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Bigelow And Boal, Dramatizing The Hunt For Bin Laden

NPR's Renee Montagne speaks with director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal. The team behind The Hurt Locker is out with a new film, Zero Dark Thirty, about the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
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Self-Publishing: No Longer Just A Vanity Project

It used to be called the "vanity press," a name that carried a sniff of derision. But Lynn Neary reports that self-publishing has become a booming business, spawning best-sellers, and attracting the interest of Amazon and the major publishing houses.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Dec. 19

With two days left until the end of the Mayan calendar, opportunities to enjoy the arts are dwindling.
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At A Real-Life Santa's Workshop, Christmas Comes Early

An unassuming brick building in Brooklyn houses a factory that makes animatronic puppets, elves and polar bears for the holiday season. NPR's Neda Ulaby drops by Mechanical Displays Inc. to talk with professional window dresser Lou Nasti.
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'Unchained' Admiration Between Actor And Director

Austrian actor Christoph Waltz won an Oscar for his portrayal of Nazi Jew hunter Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino's 2009 film Inglourious Basterds. Teamed up with Tarantino again in Django Unchained, he says Tarantino's writing and the rhythm of the language speaks to him as a performer.
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Danica McKellar: Billy Joel Helped Teen Stress

You may remember Danica McKellar as Winnie Cooper in The Wonder Years. Today, the actress is also a math advocate and the author of Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape. In Tell Me More's 'In Your Ear' series, McKellar talks about the songs that helped her beat stress as a teen and inspire her as an adult.
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WWII 'Canteen Girl' Kept Troops Company From Afar

For 15 minutes each week, Phyllis Jeanne Creore spoke and sang to the servicemen and their loved ones in her NBC radio broadcast. Now 96 years old, the beloved "Canteen Girl" shares her memories — and some personal wartime letters, too.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Dec. 18

From Ireland to Israel, you can enjoy some foreign cultural events this evening.

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