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Battles For Survival, Small-Scale And Huge

Critic Bob Mondello looks at two new films — the domestic drama Warriors, and the viral-epidemic thriller Contagion — that get the fall moviegoing season off to a pleasantly substantial start.
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Richard Engel: Covering War For A Decade

NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel details what it's like to report from some of the more dangerous war zones on the planet. He also discusses his recent dispatches from Egypt and Libya, where he was subject to tear gas attacks and artillery fire.
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At Maison Lesage, Beauty Embroidered By Hand

Exquisite creations for the world's top designers are in the works at a 130-year-old embroidery studio in Paris. At Maison Lesage, a small army of highly skilled sewers — affectionately called petites mains, or "little hands" — draw, sew and embroider for the biggest names in fashion.
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A Creepy Collection Of Supernatural Delights

Scary landscapes and spirit creatures appear in many ghost stories. But author Alan Heathcock knows that for the best of them, only the writings of Algernon Blackwood will do. These spooky tales will have you shivering with fright and delight.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Sept. 9

Remembering 9/11, The Writer’s Center reads and Tosca takes flight.

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How Sept. 11 Remade Fashion World

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicks off today in New York. But 10 years ago, attendees of the annual event found their lives turned upside down by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. On that day, designer Liz Lange was holding her first runway show when news of the attacks interrupted the production. Lange speaks with host Michel Martin about how the industry was affected by the attacks and how it has evolved since then.
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A Libyan Son Mourns His Father's 'Disappearance'

In his novel Anatomy of a Disappearance, Hisham Matar tells the tale of a father kidnapped — much like his own. Matar's father, a vocal opponent of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, disappeared 20 years ago. No one knows if he is dead or alive. "Living in hope is a really terrible thing," Matar says.
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‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram, Sept. 8

D.C. Shorts Festival, Dvorak’s 170th and a new space for fresh art.

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Shipping Container Inventor Transformed World Trade

In the 1950s, Keith Tantlinger built a better box and forever changed the way global business operates. His take on the shipping container made it easier to send and store all kinds of products all around the word. Tantlinger died on August 27th, 2011, at the age of 92.
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A Modern Guide To LGBT Manners

Navigating the social graces of our ever-changing society can be tricky, and perhaps trickier for gays and lesbians. Many wonder how to respond to offensive jokes or how to address a letter to a married gay couple. Steven Petrow gives answers in his new book Steven Petrow's Complete Gay and Lesbian Manners. He speaks with guest host Jacki Lyden.

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