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Revisiting, Reappraising Cimino's 'Heaven's Gate'

When it was released 32 years ago, Michael Cimino's revisionist Western was considered one of the most colossal flops in Hollywood history. Critic John Powers takes a second look at the film and concludes that it's clearly "the work of one man and ... he wanted you to remember it forever."
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Why Drinking Tea Was Once Considered A Dangerous Habit

Reformers of the 19th century warned that taking a tea break would steer Irish peasant women to thoughts of revolution. The warnings largely went unheeded. Still, it gives us pause to think about our modern-day food obsessions and how they might look to others in the future.
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Susan Straight: One Home Town, Many Voices

NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates profiles novelist Susan Straight, who is putting her hometown of Riverside, Calif., on the literary map. Straight herself is white, but she weaves the black, working-class voices of Riverside into her work.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Dec. 5

All the world's a stage, so why not add a little drama to your week?

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Home Video Review: 'Lawrence Of Arabia' On Blu-Ray

David Lean's epic classic made actors like Peter O'Toole cinematic legends. NPR movie critic Bob Mondello looks at the Blu-ray release and the special features for the film's 50th anniversary.
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'Inventing Wine': The History Of A Very Vintage Beverage

In his new book, author and oenophile Paul Lukacs traces the 8,000-year history of our original alcoholic beverage — from ancient times, when wine was believed to be of divine origin, to the sauvignon blanc you find in your supermarket today.
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Boxes Of TV Fun, Old And New, For The Holidays

It's holiday box-set season, and Fresh Air critic David Bianculli shares some favorites for the TV-lover on your list. "Giving someone a gift of a TV show," he says, "is somehow very personal. You're giving something that you love, and that, in many cases, will occupy many hours ... of their time."
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From Humors To Self-Control: The Evolution Of A Well-Balanced Diet

Europeans and American colonists believed one's personality, temperament and physical health depended on balancing "humors" of hot, cold, moist and dry with foods. Of course, that worked for the wealthy, who could afford a variety of foods, and it kept them in power.
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PBS Remixes 'Reading Rainbow,' Delights Map And Book Nerds Everywhere

PBS remixes another of its iconic shows, and this time, it's all about books.

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Street Art Brings Life To A Miami Neighborhood

Just a few years ago, Miami's Wynwood was known as a rough neighborhood of warehouses and shoe factories. Today, it has become the center of Miami's art scene, known for its galleries, studios and street murals. Many attribute that transformation to the work of developer Tony Goldman.

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