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Clean-Cut 'Moon River' Crooner Andy Williams Dies

The television host and singer who had a hit with his rendition of "Moon River" died last night. Andy Williams was 84. Williams' clean-cut, wholesome image ran counter to many performers of the 1960s and he drew frequent comparisons to Frank Sinatra and Perry Como. He also gained popularity hosting the Andy Williams Show and a televised Christmas special. Williams' publicist says he died following a year-long battle with bladder cancer.
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A Midcentury Romance, With 'Sunlight' And 'Shadow'

When aspiring Broadway actress Catherine and World War II vet Harry first lock eyes on the Staten Island Ferry, everything changes — but their lives together won't be easy. Mark Helprin delivers an old-fashioned love story, and an ode to 1940s New York, in his novel In Sunlight and in Shadow.
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Poverty Informs J.K. Rowling's New Novel For Adults

The Casual Vacancy is worlds away from Hogwarts and Harry Potter. It's a dark comedy of manners, set in a small town in the aftermath of a local politician's death. Rowling says her experiences with poverty informed her gritty portrayal of English life.
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Pow, Crash, Boom! Marvel Thrashes DC On Screen

You can find vocal and passionate fans on both sides of the great DC versus Marvel Comics debate — but there's one thing both sides agree on: Movies featuring Marvel characters are far more successful than DC's at the box office.
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'Sutton': America's 1920s, Bank-Robbing 'Robin Hood'

In his first novel, J.R. Moehringer writes from the point of view of Willie Sutton, whom he calls the "greatest American robber." Moehringer says writing historical fiction helped him deal with the anger he felt toward banks after the global financial crisis in 2008.
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Legendary singer Andy Williams died Tuesday at the age of 84. We remember him in a 2009 interview with Diane Rehm.

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Health Care Meets Humanity In 'The Waiting Room'

The new documentary The Waiting Room chronicles a day in the emergency room at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California. The film has no narration or expert interviews, but instead the camera shows interactions between hospital staff and patients, many of whom lack health insurance. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with filmmaker Peter Nicks.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Sept. 26

Glen Echo puppets

One for the kids...Kids Beat?

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CNN Defends Reporting On Slain Ambassador's Diary

A CNN reporter recovered Christopher Stevens' diary from the ruins of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. The network is under fire for using the diary in its reporting — without the permission of the ambassador's family. But CNN says it carefully balanced empathy for Stevens' family with the public's right to know.

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