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Pretend Leaders Excite Palestinians' Democratic Spirit

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HBO's 'Gideon's Army' Looks At Three Defenders Of The Poor

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Your Choice In Utensils Can Change How Food Tastes

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John Scofield's latest album is the genre-fluid, continent hopping Uberjam Deux. Frank Stefan Kimmel/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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John Scofield Returns To The Scene Of The Jam

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Taj Mahal: Still Cooking Up 'Heirloom Music' His Own Way

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