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Tyler Perry Transforms: From Madea To Family Man

Best known for being the man behind Madea, Perry recently starred in the action thriller Alex Cross which is now out on DVD. We listen back to an October interview, in which he told Fresh Air's Terry Gross that his Madea character is a cross between his mom, his aunt and Eddie Murphy.
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'Caesar' Comes Alive In An Italian Prison

In Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's new film, Caesar Must Die, a group of prisoners put on Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. It's barely an hour and a quarter, and it's physically small-scale, but it's so compressed it wears you out — in a good way.
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Chinese New Year: Dumplings, Rice Cakes And Long Life

Eating foods that symbolize wealth, longevity and fertility is key to the Chinese New Year, which begins this year with a New Year's Eve feast on Feb. 9. And, lucky for us, the northern Chinese tradition of making dumplings late at night has spread throughout the world.
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Book News: Should Ayn Rand Be Required Reading?

Also: Geico's spokeslizard writes an advice book; Amazon patents the sale of used e-books; and a Stephen Colbert interview gets interesting.
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New York's Grimy Garment District Hatches Designers' Dreams

As Fashion Week opens in New York on Thursday, all eyes will be on the Lincoln Center catwalk. But the real business of fashion will be happening a short distance away in the city's garment district, the resource-rich laboratory that has launched the careers of countless designers.
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Book News: Anne Of Green Gables Gets A Bad Makeover

Also: A look at Winston Churchill's poetic side; Twitter buzzes over Tim Geithner's book plans; and Philip Roth is the object of a takedown.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Feb. 7

You can celebrate Black History Month with these introspective art exhibitions.

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The TV Bad Guys We Hate To Love

FX's new series The Americans is centered around two undercover KGB spies posing as a married couple in Northern Virginia during the Reagan administration. Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever says this show's characters are just one example of television bad guys that audiences love.
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A Mystery That Explores 'The Rage' Of New Ireland

Reporter-turned-novelist Gene Kerrigan sets his story in Ireland after the 2008 financial crisis. The Rage is a boundlessly readable portrait of a country in which ordinary citizens have been hit the hardest and all the old certainties have vanished.

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