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Can Arlington's Artisphere Survive Without County Funding?

Funding for Artisphere in Rosslyn comes in large part from Arlington County, but with potential budget cuts in the future, some are wondering whether the arts center can be self-sustaining.

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You're So Dumb, You Probably Think This Book Is About Getting Slapped

"Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries!" Philosophy professor William Irvine's new book, A Slap in the Face, is a compendium of insults — and a scholarly look at why we're constantly compelled to one-up each other.
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'Angry Days' Shows An America Torn Over Entering World War II

World War II is often thought of as a good and just war — a war the U.S. had to fight. But the decision wasn't that simple. Public debate was heated between interventionism, which President Roosevelt supported, and isolationism, which aviator Charles Lindbergh became an unofficial spokesman for.
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Meg Wolitzer: "The Interestings"

Meg Wolitzer's latest novel begins in 1974 when six teenagers meet at an artsy summer camp. It traces their lifelong friendship and how their individual talents play out in life.

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An Oral History Of New York Food: Dining Out Wasn't Always 'In'

New York is now known for pricey restaurants and celebrity chefs. But there are still a few folks who remember buying food from horse-drawn wagons in the city. An audio project aims to preserve these memories, and the voices that share them.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, March 26

Tonight you can groove to songs by a world-renowned pop artist, or check out some local photography and grub.

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Book News: Wis. Governor Takes Heat Over His Choice Of Ghostwriter

Also: Barnes & Noble giving away free e-readers this week; Marjane Satrapi on Persepolis; and a teenage Hemingway's dimples.
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Why Are TV Remotes So Terrible?

While the quality of TVs and technology seems to be at an all-time high, the devices we use to access the living room screen are as confusing as ever. But tablets and apps offer hope of simplifying the process of finding shows to watch — and even interacting with other viewers.
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'American Winter' Families Struggle To Survive Fall From Middle Class

Diedre Melson, John Cox and Pam Thatcher are college-educated parents who once considered themselves part of the middle class. Then the Great Recession hit. A new HBO documentary shows their families desperately trying to make ends meet.

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