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They Rose In Protest, Now Kansas Arts Groups Cheer

Last year, Kansas became the first state in the nation to completely eliminate arts funding. That started an uproar that pushed Gov. Sam Brownback to restore some funding, but arts organizations still face uncertainty.
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Steve Guttenberg Writes His Own 'Bible'

The Police Academy star began his acting career at the age of 17 by faking it. He snuck into the Paramount Studios lot, set up an office and started landing auditions. He writes about his unorthodox Hollywood start in his new memoir, The Guttenberg Bible.
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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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