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'Death Of Bees' Captures A Grim, Gory Coming-Of-Age

"Today is my birthday. Today I am fifteen. Today I buried my parents in the backyard." So begins Lisa O'Donnell's novel about two sisters who find their parents dead and, instead of reporting it, decide to keep it a secret until they can make it on their own.
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'The Americans': Looking Back On The Cold War 'Fondly'

Guest host Linda Wertheimer interviews Joe Weisberg, the writer for the new FX show The Americans about KGB spies living in the United States during the Cold War.
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A Very, Very, Very Delicate Balance

This can't be. How does that big heavy rock stay pivoted on top of that itsy bitsy one, which is hanging precariously onto the one below? Yet they do. The beauty of balance.
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Don't Waste That Christmas Tree: Turn It Into Spruce Beer

Everyone from the Vikings to 18th century British sailors swore that a pint of spruce beer kept away scurvy. While that may not have really worked, you, too, can capture the essence of your Christmas tree in a glass.
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In NFL Football, As In Hollywood, Does Anybody Know Anything?

When coaches are getting fired left and right based on fewer games in a whole season than a baseball team plays in the playoffs, how much does anybody really know in the NFL?
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The 'Life And Liberation' Of A Black Female Metal Fan

Writer Laina Dawes has loved heavy metal ever since she got her first Kiss album at age 8. But the metal community hasn't always loved her back, as she explains in her book What Are You Doing Here?
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Jan. 4

You can celebrate the red, white and blue this month with political cartoons and an exhibition featuring all-white artwork.

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E-Vote Hiccups Delay Oscar Balloting

A new online option was meant to make things easier for Oscar voters — but widespread reports of difficulties have prompted the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to extend the deadline.
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'Downton' Returns With Aristocratic Class And Clash

On Sunday, the PBS anthology series Masterpiece Classic begins its third season of Downton Abbey, the British period drama that has taken England — and America — by storm.
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Ozomatli Turns To A New Cool: Kids' Music

The Grammy-winning band is known for mixing music styles and writing lyrics about immigration, violence and other issues. But now it's turning to kid-friendly fare: songs about trees, germs, even a moose on the loose. Band member Jiro Yamaguchi talks about the band's new album, Ozomatli Presents OzoKidz.

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