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To Grow A Craft Beer Business, The Secret's In The Water

It's a good time to be a craft brewer, as Americans are thirsty for full-flavored and local beers. But when small breweries grow, they can also risk losing some of the "craftiness" their fans love. And when they expand, many brewers have to rewrite their recipes — starting with the water.
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'Mission': Secrecy And Stardom On The Edge Of War

Alan Furst's new thriller, Mission to Paris, follows a German-American film star to Europe on the brink of war. Fredric Stahl thinks he's going to make a movie in France, but he winds up caught between German and American forces who both hope to use his stardom for their own ends.
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White House Chef Sam Kass Plays Not My Job

Kass is the first family's personal chef at the White House and an important player in Michelle Obama's healthful food initiative. We've invited him to play a quiz about three things that are really, really bad for you.
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How 'The Queen Of British Ska' Wrestled With Race

One of few women in a musical movement dominated by men, Pauline Black helped lead the 1970s U.K. ska revival with her band The Selecter. She discusses her complicated family history in a new memoir, Black by Design.
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When Theater Meets Foreign Policy: Cultural Diplomacy

What can foreign policy wonks learn from theater geeks (and vice versa)? Meet a well-respected Iraqi playwright who is in Washington to explore this question.

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Food Truck Cookbook Tracks Best Meals Served On Wheels

Southern food and culture expert John T. Edge sees the food truck craze as a great democratic portrait of America. His new cookbook highlights some of the most creative and cheap food cooked in trucks these days.
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Summer Soccer Intrigue

Local soccer fans will be devising creative excuses at work this month, playing hookie to watch the European soccer championships.

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Our Obama Family Dinner Survey Shows Brown Rice Is Still A Tough Sell

Say the words "brown rice," and people of a certain age might conjure images of hippie communes. But the whole-grain product has been slowly gaining in popularity over the last decade. Here are some tips to bring it into the everyday dinner repertoire.
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'Car Talk' Brothers To Close Up Shop

Tom and Ray Magliozzi, aka Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers, the comedian mechanics who host NPR's Car Talk, are retiring this fall. Their weekly call-in series will continue to be distributed by NPR, drawing on material from their 25 years of show archives.
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Poet Laureate: 'Poetry's Always A Kind Of Faith'

This week, the Library of Congress announced that Natasha Trethewey, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Native Guard, will be the next poet laureate of the United States. Trethewey, a native of Mississippi, is the first Southern poet laureate since 1986.

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