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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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Unshackling the roots of ‘impediment’

A hardworking ancient three-letter root turns out to be at the foot of many words across Indo-European languages.

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My debt to ‘Sea Hunt,’ and to my dad

Lloyd Bridges starred as a scuba diver, submerging us in life under the sea.

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Artists team up with planners for urban change

Artists are experienced at gathering diverse voices, celebrating local history, and connecting with communities. Planners want to do that better.

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Top Picks: PBS's 'The Story of China,' the Jørgen Emborg Quartet’s album 'What's Left?,' and more

'Toni Erdmann' tells the story of a corporate strategist and her mischievous father who loves playing pranks on people, artist Thomas Dambo's 'The 6 Forgotten Giants' brings creatures out of fairy tales to life, and more top picks.

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‘Wonder Woman’ stirs social media as most tweeted-about film of 2017

The film depicting Amazonian heroine ‘Wonder Woman’ has shattered Hollywood’s glass ceiling, simultaneously becoming the best-selling female-directed film in its opening weekend and the most tweeted-about film in 2017. 

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Going off, leaving the furniture in charge

The Monitor’s language columnist is reminded that bureaucracy is literally ‘rule by desks.’

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Breakfasts that nourished my dreams

My father and I would talk about the world, the theater, New York.

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Latin music scores with chart-topping ‘Despacito’

When the song 'Despacito,' by singer Luis Fonsi and rapper Daddy Yankee, reached No. 1, it became the first mostly Spanish-language song to do so since the mid-1990s track 'Macarena,' by Los del Río.

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Top Picks: Chris Stapleton's 'From a Room: Volume 1,' 'Land of Mine' on DVD and Blu-ray, and more

In PBS’s 'The American Epic Sessions,' artists including Elton John, Jack White, and the band Alabama Shakes are challenged to create music using old technology, the NPS National Mall app could help you on a Washington, D.C., trip, and more.

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Why female comic book fans are cheering for 'Wonder Woman'

'Wonder Woman,' which opens Friday, is on track to become the first female-helmed superhero blockbuster. It also features something harder to find than an invisible plane: a woman directing a big-budget action movie.

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Public memorials and private memorandums

A leaked memo and the controversy about Confederate memorials are both potentially monumental stories.

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As curtain falls on the Met's 50th anniversary season at Lincoln Center, what's next for opera in America?

As opera companies take stock this summer, many are looking beyond 2018 to find solutions to funding woes and negative public perceptions.

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Then it struck me, and not very gently

What kind of parent builds a nest on the ground – and then takes on all comers?

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