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A 'Marriage Plot' Full Of Intellectual Angst

Jeffrey Eugenides' third novel, The Marriage Plot, charts the lives of three young adults as they finish college, fall in love and navigate the real world after graduating from Brown University in 1982. Eugenides, also a Brown alum, based some of the novel on his own experiences directly after college.
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How Hip-Hop Has Revolutionized Marketing

Rapper and producer Jay-Z has pushed computers for Hewlett Packard and musician Queen Latifah models for Cover Girl cosmetics. Steve Stoute documents the marriage between hip-hop culture and big business in his new book The Tanning of America. He speaks with guest host Tony Cox.
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Latinos On TV: Laughing At Culture, Laughing With It

A look at how Latinos and the Spanish language have been portrayed in, and shaped by, American pop culture over the years, from I Love Lucy to Modern Family.
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From Ricky Ricardo To Dora: Latinos On Television

While Spanish has long had a recurring bit role on English-language television, it has slowly but surely become an integral part of the American soundtrack. Think Desi Arnaz on I Love Lucy, Freddie Prinze on Chico And The Man, Sofia Vergara on Modern Family. As part of our series, Two Languages, Many Voices: Latinos in the U.S., here's a look at a few highlights from the past six decades.
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Deen Does 'Southern' Fare ... With A Stick Of Butter

Food Network star Paula Deen loves bacon, butter and, of course, Southern cooking. In her new cookbook, Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible, Deen explores the regional variations of Southern food.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 11

Edgar Degas

The Book Club at Arena, the Festival of Hispanic Theater and Degas’s Dancers.

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'Breaking Bad,' 'Horror' Leave Viewers Wanting More

The new FX drama series American Horror Story premiered last week and last night, the AMC drama Breaking Bad presented its season finale. TV critic David Bianculli says both are must-sees — because they both leave him wanting more.
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HBO's 'Enlightened' Take On Modern Meditation

Laura Dern is Amy Jellicoe, a health and beauty executive who returns from a post-meltdown retreat to pick up the pieces of her broken life in the new HBO series Enlightened. Dern and series creator Mike White talk about the tone of the show, and whether it's possible for people to really change.
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Turkish Museum Puts Hercules Back Together Again

Two halves of an ancient Greek statue have been reunited and are on display in a Turkish museum. The top half spent the last two decades in the Boston Fine Arts Museum. Turkish officials said it was illegally removed from an archaeological site in southwestern Turkey and they spent years trying to get it back.

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