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Even Americans Find Some Britishisms 'Spot On'

Adding a foreign word to your vocabulary is like adding foreign attire to your wardrobe. Sometimes you do it because it's practical and sometimes just because you think it looks cool. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says Americans' use of "spot on" falls somewhere between affectation and flash.
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StoryCorps: Anne Thomas On Trusting Intuition And Not Being Limited By A Wheelchair

Anne Thomas wonders whether she would have escaped a life in a wheelchair if she had heeded her intuition, but says her experiences have given her strength and drive that she might not have otherwise had.

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Day Of The Dead, Decoded: A Joyful Celebration Of Life And Food

The ancient Latin American holiday welcomes ancestors back to the earth for one day each year. Each element on the altar symbolizes a connection between the world of the living and the dead, so naturally, food and drink play a big part. Here we've deconstructed the altar and its meaning.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Nov. 1

Tired of running around? Slow down and enjoy art from the sidelines

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A 'Witch Queen' Who Casts Her Spells Year-Round

Lady Rhea is not the kind of witch you'll find in a pointy hat this Halloween. She is a real workaday Wiccan, grinding out a living selling magic products in the Bronx.
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A Mohawk Hero In The Not-So-Diverse Gaming World

The latest installment of "Assassin's Creed," one of the world's most popular video games, has a hero who is part Mohawk. The game's creator says reflecting real 18th century Mohawk life was critical and hired a consultant to make sure the game was culturally consistent with Mohawk culture.
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Katey Sagal, Holding Court On 'Sons Of Anarchy'

The actress plays Gemma, the fierce matriarch of the biker gang in the FX series. She's best-known for playing the acerbic Peg Bundy on the long-running show Married With Children.
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Behind A Halloween Mask, Even 'Good' Kids Can Turn Into Candy Thieves

Results of a 1976 experiment involving masked trick-or-treaters still hold true today: We're more likely to do bad things — like stealing candy — when we're anonymous. And that tells researchers about the ways adults break the rules, too.
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Remembering Letitia Baldrige, The 'Doyenne Of Decorum'

She was first lady Jacqueline Kennedy's social secretary and went on to be one of the nation's authorities on etiquette. Baldrige died this week. She was 86.

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