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'Shadow': New Light On Islamic History

Islam is conventionally thought to have arisen in the Arabian desert, free from any outside influences. But a new book by historian Tom Hollander provides some surprising historical context — and an origin story quite different from the one most people know.
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Queen Sails Through Diamond Jubilee

Hundreds of thousands crowded the banks of the Thames Sunday to catch a glimpse of Queen Elizabeth II leading a flotilla of a thousand boats to mark her 60-year reign.
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Researchers To Investigate Art In Society

Researchers will receive grants to investigate the impact of the arts on different parts of society.

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After Deadly Plane Crash, Atlanta Rallied For The Arts

Sunday marks 50 years since what was then the world's deadliest airplane accident: A crash that claimed 130 lives outside Paris. The most devastated community was not in France, but in the United States. Of those killed, 122 were members of the Atlanta Art Association.
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'Dinner': A Ritual Of Love

Host Rachel Martin talks with Jenny Rosenstrach about her book, Dinner: A Love Story, based on her popular blog of the same name. It's a cookbook and memoir that covers all the stages of a family's life as experienced through meals.
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A Parasite Pie Fit For A Queen's Diamond Jubilee

The city of Gloucester will be giving Queen Elizabeth II a traditional lamprey pie for her Diamond Jubilee. But lampreys are scarce in Gloucester. What are they to do?
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Blacksmiths Forge A New, Artisanal Future

Blacksmithing is an ancient trade that, like other crafts, saw a downturn during the Industrial Revolution, when machines took over jobs that humans once did. Now, blacksmithing is having a small revival — and this time it's not just about banging on an anvil.
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Look Up, Stargazers: June 5 Is The Transit Of Venus

The rare daytime astronomical event, in which Venus can be seen as a tiny black dot crossing the sun, won't happen again until 2117. Andrea Wulf, author of Chasing Venus, explains how 18th-century astronomers used the event to calculate the distance between the Earth and the sun.
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One Man's Case For Regulating Hate Speech

In his new book, Jeremy Waldron writes that the U.S. is the only liberal democracy in the world that doesn't restrict hate speech — and that needs to change. He says, "I don't believe it's the role of law to protect people from being offended," but protecting human dignity is another matter.

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