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He Couldn't Stop Painting Rocks — And Now He Has Inspired A Play

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 1:44pm

Tonight, a new play by Athol Fugard opens off-Broadway. It's based on the story of Nukain Mabuza, a poor farm laborer in South Africa who was obsessed with creating a garden of painted rocks.

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He Couldn't Stop Painting Rocks — And Now He Has Inspired A Play

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 1:44pm

Tonight, a new play by Athol Fugard opens off-Broadway. It's based on the story of Nukain Mabuza, a poor farm laborer in South Africa who was obsessed with creating a garden of painted rocks.

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The Great 'Beyond': Contemplating Life, Sex And Elevators In Space

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 12:51pm

Astronomer Chris Impey discusses the future of space travel, sex in space and the connection between science and Buddhism. Impey is the author of Beyond: Our Future in Space.

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What Is Upfronts Week, Anyway?: 5 Questions Answered

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 10:09am

We've reached the part of the year where the broadcast networks (and some cable networks) try to woo advertisers with the promise of new shows.

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What Is Upfronts Week, Anyway?: 5 Questions Answered

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 10:09am

We've reached the part of the year where the broadcast networks (and some cable networks) try to woo advertisers with the promise of new shows.

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The End Of 'American Idol'

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 8:53am

Fox announced today that the 15th season of American Idol will be the end of the road for what was once the biggest show on TV.

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The End Of 'American Idol'

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 8:53am

Fox announced today that the 15th season of American Idol will be the end of the road for what was once the biggest show on TV.

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Documentary Spotlights Perfectly Accessorized Iris Apfel

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 4:04am

Renowned documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles' last film, Iris, is a portrait of 93-year-old style icon and self-described "geriatric starlet" Iris Apfel.

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Danielewski Returns With A Long, Sideways Look At 'The Familiar'

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 5:10pm

The author famous for the cult classic House Of Leaves is writing a new novel about a little girl who finds a kitten. The book is planned to be epic — 27 volumes total. Vol. 1 is more than 800 pages.

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After A Fiery Speech, A Top-Secret Job Offer In The Desert

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 4:16pm

A young Air Force captain thought his career was over. Instead, he was invited to join a stealth program — and told, "You've got 30 seconds and if you don't say yes, this conversation never happened."

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For This Puzzle, J-st Ign-r- Th- V-w-ls

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 7:02am

Every answer is the name of a well-known U.S. city. For every word given, ignore the vowels. The word's consonants are the same consonants appearing in the same order as those in the city's name.

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In Oklahoma, The Sky Has No 'Mercy'

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 5:31am

In Oklahoma, tornadoes are just a fact of life — but sometimes a truly awful one comes along. In The Mercy of the Sky, Holly Bailey chronicles the deadly tornado that struck Moore, Okla., in 2013.

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If Science Could 'Clone A Mammoth,' Could It Save An Elephant?

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 4:13pm

De-extinction technology could soon bring back lost species — or preserve endangered ones. In her new book, evolutionary biologist Beth Shapiro explores the scientific and ethical challenges.

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GIs Helped Bring Freedom To Europe, And A Taste For Oregano To America

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 12:54pm

Now ubiquitous, oregano was a rarity in U.S. cuisine before World War II. But the GIs who encountered it in Sicily fell for the herb, especially in pizza, fueling a boom in Italian-American cuisine.

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Not My Job: Actor Steve Buscemi Gets Quizzed On Government Jobs

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 8:24am

Buscemi wasn't always a famous actor. He was once just a young man taking the civil service test. If things had gone differently, he could have had a career in any number of exciting government jobs.

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TV And Hollywood Pattern-Maker Sells A Three-Decades Cache

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 6:35am

Exciting and colorful Hollywood treasures turn up at the estate sale of a woman who made patterns for renowned costume designers Edith Head and Bob Mackie.

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Taking Mom Out For Brunch? It's A Feminist Tradition

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 6:33am

The right to dine out in public alone during the day was an early victory of the women's rights movement of the 1900s. And in post-war America, brunch became an exercise in women's lib for some.

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The Martians Are Coming! 'Broadcast Hysteria' Looks At The War Over 'Worlds'

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 6:03am

Orson Welles' radio hoax famously convinced America that Martians had landed in New Jersey, right? A. Brad Schwartz' new Broadcast Hysteria argues that panic may have been blown out of proportion.

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For 'New Yorker' Cartoonist, '90 Percent Rejection Is Doing Great'

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 4:11am

It once took Matthew Diffee years of trying — and a push from his mom — to get one beloved cartoon in the magazine. Diffee's new collection is called Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People.

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Shake What Your Mama Didn't Give You: Shapewear Through The Ages

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 4:09am

From corsets and codpieces to shapewear and Spanx, people have tried to change their silhouettes for centuries. From The Seams, Jacki Lyden takes us on a sartorial tour of shapewear.

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