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What Would Jesus Drink? A Class Exploring Ancient Wines Asks WGBH

The details of wine and winemaking practices in biblical times are debated among experts. But we do know that vino in Christ's day was very different from what we imbibe today.

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Economy

Economy Weathers A Bad Winter And Other Storms To Finish 2014 Strong

Early in 2014, the economy was floored by the polar vortex — plus, businesses and consumers were dazed by a government shutdown and debt limit fight. But it rebounded, and analysts are optimistic.

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The French Go Crazy For 'An American In Paris'

The first-ever stage production of the 1951 Hollywood film starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, with a Gershwin score, is getting rave reviews during its premiere in the city that inspired it.

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Found Recipes

After The Presents, A Buttery Tea Cake Tradition

For one family in Overland Park, Kan., it's not Christmas without Mrs. Lawrence. The tea cake, rich with butter and spices, is named for the neighbor who would hand deliver it every holiday season.

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Pope Francis And His Gift For Blending The Spiritual And The Political

Despite detractors within the church, the pope's emphasis on humility and mercy has won him strong support worldwide. He has addressed thorny issues such as the Vatican's finances and clerical sex abuse.

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