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American Weirdness:
Shutdown Blues in the Badlands of South Dakota

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
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“Wait, what?” Alexa had a look of hurt and disappointment in her eyes. We had heard about it for weeks, but now it was actually

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Andrews McMeel’s Comfort Food Cookbooks
Can Warm Up The Winter

Saturday, January 26th, 2013
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The freezing days we’ve had this winter have made me rethink the “just a salad, please” meals of summer. A little comfort food is in

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Jazz Appreciation Month Recalls Sinatra the Activist

Saturday, April 7th, 2012
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The act of a single person—even through music—can influence history. The Smithsonian We remember Frank Sinatra as perhaps the greatest singer who ever lived. Overlooked

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I Married Wyatt Earp—The Women’s Story

Sunday, May 29th, 2011
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Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp (1848 –1929) was a gambler, investor, and law enforcement officer best known to American history for a shoot out with the

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Bach’s Cello Suites, March 26 at the Library of Congress

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
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You have heard them in commercials and in the movies. In fact, Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello are probably the most performed and popular

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When We Were Strangers—Coming to America

Friday, February 11th, 2011
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My grandmother emigrated to the U.S. from Southern Italy in the early 1900s. Only a teenager, she left her mother and several siblings behind, making

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Before Facebook and Twitter, There Were Diaries

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
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As a teenager, I churned through numerous diaries, chronicling my day-to-day adventures no matter how boring. My favorite book was pink with a ballerina on

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Lethal Legacy—Behind the Scenes at the Public Library

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010
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Linda Fairstein’s mysteries also serve as tour guides into some of New York’s storied landmarks. In Lethal Legacy, her eleventh, we go behind the scenes

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