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'Blue' Rhapsodies: Woody Allen, In Need Of New Tricks

Blue Jasmine finds the filmmaker stuck in old ruts; though his technique is as sound as ever, his worldview seems to have congealed decades ago. Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins and Alec Baldwin star in a story inspired by Bernie Madoff and Blanche DuBois.
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Book News: Amazon Posts Loss As It Focuses On Long Game

Also: A literary magazine's dating service; Neil Gaiman makes a video game; the virtues of Barnes & Noble.
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Republicans Propose Spending Cuts To Popular D.C. Attractions

A proposal by congressional Republicans would see spending slashed at popular institutions like the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities, Smithsonian and Kennedy Center.

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'In A World ...' Is A Comedy About, You Guessed It, Voice-Over Artists

Actress Lake Bell wrote and directed the film, which mixes laughs with an inspiring story about a female vocal coach who wants to break into the world of movie trailers.
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If You Have To Ask If It's Racist, It Probably Is

Talking about race can be difficult. But not for Andrew Ti, creator of the Yo, Is This Racist? blog and podcast. He bluntly takes on questions about racial sensitivity. Guest host Celeste Headlee asks Ti if he thinks he's helping or hurting the national conversation.
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What's The 'Best Daym Takeout' In America?

Food critic and YouTube sensation Daymon 'Daym' Patterson travels the country to find the best takeout spots. He eats in the front seat of his car - when the food is hottest and freshest. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks with him about his new Travel channel show Best Daym Takeout.
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Catch Of The Day, Grilled The Turkish Way

The fishermen are out in all weather in Turkey's Bosphorus Strait. So there's no question that the fish is fresh, as area chefs carry on the tradition of the ancient Greeks, Romans and Ottomans in putting fish to the fire.
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Hip-Hop Sign Language Is Hard Work

For most people, attending a concert is all about the sounds of a live performance. But sign language interpreter Holly Maniatty makes concerts come alive for the hearing impaired too. She's worked with several big names — Jay-Z, Phish and the Wu Tang Clan — but has earned fame for her own work.
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The FDA Doesn't Want Chickens To Explore The Great Outdoors

The FDA's new proposal aims to reduce the risk that chickens will pick up salmonella from wildlife and lay contaminated eggs. But the proposal could make it much harder for organic farmers who believe in keeping their free-range birds on true pastures.
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Book News: Jane Austen To Replace Darwin On The 10-Pound Note

Also: the history of blurbs; Buzzfeed launches a book section.

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