mostly highlights how some struggle to handle new voices taking over the cultural conversation.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Sept. 23

Is breaking the law inherently wrong? You can see an art exhibit about censorship or check out a comedy that explores theft from a shoplifter’s perspective.

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