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4:14 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Snake-Handling Preachers Open Up About 'Takin' Up Serpents'

Andrew Hamblin preaches while holding a snake above his head, LaFollette, Tenn.
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Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 4:35 pm

Snake handlers dwell at the edge of the spiritual frontier — a community of people who are willing to die for their faith three times a week in church. Members of the Pentecostal Holiness Church take up venomous serpents to prove their faith in God. The practice is still widespread in Appalachia, though mostly hidden.

Pastor Jamie Coots warns about the scent in the snake room behind his house in Middlesboro, Ky.

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Arts & Culture
4:04 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Novel Shines New Light on Real Life 19th Century Murderer

Hannah Kent's novel is called "Burial Rites."
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Writer Hannah Kent talks about her novel, "Burial Rites," with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

Australian writer Hannah Kent traveled about as far away from home as she could as a teenage exchange student: Iceland.

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Shots - Health News
4:04 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Want To Read Others' Thoughts? Try Reading Literary Fiction

Would time spent with Anton Chekov, famed for his subtle, flawed characters, make you a better judge of human nature?
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Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 8:33 am

Your ability to "read" the thoughts and feelings of others could be affected by the kind of fiction you read.

That's the conclusion of a study in the journal Science that gave tests of social perception to people who were randomly assigned to read excerpts from literary fiction, popular fiction or nonfiction.

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All Tech Considered
4:04 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

New E-Book Lending Service Aims To Be Netflix For Books

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Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 4:24 pm

Movie lovers have Netflix, music lovers have Spotify — and book lovers (whether they read literary fiction or best-selling potboilers) now have Scribd. The document sharing website has been around since 2007, but this week it launched a subscription service for e-book lending.

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Arts & Culture
3:58 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Screenwriter Paul Attanasio on the Current State of the Film Industry

Paul Attanasio
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Lake Effect's Dan Harmon chats with Paul Attanasio.

Tomorrow evening, the Milwaukee Film Festival will host an evening with Paul Attanasio. In this city, Attanasio may be best known for being the brother of Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio, but his broader fame is as a screenwriter and producer.

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