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That's Not CGI: At Monsterpalooza, Monsters Are Real

As usual, this year's summer blockbusters will be stuffed with computer-created aliens, zombies or vampires. Not all filmmakers want virtual creatures, however; at Monsterpalooza, they make their monsters by hand.
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Think Tiki's Tacky? Grab A Cocktail And Think Again

In Ft. Lauderdale, it's a weekend for carved wooden idols, Hawaiian shirts and tropical drinks. It's the Hukilau, an annual gathering of fans of all things tiki — as in faux-Polynesia — a fad that a dedicated legion of devotees say is back.
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In 'Veep,' Julia Louis-Dreyfus Plays A 'Political Animal' With Bite

Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns to series television in Veep Sunday night on HBO. She talks to NPR's Rachel Martin about the frustrated vice president she plays, why you'll never see the president, and her career in comedy.
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Our Roaring 20s: 'The Defining Decade'

Troubled by her 20-something clients' lack of direction, clinical psychologist Meg Jay decided to write a book about those formative years. In The Defining Decade, she argues that those years are by far the most crucial in our adult development.
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Wartime Translator Explores Her 'Father's Country'

Saima Wahab left Afghanistan for the United States as a young girl, but she returned to her home country as a Pashto translator for the U.S. military. In her memoir In My Father's Country, Wahab describes the difficulty of straddling two nations at war.
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Jason Segel: Creating Comedy With The Tone Of Life

Weekend Edition's Rachel Martin talks with actor and writer Jason Segel about his new film The Five-Year Engagement. They discuss Segel's take on the romantic comedy genre, his love of puppets, and the evolution of his affable onscreen persona.
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A Puzzle Worthy Of Don Draper

You'll be given classic advertising slogans and catch phrases in which the letters of the last word are scrambled. First, unscramble the word. Then name the product or company that is the advertiser. For example, given "Get a piece of the cork," the answer would be "Get a piece of the rock," which is a slogan of the Prudential Insurance Company.
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'Jumped In': Love, Life And Violence In L.A. Gangs

The violence in Los Angeles was explosive in 2002 when crisis intervention expert Jorja Leap ventured into the city's most gang-saturated territories. The stories of the gang members she met are part of her new book, Jumped In: What Gangs Taught Me About Violence, Drugs, Love, and Redemption.
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Pop Culture's 40-Year Itch

Writer Adam Gopnik describes the idea of his latest piece in the New Yorker: that the prime source of nostalgia in popular culture is usually the period 40 years beforehand.

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