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As A New 'Doctor Who' Season Ends, Have Its Stories Matched The Hero?

Britain's Doctor Who series finishes its first season with new hero Peter Capaldi on Saturday. TV critic Eric Deggans says Capaldi's portrayal of the Doctor is often better than the stories he's in.

'Grand Bargain' Will Help Save Detroit — And Its Art

A federal judge in Detroit ruled favorably on the city's "grand bargain" on Friday, approving the city's exit from Bankruptcy. We look at the role foundations played in bringing it about and the Foundation for Detroit's Future, which will be set up in the wake of the verdict.

'Viva La Libertà' Offers Harmless Electoral Fun

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews Viva la Libertà, a lightweight Italian election comedy that might provide even Democrats with a smile this week.

Can A Smell-Emitting Fork Alter How We Savor Flavor?

Flavor is a combination of taste and aroma. So can a scent-emitting fork trick our brains into thinking we're tasting something, when we're only just smelling it? The Salt team tests it out.

George Clinton's Musical Life, From The Barbershop To Hip-Hop

NPR's Renee Montagne talks to the funk legend about his new memoir, Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You?

The Challenge Of 'Big Hero 6': How To Make A Huggable Robot

Baymax, the lovable robot in the new Disney movie, was inspired by inflatable robots being developed at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Donor Gives Los Angeles Museum Art Worth $500 Million

Billionaire Jerry Perenchio will donate works by masters such as Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, René Magritte and Pablo Picasso.

Actress Anjelica Huston's Memoir Has Glitz, But Lacks Depth

Anjelica Huston's memoir is all Hollywood, all the time. It's full of anecdotes about Jack Nicholson and other stars. But these stories of excess, fame and money lack feeling and subtext.

Discovery's Man-Swallowing Snake Stunt Stretches Credulity

The channel promises to air an episode featuring a man in a protective suit who is swallowed alive by a giant green anaconda.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Nov. 6

You can hear classic rock songs performed on a classical instrument. Two contemporary companies bring North and South American dance styles to the D.C. area.