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Singer Erykah Badu Plays Not My Job

Valentine's Day is coming up, and if you don't have a date — don't worry. There's help for everybody out there. Everybody. We've invited Badu to answer three questions about super-specialized dating sites.
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The Scottish Play (The Olivier Way)

British stage and screen legend Laurence Olivier had always hoped to produce his own film version of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth. Now, decades after Olivier's death, a researcher has stumbled across his lost screen treatment of "the Scottish play."
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Literary Types Find Love In 'The New York Review Of Books'

The magazine is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. It's famous for its rigorous writing and ability to attract literary stars — but also for its quirky personal ads, where "squalid Sydney wombats" and "Antediluvian Mariners" seek "foxy cougars" and "street-credible jacobins."
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Healing 'Brick City': A Newark Doctor Returns Home

In a new memoir, Sampson Davis describes what it was like to return to the hospital where he was born to become an emergency physician. He says his mother taught him that "once you make it, you have to come back and help other people."
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Life, Love And Undeath In The 'Lemon Grove'

Swamplandia! author Karen Russell is back with a new collection of short stories, Vampires in the Lemon Grove. The title story features two elderly vampires, married for more than a century, who wonder what "till death do us part" means when you can't die.
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'Identity Thief': Nearly Two Hours, Stolen

The individual ingredients that make up Identity Thief could add up to a great movie. But the digital-age mistaken-identity comedy wastes a talented leading actress and a passable plot; it's a predictable trudge of a road movie.
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Tyler Perry Transforms: From Madea To Family Man

Best known for being the man behind Madea, Perry recently starred in the action thriller Alex Cross which is now out on DVD. We listen back to an October interview, in which he told Fresh Air's Terry Gross that his Madea character is a cross between his mom, his aunt and Eddie Murphy.
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'Caesar' Comes Alive In An Italian Prison

In Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's new film, Caesar Must Die, a group of prisoners put on Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. It's barely an hour and a quarter, and it's physically small-scale, but it's so compressed it wears you out — in a good way.
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Chinese New Year: Dumplings, Rice Cakes And Long Life

Eating foods that symbolize wealth, longevity and fertility is key to the Chinese New Year, which begins this year with a New Year's Eve feast on Feb. 9. And, lucky for us, the northern Chinese tradition of making dumplings late at night has spread throughout the world.
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Book News: Should Ayn Rand Be Required Reading?

Also: Geico's spokeslizard writes an advice book; Amazon patents the sale of used e-books; and a Stephen Colbert interview gets interesting.

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