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Pixar's Fast And 'Brave' Female Comedy: 'Delightful'

The movie Brave is Pixar's first feature with a female protagonist — a medieval Scottish princess named Merida (voiced by Kelly MacDonald) who asserts her independence and wreaks havoc. Critic David Edelstein says the film is "pure Pixar in its mischievousness and irreverence."
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Artist Protests Death Penalty By Painting Prisoners' Final Meals

For many of us, choosing our last supper on Earth is a parlor game. For some, it's real. Here's the story of death row prisoners' final meals, painted one plate at a time, by Oregon artist Julie Green.
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Field Trip! Can You Stomach It?

Philadelphia's Mütter Museum has a lot of heart, and other organs too. Items in this collection of medical specimens include a gangrenous hand, a wallet made of human flesh, and a colon the size of a medium suitcase. And that's just the stuff on display, imagine what's in the basement.
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Louis C.K. On Comedy, Love, Life And Loss

The comedian reflects on his award-winning TV series, his relationship with other comedians and his USO appearances.
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For One Man, She Had To Be Pretty And Asian

For a California man named Steven, a perfect woman had to be pretty, submissive — and Asian. In the documentary Seeking Asian Female, filmmaker Debbie Lum followed Steven as he sought out, found, and brought over Sandy, a 30-year-old woman from China, on a fiancee visa. Then reality hit. Lum talks about her film with host Michel Martin.
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Watch McDonald's Make A Supermodel Out Of A Quarter Pounder

McDonald's Canada Marketing Director Hope Bagozzi responds to a customer's question about how and why the famous McDonald's burgers looks better in front of the lens, and it becomes a YouTube sensation.
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A Timeless Story Takes A 'Brave' Female Twist

Pixar's new film is its first with a female lead — and its first fairy tale. Brave features a mother-daughter dynamic that star Kelly Macdonald says could take place "anywhere, at any time." The rebellious princess also presented a technical challenge: Animating her hair required a software upgrade.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, June 22

The King of Pop and Silverdocs.

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'To Rome With Love': Eternal City, Scrambled Time

Woody Allen's latest comedy features four unrelated stories taking place — in theory at the same time. But as NPR's Bob Mondello points out, that's logically impossible.
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Branding 'Brave': The Cultural Capital Of Princesses

If you want to sell something to little girls right now, just put a princess on it. Disney princesses alone fuel a $4 billion industry, and Pixar's movie Brave is sure to give that a boost. But it isn't all singing birds and sunshine — some wonder if the princess trend is becoming too niche.

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