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Hunt For Bin Laden More Than Just One Woman's Fight

A new movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden focuses on a female intelligence officer that the filmmakers say is based on an actual young woman.
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'Rock Me, Mercy': A Poem Written In Mourning

The heartbreaking loss of lives in Newtown, Conn., moved the Louisiana-born poet Yusef Komunyakaa to put his emotions into words. The global distinguished professor of English at New York University knows too well how it feels to lose a child and poetry's power to calm and heal.
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No Orcs Allowed: Hobbit House Brings Middle-Earth To Pa.

At the request of a lifelong Lord of the Rings fan, architect Peter Archer has built a cottage modeled after those of the Shire. Like any good hobbit-hole, this dwelling was built for sitting comfortably and imagining great adventures — but it took a lot of skill to put together.
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NIH Director Francis Collins Plays Not My Job

We've invited Collins to play a game called "OWWW!" Three questions about athletes and the surprising new ways they find to injure themselves.
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Our Region Responds To The Newtown Tragedy

Kojo explores the overlapping issues of school safety, gun control and the challenges of talking to kids about tragic news.

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Looking For Bin Laden In 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Kathryn Bigelow's film tells the story of the U.S. hunt for the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks. Critic David Edelstein says the film presents itself as a work of journalism, but that that there's no doubting its perspective: It's the story of America's "brilliant, righteous revenge."
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Behind The Scenes Of The Beatles' 'Magical Mystery Tour'

A new documentary on PBS about the making of the Beatles' 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour features outtakes from the original and new interviews with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. TV critic David Bianculli calls the film "wonderfully thorough."
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TV Shows Shouldn't Rely On 'Cheap Tricks'

Homeland is one of the best shows on TV, but television critic Eric Deggans says it's using the same cheap trick repeatedly. And, other shows do it too. They have main characters who are almost always right, but nobody ever believes them.
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Laura Linney, Keeping History Hush-Hush In 'Hyde Park'

In Hyde Park on Hudson, Laura Linney plays the introverted Daisy Suckley, a distant cousin and love interest to Bill Murray's Franklin Roosevelt. She tells NPR's David Greene that the real Daisy was "very self-contained" — and someone she came to admire deeply.
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The Year's Best Science Fiction Crosses Galaxies And Genres

From post-apocalyptic character studies to speculative paleontology, reviewer Annalee Newitz says this year's best science fiction stretches boundaries and crosses genres. She also sees a strong resurgence in political themes, with a focus on civilizations on the brink of transformation or collapse.

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