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When it comes to 'sharenting,' new parents are divided over online footprints

Pop singer Beyoncé's recent choice to share a photo of her twin babies on Instagram highlights a debate among parents who were raised on digital media about how much to reveal about their children online. 

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Top Picks: The Wood Brothers' 'Live at the Barn,' the movie 'The Sense of an Ending,' and more

Fans of Mozart can add a visual component to their enjoyment with a video by filmmaker Matthew Rycroft titled 'Siege of Salzburg,' the Komoot app can help you plan the best path for an outdoor adventure, and more top picks.

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When the sense of reality starts to flicker

A vintage mystery-thriller flick provides a very current term for a form of psychological warfare that seems much in use lately.

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Why he’s ‘Ben,’ not ‘Odysseus’

In naming draft animals, brevity can circumvent catastrophe. 

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Exhibit offers look at the age of the ocean liner

'Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed, and Style' traces the dramatic changes in their development, from 'hazardous' early steam-powered vessels to symbols of national identity to luxuriant playgrounds. 

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Top Picks: PBS's 'Weekend in Havana,' Richard Russo's 'Trajectory,' and more

The ParkMe app lists prices, shows availability, and in some cases lets you book a parking spot ahead of time, Hudson's album of the same name brings together four of the world’s greatest musical improvisers, and more top picks.

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Setting down the rules on ‘deposing’

A look at a word with two very different senses alive and well in the news columns.

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The press of gratitude

I’ve loved ironing ever since childhood. Now I understand why.

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Top Picks: Phoenix's 'Ti Amo,' HBO's 'The Words That Built America,' and more

The Bulgarian History Podcast provides a deep dive into the history of the Balkan nation, director Raoul Peck uses James Baldwin’s writing for his documentary 'I Am Not Your Negro,' and more top picks.

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Emoluments: grinding out or softening up?

A high-flown term for ‘salary’ seems to be rooted in a metaphor of ground grain, but the word’s sound symbolism suggests something else. 

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More 'girl heroes' on screen reflect progressive gender attitudes

Young girls are now starring in mainstream action films and TV shows, filling the roles of star characters and heroes traditionally occupied by boys. 

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We waited, and it was worth it

Today we can get almost anything, anytime. So why do we need it faster? 

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Damien Hirst returns with art exploring mythology

At this Venice art exhibit, barnacles, sea fans, and myriad coral stud and enshroud bronze deities, triumphant warriors, and even an occasional Walt Disney character.

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Top Picks: The Smithsonian Channel's 'First Ladies Revealed,' the Fresh Air app, and more

'The LEGO Batman Movie' features the return of hit 'LEGO' character Batman, singer Ariana Grande brought together artists including Chris Martin of Coldplay, Katy Perry, and Miley Cyrus to perform a benefit concert in Manchester, England, and more top picks.

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Just how many ‘behalves’ make a whole?

An obsolete term still has its place in some legal contexts.

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The bazaar of last resort

Someone out there will buy almost anything on Ebay. And for me that’s good news.

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Local food popularity grows further – but what’s ‘local’?

What does it mean to shop local? For some, local remains a matter of geography. For others, it is about supporting their local economy or a more sustainable food system. And for still others, it is about knowing where their food comes from and how it is made.

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Hollywood’s make-or-break season

The movie business is looking for more successes than it had last summer, as 'Wonder Woman' continues to perform well but new installments of the 'Cars' and 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchises experience their worst domestic opening weekends ever. Meanwhile, streaming services are encouraging some viewers to stay home. 

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With drama in Washington, TV shows find it hard to compete

Nearly 20 million people tuned in to former FBI director James Comey's hearing, while top political dramas drew less than half that. Viewership is down by about 20 percent this year.

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Top Picks: The Netflix documentary 'Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower,' the Skyview app, and more

Asghar Farhadi's Oscar-winning film 'The Salesman' is available on DVD and Blu-ray, Fathom Events brings Studio Ghibli films back to theaters, and more top picks.

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