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Book Review: 'Night in Shanghai'

Alan Cheuse reviews Night in Shanghai, by Nicole Mones.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains Why The Cosmos Shouldn't Make You Feel Small

The astrophysicist says that participating in a "great unfolding of a cosmic story" should make us feel large, not small. This spring, Tyson hosts a TV series called Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey.

Remembering Harold Ramis, Master Of The 'Smart Dumb-Movie'

Best known for Animal House, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day, Ramis died Monday at 69. Critic John Powers says Ramis was like a favorite uncle who spices up the family reunion by spiking the punch.

Dangerous Dad Of 'Scandal' Turns The Tables

Actor Joe Morton is probably best-known these days as one of TV's toughest dads, playing Rowan Pope on Scandal. Morton talks about the show's return, plus his 40-year career in film, TV and theater.
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Scalia Heads To The Stage In New Play On Supreme Court Justice

A Supreme Court justice will be at the center of a new drama next year, but the affair won't unfold in the U.S. Supreme Court, but rather on stage.

Good Art Is Popular Because It's Good. Right?

Research suggests that after a basic standard of quality is met, what becomes a success and what doesn't is essentially a matter of chance.

'Clap!' On Set, The Signature Sound Of The Slate

On a movie set, every scene and every take gets "slated" during filming, and there's that distinctive clap sound we all know. But what's it for? The job of the clapper, revealed.

Mapping Differences In America's Musical Tastes, State By State

If you're in the Pacific, there's a better chance you're nodding along with Cat Power rather than grooving to Fantasia — but that reverses if you're across the country in the South Atlantic.

To Play The Part, Actors Must Talk The Talk — In Chinese

As Hollywood and China grow closer, more roles are opening up for Asian-American actors to play Chinese-speaking characters. But before they can sound fluent on screen, some turn to dialect coaches.

These Stories Consider Solitude, With Echoes Of Emily Dickinson

It's been 15 years since acclaimed writer Lorrie Moore has brought out a new short story collection. Bark has some clunkers and some keepers, but critic Maureen Corrigan says it was worth the wait.