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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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'100 Cult Films': Some You'd Expect, But 'Star Wars'?

Film studies professors Ernest Mathijs and Xavier Mendik talk about what makes a cult film — and their definitions may surprise many listeners.
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Finders Not Keepers: Yale Returns Artifacts To Peru

Objects excavated from the Machu Picchu ruins in the early 1900s have finally come home. The artifacts were taken by Yale explorer Hiram Bingham III. After 100 years, an international custody battle and an angry letter from Yale alumni, they're are back on display in their country of origin.
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Rearranging Titles On The Magazine Rack

Rearrange a series of anagrams to identify some well-known magazines. For example, if given "never point," rearrange the letters to spell "Prevention," the name of a popular health magazine.
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Patton Oswalt On Comedy, Change, And What Happens If You Never Leave Home

Patton Oswalt says that both in the film Young Adult and in a long history in stand-up, growing up is better than staying in the same place forever.
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William F. Buckley, Father Of American Conservatism

The author is almost solely responsible for conservatism as we know it in America today. A new biography traces the rise of the conservative movement from Buckley's time as a firebrand Yale undergrad to his years as the editor of the conservative journal National Review.
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Grandma The Clown Is Leaving The Tent

Barry Lubin, better known as the clown named "Grandma," has inhabited that character throughout his 25 years with the Big Apple Circus. Host Scott Simon speaks to Lubin on his Grandma farewell tour.
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Comedian Bill Maher Plays Not My Job

Maher is following up his 2005 book, New Rules, with a book called The New New Rules. We've invited him to answer three questions about old rules — arcane laws that have been on the books for a long, long time.
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Congregation Hopes Messiah Will Help Save Instrument

A downtown D.C. church is hoping that a fundraiser featuring a special performance of Handel's Messiah will be enough to get their organ back in shape after the August earthquake.

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Marshmallows From Scratch: A Simple, Sticky How-To

In Make the Bread, Buy the Butter, Jennifer Reese tries her recipes for foods that you might never think to make at home. She walks NPR's Melissa Block through make-your-own marshmallows. Turns out, it's not so hard.

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