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Donna Douglas, Elly May On 'The Beverly Hillbillies,' Dies At 81

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 4:13pm

The actress who played the tomboy daughter of Ozark mountain man Jed Clampett also appeared on screen alongside Elvis Presley and starred in a classic episode of The Twilight Zone.

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What 'Back To The Future 2' Got Right — And Wrong — About 2015

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 3:18pm

The movie Back to the Future 2 imagined 2015 as a world full of hover skateboards, flying cars and 3-D printed pizzas. How many of those predictions came true?

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For The New Year, Ray Bradbury's Buoyant Vision Of The Future

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 3:18pm

We saw a lot of dystopias in both films and books this year. Author Jason Sheehan has had enough. He plans to celebrate the New Year with some science fiction that's actually hopeful about the future.

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'Leviathan' And 'Two Days' Look For Oscar Gold

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 2:36pm

The week between Christmas and the new year often delivers Oscar hopefuls to our screens; NPR's Bob Mondello praises two foreign films that grapple with social issues through the lens of family.

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No Yolk: Eggs Beat Most Other Foods In Our Blog Last Year

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 12:13pm

We looked back at the most popular posts of 2014 and found many of them were about eggs. So we asked: What makes this everyday food so intriguing?

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Billy Joel, Popular Song, PBS, And Needing A Piano

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 10:31am

A PBS concert special looking at the legacy of Billy Joel brings some great stuff, some less great stuff, and a chance to reflect.

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'Leviathan' Shows A Film And Filmmaker Unafraid Of Big Questions

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 9:33am

Andrey Zvyagintsev's story of corruption in post-Soviet Russia won funding from the Ministry Of Culture, but his picture of his homeland is unsettling.

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The Madly Uneven 'Downton Abbey' Turns Its Eye From Money To Sex

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 9:04am

The fifth season of Downton Abbey continues some trends from past seasons — flawed pacing, especially. But its looks at the choices of women are intriguing.

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Murder, Cows And Bad Funerals In The Absurd Comedy Of 'Li'l Quinquin'

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 9:03am

Bruno Dumont's inconclusively plotted story of a boy crossing paths with detectives and other locals was made as a miniseries, but feels little like traditional television.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: From Sixth And I, Quizzes And Questions

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 8:07am

The second part of our December live show from the Sixth And I synagogue brings quizzes with some of our pals and questions from our audience.

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'Life Itself': An Unflinching Documentary Of Roger Ebert's Life And Death

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 8:03am

In late 2012, filmmaker Steve James and Roger Ebert began talking about filming a documentary based on Ebert's memoir. Ebert's wife, Chaz, agreed. They didn't know that he would die within months.

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A 40-Day Vegan Fast, Then At Last, A January Christmas Feast

Thu, 01/01/2015 - 4:43pm

The Ethiopian Orthodox Church observes Christmas on Jan. 7, and the 40 days prior are observed as a vegan fast. That means no dairy and no meat until the traditional dish of doro wat on Christmas Day.

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When It Comes To Furry Muses, Cats Are For Brevity And Dogs Are For Books

Thu, 01/01/2015 - 3:21pm

The Internet is the undisputed territory of cats, and dog books are more popular than their feline counterparts. Francesco Marciuliano plays to both animals' strengths in his best-selling collections.

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Pastry With Soul. It's That Simple

Thu, 01/01/2015 - 2:49am

New York pastry chef Brooks Headley calls his cookbook Fancy Desserts. But his Italian grandmother is his real inspiration, he says, and she was all about homestyle: simple and fresh.

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A Cure For The Common Hangover, Found On The Stove

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 4:19pm

Chef Anthony Lamas says posole, a Mexican hominy stew, is great if you're cold, hung over or just had a long night. "It's a cure in a bowl" that's infinitely customizable, he says.

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Luck Be A Lentil Tonight! What The World Eats To Welcome The New Year

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 4:10pm

From Italy to Japan to the Philippines, people will hope for happiness, health and wealth as they sit down to a New Year's meal. Sometimes that last wish is expressed as actual money in the food.

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Book Review: 'Waking Up: A Guide To Spirituality Without Religion'

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 3:26pm

Astrophysicist Adam Frank reviews Sam Harris' Book, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality without Religion.

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Favorite Films Of 2014: Why Stop At 10?

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 2:24pm

Box office figures were gloomy in 2014, but movie critic Bob Mondello still found a lot to cheer about among the year's quirky offerings — and as usual, his annual 10 best list runneth over.

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Food Psychology: How To Trick Your Palate Into A Tastier Meal

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 12:45pm

Ingredients and preparation matter in making a delicious dinner. But so do a lot of other external factors, from your mood to room lighting. Here, a guide to enhancing the pleasures of the plate.

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In 'Death By Pastrami,' Charming Stories Of New York's Garment District

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 12:25pm

Leonard S. Bernstein — the writer, not the composer — once owned and managed a garment factory. In his first work of fiction the octogenarian crafts quaint parables about the comic futility of life.

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