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Dyn-O-Mite! Comedian Jimmie Walker Talks Showbiz

Comedian Jimmie Walker is best known for his Good Times sitcom character J.J. Evans. But there's more to Walker than just laughs. For Tell Me More's Wisdom Watch series, host Michel Martin talks with Walker about his long career in showbiz, detailed in his memoir, Dyn-O-Mite: Good Times, Bad Times, Our Times.
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Quentin Tarantino, 'Unchained' And Unruly

With his latest film, director Quentin Tarantino was inspired both by spaghetti westerns and the drama of slavery and the Civil War. The movie is extremely violent — but, says Tarantino, "What happened during slavery times is a thousand times worse. ... If you can't take it, you can't take it."
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Who's Gay On TV? Dads, Journalists, Investigators And Footmen

Neda Ulaby looks at the current landscape of gay characters on television, from the highest brows of Downton Abbey to the surprisingly welcoming world of reality shows.
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Virginia Professor Examines One Of Beat Generation's Unknowns

Many members of the beat generation drew inspiration from Herbert Hunke, and a James Madison University professor has a new book exploring the life of this one intriguing — and lesser known — character.  

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Drinks, Diets And Meat: Hits Of 2012, Predictions For 2013

Coffee, wine, beer and cocktails were popular topics on The Salt in 2012, as well as weightier matters like organic food, genetically modified seeds, and the paleo diet.
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Coming Home — And Out — In The South

There's no way to really generalize what it's like to be gay in the South. But to get an idea, we spent a day with Chad Griffin — the newest president of a Washington-based gay rights group — as he spent his first day on the job in his hometown of Arkadelphia, Ark.
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The Hobbit Filmmaker Turns To Crime Documentary

The new documentary, West of Memphis, delves into the controversial case of three Arkansas teens who were convicted of murder in 1994. Host Michel Martin speaks with Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson and Damien Echols, one of men convicted in the case.
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Art Beat with Lauren Landau, Jan. 1

Start off the new year with some Italian culture and theater for kids.

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Diana Vreeland's Rise To 'Empress Of Fashion'

Diana Vreeland had a troubled childhood; her mother often told her she was ugly. But she later became editor-in-chief of American Vogue and one of the country's most revered fashion icons. Her life is captured in the new biography, Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland. Host Michel Martin talks with author Amanda Mackenzie Stuart.

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