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2012 Election Was 'Collision' Between Two Americas

In his new book, Washington Post correspondent Dan Balz offers an insider's account of the forces that shaped the political strategies of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and the flaws and misfires that led to Romney's defeat. He discusses the 2012 campaign and the future of the Republican Party.
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Art In Context: Venice Biennale Looks Past Pop Culture

Every two years, Venice hosts the largest and oldest noncommercial art exhibit in the world. It's a dizzying and eclectic array of sights by both celebrity artists and total unknowns. More than 150 artists from 88 countries will be on display through November.
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Pinsky's 'Singing School': Poetry For The Verse Averse

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky says he's tired of people thinking of poetry as bad-tasting medicine they have to swallow just because it's healthy. His anthology of 80 poems by master poets is designed to help us see poetry as an art "rather than a challenge to say smart things."
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The Washington Post: Sold

Late Monday, The Washington Post Co. announced it will sell its flagship newspaper to Amazon founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos. We explore how the change will affect the local and national media environment.

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Wandering Appetites: Hunting The Elusive Noodle

Jennifer Lin-Liu's On the Noodle Road takes readers on a journey along the former Silk Road, looking for the origins of the noodle. But reviewer T. Susan Chang says that the book gets tied into knots when the quest turns cold.
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Bracing For Google Glass: An In-Your-Face Technology

The new eyeglass frames allow you to take pictures and browse the Internet while you wear them. Early adopters focused on the tiny screens have already been dubbed "glassholes." Fresh Air linguist Geoff Nunberg reminds us that in Shakespeare's time "distraction" was another word for madness.
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Sandwich Monday: Chili Cheeseburger A-Plenty

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we visit the legendary Beacon Drive-In in Spartanburg, S.C., and when we're done, we don't want to leave.
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Talent Or Skill?: Honing In On The Elusive 'Sports Gene'

Do big league hitters have naturally faster reflexes? Are African-Americans predisposed to be better athletes? In his new book, Sports Illustrated's David Epstein says science now has answers — or at least insights — to all these questions.
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Book News: Justice Department Proposes Punishments For Apple

Also: The meaning of Homer's "wine-dark sea"; a look at Portnoy's Complaint and the rise of the Jewish sex scandal; the best books coming out this week.
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BBC Announces Peter Capaldi Is The Next Dr. Who

The BBC has chosen the 12th actor to star in Doctor Who, the show about a traveler in time and space. Veteran actor Peter Capaldi is taking over from Matt Smith, who will take his leave in the Christmas special. For more on the show, Linda Wertheimer talks to BBC arts and entertainment correspondent Tim Masters.

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