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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Dec. 29

The Roots, Velvet Underground and Nico.

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Hell On Fire In 2011, Thanks To Film And Books

In 2011, hell was a hot topic, from Hollywood to doomsday prophets, and especially for best-selling books. Evangelical preacher Rob Bell wrote Love Wins, which takes aim at the fundamental evangelical belief that non-Christians go to hell. Bell's book spawned a bevy of new books on hell.
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Dusting Off A Gritty, Glamorous California Classic

As it turns out, Raymond Chandler isn't the only writer who can channel the dark charisma of deceptively sunny California. Author Hector Tobar recommends John Fante's Ask the Dust, a novel that captures the grit and glamor of Los Angeles' past.
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Coming Out, Coming Of Age As A Teen 'Pariah'

A black 17-year-old struggles with how to be in the world in a new film directed by Dee Rees. Pariah charmed audiences at the Sundance Film Festival in Januaryand Rees and producer Nekisa Cooper say the film has been cathartic for their own families as well.
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In 'Pariah,' High Stakes Of Being Gay Black Teens

Opening in select U.S. theaters Wednesday, Pariah follows the story of Alike, a 17-year-old lesbian who tries coming to terms with her conflicting identities. Along her journey, Alike's bonds with friends and families are thrown into jeopardy. Host Michel Martin speaks with leading actress Adepero Oduye and director Dee Rees.
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African Prints More Sophisticated, Subtle In 2011

High-end fashion designers have been getting rave reviews for the African prints, textiles and shapes that they sent down the runways. Host Michel Martin explores how it was a good year for African prints and where the trend is going in 2012. She talks with online boutique owner Dolapo Shobanjo and style correspondent Robin Givhan.
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Rare Motorcycle Goes Up For Auction Next Month

The 1906 Indian Camelback hasn't been ridden in 40 years. It has both pedals and a motor but no brakes or clutch. The rust-covered bike is likely to fetch up to $75,000.
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Graphic Content: 3 Comics Based On Real Crimes

Society has a fascination with crime — we can't seem to look away from the yellow police tape. Author Duane Swierczynski recommends three thrilling crime stories told in graphic-novel form.

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