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Tabasco And Beer-Flavored: Not Your Easter Bunny's Jelly Beans

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 5:21pm

On the eve of Easter and National Jelly Bean Day, let us probe the mysterious origins and unexpected ascendency of the humble candy. And to celebrate, we've sampled Jelly Belly's newest flavors.

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Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Who Gave Voice To Latin America, Dies

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 3:51pm

The master of magic realism was the region's best-known writer. His novels were filled with miraculous events and characters; love and madness; wars, dreams and death. He died Thursday at 87.

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A Story Of Torture And Forgiveness That Spans A Half-Century

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 3:43pm

Director Jonathan Teplitsky speaks about his film The Railway Man. It tells the true story of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who was a prisoner of war during World War II at a Japanese labor camp.

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'Silicon Valley' Asks: Is Your Startup Really 'Making The World Better'?

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 3:11pm

Mike Judge's HBO sitcom pokes fun at programmers hoping to hit it rich. It's not the first time Judge has satirized the workplace — his 1999 cult film Office Space explored desk-job induced ennui.

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Big Stars Don't Always Guide TV Shows To Success

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 3:04pm

CBS is planning a one-hour season finale for Robin Williams' The Crazy Ones. It was one of three sitcoms built around big established stars this season, all three of which suffered in the ratings.

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The Rush Of A River, The Rise Of A Gondola

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 3:02pm

Two new documentaries, DamNation and Manakamana, examine the natural world in very different ways. One concerns itself with action, and one far more with contemplation.

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'Bintel Brief' And 'Hellfighters': American Stories, Powerfully Illustrated

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 1:49pm

Critic Maureen Corrigan recommends two graphic novels — one about a Yiddish advice column in the early 1900s and another about a regiment of African-American soldiers who fought during World War I.

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God, Man And Lots Of Corridors In 'Transcendence'

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:01pm

The new science fiction film Transcendence doesn't work very well as a story, but it's got an interesting way of trying to keep itself grounded in nature while exploring technological terrors.

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Why Did Vanity Fair Give 'Belfies' A Stamp Of Approval?

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:47am

"Selfie" may have been the 2013 word of the year. But "belfies," or "butt selfies" are now in the spotlight. We learn more about why they earned a fitness model a spread in Vanity Fair magazine.

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Ohio's Law Against Political Lying Heads To Supreme Court

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:41am

Can a state law prevent political campaigns from doling out misinformation? Guest host Celeste Headlee learns more from The Plain Dealer's Sabrina Eaton.

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The Ambitious Drive To Do Too Much Too Fast, On Screen And Off

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:26am

Transcendence is the directorial debut of Wally Pfister, a celebrated cinematographer. While his visual sophistication is evident, so is his limited experience with storytelling.

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Book News: Did Amazon Unintentionally Create A Drug Dealer Starter Kit?

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:36am

Also: Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez's health is said to be stable but "very fragile"; Dave Eggers' new book is called Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?.

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'Over Easy' Serves Up Savory Memories Of A Vintage Diner

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:03am

Mimi Pond's graphic memoir is a rose (or in this case aqua) tinted recollection of her time waitressing at a bohemian diner in Oakland in the 1970s. Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky says it's a sweet tribute.

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Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude'

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 4:44pm

Ellah Allfrey reviews Kinder Than Solitude, by Yiyun Li.

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Under The Streets Of Naples, A Way Out For Local Kids

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 3:00pm

A priest in Naples' tough Sanità neighborhood has put local kids — some from mob families — to work restoring underground catacombs full of early Christian art. The result? 40,000 tourists a year.

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New Deal Treasure: Government Searches For Long-Lost Art

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 3:00pm

During the Great Depression, the federal government purchased hundreds of thousands of works by American artists. But in the decades since, much of that art has gone missing.

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Exploring Life's Incurable Soiledness With The Father Of Italian Noir

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 2:24pm

A crackling new translation of Giorgio Scerbanenco's crime novel Private Venus has just been released. Critic John Powers read it in a single sitting.

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Lusting For Spring In Our Hearts

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:32am

We do grouse about the weather, it's true. But it's miraculous, if you think about it, that we still manage to get excited about spring at all, given that it happens every year.

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Tasting With Our Eyes: Why Bright Blue Chicken Looks So Strange

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 8:01am

The color of food can affect how we perceive its taste, and food companies aren't afraid to use that to their advantage. An artist tests perceptions by dousing familiar foods with unorthodox colors.

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Drag Is Raw: Wrestlers, Queens, And Gender As Performance Art

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 7:28am

Libby Hill looks at the worlds of televised drag competition and professional wrestling, and finds that the flash, art and gender performance of the forms make them more alike than they might seem.

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