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'This Town' Takes Aim At The Washington Establishment

New York Times Magazine reporter Mark Leibovich's new book This Town is a lively look at media, politics and money in Washington. Leibovich tells NPR that most people outside don't understand what a carnival of money and celebrity the city has become.
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'Zealot' Tells The Story Of Jesus The Man, Not The Messiah

Religious scholar Reza Aslan found that he was much more interested in studying Jesus as a human being than as the figure he learned about in church. His new book, Zealot, chronicles Jesus' life and times and explains how the historical context shaped Jesus and the perception of him.
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A Geography Quiz With A Spelling Twist

You're given a series of clues, and every answer is the name of a U.S. state capital.
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An Ancient Parchment Refuses To Give Up Its Secrets

The Voynich Manuscript, a mysterious late-medieval document filled with illustrations and strange text, has befuddled countless would-be translators. Is it a book of natural science? Alchemy? Herbology? Astronomy? No one knows, because no one's been able to decipher it.
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These Stormtroopers' Galactic Mission: Comic-Con

Every piece of plastic on their battle armor must be perfect for the Stormtroopers of the 501st Legion, especially if they are going to defend the honor of the Galactic Empire — or maybe just the honor of a fan costuming group — at Comic Con San Diego next week.
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Homemade Bitters Put The Local Bite Back Into Cocktails

From Prohibition until just a few years ago, almost every bartender in the country relied on just one brand of bitters. But now some are rediscovering old recipes for these bittersweet infusions.
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Searching For Clues In A Dangerous Nairobi

A dead body and a hotel bombing trigger the plot of Black Star Nairobi, the latest crime novel from Kenyan-American author Mukoma Wa Ngugi. Detectives Ishmael Fofona and David Odhiambo search for the perps during the upheaval around the Kenyan elections in December 2007.
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'Slightly Altered' Past: A Comedy Cocktail From Derek Waters

Waters created Drunk History after hearing a friend sloshily recount the story of Otis Redding's death. Now, the popular series has been picked up by Comedy Central, where viewers can see famous actors lip-sync drunken narrators' laughably wrong versions of historical events.
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Actor Cory Monteith, Who Played Finn Hudson On 'Glee,' Found Dead

He shot to fame with his portrayal of the popular high school quarterback on the hit musical TV show. Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room. He was 31.
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Crazy For Cronuts: Picking Apart The Tasty Trend

The cronut, a croissant-doughnut hybrid, has skyrocketed ever since Dominique Ansel started selling it at his New York City bakery this spring. Patrons line up for hours, and scalpers have jacked up the price exponentially.

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