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'The Black Count,' A Hero On The Field, And The Page

Did you know the Count of Monte Cristo was based on a real man? General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas was a hero of the French Revolution. But he's now forgotten by almost everyone except the son who shared his name and used his father's life as inspiration for some of the greatest novels of all time.
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Rosh Hashana's Sacred Bread Offers Meaning In Many Shapes And Sizes

Making challah for the Jewish New Year lets the baker take a moment to reflect on life's blessings. The bread can be shaped into the traditional round, or a lion or bird to echo Bible verses or the maker's preference.
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A Father's Decades-Old Bedtime Story Is Back In Print

William McCleery wrote his first draft of Wolf Story during bedtimes and afternoon outings with his 5-year-old son. In 1947, it became a hit children's book, but it's been out of print for more than 20 years.
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'Skagboys': Heroin Highs In 'Trainspotting' Prequel

It's been almost 20 years since Irvine Welsh first introduced Rent, Spud and Sick Boy — a group of gritty characters struggling to survive a grim, heroin-fueled existence in late 1980s Edinburgh. Walsh brings the boys back in his new prequel, Skagboys.
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Amy Adams: A Steely Wife Stands Behind 'The Master'

In Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, Amy Adams plays Peggy Dodd, the spouse of a charismatic spiritual leader, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Adams says her character is smart and educated but feels "more powerful behind a man than in front of a man."
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Remembering D.C. Theater Icon Jaylee Mead

D.C. theater icon Jaylee Mead died Friday at the age of 83, but her memory will not be forgotten. Long-time friend and colleague Victor Shargai discusses her remarkable life.

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'The Master': Filling A Void By Finding A Family

Many comparisons have been made between Paul Thomas Anderson's film The Master and the history of Scientology. But, as David Edelstein explains, the challenge of balancing the search for surrogate family with American individualism dominates the film. (Recommended)
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Love To Hate Cilantro? It's In Your Genes And Maybe, In Your Head

From stinky, crushed bugs to fresh citrus aromas, cilantro's flavor profile is a contentious issue. But is our opinion of the herb hard-wired in our genes, or can we learn to enjoy it? Scientists say maybe it's both.
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What Does It Mean To Be A Jew?

A lot of Jewish people identify somewhere between orthodox and atheist. As Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur approach many might come face-to-face with questions about faith and identity. Host Michel Martin talks with Theodore Ross about his book and his journey to answer the question, Am I A Jew?
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Sept. 14

H Street Festival, body modification, and a little more Occupy.

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