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New Year Challenge: Throw Out 50 Things

Regardless of what resolution you've made for 2012, life coach Gail Blanke says starting the year right begins with ridding the clutter in your life. She speaks with host Michel Martin about her book Throw Out Fifty Things.
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‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram, Jan. 2

The District’s theaters and galleries hang some all-new calendars and present all-new material. 

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2012: The Year Of The Smart Superhero Movie

Last year was supposed to be a great year for the superhero movie, but it turned out to be hype: Neither Green Lantern nor Thor reached expectations. Looking ahead to 2012, there will be another bout of superhero movies, but this time, says NPR's Neda Ulaby, they actually might take off.
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Getting 'Angry' With Comedian Chris Lilley

Australian comedian Chris Lilley may not be a household name in America quite yet, but his devilishly funny mockumentaries have garnered him a cult following. He plays all the main characters himself: whether it's a snotty 16-year-old girl, an eccentric drama school teacher or an American rapper. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rebecca Sheir talks with comedian Chris Lilley about his newest HBO show, Angry Boys, premiering tonight.
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Artisanal And Authentic, The Flavors Of The New Year

The word on the 2012 food scene is the opposite of processed, mass produced and factory farmed. Weekend Edition food commentator Bonny Wolf sifts through the tea leaves for clues to what you'll be eating in the year ahead.
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Left-Handedness: No Longer Suspect; Still A Mystery

Lefties get a bad rap — they're sometimes called untrustworthy or insincere, and some dubious studies even claim they die young. Author Rik Smits sets out to debunk those claims in a new book, The Puzzle of Left-handedness.
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The Fame Game

In our annual year-end news quiz, you are given new names in the news — people you probably never heard of before 2011, but who became famous during the past 12 months. Explain why they're famous.
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Screenwriter John Logan's Very Good Year

John Logan is the pen behind three big films of 2011: Martin Scorsese's Hugo, Ralph Fiennes' adaptation of Shakespeare's Coriolanus, and the animated film Rango. Host Audie Cornish chats with Logan about the secrets of his screenwriting success.
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Try A Champagne Cocktail For A Sparkling New Year

Champagne is the go-to drink for the celebratory moments in our lives. It's also far more versatile than many people think. You can mix it with any number of spirits to create a range of cocktails — like these.

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