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Pow, Crash, Boom! Marvel Thrashes DC On Screen

You can find vocal and passionate fans on both sides of the great DC versus Marvel Comics debate — but there's one thing both sides agree on: Movies featuring Marvel characters are far more successful than DC's at the box office.
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'Sutton': America's 1920s, Bank-Robbing 'Robin Hood'

In his first novel, J.R. Moehringer writes from the point of view of Willie Sutton, whom he calls the "greatest American robber." Moehringer says writing historical fiction helped him deal with the anger he felt toward banks after the global financial crisis in 2008.
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Legendary singer Andy Williams died Tuesday at the age of 84. We remember him in a 2009 interview with Diane Rehm.

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Health Care Meets Humanity In 'The Waiting Room'

The new documentary The Waiting Room chronicles a day in the emergency room at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California. The film has no narration or expert interviews, but instead the camera shows interactions between hospital staff and patients, many of whom lack health insurance. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with filmmaker Peter Nicks.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Sept. 26

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One for the kids...Kids Beat?

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CNN Defends Reporting On Slain Ambassador's Diary

A CNN reporter recovered Christopher Stevens' diary from the ruins of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. The network is under fire for using the diary in its reporting — without the permission of the ambassador's family. But CNN says it carefully balanced empathy for Stevens' family with the public's right to know.
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A Broadway Mystery Worthy Of 'Rebecca'

A musical adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's Gothic novel Rebecca was set to come to Broadway — until the existence of its major investor came into question. New York Times theater writer Patrick Healy discusses the mystery on All Things Considered.
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Personal Reflections On Gone With The Wind

Two authors, Jesmyn Ward and Jodi Picoult, explain how Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind changed their lives as teenagers.
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Why You Shouldn't Watch The Best New Show On TV

Andrew Wallenstein, a TV editor for Variety, has seen pilots for all of the new TV shows starting this fall. His favorite is Last Resort, although he doesn't think it will stay on TV for long.
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Mindy Kaling Loves Rom Coms (And Being The Boss)

The actress played Kelly Kapoor on The Office, a role she also wrote and produced. Now she runs a new Fox comedy, The Mindy Project, in which she stars as an obstetrician whose personal life is a mess. Kaling tells Fresh Air that her late mother inspired her character's career.

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