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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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The Enduring Popularity Of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is 124 years old — and he's never been in such high demand. The iconic detective from 221b Baker Street has inspired films, numerous television series, and now, two new books.
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Trent Reznor: The Fresh Air Interview

The man behind Nine Inch Nails composed the music for the U.S. film adaption of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Here, he discusses composing the film's unsettling score, his early days making music in Cleveland and his work with Nine Inch Nails.
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Powerful Portraits Capture China's Empress Dowager

A new exhibit at the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., features photos of Cixi, a teenage concubine turned empress who ruled China for 43 years. The portraits were taken as a diplomatic effort — an attempt to revive the reputation of a dying dynasty.
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War, What Is It Good For? Movies, It Seems.

As Hollywood rolls out Oscar hopefuls over the next two months, there's a curious thread developing: Many of these films are set amidst the backdrop of wars — especially wars involving Great Britain.
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Run Against Gingrich? Cooter From 'Dukes' Did

You might remember Ben Jones as Cooter the mechanic on The Dukes of Hazzard, but Jones also spent two terms in Congress. In 1994, he faced off against a very interesting opponent: current Republican presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich.
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The Next Hit Film Might Be On The 'Black List'

Movie executive Franklin Leonard's "Black List" came out last week, and it's a collection on which a lot of filmmakers would like to find their projects. Host Audie Cornish takes a quick look at the coveted list.

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