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'Ida' Director Made Film To 'Recover The Poland' Of His Childhood

The film is set in 1962 in Poland where director Pawel Pawlikowski lived until he was 14. Up for an Oscar for best foreign language film, Ida is about identity, faith, guilt and socialism.
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Miniseries Explores The Ugly Fallout Of A Disciplinary 'Slap'

In The Slap, NBC takes on the touchy issue of corporal punishment. The show begins at a Brooklyn barbecue with a dad hitting another parent's out-of-control 5-year-old.
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Forget Beads: Cajun Mardi Gras Means A Grand, Drunken Chicken Chase

Courir de Mardi Gras is an old tradition in rural Louisiana. From early morning on, costumed revelers go house to house, drinking, singing and collecting ingredients for a big ole pot of gumbo.
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Tumultuous Relationships, But Not Much Gossip, In Langston Hughes' Letters

Poet Langston Hughes was also an "inveterate letter writer," says the co-editor of a new compilation of his correspondence. But if you're hoping to find profound love letters, you'll be disappointed.
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Twice Kidnapped, Photographer Returns To War Zone: 'It's What I Do'

Lynsey Addario was taken captive in 2011 while covering Libya's civil war. With a gun to her head, she says she was thinking, "will I ever get my cameras back?"
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Watch Jon Stewart Break The News Of His Departure To An Audience

Taping last night's show before the news became public, the Daily Show host faced an awkward task: telling a studio audience that he's leaving the show.
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After 16 Years, Jon Stewart Is Leaving 'The Daily Show'

The surprising announcement from Comedy Central suggests the show will carry on with a new host after its host of 16 years takes his leave later this year.
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Funny If It Weren't So True: A Farce About 'The Importance Of Beauty'

Amanda Filipacchi's novel is about a costume designer who wears a fat suit after a suitor commits suicide. It's structured as a mashup of an old Friends episode, a fairy tale and a murder mystery.
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David Axelrod Recounts His Years As Obama's Adviser And 'Believer'

In his new book, the veteran political consultant tells stories about his years at Obama's side. After one debate, Axelrod says, Obama "made clear how he felt about me at that moment, and he bolted."
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New Comedy 'Schitt's Creek' From Canada Is A Reboot Of 'Green Acres'

The sitcom on Pop network is about a wealthy family that is thrust into poverty. Their interactions with the locals is the main story, and the main source of comedy — and it's worth checking out.

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