If I tell you that Juan Gabriel Vasquez's exquisite novel The Sound of Things Falling is about the drug trade in Colombia, a few stock images might arise in your mind: an addict overdosing in a dirty apartment, say, or a dealer ordering the killing of some troublesome peon, or the drugs themselves bubbling in a volumetric flask. Here in America, shows like Breaking Bad and The Wire have taught us how to think about the drug trade, how to imagine it.
In this age of cyber-crime and online espionage, here's a good old-fashioned story about cops and robbers: Smash & Grab, a new documentary film opening in New York on Wednesday, details the exploits of the "Pink Panthers" — a group of international jewel thieves that, for the past decade, has targeted high-end jewelry shops across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
According to the international police agency, Interpol, the Pink Panthers have stolen nearly a half a billion dollars worth of jewels over roughly 500 robberies.
Dunbar High School has a notable list of graduates, including the first black presidential Cabinet member, the first black general in the Army and several of the lawyers who argued the <em>Brown v. Board of Education</em> decision.
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Alison Stewart has hosted shows for PBS, MSNBC and ABC as well as NPR's <em>Ted Radio Hour </em>and <em>The Bryant Park Project</em><em></em>. <em>First Class</em> is her first book.
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The nation's first black public high school, Paul Laurence Dunbar High, opened its doors in Washington, D.C., in 1870. But more than 140 years later, Dunbar — like many urban schools — has fallen on hard times. The crumbling, brutalist-style building is often described as a prison, and graduation rates hover around 60 percent.
But it wasn't always that way. Once upon a time, the yearbook read like a Who's Who of black America.
In HBO's The Newsroom, John Gallagher Jr. plays Jim Harper, the senior producer of the nightly cable news program anchored by Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels). The show's second season, which began in July, takes place in 2012 during the presidential primaries. Ever since the start of the series, Gallagher's character has been in a will-they-or-won't-they relationship with one of the young producers of the news show.
<em>The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis</em> is the first in a straight line of teen comedies from the teen point of view. It starred Dwayne Hickman (right) as Dobie and Bob Denver as his best friend, Maynard.
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Marquis the chimp appears with comedian and show host Jack Benny. Most of the episodes included in <em>The Jack Benny Program: The Lost Episodes</em> DVD set haven't been available in more than 50 years.
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<em>China</em><em> Beach</em> did for Vietnam what <em>M.A.S.H.</em> had done for the Korean War. Left to right: Robert Picardo, Concetta Tomei, Nancy Giles, Jeff Kober, Marg Helgenberger, Brian Wimmer, Dana Delany, Michael Boatman, Ricki Lake and Ned Vaughn.
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Darren Boyd (from left), Stephen Mangan and Helen Baxendale star in the BBC's <em>Dirk Gently.</em>
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So much TV, so little time. Even during the summer — when broadcast TV slows down and leaves mostly cable and satellite TV series, and now Netflix, to watch and review — the TV shows on DVD keep coming. And summertime is the perfect time to dive into some of them.
Kimberly Rae Miller grew up among piles of junk. Doors wouldn't close, stacks of paper turned to sludge, and the pool was filled with brown muck. Her father was an extreme hoarder, a condition that threatened her safety and even her life.
People following a 5-2 diet would eat lean protein and non-starchy vegetables two days a week.
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Jane Whyatt lost 14 pounds in four months while participating in a British study on the effectiveness of a two-day diet. The results are summarized in a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/2-Day-Diet-week-Mediterranean-five/dp/0804138400/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374873931&sr=1-1&keywords=michelle+harvey">new book</a> called <em>The 2-Day Diet.</em>