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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Feb. 16

The Crucible, the Tweet Slam, and poetry Retold.

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'Undefeated' A Tale Of Football Team's Struggles

Oscar-nominated documentary Undefeated follows a season of an inner-city high school football team in North Memphis, Tennessee, profiling its coaches and players' stuggles on and off the field. Melissa Block talks with co-directors T.J. Martin and Dan Lindsay about the film.
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More Than Melancholy: 'In-Flight' Stories Soar

Helen Simpson once said that when it comes to short stories, "Something's got to happen, but not too much." Her latest short story collection, In-Flight Entertainment, may seem bleak and mundane — with subjects like mortality, infidelity and climate change — but it's also bursting with British wit.
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Nathan Englander: Assimilating Thoughts Into Stories

In What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, Nathan Englander writes about his own faith — and what it means to be Jewish — in stories that explore religious tension, Israeli-American relations and the Holocaust.
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The Ad Council: 70 Years Of Good Advice

Since its creation during World War II, the Ad Council has launched one iconic public service announcement after the next — from the "Rosie the Riveter" campaign, which encouraged women to join the work force, to Smokey Bear's lessons about preventing wildfires.
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Fashion Week 2012: Coats Make A Comeback

Coats had fallen out of favor, but they're back — cozy yet chic as ever — on the New York runways. It's a shaky time for the fashion industry, and many designers have decided to "batten down the hatches and do the thing that they do best," says Sally Singer, editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Feb. 15

The Temptation, Astro Boy, and a few classics at Strathmore.

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Bold, Beautiful Violence In A Strange, Savage Town

For a writer, each novel is a labor of love. But what about the reader's toil? Author Jesmyn Ward explains why the beautiful and brutal Death in Spring, by Catalan author Merce Rodoreda, is worth its weight in trials and tribulations.

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