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China Laces Up Its Chuck Taylors

China's consumer market is massive, and breaking in isn't easy. Some U.S. products have struggled. But in recent years, an old American sneaker has become an unlikely success story: the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Feb. 9

Black History and Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

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A Mom And A Baby Find Out What's Really Rural In California

Most moms probably don't want their babies around pot growers, but San Francisco-based writer-photographer Lisa Hamilton is totally cool with it.
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Finding 'Life, Death And Hope' In A Mumbai Slum

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo spent more than three years in Mumbai's Annawadi slum. In her new book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, she profiles people living in extreme poverty — right in the shadow of luxury hotels.
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Donald Hall: A Poet's View 'Out The Window'

The 83-year-old former poet laureate reflects on how life has changed as he's grown older. "My body causes me trouble when I cross the room, but when I am sitting down writing, I am in my heaven — my old heaven," he says.
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Two Rowdy Talk Shows Showcase Vintage Humor

Both The David Susskind Show and The Sid Caesar Show featured large, unwieldy guest rosters and entertaining, timely jokes. A vintage episode of Susskind's show and a reunion of Caesar's writers are now available on DVD. TV critic David Bianculli says both offerings are laugh-out-loud funny.
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S'il-Vous-Plait: Raising Your 'Bebe' The French Way

Raising her children in Paris, American journalist Pamela Druckerman discovered that the French have mastered the art of child-rearing — or at least they have mastered the art of smoothly assimilating children into adult routines and reducing the stress of parenting.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Feb. 8

La Cage aux Folles, Genesis Reboot and The Darkness.

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A Pulpit For The Masses: YouTube, Christians Click

Many have turned to YouTube to express their views about the message of Jesus. At least one has reached biblical proportions. With more than 18 million views, "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus" has become a sensation.

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