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'Antietam' Dissects Strategies Of North And South

In The Long Road to Antietam, historian Richard Slotkin traces how both Northern and Southern strategies changed in the summer of 1862, when both sides committed to an all-out total war, and Lincoln squared off against Gen. George McClellan.
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'Dreamland': Open Your Eyes To The Science Of Sleep

Most people's after-midnight mishaps are nothing compared with what David K. Randall describes in his new book. From people committing murder while supposedly sleepwalking, to what sleep was like in medieval times, Dreamland provides a lively overview of the world's most popular nocturnal pastime.
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Presidential Foods And What They Say About Our Leaders

What our presidents and candidates eat says a lot about the public images they strive to project. Historically, their recipes also gave us insight into the cooking advancements and habits of the period.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Aug 7

Sublime Rupture and a talented crew of Canadians.

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An Apocalyptic Romp Through The 'Golden' State

Golden Days starts out like a fun Los Angeles romp. By the end it's a devastating portrait of life after a nuclear blast. Author Gabrielle Zevin says it showed her that novels, like life, can span multiple genres. Do you have a favorite book about life in California? Tell us in the comments.
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Three Ways Lucille Ball Ruled When She Played With Food

Lucille Ball was never funnier than when she was playing with her food. In honor of her 101 birthday, which would have been today, we share three of our favorite food clips from "I Love Lucy."
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Dean Norris On Playing Good In 'Breaking Bad'

Norris plays DEA agent Hank Schrader in the AMC series about a chemistry teacher turned meth cook. "He's a good cop, he just hasn't put the pieces together yet," Norris says.
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Good Business, Bad Quality: How NBC Is Both Right And Wrong On The Olympics

There's a lot of chatter — a lot — about the things people don't like about the Olympics on television. But it's not hurting the ratings. Does that mean the griping is misplaced? Not necessarily.
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Purists Sniff As Stink-Free Durian Fruit Seeks A Fan Base

A Thai scientist has been working for 25 years to breed the famous stink out of the tropical fruit so it can fly on airplanes and attract new markets. But breeding out the famous stink will diminish its appeal, say some fans.
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Sikh Community Reacts To Shooting

A gunman killed six and injured three at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin yesterday, stunning the Sikh community in the U.S. and abroad. We talk with a leader in the Washington Sikh community about the reaction among devotees of the faith.

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