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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Dec. 21

Ann and a whole lot of harmonicas.

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'Breadcrumbs': Young Readers Follow A Wintry Tale

Anne Ursu's novel is a modern-day fairy tale set in the snowy woods near Minneapolis. In the latest installment of NPR's Backseat Book Club, Ursu explains that Breadcrumbs was inspired by her own childhood memories of white winters in Minnesota.
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DVD Picks: 'Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale'

Bob Mondello recommends a charming home video pick you almost certainly missed — and one that might make you think twice about sitting on Santa's lap.
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The Story Of The Chitlin' Circuit's Great Performers

Before the Civil Rights movement, segregated American cities helped give birth to the Chitlin' Circuit, a touring revue that provided employment for hundreds of black musicians. Rock historian Ed Ward profiles two recent books which illuminate the conditions these musicians endured.
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With Hanukkah Microbrews, A Taste of Jewish History

Are Jews really the people of the hops? A historian says beer isn't particularly Jewish. But it is a part of Jewish life, and now several microbreweries are reviving the tradition of Jewish beer with seasonal brews to celebrate Hanukkah.
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Bianculli Picks The Best (And Worst) TV Of 2011

Fresh Air's TV critic reveals his top 10 list of the year's best shows, from a political drama on Showtime to a "risky" comedy on ABC. Bianculli also reveals which shows are the worst to hit screens this year — including not one but two shows featuring Snooki.
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From Bond To Blomkvist: Daniel Craig's Next Big Role

The sometime 007 plays Lisbeth Salander's investigative-journalist partner in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, a new English-language film adaptation of the international best-seller.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Dec. 20

Orthodox and definitely unorthodox Hanukkah treats.

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From Meryl To Margaret: Becoming 'The Iron Lady'

In a new film, director Phyllida Lloyd and actress Meryl Streep dive into the life of Margaret Thatcher, the former British prime minister whose policies were so tough they earned her the moniker "Iron Lady."

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