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Against All Odds, You 'Swim Your Own Race'

Poet Mbali Vilakazi pays tribute to South African swimmer Natalie du Toit, the first female amputee ever to qualify for the Olympic Games. For Vilakazi, du Toit's accomplishment is "everything the Olympics represent ... the triumph of the human spirit."
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Aug 3

A walk in the park, Fresh Produce, and Arlingtonian Idol.

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A Moody Tale Of Murder In A 'Broken' Dublin Suburb

Tana French's latest novel follows Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy, a police detective with a rage for order, as he investigates a young family's murder in a suburban Dublin development gone bust. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Broken Harbor is as much social criticism as it is whodunit.
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Not A Feminist? Caitlin Moran Asks, Why Not?

Moran believes that most women who don't want to be called feminists don't understand what feminism is. Her new book How to Be a Woman is a funny take on housework, high heels, body fat, abortion, marriage and, of course, Brazilian waxes.
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After Aurora, Rethinking Violence In Pop Culture

The Aurora theater shooting has prompted Hollywood to reconsider the role of movie violence. Similar conversations are taking place among novelists, video game makers and other artists. Director Rob Cohen, crime writer Laura Lippman and video game designer Chris Hecker talk about violence and art.
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Playwright Fugard Bucked South Africa's 'Racist Ideas'

South African playwright, actor and director Athol Fugard was a thorn in the apartheid regime's side. Now 80, he calls any suggestion that he would slow down "nonsense."
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Marfa, Texas: An Unlikely Art Oasis In A Desert Town

In the 1970s, minimalist artist Donald Judd moved to a dusty town in West Texas, where he created giant works of art that bask beneath vast desert skies. In the years since, Marfa has emerged as a mecca for art tourism.
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Name That (New) Grape

Researchers at Cornell University will be releasing two new wine grape varieties next year from the university's agricultural breeding program. And they're asking the public to create names for them.

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