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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Sept. 25

You can see an art exhibit and a play inspired by the written word.

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Margaret Atwood's 'Stone Mattress' Is Full Of Sharp And Jabbing Truths

In her latest collection, Margaret Atwood takes on death, dreadfulness and the use of fantasy. Though these stories are strange and wild, they all somehow ring true.
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How An Openly Gay D.C. Soul Singer Made Motown History

In the 1970s, D.C. soul group The Dynamic Superiors were a talented quintet with a record deal on Motown. But they were also exceptional in another way: Frontman Tony Washington was openly gay, and despite the label's conservative leanings, Motown didn't make a secret of it. They advertised it.

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Network TV's Fall Lineup Distinguished By Diversity

This season a dozen new network TV shows feature non-white characters as leads or co-leads. The shows aren't just notable for their casting diversity, but for how they talk about race and culture.
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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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