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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Feb. 14

Valentine's Day slip your mind? Art Beat has a few ideas that promise to be more fun than spending the night in the dog house.

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Playing The Big Room: An Oscars Joke-Writer Reflects

After the teary acceptance speeches, the most quotable moments from any Oscars telecast are the jokes. Comedy writer Dave Boone, a regular joke writer for Hollywood's biggest night, offers his tips on how to make 'em laugh in Movieland and beyond.
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'Dead Sea Scrolls' Live On In Debate And Discovery

In a new book, The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Biography, religious scholar and author John J. Collins tells the history of the scrolls and the controversies they have prompted, and explores the questions they ask and answer about Judeo-Christian history.
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Rubio's Water Bottle And The Authenticity Craving

Sen. Marco Rubio had a tough moment Tuesday night when dry mouth intruded on his response to the State of the Union. But in all honesty, the unplanned nature of any little mistake has a certain appeal.
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Architecture For The Rest Of Us

Public interest design emphasizes a "triple bottom line" that incorporates ecological, economic and social issues in the planning process. We speak to professionals in the field who'd like to see the trend grow.

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Book News: Disgraced 'New Yorker' Author Talks Plagiarism — For A $20,000 Fee

Also: An award for the year's most cutting book review; how it feels to hold Sylvia Plath's hair; and Donna Tartt's new book will be out this fall.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Feb. 13

Life is a beautiful thing, as long as the professionals hold the strings.

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A Soured Student-Teacher Friendship Threatens 'Everything'

In a new memoir, James Lasdun describes how a former-student-turned-friend stalked and slandered him online. Give Me Everything You Have is a meditation on what it means to control your reputation on the Internet — and the book is Lasdun's attempt to fight back.
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On Stage In Our Region

From swordplay to political dramas to musical theater, we look at what’s hitting stages this season.

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10 Clues That The Zombie Outbreak Being Announced On Your Television Is Not A Hoax

A recent emergency announcement of a zombie attack turned out to be a hoax. But how would you identify the real thing? Thank goodness we have some ideas.

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