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Confined In China, Ai Weiwei Directs Alcatraz Exhibit From Afar

The dissident Chinese artist uses San Francisco's former island prison to contrast themes of freedom and restriction.
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'Art & Craft' Explores How One Forger Duped More Than 45 Museums

For nearly 30 years, Mark Landis tricked dozens of museums into accepting his "philanthropic" donations. Landis, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teen, says "copying is reassuring."
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Writer Paul Theroux: The Short Story Is 'Diabolically Hard To Master'

"It's only 10 or 15 pages," he says, "but still you got to get it right." Theroux's new collection, Mr. Bones, tells stories of the odd person out.
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Culinary Diplomacy Takes Texan Chef To The Land Of Grilled Yak

Is food the oldest instrument of diplomacy? The U.S. State Department just sent award-winning chef Tim Byres to Kyrgyzstan, where he ate a sheep's eye and wowed his hosts with Texan spices.
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In 'Transparent,' A 70-Year-Old Divorced Dad Becomes A Woman

The new drama, which launches Friday on Amazon Prime, stars Jeffrey Tambor as a transgender woman coming out to her three grown kids. Tambor acts the role without any hint of cheap humor.
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British Coalminers Strike With A Gay Coalition In 'Pride,' A Crowd-Pleaser

The film is based on a true story about the '80s strike Margaret Thatcher vowed to break. It's full of the Britain's best actors, and nearly every line makes you cackle or puts a lump in your throat.
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What's Mittens Thinking? Make 'Sense' Of Your Pet's Behavior

Animal behaviorist John Bradshaw's books Cat Sense and Dog Sense detail what cat and dog owners should expect from their animals. Cat Sense originally aired Sept. 5, 2013. Dog Sense originally aired May 26, 2011.
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'Boy On Ice' Explores The Emotional And Physical Toll Of Dropping The Gloves

In 2011, 28-year-old Derek Boogaard — one of the NHL's most fearsome fighters — was found dead of an accidental overdose of painkillers and alcohol. He also showed signs of serious brain injury.
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Coal Miners And Gay Activists Partner In 'Pride'

The film offers a rousing, true-life take on a British coal miners' strike that led to an unusual union. Critic Bob Mondello says the storyline blends Norma Rae with sillier, Kinky Boots-ish stuff.
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As The Ebola Outbreak Worsens, A Book About Compassion

This week, the CDC predicted there could be tens of thousands of Ebola cases if the disease is not controlled soon. Author Alaya Dawn Johnson turns to a favorite novel for wisdom amid this epidemic.

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