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No Going Back: A Hard Look At Bipolar Disorder

Juliann Garey's novel, Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See, is a searing exploration of mental illness. Author Ellen Forney says it's a vivid and accurate depiction of bipolar disorder.
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Lena Dunham Addresses Criticism Aimed At 'Girls'

The creator and star of HBO's new series Girls addresses the backlash against the show, which follows four 20-somethings as they navigate the ups and downs of life in New York City. The second season premieres January 13.
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Season Two Brings Changes For 'Girls'

The second season of the HBO series premieres this month, and Fresh Air critic David Bianculli says "these young women — these girls — really are changing and growing and adapting to tough life in the big city."
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'Living' In Color, Long Before 'Girls'

HBO's series Girls has been criticized for not being diverse enough. Long before Girls, two shows — Living Single and Girlfriends — featured professional African-American women. But the creator of Girlfriends says times have changed, and the shows she now produces have more multicultural casts to reflect changing demographics.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Jan. 11

If home is where the heart is, then the city is where the soul resides.

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'Adventure Hour' Is A New Take On Old-Time Radio

The Thrilling Adventure Hour is both an update and an homage to old radio dramas. Created eight years ago by college friends Ben Blacker and Ben Acker, the pseudo radio show features actors reading from scripts in front of a live nightclub audience.
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Fifty Years Later, Bits Of Our Own Reality Reflected In 'Jetsons' Future

Audie Cornish talks to Matt Novak, writer of the Paleofuture blog for Smithsonian, about his recent posts about the TV show, The Jetsons, on its 50th anniversary and why it still matters today.
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What 'Lincoln' Says About Today's Congress

The anti-slavery movie has picked up a dozen Oscar nominations. Its resonance may stem partly from the way in which it shows politicians working out a deal on a tough issue — something many Americans ardently wish for today.
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Oscar Nominees Announced: 'Lincoln' Leads With 12

Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards were announced in Los Angeles on Thursday. The movie Lincoln scored big with 12 nominations, including best picture.
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Artist's State-Shaped Steaks Explore Beef's Origins

Hoping people will think more about where their meat comes from, art graduate student Sarah Hallacher has visualized the U.S. beef industry with a series of steaks (actually, clay) sculpted into the shape of states and packaged in Styrofoam and shrink wrap.

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