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Embracing Diversity In A 'Multi-Faith World'

In Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?, Pastor Brian McLaren explores the tension between religions and attempts to imagine a conversation between the most important figures in Western theology.
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H Street Festival Aims To Energize Neighborhood

The H Street Festival hopes to reclaim the energy that made the neighborhood one of the busiest commercial districts in Washington, D.C.

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'Thrones' Author George R.R. Martin Plays Not My Job

The author of the epic fantasy series Game of Thrones takes a quiz called Game of Trombones. Three questions about things that rhyme with thrones.
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'The Black Count,' A Hero On The Field, And The Page

Did you know the Count of Monte Cristo was based on a real man? General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas was a hero of the French Revolution. But he's now forgotten by almost everyone except the son who shared his name and used his father's life as inspiration for some of the greatest novels of all time.
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Rosh Hashana's Sacred Bread Offers Meaning In Many Shapes And Sizes

Making challah for the Jewish New Year lets the baker take a moment to reflect on life's blessings. The bread can be shaped into the traditional round, or a lion or bird to echo Bible verses or the maker's preference.
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A Father's Decades-Old Bedtime Story Is Back In Print

William McCleery wrote his first draft of Wolf Story during bedtimes and afternoon outings with his 5-year-old son. In 1947, it became a hit children's book, but it's been out of print for more than 20 years.
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'Skagboys': Heroin Highs In 'Trainspotting' Prequel

It's been almost 20 years since Irvine Welsh first introduced Rent, Spud and Sick Boy — a group of gritty characters struggling to survive a grim, heroin-fueled existence in late 1980s Edinburgh. Walsh brings the boys back in his new prequel, Skagboys.
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Amy Adams: A Steely Wife Stands Behind 'The Master'

In Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, Amy Adams plays Peggy Dodd, the spouse of a charismatic spiritual leader, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Adams says her character is smart and educated but feels "more powerful behind a man than in front of a man."
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Remembering D.C. Theater Icon Jaylee Mead

D.C. theater icon Jaylee Mead died Friday at the age of 83, but her memory will not be forgotten. Long-time friend and colleague Victor Shargai discusses her remarkable life.

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'The Master': Filling A Void By Finding A Family

Many comparisons have been made between Paul Thomas Anderson's film The Master and the history of Scientology. But, as David Edelstein explains, the challenge of balancing the search for surrogate family with American individualism dominates the film. (Recommended)

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