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Home Video Review: 'Buster Keaton: The Ultimate Collection'

Buster Keaton, the great genius of silent comedy, gets celebrated in a 14-disc box set that contains all of his classic silent comedies as well as a raft of shorts and extras.
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Filmmaker Holds Up A Mirror In Interviews With Israel's 'Gatekeepers'

Dror Moreh's Oscar-nominated documentary, The Gatekeepers, is built around the confessions and ruminations of the six surviving heads of the Shin Bet — Israel's domestic security service.
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Maxing Out The Mini Season For Maine Shrimp

Mainers say the shrimp have a sweet and delicate flavor. But there won't be many of them to go around this year. The fishing season is short, the allowable catch is small and the number of shrimp in the Gulf of Maine has been dwindling for a while now.
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'Going Clear': A New Book Delves Into Scientology

Lawrence Wright's Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief looks at the world of the controversial church and the life of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, who died in 1986.
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U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey (Rebroadcast)

Natasha Trethewey says there’s a poem out there for everyone. Her poetry explores the interplay of race and memory in her life and in American history. She joins Diane to discuss what she hopes to accomplish as the U.S. Poet Laureate.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Jan. 24

This week you can explore African roots, rhythms and influences.

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Is Honey Boo Boo Hazardous?

Reality TV shows have gotten big ratings over the past few years — and the crazier they are, the more popular. Some people say it's just harmless entertainment, but critics say the on-screen fighting and confrontations have disturbing effects on young women.
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Shall I Encode Thee In DNA? Sonnets Stored On Double Helix

The world is full of data — and that's a problem. We have to find a place to store all those digital photos, tax records and unfinished novels. British scientists have demonstrated a possible solution: They've stored all of Shakespeare's sonnets on several small stretches of DNA.
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Handel: The Man, Mozart And 'Messiah'

Kojo explores the history behind George Frideric Handel's "Messiah," and finds out what makes it one of the most enduring, yet misunderstood, pieces of all time.

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'Friends' Will Be There For You At Beijing's Central Perk

A Chinese man in Beijing has set up a cafe identical to the New York hangout on the hit TV show. For owner Du Xin, Friends is "like a religion" — and he's not the only one. He's opened a second Central Perk in Shanghai, capitalizing on the Chinese fondness for the six friends and their laid-back, freewheeling lives.

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