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Angelina Jolie On Her Film's 'Unbroken' Hero: 'He Was Truly A Great Man'

2 hours 7 min ago

Louis Zamperini was an Olympian before he enlisted in World War II and became a prisoner of war. Jolie says he told her to "make a film that reminds people that they have greatness inside themselves."

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An Updated 'Annie' And The Tradition Of Nontraditional Casting

2 hours 7 min ago

As an African-American Annie arrives on movie screens, critic Bob Mondello looks at other cross-cultural reinventions, from Pearl Bailey's Dolly to the Americanization of Carmen as Carmen Jones.

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Between World Wars, Gay Culture Flourished In Berlin

5 hours 5 min ago

In Gay Berlin, Robert Beachy describes the rise of a gay subculture in the 1920s and '30s, how it contributed to our understanding of gay identity and how it was eradicated by the Nazis.

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Between World Wars, Gay Culture Flourished In Berlin

5 hours 6 min ago

In Gay Berlin, Robert Beachy describes the rise of a gay subculture in the 1920s and '30s, how it contributed to our understanding of gay identity and how it was eradicated by the Nazis.

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A Holy Land Christmas Porridge Honors A Damsel In Distress

5 hours 8 min ago

Some Christians in Israel and the West Bank celebrate Eid el-Burbara on Dec. 17. The feast honors St. Barbara, an early convert to Christianity whose story is echoed in the Rapunzel tale.

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A Holy Land Christmas Porridge Honors A Damsel In Distress

5 hours 8 min ago

Some Christians in Israel and the West Bank celebrate Eid el-Burbara on Dec. 17. The feast honors St. Barbara, an early convert to Christianity whose story is echoed in the Rapunzel tale.

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Way Beyond Brownies: Vice Launches A Marijuana Cooking Show

6 hours 47 min ago

"Nonna Marijuana's Italian Feast" is the first episode of a Web series exploring pot cuisine. It features a charming 91-year-old grandmother who cooks cannabis Italian food infused with love.

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'Clifford The Big Red Dog' Creator Bridwell Dies At 86

December 16, 2014 - 8:28pm

More than 50 years after he came up with a story about a huge dog, author Norman Bridwell has died. In 2012, Bridwell told NPR he had been shocked when his idea was accepted for publication.

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The 12 Days Of Quirky Christmas Foods Around The Globe

December 16, 2014 - 5:17pm

We're kicking off a 12-part series exploring the rich diversity of Christmastime edibles around the world. We've zeroed in on meals that reveal as much about a country's history as its gastronomy.

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Japan's Beloved Christmas Cake Isn't About Christmas At All

December 16, 2014 - 5:17pm

The Japanese Christmas cake takes its name from the Christian holiday, but it actually symbolizes building a life of prosperity from nothing. And it's ubiquitous (it's even in your smartphone).

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India's New Comic Book Hero Fights Rape, Rides On The Back Of A Tiger

December 16, 2014 - 4:33pm

Her name is Priya and she is the star of a new graphic novel in India. After she is gang-raped, her family and neighbors shun her — but then a Hindu goddess grants her special powers.

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Marvel At 75: Still Slinging Webs And Guarding Galaxies

December 16, 2014 - 4:19pm

What became Marvel Comics got its start in 1939 as Timely Publications. It went through many changes — but one constant has been writer Stanley Lieber, better known as Stan Lee.

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Hanukkah Lights 2014

December 16, 2014 - 4:13pm

Join Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz for new original tales for the season from authors Theodore Bikel, Anne Burt and more.

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Playlist: I Never Knew That!

December 16, 2014 - 3:13pm

TED Radio Hour stories that will stay with you long after you listen.

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Early On, Comedian John Cleese Says, He Had Good Timing But Little Else

December 16, 2014 - 2:04pm

The co-founder of the Monty Python troupe admits he wasn't "naturally gifted" at physical comedy, and learned a lot by imitation. His new memoir, So, Anyway..., covers his boyhood and early career.

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Deggans: 'Fargo,' 'True Detective,' 'Transparent' Top Best TV Of 2014

December 16, 2014 - 12:53pm

At a time when there is so much good TV around, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says, any Top 10 list says as much about the critic as the shows he is picking.

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Yes, 'Serial' Is True Crime — And That's OK

December 16, 2014 - 12:05pm

Our continuing discussion of Serial turns to a consideration of the true crime genre, its tendency to reveal the oddities of human behavior, and what can be taken away from this series.

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At Last, Muslims Can Savor A Halal Spin On Spain's Famous Jamón

December 16, 2014 - 3:22am

Authentic jamón ibérico from free-range pigs fed on acorns is a key Spanish food that observant Muslims can't enjoy. But a Tunisian emigre is now making halal ham from lamb and beef in southern Spain.

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Painting Or Photograph? With Richard Estes, It's Hard To Tell

December 16, 2014 - 3:21am

The American artist starts by taking dozens of photos of the same thing. Then he paints it, staying as faithful to photos as he can. The Smithsonian American Art Museum has an exhibition of his work.

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'Serial' Isn't About Ferguson. (But It's Kind Of About Ferguson.)

December 15, 2014 - 4:50pm

In Part 2 of a roundtable on the Podcast Everyone's Talking About, Code Switch's Gene Demby says that a lot of Serial's themes echo news stories that focus attention on how our justice system works.

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