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Director Alexander Payne On Mining Every Film For Comic Potential

Payne tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that he first read Nebraska — a film about an old man who is beginning to show signs of dementia — as a comedy "with moments of gravity." Payne also directed Election, About Schmidt, Sideways and The Descendants.

Designer B Michael On Bringing Color To The Runway

B Michael is one of few top-tier African-American fashion designers. His work has been described as "politely sexy" and is worn by some of Hollywood's top names. Host Michel Martin talks with the veteran designer about his inspirations.

Child Miners, Dinosaurs, And The Rulings Of 'Judge' John Hodgman

This week on the podcast edition of All Things Considered, host Arun Rath explores the bar and restaurant business with a master, hears from a reporter who unearthed tragedy in Iraq, and learns about Boston's bold plan to eliminate the gender wage gap.

Nightclub King Jon Taffer Sets A High Bar

Jon Taffer is a bar and nightclub consultant and the host of the reality show Bar Rescue. His new book is called Raise the Bar, and he says bars and pubs are part of America's fiber.

Bickering In Bangladesh; Curling; Glow-In-The-Dark Tattoos

Ozy editor Eugene Robinson tells NPR's Arun Rath about two dueling divas in Bangladeshi politics, the rising popularity of an obscure winter sport, and tattoos that you can wear to work.

In The World Of Podcasts, Judge John Hodgman Rules

Everyone knows TV judges like Judge Judy, Judge Wapner, or Judge Joe Brown. But do you know Judge John Hodgman? Hodgman — a comedian known for his appearances on The Daily Show -- hosts the podcast Judge John Hodgman, where he rules on real-life disputes between siblings, friends and couples.
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Renwick Gallery Closing For Renovations

The third-oldest Smithsonian building is closing its doors for more than two years. 


Sherman Alexie Wants You To Be A 'Superhero' For Indie Bookstores

Small Business Saturday is this weekend, but for author Sherman Alexie, it's also Small Bookstore Saturday. He's encouraging authors across the country to visit their local independent bookstores and put in a shift behind the counter, selling their favorite titles.

These Cookbook Photos Redefine What Fresh Seafood Looks Like

Famed French chef Eric Ripert specializes in seafood. So for his book On the Line, photographers Shimon and Tammar Rothstein really wanted to highlight the freshness of his ingredients. Their solution? Make the fish look as if they were still alive.

A Poet's Advice For Unlikely Partners: Just Dance

Earlier this week, international negotiators agreed on a deal to curb the Iranian nuclear program temporarily. Author Ariel Dorfman offers context to the reactions that have followed. He suggests a book of poetry by the Sufi master Rumi, a fascinating glimpse into the lives and ideas that shape Persian identity.