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Prayers And Holy Water Can't Exorcise The Terrifying 'Babadook'

December 5, 2014 - 1:42pm

In the Australian chiller, a bogeyman announces himself in a rhyming, pop-up book on a 7-year-old's shelf. But the real horror is that the boy's mom, a grieving widow, is battling psychic demons.

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A 'Wild' Trek Made A Bit Too Neatly

December 5, 2014 - 1:25pm

The film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail takes Reese Witherspoon into new territory but never quite achieves the fierceness to which it aspires.

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What The Movies Taught Us About Teaching

December 5, 2014 - 1:03pm

As part of the 50 Great Teachers series, NPR's Bob Mondello looks at what Hollywood has taught us about teachers.

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Book News: Barnes Noble, Microsoft Part Ways Over The Nook

December 5, 2014 - 10:04am

A two-year partnership in the bookseller's troubled e-reader has ended, as Barnes & Noble buys out Microsoft's share. Also: Upset brews in India over the president's exclusive deal with Amazon.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Holiday Encores Edition

December 5, 2014 - 9:15am

This week, we have two past segments to revisit: a look at our favorite and least favorite holiday pop culture, and a listen to some seasonal music.

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'Dying Of The Light': A Disputed Production, A Disappointing Product

December 5, 2014 - 8:43am

The film, disavowed by its director and writer Paul Schrader after clashes with the studio, stars Nicolas Cage as a CIA officer who believes the agency has lost its moral direction.

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A Claustrophobic 'Pioneer' From A Land Suddenly Grown Rich

December 4, 2014 - 5:03pm

The Norwegian thriller follows divers deep beneath the sea, where powerful forces above drive those trapped together to question nearly every aspect of their experience.

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Sapiosexual Seeks Same: A New Lexicon Enters Online Dating Mainstream

December 4, 2014 - 4:58pm

OkCupid is adding a lot more options for gender and sexual orientation, including androgynous and genderqueer. And then there's sapiosexual, meaning someone who's attracted to smart people.

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Set In Appalachia, This Rewarding Story Collection Is 'Rich And Strange'

December 4, 2014 - 3:00pm

Ron Rash's best short stories from the past 20 years take you to a land apart psychologically and geographically. His writing is powerful, stripped down and very still.

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After Decades Acting, Josh Brolin Still Wonders If He's 'Good Enough'

December 4, 2014 - 3:00pm

Brolin co-stars in an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice. He says as an actor he's always wondering: "Can I live up to what this person has written? There's always a fear around that."

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Is The Food Babe A Fearmonger? Scientists Are Speaking Out

December 4, 2014 - 1:26pm

The food system is awash in chemicals and additives. One woman has made a career out of investigating them. But a cadre of critics says she's creating more confusion than clarity about food.

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