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'Wadjda' Director: 'It Is Time To Open Up'

The film, about a young girl who desperately wants a bicycle, is the first feature made entirely in Saudi Arabia. Director Haifaa Al Mansour joins host Rachel Martin to talk about making the film in a country where Mansour couldn't work outdoors unsupervised.
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An Introduction To What's New And What's Next

The online magazine Ozy launched Monday, offering readers a streamlined site with original reporting and a look at trends on the horizon. Co-founder Carlos Watson talks about his vision for the site.
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Hollywood's Chinese Theater Reopens After Makeover

The iconic Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood reopens to the public this weekend after a four-month renovation. The venue now holds one of the nation's largest IMAX screens. And it has a new name, after a purchase from Chinese TV maker TCL.
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'Epic Pale Whale Fail': Oswalt's Contribution To 'Moby Dick'

Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt appeared at three Los Angeles library branches Saturday to read aloud from Herman Melville's Moby Dick and discuss its complexities with audience members. Host Arun Rath talks to Oswalt about his obsession with the white whale.
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When AM Radio Was More Than Talk And Static

Dick Biondi, a radio DJ since the 1950s, has worked for 28 stations and has been fired 25 times, and may have been the first person to play the Beatles on the radio in the U.S. Host Scott Simon asks Biondi about those days, and what keeps him in radio at age 81.
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No Schmear Job: A Brief History Of Bagels And Lox

The origin of the bagel "is somewhat mysterious," says a writer who recently explored the topic. What is unquestionable is that bagel met and married lox in New York. But as in so many modern unions, both partners came to the marriage with plenty of baggage.
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A Road Trip Sparks An Unlikely Friendship In 'Norvelt To Nowhere'

Young Jack hits the road with his cranky, elderly teacher Miss Volker (and a couple of cranky, elderly cars) in From Norvelt to Nowhere, the new young adult novel from Jack Gantos. The sequel to 2011's Newbery-winning Dead End in Norvelt is set in 1962, in the shadow of the Cuban missile crisis.
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Not My Job: Comedian Jeff Garlin Gets Quizzed On The IgNobels

Every year, the Journal of Improbable Research gives out its IgNobel Prizes, for groundbreaking scientific research into important but neglected areas of knowledge. We'll ask Garlin about three of those winners.
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Stuart Blumberg Really Wants To Talk About Sex

The director, who also co-wrote the 2010 indie hit The Kids Are All Right, joins NPR's Audie Cornish to chat about his film Thanks for Sharing, a romantic comedy that follows three men (and one woman) through stories of sex addiction and recovery.
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All Across Brazil, The Art Scene Is Shifting

Not only are Brazilian artists now getting big play in major museums around the world, but something new is happening inside Brazil: There's a burgeoning appetite for art.

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