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Dartmouth College graduate Shonda Rhimes has become the undisputed queen of Thursday night TV. Last spring she delivered an earthy commencement address at her alma mater.  (Dartmouth College - Eli Burakian)

Presiding Over a TV Empire

Friday, September 19, 2014

For Shonda Rhimes, Thursday is Thursday. For much of America, Thursday might as well be renamed Shondaday in recognition of the TV savant’s prime-time conquest. …

After ‘Downton,’ Dan Stevens Tries on Some American Roles

Friday, September 19, 2014

It’s been almost two years since Dan Stevens’ beloved Downton Abbey character, Matthew Crawley, met with an untimely end, and some die-hard fans of the …

No Clear Oscar Film Favorite Emerges From Toronto and Telluride Festivals

Friday, September 19, 2014

Two years ago, Toronto International Film Festival audiences fell in love with Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook and loudly cheered all the Canadian references …

Notes From the Garden: Fall Is the Right Time for Planting Trees

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fall is hard upon us in Cornish Flat. I know I should “toughen up” and ignore the cold, but I admit it here: I had my first fire in the woodstove recently. It felt great on a raw, …

Dorie Greenspan Encourages Bakers to Master the Basics

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The annoying thing about Dorie Greenspan is that no matter how much you don’t like to bake, aren’t good at baking, don’t even want to bake... If you listen to her long enough, you’ll find yourself hankering to …

‘Sesame Street’ Still Growing at 45

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pasadena, Calif. — Hard to believe it has been 45 years of Sunny Days and Everything’s A-OKs, but PBS stalwart Sesame Street indeed turned 45 this month and expanded to include a second, half-hour daily show. The 26 …

Nothing Subtle About Premises for New Series That Start This Evening

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The new TV season stumbles out of the gate with two ambitious but flawed series opening tonight. Red Band Society (9 p.m. on Fox) is a teen sobber about the live-in pediatric patients at Ocean Park Hospital in Los Angeles. They’re in there with a variety of grave …

School Notes: Short Trail, Long History; Thetford Improves Path Connecting Its Schools 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Thetford — A trail ran through it for years. You just wouldn’t have wanted to try to negotiate a 600-foot stretch of the path between Thetford Elementary School and Thetford Academy most seasons. Not without hip waders, anyway. …

Tunbridge Fifth-Grader Writes About His Confidence Showing Cattle

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Why Admiring China’s Scores Can Damage U.S. Schools

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I have spent much of my life studying China and the countries near it. Just ask and I’ll show you my master’s degree in East Asian regional studies, and my five years of Washington Post articles from Hong Kong and Beijing. So it’s depressing to realize what I …

Are the Roosevelts Electable?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Last month, inspired by his visit to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s home at Hyde Park in New York, Washington Post Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt pondered whether FDR could have been elected today. The same question has occurred to Ken Burns and Geoffrey Wards, whose look at the lives …

Miss America Faces Controversy

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Atlantic City, n.j. — The new Miss America says there are more important things for people to worry about than her little red cup. That was the message Monday from Kira Kazantsev of New York as many social …

A Fine Kettle of … Hawks?

Monday, September 15, 2014

It rained heavily the first time I had planned to go on a hawk watch, and the trip to Mt. Tom in western Massachusetts was cancelled. But the rain brought with it a weather front the next day …