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At College, A 'Pitch Perfect' Musical Comedy

Critic David Edelstein reviews a film that may sound a lot like a campus-bound version of Glee, but has more to it than that label might suggest.
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Interview: MacArthur 'Genius' Junot Diaz

His debut novel — The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao — won a Pulitzer Prize. He was recently named as one of the 2012 recipients of a MacArthur Fellowship. (Rebroadcast from December 2007)
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Memoirist James Wolcott Reflects On The '70s

The Vanity Fair columnist wrote about his early career at the Village Voice in Lucking Out: My Life Getting Down and Semi-Dirty In the Seventies. (Rebroadcast from November 2011.)
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Picking The Best Bond: Connery And Craig Rise To The Top

It's official: Sean Connery IS James Bond, according to NPR readers who weighed the question this week. Connery set the gold standard as 007, the spy known for his playfulness, his ruthlessness — and his ability to look good in a suit. The Bond film franchise turns 50 today.
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Shake It Up, Baby: Are Martinis Made The Bond Way Better?

In honor of secret agent James Bond, who made his drink preferences crystal clear on film, we investigate the scientific differences between a shaken and a stirred martini. It turns out, you can tell the difference.
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Preventing Silicon Valley's 'Immigrant Exodus'

A new study from the Kauffman Foundation shows that the number of immigrant entrepreneurs in the country has fallen slightly. But according to Vivek Wadhwa, an author of the study, the drop is especially steep in Silicon Valley.
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Frank Lloyd Wright Home Threatened In Arizona

A 1950s-era home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for his son is facing demolition. The house in a Phoenix neighborhood has fallen into the hands of a developer that wants to build on the site. But a group of preservationists is trying to stop that from happening. Many architectural experts say it's in this structure that Wright worked out his coiling plan for the Guggenheim in New York City.
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Roving Eyes, Wandering Hands In 'How You Lose Her'

Junot Diaz's electric new collection of short stories centers around Yunior, a macho yet mournful Dominican-American man. In these stories about love, lust and infidelity, a good man is hard to find — and when he is found, he's always in bed with someone else.
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From Tim Burton, Another Signature Lovable Loner

The filmmaker is known for his distinctive style, both in his live action and his animated features. As Mandalit del Barco explains, Burton's latest film, Frankenweenie, is a prime example of this style, and also illustrates the reasons he has inspired a generation of fans.
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'Precious' Director Daniels Flocks To Controversy

Director Lee Daniels is best known for his provocative 2009 movie, Precious. On Friday, he's out with The Paperboy, starring Matthew McConaughey. It's about a reporter investigating a murder in the Florida bayous. Daniels tells host Michel Martin why he's attracted to extreme story lines. Advisory: This conversation may not be comfortable for some listeners.

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