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Jason Bateman, Taking A Turn As The Big Bad

In his directorial debut, Bad Words, the Arrested Development star plays an adult who competes in a kids' spelling bee. He talked to NPR's Audie Cornish about what it's like to play the heavy.
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'Fresh Air' Remembers Comedian David Brenner

Brenner appeared on The Tonight Show more than 150 times, often as the substitute host. The comic died Saturday at 78. He spoke to Fresh Air in 1990.

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Author Penelope Lively Shares 'The View From Old Age'

In Dancing Fish And Ammonites, the British writer reflects on growing older. She tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross about adjusting to her husband's death and losing the desire for new things.
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The Dark History Of Green Food On St. Patrick's Day

Cupcakes, cookies and beer dyed green may mean party time in America, but on the Emerald Isle, they harken back to a desperate past. Still, Ireland has learned to embrace the kitsch for the tourists.
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P.J. O'Rourke On Baby Boomers, Retirement And Nostalgia

Political satirist, journalist and frequent "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!'" panelist P.J. O'Rourke joins Kojo in studio.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, March 17

You can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Celtic music at three local performances.

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Pumping Up A Star: The Leaky Suit That Blew Up A Career

June Ambrose is a celebrity stylist for big names like Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige. Her big break came after a chance wardrobe malfunction during a shoot for Missy Elliott's first hit, "The Rain."
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'Le Week-End': A Story Of Feuding Couples On Screen And Off

The fourth film from writer Hanif Kureishi and director Roger Michell follows a married couple who vacillate between love and war. Kureishi says that tension resembles his relationship with Michell.
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Novel Reflects Desperate But Futile Search For Answers

Inspired by the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, author Jonathan Evison recommends the novel Songs for the Missing, by Stewart O'Nan, as a book with something to say about mysterious disappearances.
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David Brenner Dies; The Comedian Was 78

When he introduced Brenner as a guest on his show for the first time, Johnny Carson described him this way: "He's very clever. Somewhat warped."

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