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As The World Ends, A Certain 'Melancholia' Sets In

Lars von Trier's Melancholia stars Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg as sisters who undergo a psychological transformation as disaster approaches. Critic David Edelstein says the film is a sublime fusion of form and content with a truly Wagnerian climax. (Recommended)
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Latin Grammys: Classy Vibe And Winning Calle 13

Thursday's Latin Grammy Awards featured more than 6,000 entries across 46 categories. Puerto Rican rap duo Calle 13 won nine out of 10 nominations, and Shakira won "Person of the Year." Host Michel Martin discusses highlights with Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd, hosts of NPR Music's Alt-Latino podcast.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Nov. 11

Veterans tell their stories and Madeleine Albright helps celebrate women while music, theater and animation collide in STAY.

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Epic Fantasy Meets Americana In 'The Dragon's Tooth'

In The Dragon's Tooth, young-adult fiction writer N.D. Wilson shows that kids can be the keepers of the world's secrets, death is not always the end, and a roadside motel in Wisconsin can be just as magical as Hogwarts.
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My Accidental Masterpiece: The Phantom Tollbooth

Fifty years ago Norton Juster sat down and tried to remember the confusion and dislocation of childhood. His memories became a book, and The Phantom Tollbooth was born. In this essay, Juster looks back at his beloved novel, and the bored, disconnected child who grew up to write it.
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'Mrs. Nixon,' An Unexpected Gift

Alan Cheuse reviews a new book from Ann Beattie. Mrs. Nixon tells the story of an author as she tackles the challenge of writing a biography of former first lady Pat Nixon. Cheuse teaches writing at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
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Was It 'Survivor,' Or Was It The Presidential Debate?

Can you tell the difference between the quotes from Survivor contestants and the quotes from contenders in Wednesday night's presidential primary debate? Take our quiz and find out.
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Fashion Matters In Tough Times, Says Top Designer

Kevan Hall is showing off his latest designs at the Washington Club on Friday. The Detroit-born designer is known for dressing the likes of Vanessa Williams, Salma Hayek, Celine Dion — even First lady Michelle Obama. Hall speaks with host Michel Martin about his career, and explains why fashion consciousness still matters, even when many Americans are focused on the struggling economy.

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