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'Sutton': America's 1920s, Bank-Robbing 'Robin Hood'

In his first novel, J.R. Moehringer writes from the point of view of Willie Sutton, whom he calls the "greatest American robber." Moehringer says writing historical fiction helped him deal with the anger he felt toward banks after the global financial crisis in 2008.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Oct. 30

Let your imagination run wild with these whimsical performances.

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Impersonating The President: From Will Rogers To Obama's 'Anger Translator'

Elizabeth Blair finds that presidential impersonations came and went and then came back again, but it's not always easy to find just the right angle on a sitting president — or a challenger.
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Should 'The Generals' Get Fired More Often?

During World War II, even successful generals could be fired. But after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, no one was fired. A new book from Thomas Ricks examines the changes in our military over the past 60 years.
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The Power Of Language, 'Found In Translation'

A new book by Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetzsche uncovers tales of language and translation, like the story of Peter Less, whose family was killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Just a few years later, Less interpreted for those very same people at the Nuremberg trials.
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The Movie Glen Mazzara Has 'Seen A Million Times'

The Walking Dead executive producer Glen Mazzara could watch Ridley Scott's Alien a million times. "I think it taps into those childish fears that we have," he says.
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A Safe Haven For The Printed Word Turns 200

The American Antiquarian Society houses the largest collection of materials printed in the U.S. Its library has books, newspapers, letters, even board games dating from 1640 to 1876, and its members include some notable characters, including 14 presidents.
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Artist Loses Commission In Virginia Due To Religious Symbols

Alexandria leaders have rejected a sculpture for Freedman's Cemetery memorial because it contains religious symbols.

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Millennia Of Stargazing At 'African Cosmos' Exhibit

An ongoing exhibition at the National Museum of African Art asks visitors to consider the connections between art and science — and the ways both disciplines help us explore the why, when and how of our existence. Artifacts in the exhibition show that we've been wondering about the stars for millennia.

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