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Actress Alfre Woodard On Truthful Storytelling In '12 Years A Slave'

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 11:16am

12 Years a Slave won Best Picture at the Oscars last night. In this encore broadcast, host Michel Martin speaks with actress Alfre Woodard about her work in the film.

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Best Picture Win For '12 Years A Slave' Sends New Message To Hollywood?

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 11:13am

The Oscars brought out the glitz, glamor and gowns in Hollywood. People Magazine's movie critic Alynda Wheat recaps the evening.

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Alvin Ailey Artistic Director Moves To Missy Elliot

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 11:12am

Robert Battle is the artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, so music is a big part of his job. He shares the songs that move him for Tell Me More's "In Your Ear" series.

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Stages Of Winter Rage

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 10:54am

The weather that is charming in November is hateful in March. We examine exactly how one transitions from affection to bitter resentment.

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During World War II, Even Filmmakers Reported For Duty

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 8:12am

A new book looks at how the military and Hollywood directors teamed up during the war. The films they made helped show Americans what was at stake, and served as evidence during the Nuremberg Trials.

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Book News: Phyllis Krasilovsky, Author Of 'The Very Little Girl,' Dies

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 6:13am

Also: Philip Roth talks about his male characters; a preview of George R.R. Martin's next book; the best books coming out this week.

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Oscars 2014: Low On Laughs, But A Great Speech Or Two

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 12:26am

Sunday night's Oscar ceremony was overlong and underfunny — though it did pick up here and there, with heartfelt acceptances and a few notable flubs.

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It's Oscar Night, And We're Live-Tweeting It

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 5:45pm

The 86th Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, are about to get underway in Los Angeles. NPR's Bob Mondello and Linda Holmes are on the case.

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Roving Literary Death Match Aims To Breathe Life Into Literature

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 3:00pm

Imagine writers on stage, squared off in a fight to the death. That's the idea behind Literary Death Match –- kind of. It's a performance series that pits authors against each other in live readings.

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When A Lost 'Lunchbox' Leads To Love, A Mistake Becomes A Miracle

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 3:00pm

When two lonely souls are connected through a misdelivered lunch box, they begin a romance by letters — and by food. Ritesh Batra, director of The Lunchbox, talks about his surprising love story.

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Oscar Spoiler Alert: What We Already Know About The Winners

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 7:59am

Sunday night's Oscars might be a few hours away, but there are a few things we do know about who will — and who won't — get any recognition.

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Let's All Go To The Lobby, To Get Ourselves A Treat

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 7:00am

Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or title containing the consecutive letters L-E-T. Specifically, the first word will end in L-E and the second word will start with T.

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'These Birds Walk': The Story Of Pakistan's Runaway Children

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 7:00am

The documentary These Birds Walk is about great sadness in the very young. NPR's Jacki Lyden speaks to co-directors Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq, who spent three years in Pakistan to make the film.

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Carnaval In Recife: Long History, Interesting Future

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 7:00am

In northeastern Brazil, a pre-Lenten Carnival party has its roots in slavery and religion.

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'Women Of Vision': Making Pictures In All Corners Of The World

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 7:00am

"Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment" is a book and exhibition. NPR's Jacki Lyden speaks with two of the featured photographers, Maggie Steber and Amy Toensing.

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'Frozen' Success Gives Norway A Potential Tourism Boost

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 7:00am

The box-office hit Frozen is nominated for two Oscars: best animated feature and best original song. Since the movie was released, visits to Norway's tourism site have more than tripled.

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For Kathleen Turner, Success Requires The Courage To Fail

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 7:00am

The actress is playing Mother Courage onstage in Washington, D.C. NPR's Jacki Lyden speaks with her about her singing debut, as well as her long and illustrious career.

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Over The Hump: Three Books To Help You Through A Midlife Crisis

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 6:00am

For the middle phase of life, a new canon is often required, one that is equal parts funny, insightful and comforting. Actress and author Annabelle Gurwitch recommends three books up to the task.

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The Human Moments We Miss, Backstage At The Oscars

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 5:57pm

He was there when Jennifer Lawrence stumbled. He received life-changing advice from Philip Seymour Hoffman. Entertainment Weekly writer Anthony Breznican shares stories from the Academy Awards.

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'Mad Black Men': Yes, There Were Black People In 60s Advertising

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 3:00pm

As a black graphic designer, Xavier Ruffin wanted to like the show Mad Men, but was disappointed with its portrayal of black people. His Web series Mad Black Men, is part spoof, part dramedy.

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