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Conrad Bain, Mr. Drummond On 'Diff'rent Strokes,' Dies

He was the kindly white adoptive father of two young African-American brothers on the popular TV series, which aired from 1978-86. Bain, 89, died Monday in California. The show made Gary Coleman a star. He died in 2010.
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Shaping The City

We talk with architect Roger Lewis about a critic's role in keeping the public informed and designers honest.

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'Quartet': Dustin Hoffman, Behind The Camera

The veteran actor makes his directorial debut with a film about four aging opera singers who stage a concert at their retirement home. Starring Maggie Smith and Tom Courtenay, the film explores friendship, memory and the time that remains.
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Whole Foods Founder John Mackey On Fascism and 'Conscious Capitalism'

The outspoken Whole Foods founder tells us why he hates "Obamacare" and why we have trouble cutting the sugar, fat and salt out of our diets. What would you like to tell him? Let us know.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Jan. 16

This week you can dive into the abstract with a gallery opening and surreal ballet performance.

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Home Video Review: 'Slings And Arrows'

If you're not a drama nerd, you might think the Canadian backstage comedy Slings and Arrows isn't for you. But film critic Bob Mondello says just one episode may be enough to change your mind.
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A New Chapter? A Launch Of The Bookless Library

Imagine a library without books — only computers and gadgets. That's the vision of one Texas county that plans to launch a digital-only public library. Despite the project's cost-efficiency, one librarian argues that the plan may be too ambitious.
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The Growing Popularity Of Audio Books

Audio books are on the rise. Some love their convenience and enjoy being read to, others say listening to a narrated book is not the same as reading. Diane and her guests discuss implications of a coming audio book boom.

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George Saunders Lives Up To The Hype

At the beginning of January, the cover story of The New York Times Magazine declared: "George Saunders Has Written The Best Book You'll Read This Year." The stories in the author's latest collection, The Tenth of December, prove that The Times may well be right.
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Lance Armstrong And The Cheapening Of Indignation

With Lance Armstrong set to confess to Oprah Winfrey, what comes into stark relief isn't just that he has apparently said a lot of things that weren't true, but that he has said them very forcefully.

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