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American Dialect Society To Choose Word Of The Year

Lovers of the English language are coming together to select the coolest word or phrase. Last year, app was voted the word of the year by the American Dialect Society. Now that group of etymologists, writers, historians and other language experts are considering new words for 2011. Linguist Ben Zimmer talks to Renee Montagne to offer his picks for 2011.
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Diablo Cody Explores The Ugly Side Of Pretty In 'Young Adult'

Writer Diablo Cody, who won an Oscar for Juno, is back with Young Adult, a dark comedy about a woman who can't let go of her high school self.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Dec. 16

Celebrating the season with everyone from Yosi and the Superdads to Irish Ebenezer.

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'Carnage' In The Smart Set, And Self-Inflicted, Too

Two Manhattan couples discover the limits of civility after their sons come to blows in a city park. Roman Polanski's black comedy, based on Yasmina Reza's play, serves up a series of curve balls as the four discover their inner animals.
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Janet Evanovich On Love, Laughs And Being A Voyeur

Explosive Eighteen is the 18th in the best-selling series of crime novels featuring Jersey girl Stephanie Plum. Author Janet Evanovich discusses the inspiration for her heroine and how she eavesdrops for ideas.
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Joe Simon, Co-Creator Of Captain America, Has Died

Together with illustrator Jack Kirby, Simon created the iconic comic book hero in 1940. Simon was 98.
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Kevin Clash: The Man Behind Elmo

For more than 20 years, puppeteer Kevin Clash has been the voice behind the lovable red monster on Sesame Street. Both Clash "and" Elmo talk with Terry Gross about performing with Jim Henson, and creating a fun, educational experience for preschool-aged children.
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A New Twist On A Holiday Classic: Wonderful Life

A bell rings, an angel gets its wings, and one man performs all the roles from It's a Wonderful Life in a world-premiere show at Hub Theatre in Fairfax, Va.
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LA's Art Scene In the '60s Rivaled New York

From Andy Warhol to David Hockney, artists of the 1960s flocked to Los Angeles and helped create a new, contemporary art scene that was an alternative to New York. Renee Montagne talks to Hunter Drohojowska-Philp about her book, Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s, which focuses on art in post-war Los Angeles.

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