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Deford: Frankly, Hot Dogs Best Served At The Ballpark

Forget peanuts and Cracker Jack. Sausages are the food most closely linked to the national pastime, says Frank Deford.
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'This Fight Begins In The Heart': Reading James Baldwin As Ferguson Seethes

Protests in Ferguson, Mo., continue in response to the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by police on Aug. 9. The incident reminds author Laila Lalami of James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son.
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Simin Behbahani, 'Lioness Of Iran,' Dies At 87

Iranian poet and women's rights advocate Simin Behbahani has died. Her work probed the social and political challenges that faced Iran after its Islamic Revolution. She was 87.
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In Elite MFA Programs, The Challenge Of Writing While 'Other'

Budding writers often turn to graduate workshops for lessons on the craft and as a gateway to publishers. But in classes filled with middle-class white people, many writers of color feel typecast.
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A Frustrated Professor Sounds Off To 'Committee Members'

The protagonist of Julie Schumacher's new Dear Committee Members is frustrated with the future of American arts and letters — and the feckless students who pester him for recommendation letters.
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Cardiologist Speaks From The Heart About America's Medical System

In his new memoir, Doctored, Sandeep Jauhar describes a growing discontent among doctors and how it's affecting patients. He says rushed doctors are often practicing "defensive medicine."
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Poet Known As The 'Lioness Of Iran' Dies At 87

Simin Behbahani, renowned for her piercing and fierce language, published 19 books of poetry over the course of six decades.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, August 19

You can hear a singer walk the line between pop and classical or check out a double-program of Irish plays.

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A Native American Story That Leaves 'Feathers Or Leather' Cliches Behind

Filmmakers Alex and Andrew Smith knew American Indian writer James Welch — he was a family friend. But as non-Native Americans, they had concerns about adapting his iconic novel, Winter in the Blood.
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Iconic TV Announcer Don Pardo Dies At 96

Saturday Night Live announcer Don Pardo died Monday in Tucson, Ariz. He also was the announcer for the original versions of the game shows The Price is Right and Jeopardy.

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