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Peter Ramsey Makes Directorial Rise With 'Guardians'

You might envision Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman and the Tooth Fairy as cute and cuddly. But they're tough characters united to fight the boogeyman in Rise of the Guardians. NPR's Michel Martin talks with director Peter Ramsey about the movie — and becoming the first African-American director of a big-budget CG-animation film.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Nov. 28

Celebrate the U.S. Dept. of State's Office of Art in Embassies' 50th anniversary with these free events.

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Battle Lines Drawn Over Old 'Miami Herald' Building

The Miami Herald's old headquarters on Biscayne Bay have been sold to a developer who wants to tear it down. Historic preservationists are working to stop the demolition, saying the hulking, boxy building is a prime example of Miami modernism architecture from the 50's and 60's. Demolition proponents — which include some prominent architects — say it's a clumsy building with no sense of style and not a "MiMo" design worth saving.
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Afghanistan's Love Of The Big Screen

Unless you've been to Afghanistan, your imagination probably conjures up a pretty bleak picture of what has been a war-torn country for decades. Photographer Jonathan Saruk hopes to change that.
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Running A Comedy Machine: How Chuck Lorre Makes Hits

On Morning Edition, Neda Ulaby looks at television's most powerful comedy hitmaker.
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Librarian Nancy Pearl's Picks For The Omnivorous Reader

The only thing that these books have in common is that NPR's go-to librarian likes them a lot. Nancy Pearl's self-described "higgledy-piggledy" list includes a book of cartoons, a Civil War history, a coming-of-age story, a spy novel and more.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Nov. 27

It's tune-in Tuesday! Whether your preference is for classical music, folk, jazz, or an experimental sound, the D.C. area has plenty of opportunities to listen to the music.

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Christmas Trees Arrive At White House, Capitol

The official U.S. Capitol Christmas tree arrived in the District on Monday, joining the official White House Christmas tree, as well as the 19-foot tree that will grace the Blue Room in the White House.

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Comedians Parody Two Sides Of President Obama

Comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have become well-known for their humorous take on race relations. Their video series featuring a cool President Obama and his Vesuvian "anger translator" Luther has become a viral sensation. The duo talks about using comedy to explore touchy racial issues in the 2012 campaign.

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