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Lessons For Europe From 'The Second World War'

Historian Antony Beevor's new book uncovers telling details about the 20th century's greatest conflict, beginning with the unlikely story of a Korean conscript who was captured by almost every army involved in the war, before eventually ending up in Illinois.
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Shirley Clarke's 'Connection': Will It Click At Last?

When it was released in the early '60s, Shirley Clarke's controversial film about heroin addicts got shut down by New York police after two screenings. Now, a half-century later, audiences get a second chance to see the newly restored movie in theaters.
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On This Stage, Jesus Is A Robber; The Devil's A Rapist

The Angola Prison Drama Club performed a play unlike any other in the prison's experience. Seventy inmates took part in The Life of Jesus Christ. For the untrained actors, this production held special meaning, as they saw pieces of their own lives revealed in the characters they played.
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Director Rob Reiner Plays Not My Job

Reiner is an accomplished writer, director and actor. He's directed more than 20 movies, including some undeniable classics: A Few Good Men, When Harry Met Sally, The Princess Bride and, of course, the movie that many will quote until they're old and gray, This Is Spinal Tap.
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A Century-Old Grotto That Might Out-Glitter Vegas

The Midwest is home to the largest collection of grottoes, or man-made caves, in the world. And the mother of them all — encrusted in $6 million worth of semiprecious stones — is in West Bend, Iowa, the life's work of a priest after he survived pneumonia. It turns 100 this weekend.
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Summer Libations

When the mercury is rising, few things go down as deliciously as the perfect cold summer cocktail.

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Digital Domain Grapples With Fur, Feathers

A Venice, Calif., special-effects house has cornered the market on some of the most difficult FX — from rain to the human likeness. NPR's Melissa Block visits Digital Domain's artists as they grapple with their latest challenge.
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A Trailblazing Black Architect Who Helped Shape L.A.

When Paul Williams decided to become an architect, people told him no white clients would work with an African-American. But he persevered, eventually designing thousands of buildings, including the Beverly Hills Hotel and homes for stars like Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball.

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