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Behind 'The New Black': The Real Piper's Prison Story

When she was 24, Piper Kerman dated a woman who was part of a drug smuggling ring. Years later, after being named as part of that ring, Kerman served time in a federal prison and at one point shared a cell with her former girlfriend. Her memoir of that experience inspired the Netflix series.
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Powwow Party Flub Leads To Fashion Line

When the design company Paul Frank threw a powwow themed party, a lot of people were offended. But rather than just issue an apology, the company teamed up with Native American designers for a new line. Guest host Celeste Headlee finds out more.
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The Future Of Television

Higher costs, new technology and alternative TV programming options are leading many viewers to cut the cord to cable.

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Book News: Does Lance Armstrong Have The Right To Lie In His Memoirs?

Also: the first English-language bookstore in Cuba; the role of public libraries during natural disasters; the best books coming out this week.
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Gospel Singer Removed From Concert Lineup Over Controversial Gay Comments

A gospel singer who said God delivered him from being gay was removed from a concert lineup at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on Saturday after a request from D.C.'s mayor.

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For Disaster Preparedness: Pack A Library Card?

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, libraries in New York helped storm victims find documents, fill out forms, connect to the Internet and plan how to rebuild. There's a growing awareness of the important role libraries can play in disaster relief.
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Haunting Images Chronicle 165 Years Of A World At War

Images from conflicts in 28 countries are now on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. "The more you've seen of death and inhumanity, the more it turns you into someone who really can't stand the sight of war," says photojournalist David Burnett.
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'Dressing Constitutionally': When Fashion And Laws Collide

Ruthann Robson's new book explores the issues around what we where and how it's legislated, including everything from First Amendment questions to government concerns about public nudity.
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Faux Meth Is Big Business In 'Breaking Bad' Town

Entrepreneurs in Albuquerque, N.M., the setting of the TV series Breaking Bad, have created blue "meth" rock candy, "Bathing Bad" bath products, and a tour of sites used in filming the series. That has some critics worried all the moneymaking glorifies drugs.
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Chef Knows The Cows That Go Into 'The Truth'

Surrounded by scenic pastoral landscape, a restaurant in Lancaster County, Pa., has a lot of tongues wagging over its signature beef dish, called "The Truth." Its fans like knowing exactly where their meat is coming from.

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