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A Safe Haven For The Printed Word Turns 200

The American Antiquarian Society houses the largest collection of materials printed in the U.S. Its library has books, newspapers, letters, even board games dating from 1640 to 1876, and its members include some notable characters, including 14 presidents.
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Artist Loses Commission In Virginia Due To Religious Symbols

Alexandria leaders have rejected a sculpture for Freedman's Cemetery memorial because it contains religious symbols.

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Millennia Of Stargazing At 'African Cosmos' Exhibit

An ongoing exhibition at the National Museum of African Art asks visitors to consider the connections between art and science — and the ways both disciplines help us explore the why, when and how of our existence. Artifacts in the exhibition show that we've been wondering about the stars for millennia.
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Answer Me These Words Three

Every answer is a three-word phrase, in which each word has four letters. All three words end in the same three letters, and they rhyme. For example, given the clue, "Series of offerings of excellent chardonnays and Rieslings," the answer would be "fine wine line."
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John C. Reilly Wrecks It In 'Ralph'

Reilly voices a video-game character in the new animated film Wreck-It Ralph. Sick of playing the bad guy onscreen, his character escapes from his video game to explore other gaming worlds and what it means to be the "hero."
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With Barbs, Author Becomes Literary Star In China

Han Han has boy-band good looks, drives race cars and has built a following of more than 8 million on the Chinese equivalent of Twitter. He writes what many young Chinese think but dare not say publicly — criticizing everything from corrupt officials to the nation's conformist educational system.
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For The Love Of Cheese, Diners Unite In Italy

All Italians are being urged to eat a special cheese and rice dish tonight to promote the revitalization of Emilio-Romagna, Italy's famous food production region, after the deadly earthquakes back in May destroyed factories and warehouses.
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Navigating The Shift From Complex To Cineplex

A combined effort from the Wachowski siblings and Tom Tykwer, Cloud Atlas adapts David Mitchell's seemingly unfilmable novel. NPR critic Bob Mondello explains that despite its all-star cast, which includes Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, the film highlights the downside to making the literary literal.
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History Inspired Travel Tales Of Donoghue's 'Astray'

Emma Donoghue's new book voyages from Ireland to Canada, then into the Yukon and away from a plantation. The best-selling author says Astray may just be 14 stories, but they were informed by about 40 real-life historical events.
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Cultural Historian Jacques Barzun Dies At 104

Barzun authored dozens of books and essays on everything from philosophy to music to baseball. He died Thursday, just one month shy of his 105th birthday. "I don't know anybody who had such a Renaissance mind," says his friend and colleague, Prof. Henry Graff.

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