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The Deep-Seated Meaning Of The American Sofa

NBA supernova Jeremy Lin reportedly slept on one before the Knicks' winning streak. And Steve Jobs obsessed over finding the perfect specimen for his living room. During many periods of our lives, the sofa is at the epicenter. It is home base, North Star, study carrel, dining booth and royal throne rolled into one.
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Dining After 'Downton Abbey': Why British Food Was So Bad For So Long

Dining was a very, very big deal in Edwardian England — and the food, it turns out, was pretty sophisticated. So why was British food derided as boring, tasteless fare for much of the 20th century? Here's the story.
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'King Peggy': A Cinderella Story — With A Twist

In her new book, Peggielene Bartels describes going from secretary at the U.S. Embassy to king of a fishing village in Ghana. Dividing her time between Otuam and Washington, D.C., she straddles two cultures — and says she loves every bit of it.
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At Last, They See: E-Books 'Democratize' Publishing

Not known as a hotbed of experimentation, the world of publishing has been slow to embrace the transition from print to digital. But in New York this past week, the publishers who gathered were more interested in exploring new ideas than arguing about the death of books.
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Mo Rocca Learns From The Masters: Grandparents

Every Sunday, Mo Rocca's grandmother made homemade ravioli for the family dinner. He says he deeply regrets not learning her recipes before she passed away. In My Grandmother's Ravioli, Rocca asks other people's grandparents to teach him how to cook.
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Poland's Holland, Exploring Holocaust History Again

Poland's official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film is director Agnieszka Holland's third film set during the Holocaust. Holland discusses characters with contradictions and why this story compelled her to revisit a subject she had decided not to return to.
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'Tinkering' With A Spy Classic Gets Oscar Nod

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy screenwriter Peter Straughn is up for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Straughan about rewriting the classic John le Carre spy novel.
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Two States Enter, One Four-Letter Word Leaves

Every answer consists of two adjoining U.S. states. Each clue is a four-letter word formed by one or more letters starting one of the state names plus one or more letters starting the other state name. For example, given "mist," the answer would be "Mississippi" and "Tennessee," or "Missouri" and "Tennessee."
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Through RecordSetter, Everyone Can Be World Champ

If a feat is "quantifiable and breakable" and there is media proof of it, RecordSetter's co-founder says, the website will recognize it as a world record. The website accepts submissions for just about anything.

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