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Searching For Buried Treasure In China, A Writer Discovers Himself

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 4:30pm

During the Sino-Japanese War, Huan Hsu's great-great-grandfather buried his vast porcelain collection to keep it safe. Hsu went to find it 70 years later, on a trip about more than missing china.

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For 'Dexter' Star David Zayas, Acting Was A Long Shot Away

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 4:21pm

The Bronx native grew up in a blue-collar household; a life in show business seemed far from reality. He spent time in the Air Force and as a cop before he finally gave his childhood dream a chance.

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Palm Springs Celebrates Its Past, And Tourists Arrive In Droves

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 4:21pm

Palm Springs was the desert playground of golden-era Hollywood. Then its glamour faded. Now its mid-century architecture, its retro style and the allure of its past are fueling a rebirth.

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For This Puzzle, Watch Your Words

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 7:03am

The challenge is a game of categories based on the word "watch." For each category provided, name something starting with each of the letters W-A-T-C-H.

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Cate Blanchett Swears On Australian TV; Flap Ensues

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 6:24am

When Cate Blanchett was interviewed about her role in Cinderella last week, the interview came to an abrupt end with some inappropriate language. Oh, my! What would Prince Charming think?

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New Postage Stamps Recognize The Genius Of Martin Ramirez

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 6:24am

Martin Ramirez was a self-taught artist who spent much of his life confined to hospitals, where he began to make remarkable art. Now some of it is featured on a new series of U.S. postage stamps.

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Understanding The Dark Side Of Enlightenment On 'Diamond Mountain'

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 5:50am

Author Scott Carney's new A Death on Diamond Mountain unravels the complicated paths that led an American Buddhist seeker not to nirvana, but to his death in a cave in the Arizona desert.

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Cheez Whiz Helped Spread Processed Foods. Will It Be Squeezed Out?

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 5:44am

Turns out, the history of Kraft's dull-orange cheese spread says a lot about the processed food industry — and where it might be headed as Kraft and Heinz merge.

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In The TV Show 'Younger,' You're Only 26 Twice

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 4:32am

In the new TV Land show, Sutton Foster plays Liza, a 40-year-old who needs to get back into the job market. So she moves to Brooklyn, gets highlights, learns how tweet, and pretends to be in her 20s.

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'The Precious One' Has Love At Its Heart

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 4:31am

Marisa de los Santos' newest novel follows a young woman returning to her home town to confront her shattered family. Reviewer Bobbi Dumas says it'll remind you that love can change the world.

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'The Precious One' Has Love At Its Heart

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 4:31am

Marisa de los Santos' newest novel follows a young woman returning to her home town to confront her shattered family. Reviewer Bobbi Dumas says it'll remind you that love can change the world.

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The Chinese 'Paper Son' Who Inspired The Look Of Disney's 'Bambi'

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 8:54pm

Tyrus Wong's expressive paintings caught Walt Disney's eye and became the visual guide for Bambi. Born in China, Wong — now 104 — used forged papers to enter the U.S. under the Chinese Exclusion Act.

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'Night At The Fiestas' Spins Stories Of Faith And Family

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 4:22pm

Kirstin Valdez Quade's debut book of short fiction is inspired by her family and its long history in the "romanticized" region of northern New Mexico.

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Using Computers To Connect With Classical Music

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 4:22pm

Yale computer scientist David Gelernter talks with NPR's Arun Rath about using computers and the Internet to teach young people to appreciate the beauty of what he calls "serious music."

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Not My Job: 'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner Gets Quizzed On Glad Men

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 8:19am

The final season of Mad Men is about to begin, so we've decided to ask the show's creator about men who are glad rather than mad — success coaches, motivational speakers and happiness gurus.

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Influential Guitarist John Renbourn Dies At 70

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 6:38am

John Renbourn co-founded the popular folk/jazz group Pentangle and was one of the most respected and influential acoustic guitarists in the world. He was found dead this week at his home in Scotland.

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Making Cheese In The Land Of The Bible: Add Myrrh And A Leap Of Faith

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 6:38am

Spring in the West Bank means Bedouin herders' ewes and nanny goats are full of milk — and cheese making abounds. The traditional method relies on a few simple ingredients and a long cultural memory.

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Hunting Mythical Monsters 'At The Water's Edge'

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 6:38am

Sara Gruen is following her bestselling Water for Elephants with a tale of a young American couple who travel to Scotland during the Second World War in search of the legendary Loch Ness Monster.

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Pour A Bucket Of Blood On These New Adaptations Of 'Carrie'

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 5:03am

Stephen King has said his novel Carrie is about women's power and men's fear — an idea reporter Beth Accomando says has gotten lost in newer adaptations of the horror classic for stage and screen.

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Nigerian Artist Continues A Family Tradition With 'Sartorial Anarchy'

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 4:46am

In Lagos, Iké Udé's family engaged in a West African tradition: photographing people wearing new clothes. Clothing and portraiture are still at the center of the New York-based photographer's work.

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