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Etiquette For Parents To Cure Birthday Party Blues

Back to school means homework, sports, and often times, a barrage of invitations to birthday parties and bar mitzvahs. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks about how parents can best handle sticky social situations from gifts to guest lists. She speaks with moms Karen Grigsby Bates, Leslie Morgan Steiner, Dani Tucker and Aracely Panameno.
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A Political Litmus Test, In 6 Jokes

Could humor be the key to bridging a divided nation? Read these relatively nonpolitical jokes told by six very politically outspoken comedians, and tell us which ones you think are funny. We'll try to determine if that says something about your political leanings.
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Print-Inspired Art: All The News That's Fit To Paint

Newsprint is both the medium and the message in the "Shock of the News" exhibit currently on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The show examines a century's worth of interaction between artists and the journals of their day.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Sept. 25

Shocking news, a glimpse of war in Iraq, and the Bard’s words as a concert-poem

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Making A Comedy Pilot? You Might Want To Call James Burrows

James Burrows has directed more than 50 pilots, including Cheers, Friends, Taxi, and Frasier.
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Fall TV Lineup: 2 Shows Star Asian-American Women

Indian-American Mindy Kaling has her own show on Fox called The Mindy Project. Chinese-American Lucy Liu is Dr. Watson in a modern Sherlock Holmes story on CBS called Elementary. TV critic Eric Deggans says neither show gives any indication there might be anything culturally Indian or Chinese about their characters.
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Director James Burrows Has Midas Touch For Sitcoms

A sitcom premiering Monday night called Partners has a major advantage over the other new shows this season. Partners was directed by James Burrows. That's a name with particular resonance in Hollywood. When Burrows directs a TV pilot, it's more or less a given the show will be picked up for a full season.
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The Life And Times Of Movie Star 'Laura Lamont'

Emma Straub's novel, Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures, centers on small-town girl Elsa Emerson's transition into movie star Laura Lamont. Straub says her main character came to her while she was reading an obituary of real-life actress Jennifer Jones. "I was just struck by her life," Straub says.
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'Wallflower' Film Puts Adolescence On Screen

Guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks to novelist Stephen Chbosky, who has written and directed the film adaptation of his novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The story follows a shy, high school freshman who becomes friends with upperclassmen who are also social misfits.

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