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Remembering Mexican Writer Carlos Fuentes

Robert Siegel talks to literary critic Alan Cheuse, a writing teacher at George Mason University, about the legacy of Carlos Fuentes. The Mexican writer died Tuesday at the age of 83.
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Home Video Picks: 'Being John Malkovich'

Bob Mondello recommends the Criterion Collection's Blu-ray release of Being John Malkovich, directed by Spike Jonze and starring Malkovich, John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, and Catherine Keener.
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Vermont Beer Makers Bring Back Old-Time Maple Sap Brews

Boiling down the last of the season maple sap and brewing a strong dark beer to share in the summer was a common tradition on Vermont farms a couple of generations ago. The practice had all but died out but is being revived now, thanks to a handful of local brewers.
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Take It Outside: Dining Al Fresco

For some, there's nothing like eating outdoors on a beautiful day. Get restaurant recommendations on places with hidden patios, low-key roof decks or sidewalk seating -- and share your thoughts on the tactics, etiquette and pleasures of eating outside.

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Audra McDonald: Shaping 'Bess' On Broadway

The actress is nominated for her fifth Tony Award for the Broadway musical Porgy and Bess. "There's very few quiet moments for Bess," she says. "They're all very big, very emotional. ... And to commit to that night after night after night is very difficult."
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, May 15

Women of the Blues, Nobel Laureate Herte Müller, and Nabucco.

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Draw Something App Reveals The Artistic Chimp In Us All

The Draw Something app works a lot like Pictionary: You pick a word, draw clues and wait for opponents to guess the answer. But cartoonist Matthew Diffee says the app's name is a bit misleading: "It would be more accurate to call it ... 'Draw Something With Your Foot While Bull Riding On A Boat.' "
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Pounding Away At America's Obesity Epidemic

One-third of Americans today are obese, and another third are overweight. A new HBO documentary series, The Weight of the Nation, explores how our country got this way and what can be done to tackle the growing national health crisis.
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Johnny Carson Gets The 'Masters' Treatment

Monday night on PBS, American Masters presents a two-hour biography of Johnny Carson. Carson retired 20 years ago this month, and vacated a throne that TV critic David Bianculli says no one has managed to claim since.

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