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Life Without Plot In 'Leaving The Atocha Station'

Lerner captures the sense of everyday life with an unusual focus on thoughts rather than incident, betting on the premise that these thoughts are the events, rather than the stuff in between them.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Nov. 9

The inventors of the Internet, the influence of the Internet and a tech-savvy composer.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Brings The Complex 'J. Edgar' To Life On Film

Leonardo DiCaprio tells Guy Raz about the things he does and doesn't admire about J. Edgar Hoover, the character he plays in Clint Eastwood's new film.
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'100 Yards To Glory': What Eli Manning Told Bob Costas About His Pores

Bob Costas talks to Robert Siegel about his new book, the history of football, and what's really our "national pastime."
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James Wolcott: 'Lucking Out' In 1970s New York

The Vanity Fair critic was an aspiring writer when he arrived in a turbulent Manhattan in 1972. In his memoir, Lucking Out, he writes about the crime and culture (and pornography) he discovered there.
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How Dogs Evolved Into 'Our Best Friends'

Naturalist Mark Derr says our friendship with dogs and wolves goes back thousands of years more than previously believed. His new book explores how the relationship between humans and wolves developed.
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Kirsten Dunst On Expressing 'Melancholia'

Kirsten Dunst's latest film is Melancholia, the story of a melancholic young woman and her family on her wedding day, just before the end of the world. Host Audie Cornish speaks to the actress about translating depression into cinema.
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'Breaking The Code' Of A Father's Secret War History

On his 81st birthday, without explanation, Karen Fisher-Alaniz's father gave her two notebooks. Inside were letters he'd written during World War II. The more she read, the more she discovered about the man and the secret role he played in the war. Host Audie Cornish talks with Fisher-Alaniz and her father about her book, Breaking the Code.
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'Farmville' Makers Putting Stock In Virtual Goods

Zynga is a company that makes money by selling nothing. Or, to be precise, by selling imaginary things — like tractors that plow farms on Facebook. Zynga is America's first "virtual goods" company to file for an initial public offering, but how real is the company's value?
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The Golden Age of MTV — And Yes, There Was One

It's hard to remember now, but MTV did once play music videos all day. A new oral history recalls that golden age, and the network's meteoric rise to the top of the music industry.

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