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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, July 25

A real dance-off, classic rock, and heavy metal.

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'The Twilight War' Between The U.S. And Iran

In The Twilight War, historian David Crist outlines the secret history of America's 30-year conflict with Iran. Based on interviews with hundreds of officials as well as classified military archives, the book details how the covert war has repeatedly threatened to bring the two nations into open warfare.
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For Opening Ceremonies, An Olympic Secret Is Hard To Keep

With the London 2012 Opening Ceremony just days away, armies of costumed performers are rehearsing in Olympic Park. They offer clues to the big show, which organizers are trying to keep under wraps.
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A Bartender's Antidote To Sweet And Citrus? Bitter Bark, Myrrh And Secrets

In a world of citrusy, sugary drinks that can all taste alike, Fernet Branca stands alone. It has a cult following within the U.S. that elicits a strong reaction, whether its your first sip — or a regular ritual. As we found out at a recent tasting, Fernet's centuries old secret recipe delivers.
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Watch This: William Friedkin's Unlikely Inspirations

The director of The Exorcist and The French Connection recommends three of his favorite Hollywood classics, all of which differ dramatically from the films Friedkin is known for.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, July 24

Town of Runners, Imperial Paintings, and Rufus Wainwright.

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YouTube Network Plays Well With Latino Audiences

Latinos are more likely than other Americans to watch online videos, but there hasn't been much of an effort to develop special content for them — until now. Mitu is a YouTube network that specializes in lifestyle videos with, as one user puts it, "Latino flair."
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'In The Attic': Whips, Witches And A Peculiar Princess

Flowers In The Attic is saucy and scandalous, but author Gillian Flynn says it was the complex, often evil women in the story that kept her turning the pages. Do you have a favorite female villain? Tell us about her in the comments.
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Unraveling The Genetic Code That Makes Us Human

In The Violinist's Thumb, writer Sam Kean goes inside our genetic code, looking at the stories written by the fundamental building blocks within us. The book explains things like why some people can't handle drinking coffee and why some human babies are born with tails.
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Jo Nesbo's Fiction Explores Oslo's Jagged Edges

The Norwegian author does his best to show NPR's Eric Westervelt that Oslo really does have a seedy side. In his fiction, at least, Nesbo's city is full of shady characters who draw the attention of the reckless, alcoholic detective Harry Hole.

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