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A Poet's Advice For Unlikely Partners: Just Dance

Earlier this week, international negotiators agreed on a deal to curb the Iranian nuclear program temporarily. Author Ariel Dorfman offers context to the reactions that have followed. He suggests a book of poetry by the Sufi master Rumi, a fascinating glimpse into the lives and ideas that shape Persian identity.
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Finding 'Great Beauty' Amid Rome's Corruptions

The Great Beauty is the latest portrait of the city onscreen, in all its wonder, decadence, sinfulness and ugliness. The film, directed by Paolo Sorrentino, is also Italy's official entry for this year's Academy Awards.
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A Korean Cult Thriller Gets A Spike Lee Makeover

Oldboy, the director's remake of a 2003 film of the same name, follows a man who's held captive for 20 years — and out for revenge after his release. Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Samuel L. Jackson star.
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Rick Najera: A Latino In Hollywood Is 'Almost White'

Rick Najera's name may not sound familiar, but his acting, writing and production work is famous in Hollywood. Host Michel Martin talks with Najera about his career and his memoir, Almost White: Forced Confessions of A Latino in Hollywood. This segment initially aired Oct. 3, 2013 on Tell Me More.
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Thanksgiving Tale: 'A Fountain Of Snake'

In an annual tradition, writer Bailey White spins a fictional tale of love and life. This year's entry is about a woman dying of cancer who is attended to by a series of old boyfriends, each of whom contributes some sort of minor service. The story ends with a symbolic event at an old hollow tree in the woods, where a coiled snake meets a violent end.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Nov. 28, 2013

Is it too soon to start getting excited about Christmas? Maybe, but when it comes to these classic holiday performances, we don't mind a little premature yuletide cheer.

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Easy As Pie: Master The Art Of The Perfect Crust

With pie-making season in full swing, we share lessons on getting your crust just right from the gurus at the Culinary Institute of America. Really, it comes down to this: Baking requires precision. But don't panic: It's as simple as 3-2-1, as our illustrated guide shows.
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Solid 'Frozen' Puts A Fresh Sheen On An Old Story

Featuring the voices of Broadway veterans Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, Disney's latest cartoon fairy tale — loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen — follows a ragtag team on a quest to thaw an endless winter.
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For Top-Flight Animators, The Gag Is An Art All Its Own

In movies like Toy Story, Despicable Me and the new fairy tale Frozen, elaborate sight gags are critical to the cartoon humor. And the process of getting the laughs from storyboard to screen is more complicated than you might think.
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Dear Amy: How Do I Deal With My Family For The Holidays?

Let's face it, while Thanksgiving get-togethers can be joyful, they can also be stressful. Audie Cornish talks with Amy Dickinson, who writes the syndicated column "Ask Amy," about how to navigate tricky family relationships during the Thanksgiving holiday.

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