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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Aug 7

Sublime Rupture and a talented crew of Canadians.

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An Apocalyptic Romp Through The 'Golden' State

Golden Days starts out like a fun Los Angeles romp. By the end it's a devastating portrait of life after a nuclear blast. Author Gabrielle Zevin says it showed her that novels, like life, can span multiple genres. Do you have a favorite book about life in California? Tell us in the comments.
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Three Ways Lucille Ball Ruled When She Played With Food

Lucille Ball was never funnier than when she was playing with her food. In honor of her 101 birthday, which would have been today, we share three of our favorite food clips from "I Love Lucy."
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Dean Norris On Playing Good In 'Breaking Bad'

Norris plays DEA agent Hank Schrader in the AMC series about a chemistry teacher turned meth cook. "He's a good cop, he just hasn't put the pieces together yet," Norris says.
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Good Business, Bad Quality: How NBC Is Both Right And Wrong On The Olympics

There's a lot of chatter — a lot — about the things people don't like about the Olympics on television. But it's not hurting the ratings. Does that mean the griping is misplaced? Not necessarily.
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Purists Sniff As Stink-Free Durian Fruit Seeks A Fan Base

A Thai scientist has been working for 25 years to breed the famous stink out of the tropical fruit so it can fly on airplanes and attract new markets. But breeding out the famous stink will diminish its appeal, say some fans.
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Sikh Community Reacts To Shooting

A gunman killed six and injured three at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin yesterday, stunning the Sikh community in the U.S. and abroad. We talk with a leader in the Washington Sikh community about the reaction among devotees of the faith.

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In Warhol's Memory, Soup Cans And Coke Bottles

While the cemetery that houses the artist's grave is conventional, the grave site itself is anything but. Fans and admirers regularly leave colorful mementos on his tombstone outside of Pittsburgh, and a local artist and Warhol historian even holds graveside birthday parties for the late pop art con.
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Author Peter James And Sidekick Track Seaside Crime

Working closely with a former detective, James still goes out with Brighton police to gather material for his work about an English city with a rich criminal history.
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'American Dream,' Betrayed By Bad Economic Policy

Journalists Donald Barlett and James Steele say a government commitment to free trade and an indifference to offshoring of jobs has crippled the middle class. And, they say, that situation is unlikely to change, no matter who wins this year's presidential election.

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