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Royal Gardener Planted The Seed Of Urban Planning At Versailles

Andre Le Notre helped turn an old hunting lodge into the Versailles we know today, taking his profession way beyond a trade. Experts say Le Notre's work was so groundbreaking, it continues to influence contemporary urban architecture. This year marks the 400th anniversary of Le Notre's birth.
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Dear Zack Snyder, Regarding Wonder Woman

NPR comics blogger and pop-culture podcaster Glen Weldon has a few words for director Zack Snyder about the casting news that's gotten him in such hot water.
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Delia Ephron On The Closeness And Complexity Of Sisterhood

Novelist Delia Ephron says that losing her older sister Nora was like "losing an arm." But for all their collaboration and closeness, Delia writes about the complications of sisterhood in her new collection of autobiographical essays, Sister Mother Husband Dog (etc.).
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'In Meat We Trust' Argues We Got The Meat Industry We Asked For

Historian Maureen Ogle's new book examines the rise of our modern industrial meat system by examining its roots — all the way back to Colonial America. There's a fundamental disconnect, she argues, in our demands for both cheap, plentiful meat and an end to factory farms. Something, she says, has to give.
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After A Full Fall, A Few New TV Choices To Tide You Over

November is over and so is the big fall TV season. But there are bright gifts among the off-season also-rans, including TNT's Mob City and a French series about the undead.
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'Getting Away With Murder': A Study Of Benazir Bhutto's Death

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in 2007. Heraldo Munoz, who led the United Nations investigation into her death, portrays the tense political climate that surrounded Bhutto's return to politics and the circumstances of the killing in his new book.
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Don't You Dare Call Me A Hipster! I, Sir, Am A 'Hep Cat'

Jive-talking, jazz-loving "hep cats" from the 1930s and 1940s are the great-grandparents of today's hipsters. The interest of white fans in black music helped fill Harlem's nightclubs and prompted derision. Hipsters were criticized for being the equivalent of a "pretentious poet laureate."
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The Intended Madness Of Comic Eric Andre's 'Anti-Talk Show'

With an unstable host, a reluctant sidekick and a house band oblivious to its surroundings, The Eric Andre Show has been described as "the weirdest show on TV." For all its inappropriateness, the show has generated a rabid fan base and has been renewed for a third season.
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Ocean City In Spotlight At Sundance, With Debut Of 'Ping Pong Summer'

Ocean City is abuzz with the news that 'Ping Pong Summer,' a film shot in the town and featuring a handful of locals, will debut at the Sundance Film Festival next month.

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Noteworthy Names, In Rhyme

Every answer is the name of a famous person whose first and last names start with the same consonant or group of consonants. You're given rhymes for the two names. You name the people. For example, if given "cycle four," the answer would be "Michael Moore."

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