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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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A Picket Line At The Oscars: Visual Effects Artists To Protest

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 8:40am

For the second year, hundreds of visual effects workers will be protesting instead of celebrating Hollywood's big night. They say subsidies luring studios abroad are draining the profession.

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Nine Best Picture Nominees, Many Funny Faces, And A Couple Of Bonus Features

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 7:01am

We look back at our entire Best Picture video series, and we offer up a couple of extras including "Linda Reads Internet Reviews Of 'Bob And Linda Read Internet Movie Reviews.'"

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With Teens And Social Media, Lack Of Context Is Everything

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 7:00am

Social media star Danah Boyd's new book on teens, It's Complicated, argues that most adults misread and overreact to the online lives of young people. (This story originally aired on Feb. 25, 2014.)

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Web Series On Theater Turns Drama Into Comedy

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 7:00am

Submissions Only is an online comedy about young actors hoping to make it on Broadway. Star Kate Wetherhead and NPR's Scott Simon talk about the often brutal and funny world of actors, agents and casting directors.

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Cheever Biographer Turns His Eye On His Own Troubled Family

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 7:00am

Blake Bailey has written about John Cheever and Richard Yates — now, he's describing real-life suburban alcoholic despair in a memoir of his troubled brother, The Splendid Things We Planned.

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If Anyone Can Make Golf Exciting, It'd Be Dan Jenkins

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 7:00am

The legendary sportswriter's new memoir, His Ownself, takes readers from his idyllic childhood in Fort Worth to his years as a globetrotting golf fan and founder of Sports Illustrated.

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Elaine Stritch, Volatile And Vulnerable In 'Shoot Me'

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 7:00am

The 89-year-old, Tony Award-winning Broadway star is the subject of a new documentary, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me. She spoke with NPR's Scott Simon about seeing herself on screen.

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What The Oscars Mean, And What They Don't

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 3:00pm

The Oscars are coming up this weekend, but do they matter anymore? Bob Mondello talks about why the Oscars frustrate him, and we search — maybe in vain — for meaning.

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This Week's Must Read: 'Pedro Paramo'

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 3:00pm

Inspired by the arrest of drug cartel leader Joaquin Guzman, author Zachary Lazar explores themes of violence and power using Pedro Paramo, by Mexican novelist Juan Rulfo.

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'Kids For Cash,' Or Perhaps Not — But A Broken System For Sure

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 1:11pm

The 2008 scandal was about more than whether a judge took a bribe from a private detention facility. A new documentary explores a story about the perils of zero tolerance in the juvenile system.

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Should The NFL Police The N-Word?

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:03am

The National Football League is considering a 15-yard penalty for players using the N-word on the field. The Barbershop guys weigh in on that and other news of week.

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Will President's Initiative Be A 'Game-Changer' For Young Men Of Color?

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:00am

"My Brother's Keeper" is a new White House initiative designed to help young men of color succeed. Law professor Paul Butler and youth advocate Malik Washington discuss the president's new plan.

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Liam Neeson's Action Chops Take Flight In 'Non-Stop'

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 10:00am

Neeson became a bankable action hero in 2008 after the thriller Taken. Now almost 62, he's still getting out of tight corners with his fists. His new film unfolds on a transatlantic flight.

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Bob And Linda Read Internet Movie Reviews, Part Nine: '12 Years A Slave'

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 8:00am

We wrap up our look at what the internet at large had to say about this year's Best Picture nominees with the beautiful but devastating 12 Years A Slave.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Oscars Omnibus Of 2014

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 7:24am

On this week's show, we invite Bob Mondello to join the table for a discussion of all nine Best Picture nominees and some other stuff, too. And we talk about what's making us happy this week.

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Book News: Author Criticizes S.C. School Funding Cuts Over Gay-Themed Books

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 7:07am

Also: More than 120 academic papers turn out to be fakes; the Israeli Embassy donates 300 books on Anne Frank to Tokyo public; Colson Whitehead talks to The New York Times about writing spaces.

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The Count Of Many Mistresses: Alexandre Dumas' Lively Life

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 6:00am

Alexandre Dumas' life was almost as exciting as his work, some of which was written to support his many mistresses. Comics legend Kyle Baker celebrates Dumas for our Black History Month project.

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Keen Eyes, Uncanny Instincts Keep Films In Sharp Focus

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 2:20am

Believe it or not, the person responsible for keeping each and every shot of a movie in focus never looks through a camera lens. NPR's Susan Stamberg explains the role of the focus puller.

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