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A Pirate Saga More Sobering Than Swashbuckling

Tom Hanks stars as the title character in the gripping Captain Phillips, opposite the compelling Somali-born actor Barkhad Abdi as the leader of a pirate band that attacks his freighter in the Gulf of Aden. (Recommended)
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Drinking With Your Eyes: How Wine Labels Trick Us Into Buying

There's a whole slew of mind games that label designers use to get us to think better of their wines without ever tasting a sip. Want to add 10 bucks to the price of a bottle? Class it up with some gold stamping on that label. An insider spills the industry's secrets in a gorgeous photo book.
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What Does Identity Mean For An Immigrant?

Entrepreneur Tan Le tells her family's harrowing journey from Vietnam to Australia. She talks about how her upbringing as a Vietnamese refugee living in Australia has defined her identity.
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Can Stories Overcome Identity Politics?

Novelist Elif Shafak describes how fiction has allowed her to explore many different lives, to jump over cultural walls, and how it may have the power to overcome identity politics.
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What Do You Call Home?

Country and culture used to serve as the cornerstones of identity, but what does "home" mean to someone who comes from many places? Writer Pico Iyer talks about the meaning of home in a world where the old boundaries of nation-states no longer apply.
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Identities

Each of us has a sense of who we are. But is identity assigned at birth? Shaped by circumstance? Or is it something we choose, that changes over time? This hour, TED speakers describe their journeys to answer the question: who am I?
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3-D Printing A Masterwork For Your Living Room

It's now possible to create an impressive copy of Michelangelo's David or Rodin's The Thinker with a 3-D printer. Rather than object, some museum curators see this high-tech replication as a way to bring near-real versions of classic works to the masses.
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At 75 She's Doing Fine, Kids Still Love Their 'Madeline'

Ludwig Bemelmans' first introduced the plucky heroine back in 1939. Now, his grandson John Bemelmans Marciano carries on the tradition of the little girls in two straight lines. And if there was any confusion, Marciano would like to set the record straight: It's not an orphanage, Miss Clavel is not a nun, and Madeline isn't French.
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Canada's Alice Munro Awarded Nobel In Literature

On Thursday, Alice Munro became the 110th winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, and only the 13th woman to win the award in more than a century. The Canadian writer was hailed by the Swedish Academy as a "master of the contemporary short story." Over a four-decade career, Munro has written 14 collections of stories and one novel.
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After Getting 'Plunked' On The Head, A Little Leaguer Makes A Comeback

A young baseball player who gets hit by a fastball must find the courage to step back up to the plate. Michael Northrop, the author of Plunked, is no stranger to overcoming obstacles — he's dyslexic, and he says that learning to read was a real struggle when he was a kid: "I can't read fast. I can read carefully, though."

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