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How The Luxury Fashion Industry Became All Business

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 6:35am

Once family-owned, luxury fashion houses have been gobbled by conglomerates. Industry watchers say designers have suffered from a pressure-cooker environment that focuses intensely on the bottom line.

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Murder City Earns Its Name In 'Blood Runs Green'

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 6:35am

Before Beulah Annan or Leopold and Loeb, another murder became a Chicago sensation. Scott Simon speaks with Gillian O'Brien, author of Blood Runs Green: The Murder that Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago.

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These Nightclub Entertainers Paved The Way For Asian-Americans In Showbiz

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 6:35am

Forbidden City was part of a Chinese-American nightclub scene that flourished in 1940s and '50s San Francisco. But between racial taunts and scandalized parents, its performers didn't have it easy.

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The Family Peach Farm That Became A Symbol Of The Food Revolution

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 6:35am

Heirloom peach trees, and an essay about them, turned one California farm into a landmark of local food. It's now the scene of another unconventional choice: a daughter's return to take the helm.

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'Persona' Is A Dangerous Dance Of Diplomacy And Celebrity

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 6:03am

Genevieve Valentine's new novel is set in a world where diplomats are the equivalent of Hollywood stars, glamorous Faces manipulated by behind-the-scenes handlers and stalked by eager paparazzi.

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