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Sandwich Monday: Fried Peanut Butter And Banana

Peter Sagal's in New York, so what did he go get for this week's Sandwich Monday? A classic New York hot dog? A pastrami sandwich from 2nd Avenue Deli? No, a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich.
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Linney Mines 'The Big C' For Serious Laughs

On Showtime's dark comedy series, Laura Linney plays a terminally ill cancer patient. The actress's own father died from lung cancer while the series was being made; her mother was a cancer nurse when Linney was young. These experiences, she says, inform her performance.
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Godwin's 'Flora': A Tale Of Remorse That Creeps Under Your Skin

The latest novel from three-time National Book Award finalist Gail Godwin takes inspiration from Henry James' The Turn of the Screw. Both stories take place in isolated old houses, and both revolve around mental contests between a governess character and her young charge.
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Wendy Williams Dishes Her Own Dirt

Television talk show host Wendy Williams is known for pushing the envelope and dishing the dirt on celebs. But her rise to fame wasn't always glamorous. Host Michel Martin speaks with Williams about her career, battle with addiction and new book Ask Wendy.
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Book News: Harper Lee Says Literary Agent Exploited Her Health

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, May 6

Ah, the things we do for love. You can see a drama about one man's descent into madness, or check out a comedy that bares all.

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Cash Crunch Prompts Controversial Sales At Chicago's Field Museum

The museum, already hard-hit by the economic crash, didn't meet projected fundraising and attendance numbers, and now must make up a $5 million budget deficit. The shortfall forced it to sell some items in its renowned collection.
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A Search For Faith In 'Godless' Washington

When he first moved to Washington, D.C., White House faith adviser Jonathan DuBois had heard people in the nation's capital weren't serious about their religious beliefs. Instead, he found how those in the public eye keep a private faith.
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A Tale From The Delta, Born Of The Blues

Bill Cheng's debut novel, Southern Cross the Dog, is full of mythical characters who feel like they rose right out of the Mississippi Swamp, and narratives that churn and swirl like the river itself. Cheng calls the novel "a love note to those old blues players."

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