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Actor Gary Oldman Plays Not My Job

Gary Oldman, who just got his first Academy Award nomination for his performance in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, answers three questions about Up with People — a horde of wholesome, smiley young people who performed four Super Bowl halftime shows back in the day.
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Veteran Stage, Film Actor Ben Gazzara Dies At 81

Ben Gazzara has died at the age of 81. The actor known for his brooding tough-guy presence died of pancreatic cancer Friday in New York. Gazzara made his big break into film with his role as an accused killer in Otto Preminger's 1959 courtroom drama Anatomy of a Murder.
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'Best Practices': Learning To Live With Asperger's

David Finch was 30-years-old when he discovered that he was on the autism spectrum. In Journal of Best Practices, he describes how he learned to manage the disorder — and become a better husband and father in the process.
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3 Hidden Themes Of This Year's Super Bowl Ads

Watching the Super Bowl ads every year has become not only a parlor game but an annual checkup of the national zeitgeist. Research shows that more than half of those tuning in want to see the commercials as much as — or even more than — the game itself.
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Something For The Fashionista Football Fan

Women make up a large portion of the National Football League's fan base. The NFL has made great efforts to better engage female fans. Host Michel Martin speaks to NFL Director of Apparel Rhiannon Madden about the women's apparel line and the "Fit For You" campaign.
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Going In '50/50' On A Cancer Comedy, With Laughs

Screenwriter Will Reiser coped with his cancer diagnosis by thinking up ideas for cancer comedy movies with his best friend, actor Seth Rogen. Rogen and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt now star in a film based on Reiser's life. Both Gordon-Levitt and Reiser join Fresh Air for a conversation about the film.
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'Art Beat' With Tara Boyle, Feb. 3

An Anecdote for Romance.

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The Mona Lisa's Twin Painting Discovered

Conservators at Madrid's Museo del Prado recently discovered that a replica of the Mona Lisa might have been painted by one of Leonardo da Vinci's pupils. The find provides fresh insight into da Vinci's enigmatic masterpiece and studio practice.
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Wislawa Szymborska, Poet Of Gentle Irony, Dies At 88­

The Polish poet, a Nobel Prize winner in 1996, died Wednesday in Krakow, Poland. Szymborska was an ironist who deployed whimsy and a light touch, even when exploring weighty themes. Critic David Orr praises her as a writer of "dry-eyed, athletic precision."

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