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'Ebony,' 'Jet' Parent Takes A Bold New Tack

After a tough few years, Johnson Publishing says it has righted its course — revamping its flagship titles and selling an equity stake in the iconic black-owned company to raise money for brand-building.
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Quays Focus 'Weeping Glass' On The Mutter Museum

Philadelphia's Mutter Museum invited Stephen and Timothy Quay to capture the collection of medical oddities in the filmmakers' signature moody, avant-garde style. "We never walk through the front door," the Quays say of their approach to film. "We insist on coming through the side door or the back door."
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Hallmark Produces Layoff Greeting Cards

Melissa Block talks with Derek McCracken. He's a creative director with Hallmark Greeting Cards, which has a line of cards for job loss.
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'Biggest Loser' Nudges Many Viewers To Think Thin

More than half of the people in a recent poll say weight-loss shows influence what they eat. And 49 percent say they believe the television programs will have a positive influence on the obesity epidemic.
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Our Basest Desires: The Cruel Chaos Of Revolution

Robert Stone's characters fall all over the moral spectrum, but between a revolutionary nun, a treacherous spy and an alienated anthropologist, they certainly make for good reading. Author Roland Merullo recommends Stone's A Flag for Sunrise, a rich depiction of Central America in the turbulent '70s.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Sept. 22

Lee Boroson's "Lunar Bower"

Art as high as the sky, upcycled wardrobes and Fiesta DC

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A Surprising Trip Through Bluegrass Country

Bill Monroe a legend of bluegrass music, which has been played on porches and in homes for generations. He would have been 100 years old this year. On the anniversary of his birth, writer Jason Cherkis journeyed through Kentucky to see how the musical genre has continued to evolve. He chronicles his trip in this week's Washington Post Magazine. He speaks with Michel Martin.
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Roger Ebert: A Critic Reflects On 'Life Itself'

Roger Ebert tackles lowbrow and highbrow topics alike in his memoir; critic John Powers says the chronicle is sunny and hopeful — just like Ebert himself.
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Love Longitude? 'Maphead' Locates Geography Buffs

Former Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings charts what he calls "the wide, weird world of geography" in his latest book, Maphead. He profiles Google Maps engineers, geocachers, imaginary mapmakers, map collectors, geography bee contestants and "road geeks."

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