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The Monuments Men: A Rag Tag Team…of Art Archivists

Friday, February 7th, 2014
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Is a painting worth dying for? I enjoyed Monuments Men, which apparently puts me in the minority of critics, at least according to the Tomatometer.

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Foyle and Stalin

The War Is Over, But Foyle’s Battle Continues

Saturday, September 14th, 2013
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The familiar typewriter that has opened the first seven seasons of Foyle’s War is now typing in Russian, just one hint that we have moved

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The National Archives: A Perfect Setting
For Brad Meltzer’s Presidential Thrillers

Thursday, March 7th, 2013
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“There are stories no one knows. Hidden stories. I love those stories. And since I work at the National Archives, I find those stories for

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Zero

ABC’s Zero Hour: A Conspiracy
Can Only Lead to Someone’s Downfall

Saturday, February 16th, 2013
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An ancient ticking clock leads us into a mystery that began in 1938 Germany. “Twelve is a magic number. Twelve is divine. Twelve is both

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Fringe Festival Previews Promising Plays

Thursday, August 9th, 2012
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Now in its sixteenth year, the New York International Fringe Festival offers avid theatergoers a chance to see some of the world’s best emerging theater

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Louie

Unbroken: Laura Hillenbrand’s Story of Survival

Sunday, August 5th, 2012
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As a child, Louie Zamperini was a whirlwind. The son of Italian immigrants, he was born in Olean, New York, but grew up in Torrance,

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Eichman

The Extermination Machine: Evil Wears a Bland Smile

Friday, July 27th, 2012
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One day in my high school’s usually rather dull European History class, our professor arranged for a guest visit that even his most bored students

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Edouard Vuillard: A Painter and His Muses

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
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Paris, between World War I and II, was a glorious era for the arts (Proust, Picasso, Matisse, Stravinsky, The Ballet Russes). It was also a

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