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'Before India,' A Young Gandhi Found His Calling In South Africa

5 hours 34 min ago

The racism Gandhi encountered in South Africa helped spark a lifetime of activism. Historian Ramachandra Guha says without that experience, "he would never have become a political animal."

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Sous Vide Makes Its Way To The Home Kitchen

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:18pm

This cooking method — a strange mix of the precise and the forgiving — means never having to worry about rubbery, overcooked meats. But mind your eyebrows while you're holding the blowtorch.

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In Pakistan, Literary Spring Is Both Renaissance And Resistance

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 3:00pm

For the past decade Pakistan has faced war, political instability and the rise of religious extremism. But those crises have fueled a new generation of Pakistani writers and artists.

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Behold Ukrainian Easter Art: Incredible, Inedible Eggs

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 2:28pm

Even 2,000 years ago, people seemed to know that the egg could be a source of life. And an ancient art form has been passed down, transforming a symbolic source of food into a dazzling decoration.

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FX's 'Fargo' Is Neither Remake Nor Sequel

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 1:33pm

The cable network premieres a new drama series tonight. It's called Fargo, and has the same title as the 1996 Coen Brothers movie. Critic David Bianculli says it's very definitely a wonderful show in that same wacky spirit – but it's just as important to note what this new Fargo is not. It's not a remake — and it's not a sequel.

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Pakistan, The Taliban And The Real 'Enemy' Of The Afghanistan War

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 1:25pm

In a new book, New York Times correspondent Carlotta Gall offers new information about how Pakistan has helped the Taliban in Afghanistan, and may have helped hide Osama bin Laden.

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Why 'Fargo' For TV Works With Cold Efficiency And 'Bad Teacher' Doesn't

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 1:15pm

When TV decides to adapt a movie, it can do it in a couple of different ways. The success of FX's adaptation of Fargo and the problems with CBS's adaptation of Bad Teacher make telling examples.

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The Fist, The Shield And The Gun

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 1:11pm

The violence of Captain America is very different from the martial-arts violence of The Raid 2. Chris Klimek considers how the nature and explicitness of violence changes the way we perceive it.

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Ken Burns Tackles Lincoln, Education, And Money In 'The Address'

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:11am

The Address follows an intensive program that teaches kids with learning difficulties to recite the Gettysburg Address. And in doing so, it raises some tough questions about resources.

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Muslim Singer Yuna Moves To John Mayer's Music

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 9:47am

Muslim pop star Yuna shares some of her favorite songs for Tell Me More's series "In Your Ear."

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Hip-Hop Dreams Lead To Penning Poetry

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 9:47am

Tell Me More continues its national poetry month series "Muses and Metaphor." Regular contributors Michael Skolnik and Laura Martinez share their Twitter poems.

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No Take-Backs: Why Can't 'New Girl' Figure Out What It's Doing?

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 7:18am

Marc Hirsh looks at the direction of the Fox comedy and wonders: why can't it leave well enough alone? Or, in fact, leave anything alone?

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Book News: A Q&A With Pulitzer Prize Winner Vijay Seshadri

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 6:38am

Also: Willy Blackmore writes about the several identities of his grandfather, John Farrar of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and research on reading comprehension for printed vs. digital books.

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Sometimes Getting Along Comes Down To How You Say 'Gravy'

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 6:03am

A recent study on immigrant job-seekers in the United Kingdom reminds us again of the importance of code-switching: unwritten cultural codes in conversation can have far-reaching impacts.

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Horrors Small And Large Haunt 'Birds'

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 6:03am

Something mysterious stalks a shepherdess on a remote British island in Evie Wyld's visceral new novel, All The Birds, Singing. Reviewer Annalisa Quinn calls it "a museum of sinister curiosities."

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NSA Coverage Garners Pulitzers For Post And Guardian

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 4:25pm

Winners of the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday. The Washington Post and The Guardian were among the notable winners, commended for together breaking the news of NSA surveillance programs.

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Sandwich Monday: The Passover Sandwich

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 3:11pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, our non-Jewish colleagues get an introduction to the wonders of the Passover lunch. Manischewitz rules this meal.

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Conflicting Tales Of A School Shooting In 'The Library'

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 3:01pm

Steven Soderbergh's new play confronts the topic of school shootings head on, peering into the shattered lives of the survivors and the stories they tell.

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The Bitter Tundra Returns As 'Fargo' Comes To Television

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 2:12pm

It's easy to be skeptical of a TV series inspired by the brilliant film Fargo, but the FX adaptation is dark, funny, free-standing and a great big hoot.

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Last Book Club Meeting: 'Grapes Of Wrath' Turns 75. Let's Discuss.

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 1:33pm

The I-Will-If-You-Will Book Club just finished reading John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl saga. We'll be hanging out in the comments with Steinbeck expert Susan Shillinglaw to talk about the book's legacy.

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