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Check It Out! A Photographic Tour Of America's Public Libraries

From one-room historic buildings to modern architectural marvels, Robert Dawson has been photographing libraries for almost 20 years. His new book is called The Public Library.

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Dog Races The Rails To Manhattan — And Wins New Yorkers' Hearts

Rush hour took on new meaning this week when a dog jumped in front of a commuter train and began to run.

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Deceptive Cadence

A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World

An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled high with ambition, self-reflection and fear. Conductor Marin Alsop shares her approach to Mahler's multilayered music.

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Between Friends, Family And Country, Ukrainian Police Lie Low

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Dog Races The Rails To Manhattan — And Wins New Yorkers' Hearts

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Futures Zero 7
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Check It Out! A Photographic Tour Of America's Public Libraries

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So You Need A Celebrity Book. Who Ya Gonna Call? Ghostwriters

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A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World

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Symphony No. 1 in D major ("Titan") [4. Stürmisch bewegt] Marin Alsop
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Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht?, song for voice & piano (or orchestra) in F major (Des Knaben Wunderhorn No. 4)

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Iran's Culture Wars: Who's Winning These Days?

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Engome John Williams & Francis Bebey
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