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Three Ways Cooking Has Changed Over The Last 300 Years

When you put a librarian and a historian in the kitchen with a centuries' old cookbook, you get a lot more than recipes. You also get a sense of how much the way we eat has changed — from how we define dessert to the size of our eggs.
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Sandwich Monday: The Jim Shoe

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a lesser-known Chicago classic, the Jim Shoe sandwich. It's also known as the "Gym Shoe," the "Jim Shoo" and "delicious."
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Addictive 'Infatuations' Takes A Metaphysical Look At Crime

Spanish novelist Javier Marías is well-known in Europe, but not as popular in the United States. Critic John Powers says Marías' latest work — an unsettling, slightly sinister twist on the mystery novel — ought to raise the author's profile here in America.
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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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