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Why Vinyl Sounds Better Than CD, Or Not

According to Rolling Stone magazine, sales of vinyl albums continue to grow, setting a new record in 2010. Does vinyl reproduce sound better, or is it just a trend? Two audio experts join guest host John Dankosky to talk about the science of audio, and how perceptions can shape the sound experience.
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'Safe House,' 'Haywire': Watch Them Back To Back

The flashy Denzel Washington thriller Safe House will probably gross in a few hours what Steven Soderbergh's Haywire has made in several weeks. But if you like action films, you should watch these two together, says critic David Edelstein.
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'The Interrupters': Keeping Peace On The Streets

Ameena Matthews is a former gang member who now works to stop retaliatory gang violence in some of Chicago's most dangerous neighborhoods. She is one of the subjects of a new documentary called The Interrupters.
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How One George Lucas Fan Takes Fan Filmmaking Into His Own Hands

Fan documentaries may seem like the work of bored hobbyists, but for many fans, they outstrip real DVD features for both satisfaction and information.
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Colonial History, Through The Eyes Of The Colonized

Danai Gurira's play The Convert interrogates the experiences of the indigenous population in 1890s Rhodesia. Jeff Lunden talks with Gurira about her and her family's experiences in Zimbabwe, and the play's relation to the country today.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Feb. 10

Documentary shorts, documentary photography and documenting shelter.

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George Clooney On Acting, Fame, And Putting Down Your Cell Phone Camera

George Clooney talks to Robert Siegel about The Descendants, aging gracefully in Hollywood, and the ubiquity of cell phone cameras.
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'Chico And Rita' And All That Jazz

An animated Oscar contender follows one on-and-off romance — and traces the development of some of the world's most infectious musical styles.
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Historian Seeks Artifacts From Lincoln's Last Days

In preparation for a book about Abraham Lincoln's life at the end of the Civil War, historian Noah Andre Trudeau is in search of witnesses. The last week of Lincoln's life in April 1865 is a largely unexamined period. Trudeau is seeking diary entries, letters or stories of people who encountered Lincoln at the time.

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