Brazilian actor Wagner Moura looks so much like Colombian smuggler Pablo Escobar that Netflix's Narcos uses footage and photos of the real Escobar to heighten the show's realism. Daniel Daza/Netflix hide caption

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Television

A Colombian Kingpin Gets The 'Goodfellas' Treatment In 'Narcos'

A new Netflix series offers a fictionalized account of how smuggler Pablo Escobar built his cocaine empire. The show is compelling and complex — especially for fans of classic crime stories.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Defrocked Archbishop Dies Awaiting Trial On Sex Abuse Charges

Former Polish Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski was accused of paying for sex with children and possessing child pornography while he served as the Holy See's ambassador to Dominican Republic.

Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner's address book, circa 1950-1956 Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner's address book, circa 1950-1956 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Fine Art

Peek Inside The 'Little Black Books' Of Some Famous American Artists

Mary Savig, curator at the Archives of American Art in Washington, D.C., says the contact lists reveal a lot about the artists' personal and professional networks.

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The Salt

How Brewers Are Churning Out Tangy Sours Without The Hefty Price Tag

Sour beers are made by deliberately adding microbes to create complex brews with a crisp, acidic taste. But that process takes lots of time and money, resulting in a pricey final product. Until now.

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StoryCorps

Stargazing From The Street Corner, Telescope And Hat In Hand

Herman Heyn has stood on a Baltimore street corner with a telescope almost nightly for 27 years. He does it for tips, for love of the stars — and for the hope he may inspire the same love in others.

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All Songs Considered

Our Favorite Dance Tracks Of August

New music from Joy Orbison, one of the leading lights of the U.K. garage and house revivals, plus more dance tracks for the waning days of summer in All Songs Considered's monthly mix.

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Alt.Latino

Fruta Extraña: The Story Of Fruit In Latin America, Told Through Music

From the Chiquita Banana Girl to the Banana Republic, Alt.Latino slices up the rich, juicy songs that pervade Latin music.

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First Listen

Preview The New Album From Lou Barlow, 'Brace The Wave'

Brace the Wave keeps the Sebadoh singer's sound stripped to its barren bones, an approach suited to the pleas and confessions therein.

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Book News & Features

'The Wake' Is An Unlikely Hit In An Imaginary Language

Paul Kingsnorth self-published The Wake, his tale of the 11th-century Norman conquest of England, written in a pastiche of modern and Old English — and was startled when it became a smash hit.

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Science

Froggy Went A-Courtin', But Lady Frogs Chose Second-Best Guy Instead

Given two choices of attractive mates, female frogs pick the top vocalist. But add a third, inferior male to the mix, and females go for No. 2. The "decoy effect" shapes some human choices, too.

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