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'Selma' Manages To Be Both Passion-Inspiring And Measured

3 hours 48 min ago

Critic Bob Mondello reviews Selma, Ava DuVernay's film chronicling Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic voting-rights march in 1965. Mondello notes that recent protests make the film resonate today.

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The Perfect Family Book List

3 hours 48 min ago

For the holidays, critic Alan Cheuse is making up a list of books to give to each of his family members. Only the best of 2014 for them. Here's his picks.

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Independent Theater Owner In D.C. Gets Ready To Screen 'The Interview'

3 hours 48 min ago

West End Cinema's Josh Levin, preparing to show The Interview, speaks with Audie Cornish about what sparked a decision to host the controversial film (Sony Pictures had canceled the release).

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'Crabs For Christmas': A Tuneful Baltimore Tradition (Really!)

3 hours 48 min ago

More than 30 years ago, David DeBoy wrote a hit holiday song about a local delicacy. Its success led to other Baltimore-themed Christmas songs, then to albums and finally to a live show.

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50 Wonderful Things From 2014

4 hours 11 min ago

Books, movies, television, things to read — we look back at 50 of the great things that entered our field of vision in 2014.

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Bianculli's Top 10: 2014 Was A 'Good Year For Programming'

7 hours 45 min ago

TV critic David Bianculli says that he's encouraged by how far TV has come. He picks The Good Wife as the best show of 2014, having "the deepest roster of really strong regulars and guest stars."

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In A 'Depressing' Year For Films, Edelstein Finds Some Greats

9 hours 2 min ago

Film critic David Edelstein says in 2014 none of the great material came from Hollywood studios. But, he says, it was a "wonderful year" for indie films. He names Boyhood as the best of the year.

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Book News: It's Snowing Poet Laureates

9 hours 30 min ago

North Carolina named Shelby Stephenson its new poet laureate, just days after Ohio established a post for its own state poet. Massachusetts may not be too far behind.

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Guyanese Christmas Gives A Whole New Meaning To Slow Food

13 hours 40 min ago

Two classic Christmas dishes beloved by the people of Guyana are pepperpot and garlic pork. To get the flavors just right, you have to cook them and let them sit out for weeks.

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Mother, Empress, Virgin, Faith: 'Picturing Mary' And Her Many Meanings

16 hours 56 min ago

This Christmas, images of Mary created over five centuries glow on the walls of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Curator Kathryn Wat says that, to her, Mary represents bravery and strength.

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In Seattle, Maurice Sendak's 'Wild' 'Nutcracker' Reaches Its Final Act

December 23, 2014 - 6:58pm

For more than 30 years, the Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker has used sets and costumes designed by the author of Where the Wild Things Are. This year, the ballet is retiring the production.

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How To Compose Music For A Movie About Music

December 23, 2014 - 4:21pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to film composer Justin Hurwitz, 29, about his first major movie score, for the movie Whiplash. Hurwitz talks about using music to heighten tension.

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Serial Host Sarah Koenig Says She Set Out To Report, Not Exonerate

December 23, 2014 - 1:06pm

The podcast is a reinvestigation of the 1999 murder of Maryland high school student Hae Min Lee. Her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed is serving a life sentence but has always maintained his innocence.

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For Australian Christmas, Everything's Overturned But The Pudding

December 23, 2014 - 11:42am

Cooking in 100-degree weather is no fun, which is why many Australians ditched roasts and other holiday mainstays long ago. Except for Christmas pudding, a tradition steeped in history — and alcohol.

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Book News: For A Deeper Sleep, Forgo The E-Reader Before Bed

December 23, 2014 - 10:37am

A new study finds that people who read print books at bedtime fall asleep easier — and sleep better — than those who use an e-reader. Also: JRR Tolkien may have survived war due to a timely illness.

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Videos Of Ray Rice, Eric Garner Among Biggest Media Moments Of 2014

December 23, 2014 - 7:03am

Some of the most interesting things on TV in 2014 weren't actually made for TV. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans lists the moments in television, viral video and social media that changed us all this year.

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Time For A Holiday Favorite: 'Santaland Diaries'

December 23, 2014 - 5:05am

About this time every year, we present an encore broadcast of the life and times of Crumpet the Elf. Crumpet is the alter ego of writer David Sedaris, who once worked as a department store elf.

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A Vital Chapter Of American History On Film In 'Selma'

December 23, 2014 - 3:30am

Director Ava DuVernay speaks to NPR's Michele Norris about making Selma, a searing depiction of the battle for voting rights — and the first major movie about the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Satirizing Dictators Is Nothing New — Just Ask Charlie Chaplin

December 23, 2014 - 3:27am

The Interview is hardly the first time a dictator has been portrayed on the big screen — Bugs Bunny, Mel Brooks and South Park have all taken aim at fearsome world leaders.

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Sandwich Monday: The 'Shroom Burger From Shake Shack

December 22, 2014 - 5:54pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a next-level veggie burger: the 'Shroom Burger from Shake Shack. It's a fried mushroom burger stuffed with two types of cheese.

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