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Arts, Culture & Media

We love fairy tales — maybe we'd love them more if they were translated right

If you think you know the story of Snow White, or Hansel and Gretel or any of the Grimm brothers' fairy tales, think again. You probably know the cleaned-up, Disney versions. Author Adam Gidwitz returns to the blood and gore of the original stories in his retelling of them, while adding his own contemporary comments to help ease the tension for kids.

Arts, Culture & Media

Cantonese: a Dialect in Peril?

In official China, Mandarin is favored over all other dialects. That has had a knock-on effect here in the US, where Cantonese used to be the dominant Chinese language. Reporter Nina Porzucki reports from New York on how Cantonese is faring.