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The TV Bad Guys We Hate To Love

FX's new series The Americans is centered around two undercover KGB spies posing as a married couple in Northern Virginia during the Reagan administration. Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever says this show's characters are just one example of television bad guys that audiences love.
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A Mystery That Explores 'The Rage' Of New Ireland

Reporter-turned-novelist Gene Kerrigan sets his story in Ireland after the 2008 financial crisis. The Rage is a boundlessly readable portrait of a country in which ordinary citizens have been hit the hardest and all the old certainties have vanished.
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Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Get Severance: Interview With An Iron

We talk with the Monopoly iron about its career as a token.

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Video Portraits Of Beltway Power Brokers

Video artist Lincoln Schatz weaves interview portraits of Beltway power brokers.

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Book News: Chick-Lit Icon Bridget Jones Returns

Also: What to do when a book makes you cry on public transportation; Amazon launches its own currency; and Ping Fu's memoir comes under attack.
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Hollywood Hot Shots, Scientology And A Story Worth The Risk In 'Going Clear'

Journalist Lawrence Wright's new book, Going Clear, is a penetrating look at Scientology and its famous practitioners. The book centers on Crash and Million Dollar Baby screenwriter Paul Haggis, who famously left the church over its support for an anti-gay marriage initiative in California.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Feb. 6

Celebrate art from two distant cultures right here in D.C. with a film screening and free concert.

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Michael Apted, Aging With The '7 Up' Crew

Every seven years since 1964, the director has caught us up on the lives of 14 everyday people in his acclaimed 7 Up series. Apted was 22 when the series began, and the subjects were 7. In the latest episode — 56 Up — the subjects are well into middle age.
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Rebecca Luker Has 'Got Love' For Jerome Kern

The Broadway star has a new album, I Got Love: Songs of Jerome Kern, which features songs by the great Broadway composer. The collection came out of a live show Luker performed at the Manhattan club 54 Below.

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