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That's So Random: The Evolution Of An Odd Word

NPR's Neda Ulaby investigates the etymology of random, a word comedian Spencer Thompson calls "the most misused ... of our generation." It turns out that Thompson's frustration is a bit misplaced — random has been around since the 14th century, and its usage shows how life, like language, evolves.
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Glacier Photographer James Balog on 'Chasing Ice'

Photographer James Balog on Climate Change and 'Chasing Ice' — In the new documentary "Chasing Ice," photographer James Balog attempts to capture how the world's glaciers are being affected by climate change. As the film debuts across the country, Balog discusses the project, and what needs to be done to save Earth's shrinking glaciers.
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SciFri Book Club Has 'The Right Stuff'

This month the book club takes to the skies with the Tom Wolfe classic The Right Stuff, a behind-the-curtain look at the 20th century's most famous test pilots--including Chuck Yeager. Yeager joins the club to talk about his long career, and what he considers "the right stuff."
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The Peony Pavilion: A Vivid Dream In A Garden

Peony Pavilion is one of China's most famous operas, but uncut performances of this romantic 16th century work can take more than 22 hours. An adapted version of the dream-like opera will take place at the Metropolitan Museum.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Nov. 30

Everybody's dancing in December.

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'Flight' Takes On Questions Of Accountability

In the Robert Zemeckis film starring Denzel Washington, a pilot with a secret substance-abuse problem successfully crash-lands an airplane while high on drugs and alcohol. He must then ask himself some tough questions about whether his act of heroism is undermined by his addiction.
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Artist's Exhibit Reflects On Loss of Uncle He Never Knew

Local artist Benjamin Bellas' uncle was lost at sea during the Vietnam War, ten years before Bellas was born. In a new exhibit, Bellas digs through maps, slides and his uncle's old uniforms to see what they can tell him about this man he never knew.

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Message Behind African Heaters For Norway Spoof

An online video, urging Africans to save Norwegians from frostbite, has gone viral. The tongue-in-cheek spoof features South Africans singing about sending radiators to Norway. The filmmakers hope to take on stereotypes of Africa that are reinforced by charities and the media. Host Michel Martin speaks to Erik Evans, one of the video's creators.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Nov. 29

Let your ears ring with merriment at these musical holiday performances

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Marion Cotillard, Diving Deep In 'Rust And Bone'

French actress Marion Cotillard won the 2008 Academy Award for best actress for her role in La Vie en Rose. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Cotillard about her new film, Rust and Bone, in which she plays an amputee.

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