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Why Does It Take A Movie Robot To Show What Nurses Really Do?

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 3:40am

If TV and movie nurses took care of us when we're sick, we'd be in a heap of trouble. Those images of nutty, slutty and clueless nurses are bad news for the profession, and for patients.

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In Wineries Vs. Weather, Drones To The Rescue?

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 8:17pm

Rising temperatures have hastened harvest dates in Sonoma County — and they're changing grape-growing patterns around the world. Vineyards are responding with everything from sunscreen to sensors.

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How Tinseltown Got Tipsy: A Boozy Taste Of Hollywood History

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 4:16pm

Mark Bailey, who detailed old Hollywood's legendary love affair with liquor in his book Of All the Gin Joints, shares stories from a bygone era over cocktails at a legendary Hollywood bar.

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Hollywood Pros Fear A Chilling Effect After Sony Bows To Hackers

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 9:53am

Some in the entertainment industry are wondering if they'll have to be careful now about the stories they tell or the jokes they make in the wake of Sony's withdrawal of The Interview.

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Not My Job: Comedian Jenny Slate Gets Quizzed On Jennifer Lopez

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 9:38am

Slate has rocketed to fame with her online film series Marcel the Shell with Shoes On and the movie Obvious Child — but there are some other famous Jennifers out there ...

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'Going There' in 2014

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 8:03am

Michel Martin has spent much of the last few months on the road, and she has been moved by the people she's met and the stories they've shared with her. She remembers her 'Top 5' moments of 2014.

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Wexford Carols Brings Irish Holiday Relics To Life

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 6:33am

A new Christmas music collection resurrects Irish carols from the 17th century. NPR's Scott Simon talks to singer Caitriona O'Leary and producer Joe Henry about songs both sacred and political.

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Turner Was A Brute, But He Painted With Romantic Radiance

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 6:33am

One of Britain's best-loved artists, J.M.W. Turner, has been brought to life on the big screen. A new film paints him as an occasionally boorish man who turns out incandescent work.

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A Literate London Cabbie's Favorite Books For 2014

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 6:33am

Every year, well-read London cabbie Will Grozier joins NPR's Scott Simon to talk books. In 2014, he recommends the writing of a fellow taxi driver, and a new take on World War I.

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Gentlefolk All, Survive Your Holidays With Help From Chaucer

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 6:03am

Who better to help you through the stresses and strains of a modern Christmas than a 14th-century English poet? Yes, Geoffrey Chaucer is online now, and he's here for all your holiday advice needs.

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Sondheim's Songs Go 'Into The Woods' And Onto The Big Screen

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 4:30am

Director Rob Marshall is no stranger to the movie musical — and now, he's taking on the challenge of adapting Stephen Sondheim's knotty, complicated songs to the big screen with Into the Woods.

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Antarctic Holiday: A Christmas Feast In The Loneliest Spot On Earth

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 4:16am

For Dr. Gavin Francis, Christmas Eve marked the start of a year-long stay in an icy research base 8,700 miles from home. In this "empire of ice and isolation," he says, food is essential to morale.

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'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 5:33pm

This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba's imprint on the American imagination.

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'Mr. Turner' Is A Snuffling, Growling Work Of Art

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:43pm

Critic Bob Mondello says Mike Leigh's earthy new biopic about the famed British painter J.M.W Turner shows viewers the incandescent beauty of the world as Turner himself must have seen it.

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Pride And Prejudice: For Latinos, Tamales Can Taste Of Both

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:30pm

Tamales are a Christmas Eve tradition throughout Latin America, but there are hundreds of different versions. Whose is best? That's a question likely to elicit a fiercely partisan response.

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The Strange World — And Life — Of 'Mr. Turner'

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:15pm

The biopic of landscape painter J. M. W. Turner depicts a man whose mind is barely engaged by anything other than his work. He's a mystery, and his art is magically indefinite — just like the movie.

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Meryl Streep: The Fresh Air Interview

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:15pm

Meryl Streep won a Golden Globe for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. She talks about preparing for that role and how her perceptions of herself have changed over the years.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Top Five' And The Art Of The Mixtape

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 10:11am

On this week's show: Chris Rock's Top Five, mix tapes and loved music, and what's making us happy this week.

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Book News: Macmillan Inks Deal With Amazon, But Doesn't Sound Happy About It

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 9:07am

The publisher makes peace with Amazon — and takes the opportunity to vent some frustration. Also: Paulo Coelho offers to buy The Interview off Sony.

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A Different 'Annie,' But Still A Good Kid

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 8:52am

The new adaptation of Annie, starring Quvenzhane Wallis and Jamie Foxx, isn't the same Annie some of us knew in childhood. But on her own terms, she's still a charmer.

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