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Bow Bow, Chk-a-Bow: Five Voices Rise To The Top Of TV's A Cappella Competition

Melissa Block talks to Pentatonix, the group that recently won NBC's a cappella competition The Sing-Off.
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The Beauty and Brains Behind 'Hedy's Folly'

In a new book, Pulitzer Prize winning writer Richard Rhodes tells the behind-the-scenes story of movie star--and inventor-- Hedy Lamarr, "the most beautiful woman in the world." Lamarr invented "frequency hopping," a concept that's still used in today's wireless technology.
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Deconstructing A Skyscraper

In her new book, The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper, author Kate Ascher sheds light on the infrastructure and services that make life and work possible in a modern skyscraper. She examines everything that goes into designing, building and maintaining these towering buildings.
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For Fassbender, Two Perspectives On The Perils Of Sex

Critic David Edelstein looks at two current films starring the actor Michael Fassbender — the anti-erotic drama Shame and the biographical drama A Dangerous Method, both of which grapple with the dangers of desire.
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NORAD Santa Tracker Up And Running

Following a practice that has become a tradition NORAD has launched their Santa tracking website for this year -- where kids can track the flightpath of jolly old Saint Nick.

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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Dec. 2

Christo’s ‘Over The River’ collages and the comedic brain behind ‘WTF?’

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Why Networks Split The Seasons Of Popular Shows

Fans of one of cable's highest rated series The Walking Dead might be disappointed next Sunday to find that their show has vanished from AMC after just seven episodes. What is the point of pulling a show from the air while it's running hot — only to bring it back months later when you may have forgotten about it?
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Lincoln Biopic: Film Incentives Often Not Worth Cost

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While residents are excited about seeing Spielberg's Lincoln shot in Richmond, Va., one economist questions the extent of the economic benefit the film brings.

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At Midseason, Serial Dramas Serve Up Big Twists

TV critic David Bianculli talks up some of the twists and turns presented recently in some of his favorite shows — including Dexter, Homeland and The Walking Dead. Note: Spoiler-rich.

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