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'Hunting Season' Examines Racism And Violence In An All-American Town

The island village of Patchogue, N.Y., appears to be an all-American suburb. But in 2008, it was the site of a brutal murder that left residents struggling to reconcile deep-rooted issues of racism and hatred with the town's idyllic appearance.
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Sarah Silverman, Serving Up Sinfully Divine Comedy

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Sarah Silverman about her upcoming stand-up special, We Are Miracles. Taped in front of a tiny live audience — just 39 people — the show takes aim at religion, childhood, politics, stereotypes and more.
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Allons-y! Why We've Been Traveling With 'Doctor Who' For 50 Years

The classic British sci-fi series Doctor Who turns 50 today — though the time-traveling Doctor himself is probably somewhere on the wrong side of 1000. NPR's Petra Mayer has an appreciation of the show and the enduring appeal of its ancient, alien hero.
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Not My Job: Coach Muffet McGraw Gets Quizzed On Tuffets

The only other Muffet we've ever met is the Little Miss, so we've invited McGraw — women's basketball coach at University of Notre Dame — to play a game called "So what exactly is a tuffet anyway?" Three questions about nursery rhymes and children's songs.
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Ancient Wine Bar? Giant Jugs Of Vino Unearthed In 3,700-Year-Old Cellar

Archaeologists have discovered the oldest wine cellar known, and the personal stash was massive: It once stored more than 500 gallons of vino. But these Bronze Age winemakers weren't just fermenting plain-old wine. They also got creative, infusing it with herbs and spices.
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Movies and the International Market

Our critics share picks from this year's impressive list of potential Oscar contenders and explain why you're seeing so many China-focused story lines in American films.

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How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Senate

With the invocation of the so-called "nuclear option," Senate Democrats moved to limit the power of the filibuster and dramatically change the nature of the institution. Many — on both sides — point to the maneuver as a sign of the system's failure. Writers Drew Toal and Kate Tuttle suggest books that might offer hope for us yet.
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Boardwalk Musicians Win Civil Suit In Ocean City

A musician in Ocean City won a civil suit this week that will ensure that boardwalk performers can ply their trade without fear of harassment.

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'American Voices' Festival To Celebrate Singers

A three-day event at The Kennedy Center will explore many of the voices that make American music so distinct.

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How Live TV Helped America Mourn The Loss Of JFK

Critic David Bianculli remembers watching the original news coverage of Kennedy's assassination — four days of unprecedented television — when he was 10 years old. He recalls how from that point on, TV, not radio, was the dominant medium for breaking news.

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