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Top Picks: 'Last Flag Flying,' 'David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef,' and more

PBS gives you a look behind the scenes with the new program 'Queen Elizabeth’s Secret Agents,' the AccuWeather app has all the up-to-date information you need, and more top picks.

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Some of Broadway's best picks focus on love, inclusiveness

Some new and recent musicals have become modern Broadway icons. They are holding a mirror up to the America of today with a promise of inclusiveness and brotherly love. 

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Meanwhile... in Iraq, a former US college basketball player has put his troubled career back on track

And in St. John’s, Newfoundland, serious birdwatchers are braving the cold and snow and arriving by the dozens, while in Monrovia, Liberia, African movie star Van Vicker opened the country’s first postwar performing arts school.

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Stealth parenting

I’ve found a surefire way to lure my teen out of his room.

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Top Picks: Ryuichi Sakamoto’s 'Async,' the Pod Wrangler app, and more

'Loving Vincent' required more than 100 artists to hand-paint frames of film, a masseuse/healer and a billionaire encounter one another unexpectedly in the film 'Beatriz at Dinner,' and more top picks.

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Meanwhile... in Detroit, a social studies teacher has completed his goal to visit all the countries in the world

And in Chiang Mai, Thailand, a nonprofit group called Urban Light is offering alternatives to get teenage male prostitutes off the street, while in Lahore, Pakistan, members of the Jane Austen Society of Pakistan meet for high tea to discuss the works of their favorite author.

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We seek peace in the toothpaste war

I squeeze; my husband rolls. Was there room for compromise?

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New year, new music: the acts to watch in 2018

Among many other acts preparing new work, we welcome back the always interesting David Byrne, the always unpredictable Kanye West, the always amusing John Prine, and the always danceable Jennifer Lopez.

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Top Picks: U2's 'Songs of Experience,' 'Battle of the Sexes' on DVD and Blu-ray, and more

The History of England podcast by David Crowther is sure to delight Anglophiles, enjoy the beauty of Earth from your iPad or other tablet with the app Brian Cox’s Wonders of Life, and more top picks.

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Meanwhile... more than 1.5 million South Koreans will have their debts paid off or restructured by National Happiness Fund

And in Ntagacha, Tanzania, young women are being taught to sew in order to give them a path to economic independence, while in Dubrovnik, Croatia, tourists are flooding into the medieval city, hoping to see some of the noteworthy sites where HBO blockbuster “Game of Thrones” was filmed. 

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I’m encouraged to go higher

A lesson I learned at a gym is one I hope my daughter will learn, too.

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Cookie history: from George Washington's house to US holiday fêtes

Christmas cookies date back hundreds of years and are tied to immigrants, especially the Dutch. Modern cooks are encouraged to elevate the original ideas, combining ingredients such as chocolate and rosemary in their holiday treats.

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Top Picks: The movie 'Stronger,' the XE Currency app, and more

The 1Weather app will give you the most updated weather information for your holiday drive, a new PBS 'American Masters' program 'This is Bob Hope' looks at the entertainer's legacy, and more top picks.

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Meanwhile... in Morocco, a group is experimenting with a new approach to the problem of abandoned children

And in New Zealand, a few determined broadcasters have refused to stop using Maori words in their reporting, while in Uganda, comfort dogs are being used to help treat people with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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My cupboard runneth over

I was suddenly mugless, until friends pitched in. Then something else unexpected happened.

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Top Picks: Smithsonian Channel's 'America’s Badlands,' the movie 'Marjorie Prime,' and more top picks

The Radiolab podcast 'More Perfect' is a compelling and educational look at the US Supreme Court, 'Tajmo' is the inspired pairing of blues circuit vets Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’, and more top picks.

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Meanwhile... in Gabon, scientists are asking concerned citizens around the world to help save elephants

And in Sweden, some girls are saying no to traditional Santa Lucia pageants, while on St. Helena, an ancient tortoise is looking forward to a new crowd of admirers.

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‘Dunkirk’ won box office – is an Oscar next?

The film is now one of the 10 domestically highest-grossing movies of the year. As a historical drama, it stands in sharp contrast to such fellow Top 10 list occupiers as the remake of 'Beauty and the Beast' and superhero movies 'Wonder Woman' and 'Spider-Man: Homecoming.'

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How Pootie got his way

I didn’t want a Christmas tree, but my husband insisted that someone else truly did.

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Top Picks: The documentary 'California Typewriter,' the Cal app, and more

If you’re looking up at the night sky as you leave the latest holiday gathering, use the Stellarium Mobile Sky Map app to get guidance on the stars you’re seeing, director Steven Soderbergh’s latest film, 'Logan Lucky,' stars Channing Tatum and Adam Driver, and more top picks.

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