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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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Three B's Bring You To One

Name a word that, when combined with three words beginning with the letter B, completes a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase. For example, given "brew," "body" and "base," you would say "home" (home-brew, homebody, home base).
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Life's Minutiae Gain New Magnitude In Dunn's 'Lines' Of Poetry

Stephen Dunn's 17th collection of poetry, Lines of Defense, includes several works meditating on the death of his brother. Dunn, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, often features everyday details in his work — because, as he tells NPR's Rachel Martin, "we live with the little things much more than the large things."
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'Death Class' Taught Students A Lot About Life

After covering the shootings at Virginia Tech, journalist Erika Hayasaki became interested in how people respond to death. Her new book is about a nurse and professor named Norma Bowe who taught an entire class to help students confront death head-on.
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Chilean Soap Star Shines In 'Gloria'

Paulina Garcia plays a divorced older woman looking for love in the new critically acclaimed film. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to Garcia from her home in Santiago.
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Cooking With Conifers: An Evergreen Trick That's Newly Hip

American chefs from coast to coast are using evergreens to develop unique flavors in dishes from white fir and sorrel broth to pine needle vinegar to smoked mussels. It's a food trend with roots that go back centuries.
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'I'll Take You There': The Staple Singers' Rise From Church To Fame

The group's sound broke down musical walls and inspired civil rights leaders. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with biographer Greg Kot about his new book, I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom's Highway.
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A Film Producer On The Rise, Hollywood Gets Biblical

Ozy.com co-founder Carlos Watson talks about a rising film producer getting his big break this year, and the swath of films on the horizon dealing with biblical or Greco-Roman times.
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And The Best Supporting Actor Award Goes To ... Side Dishes

In the Oscar-nominated film The Wolf Of Wall Street, just about everything is over the top – including the side dishes. But it turns out, a memorable scene involving extravagantly priced sides isn't so far from the truth. These days, chefs are giving these former afterthoughts starring roles of their own – and they come with big price tags to match.
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Not My Job: Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin Gets Quizzed On The Future

Goodwin's an expert on presidents of the past, so we'll quiz her on presidents of the future — three questions about leaders from science fiction.

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