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Online Video Sites Go Pro And Get Original

Move over, cute kittens and goofy kiddos: YouTube is pouring money into slick, professional channels, including one that works with Madonna. Streaming services are developing their own original programing — including a resurrected, Netflix-only season of Arrested Development. It's like the early days of cable TV, when HBO started out airing movies and ended up with The Sopranos.
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Booksellers' Picks: Catch The Year's Freshest Reads

Susan Stamberg gathers recommendations for the season's best books from independent booksellers Lucia Silva, Rona Brinlee and Daniel Goldin. This winter, their top picks range in subject from toasters to typeface, odd bookmarks to old Volkswagens, department stores to pasta design.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Dec. 9

Petri dish art, Kennedy Center’s Nutcracker, Brooklyn (the musical) and belly dance.

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Music From 'The Mistress Of Heartache'

Rachael Yamagata's deep and sultry voice tells stories of lost love and pain. Her songs have been heard on countless films and TV shows, like 'Grey's Anatomy' and '30 Rock.' Now Yamagata is out with her latest album, 'Chesapeake.' Host Michel Martin speaks with the singer-songwriter about her approach to music.
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So The Mythbusters Punched A Hole In A House With A Cannonball. Now What?

Mythbusters has tried out a lot of things in the last few years, but trying a cannonball fired through a residential neighborhood? That was an accident.
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An Artistic Triumph Over Cushing's Disease: J. Jordan Bruns

After battling with an incurable disease, Glen Echo's resident artist, Jordan Bruns, discovered that the experience affected his art.
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In 'Pemberley,' James Picks Up Where Austen Left Off

What happens next in Pride and Prejudice? Well, if you ask 91-year-old British mystery writer P.D. James, it's a ghastly murder in the Pemberley woodlands. James was surprised she wanted to write a sequel: "I had never thought that I would ever want to use somebody else's characters," she says.
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Harry Morgan, M*A*S*H's Col. Potter, Dies At 96

Harry Morgan played one of television's most beloved commanding officers. As Col. Sherman Potter, he brought an avuncular authority to a show about the absurdities and horror of war. M*A*S*H costar Mike Farrell said he died Wednesday peacefully in his sleep.

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