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How To Introduce Kids To Tough Topics? Art And TV Can Help

When parents aren't sure how to approach a difficult subject, they sometimes turn to other media — and Linda Ellerbee is happy to lend a hand. She's been the host of Nickelodeon's NickNews for 22 years, and her one rule of thumb is don't dumb it down.

Book News: Inmate Fights For His Right To Read Werewolf Erotica

Also: Donald Hall's life in beards, Kenn Nesbitt to be the next Children's Poet Laureate.

'This Is The End': The Apocalypse Is One Hot Party

Seth Rogen's new end-of-the-world comedy turns out to be as funny as anyone could have hoped — and maybe more clever than you might have expected. (Recommended)

20 Years Later, Science In 'Jurassic Park' Shows Its Age

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the classic film, Jurassic Park. Michael Dhar, a science writer and contributor to the website Live Science, tells Melissa Block and Audie Cornish about how the science featured in the movie holds up to what we know about dinosaurs today.
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Screens Under The Stars: Summer's Outdoor Movies

Drive-in theaters may be a thing of the past, but you can still catch movie stars under the stars at dozens of outdoor film festivals around our region.

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Movies Making A Difference

Many filmmakers pour their passion into a movie, hoping to spark discussion, action, or even legislation. We explore social action documentaries.


Fame Studios And The Road To Nashville Songwriting Glory

One of America's great songwriters, Dan Penn has written dozens of soul classics, often with keyboardist Spooner Oldham. For a while, the two were on the staff of Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala. Ace Records has just released an entire CD of Penn's demos.

'20 Feet From' The Spotlight, There's Singing Worthy Of One

A new documentary directed by Morgan Neville profiles backup singers whose voices you know but whose names you probably don't: Lisa Fischer, Darlene Love, Judith Hill and Merry Clayton.

Designer Ozwald Boateng On Being The 'Statesman of Cool'

Designer Ozwald Boateng became the first black designer on London's prestigious Savile Row. Since then, he's made quite the name for himself; his tailored suits cost as much as 40 grand. Host Michel Martin speaks with Ozwald about his career, style and Ghanaian heritage.