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From Poker Amateur To World Series Competitor In 'The Noble Hustle'

Colson Whitehead's new book was born of an assignment to write about the World Series of Poker for Grantland. It's a sharp observational tale of the game, those who play it and how it changed him.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, May 7

You can see new choreography performed to iconic music or check out two plays about rebellious writers.

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Edgy Video Promotes Christie's Contemporary Art Sale

In the video, a skateboarder rides through Christie's warehouse and galleries. But will the new approach attract the sort of collectors who spend millions on a piece of art?
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Dancers Find A Second Act At Palm Springs Follies

The Palm Springs Follies is an old-fashioned musical revue with a difference: the performers are old enough to have been in shows like this in their heyday. After 23 seasons, the show closes in May.
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Critics Find Little Humor In 'SNL' Writer's Jokes About Slavery

Comedy often pushes the boundaries of taste and sensibilities, as SNL writer Leslie Jones did with her slavery skit this past Saturday. Some laughed, some howled.
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With Faith And Focus, Mariano Rivera Became Baseball's 'Closer'

The New York Yankees relief pitcher is revered both for what he did and what he didn't do — behave scandalously, pick fights, take drugs or chase big contract offers to other cities.
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Viewers Not Laughing About SNL Slavery Skit

A skit about slavery by Saturday Night Live's Leslie Jones outraged many of the show's black viewers. NPR television critic Eric Deggans talks about the joke and the backlash.
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Book News: Gay Bookstore Said To Be The Nation's Oldest Is Closing

Also: Edwidge Danticat on the real price of sugar; the winners of the O. Henry Prize.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, May 6

You can see a funny romantic musical or check out an art exhibition that showcases a diverse collection of portraits.

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Can Student Journalists Ban 'Redskins' From Their School Paper?

A Pennsylvania school board will decide this month whether students are allowed to ban "Redskins" from their paper. Student editors say it's a racist term and are ready to bring the case to court.

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