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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Feb. 24

Bluegrass, the American Way, and the other Gaga.

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Bob Mondello On Oscar Host, Best Picture

The Academy Awards take place on Sunday. Billy Crystal will be back hosting the event after Eddie Murphy dropped out. Audie Cornish talks with movie critic Bob Mondello about the hosting choice and the movies up for best picture.
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What Happened In 'Watergate': An Alternate Take

Thomas Mallon's new novelization of the infamous political scandal re-imagines the events through the eyes of the perpetrators. Critic Heller McAlpin says Mallon manages to capture both the metastasizing dishonesty and the ludicrousness of this great American tragedy of political ambition run amok.
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African-American Museum Has Its Groundbreaking

On Wednesday, President Obama and a number of special guests celebrated the groundbreaking for the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The Smithsonian museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is expected to open in 2015.
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Most Oscar Voters Are White, Male ... Out Of Touch?

The Los Angeles Times published a study claiming that more than 90 percent of Oscar voters are white, and more than three-quarters are male. The stats are raising questions about whether minorities and women are getting fair changes of winning awards. Host Michel Martin speaks with Reginald Hudlin, a black voter and film director.
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Private Screening: How Hollywood Watches Its Work

Filmmakers rely on private screening rooms to show their unfinished films to invite-only audiences. NPR's Susan Stamberg visits one screening room on Rodeo Drive, run by 97-year-old Charles Aidikoff and his grandson Josh. Four generations of Aidikoffs have worked in the projection business.
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A Pirate's Perspective In 'Fishing Without Nets'

Writer-director Cutter Hodierne, whose short feature film on Somali pirates recently won a jury prize at Sundance, talks with Melissa Block about shooting his film in East Africa and telling his story from the perspective of the pirates.
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A Long Time Coming: Glimpse Inside The Upcoming African American Museum

At the groundbreaking on the National Mall on Wednesday, President Obama said the newest Smithsonian museum has been has "a long time coming" and will serve "not just as a record of tragedy, but as a celebration of life." The National Museum of African American History and Culture is expected to open in 2015.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Feb. 23

Europe by way of Beowulf, Beethoven, and Poland.

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Architect On New Black History Museum Design

The way Americans learn about African American history is largely shaped by architect Philip Freelon. He's designed most of the country's major African American history and culture museums — from the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro, NC, to the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. And Wednesday there was a groundbreaking ceremony on the National Mall for his highest profile project to date — the new Smithsonian devoted to African American history and culture. Freelon stopped by after the ceremony to talk with Melissa Block about the museum and his design philosophy.

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