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Long John Silver's Throws Trans Fats Overboard

Last year, the fast-food chain earned the dubious distinction from a health watchdog group of serving "America's worst restaurant meal." Now, Long John Silver's is winning praise for removing all trans fats from its menu.
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Which Artworks Should We Save? Cash-Strapped Italy Lets Citizens Vote

With money tight, Italian officials are faced with an unbearable choice: Which works of art should be saved, when the government can't afford to save them all? At the end of 2013, the government organized an online vote to give citizens a say in the matter.
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Phoenix To Self: 'Why Am I Talking About This? ... Joaquin, Shut Up'

The elusive actor tells Fresh Air about his new film, Her; his wacky 2009 David Letterman interview; and what it was like to be a child actor. But he insists he's not really that interesting: "If I was driving and I heard this, I'd change the channel."
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Soba: More Than Just Noodles, It's A Cultural Heritage ... And An Art Form

The United Nations has named traditional Japanese cuisine — known as washoku — an intangible cultural heritage. One of the oldest foods of washoku is the soba noodle. But what most Americans call soba is a pale comparison to the actual cuisine. One woman in Southern California is trying to keep the true traditional noodle alive in America.
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For World Superpowers, The Negotiating Table Often Had A Net

Melissa Block talks with Nicholas Griffin about his book, Ping-Pong Diplomacy, which explores the importance of the tabletop game in Chinese political history and foreign policy.
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'The Hunt' Turns 'Enormous Love' To Fear, Hate

What happens in a small town when a teacher is falsely accused of molesting a child? That's the story of a Danish movie called The Hunt. Director Thomas Vinterberg and star Mads Mikkelsen discuss the Oscar-nominated film.
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Book Review: 'Starting Over,' By Elizabeth Spencer

Alan Cheuse reviews a collection of stories by Elizabeth Spencer called, Starting Over.
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Before 'Jersey Shore' Owned Sleaze, There Was Bobby Bottleservice

Nick Kroll's sketch comedy TV series, Kroll Show, kicked off its second season this month. One of his signature characters is a seedy, wannabe ladies man named Bobby Bottleservice. Kroll says playing a variety of characters keeps him from being pigeon-holed by his role as Ruxin on the FX show The League.
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Can You Bank On Making Movies Destined For The Oscars?

Two researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have looked into "Oscar baiting," making films that are reliable picks for Oscar nods. Along the way, Gabriel Rossman and Oliver Schilke came up with a formula to predict Oscar success. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Rossman, whose paper will be published in February.
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How Breakthrough 'Captain Phillips' Actor Connected To The Role

This past week, Somali-born actor Barkhad Abdi received an Academy Award nomination for his role opposite Tom Hanks in the film Captain Phillips. The part was his first acting role. Abdi plays a Somali pirate who leads the hijacking of the Maersk Alabama. He spoke with NPR's Arun Rath in October about learning to relate to his character. (This story originally aired on All Things Considered on Oct. 20, 2013.)

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