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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Nov. 18

Asian art, music and culture take over the region.

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U.S. Behind The Curve In Drunk Driving, Author Finds

Barron Lerner, a professor of medicine and public health at Columbia University, wrote One for the Road, about the history of drunk driving in America. And what he found was that the legal limit is very lenient, especially compared with other countries. And there is little political will to change it.
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The Hipsterfication Of America

Once relegated to a few urban enclaves, the American hipster is suddenly everywhere. And, though it sounds funny, says one aficionado of hip culture, "hipsters in Omaha may actually be cooler than hipsters in New York City."
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Filmmaker Woody Allen Gets The 'Masters' Treatment

Woody Allen is the subject of a new two-part, four-hour special on the PBS series American Masters. TV critic David Bianculli says the documentary is "a smart, sometimes serious study of a smart, sometimes serious filmmaker."
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Troubled Tropical Paradise In Payne's 'Descendents'

Director Alexander Payne finds comedy in the crises of his flawed protagonists: a struggling writer in Sideways, a retired widower in About Schmidt and now a family man who must reassess his life in The Descendents.
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National Book Award Winner Tells Tale Of Katrina

On Wednesday, author Jesmyn Ward won the National Book Award. Her novel, Salvage The Bones, takes place in a small town during a hurricane. The story was based on her own experience of surviving hurricane Katrina, which she describes in this essay.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Nov. 17

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Oceanic art, horsing around and Turtle Island Quartet.

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In 'Birds,' Sis Makes A Dream World For Grown-Ups

Author and illustrator Peter Sis is known for his fantastical children's books, but his latest project is meant for more grown-up imaginations. Adapted from a 12th century Persian poem, The Conference of the Birds tells the story of thousands of birds who together fly off in search of their king.
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DVD Picks: 'West Side Story'

Film critic Bob Mondello recommends the 50th anniversary Blu-ray release of West Side Story.

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