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'A Separation': In Tehran, Houses And Hearts Divided

Asghar Farhadi's film is a beautifully crafted, fascinating thing, both as a portrait of modern Iranian society and as a twisty family drama. (Recommended)
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The Logic - Or Lack Thereof - Behind Top 10 Lists

Year's end always means a slew of top ten lists, the ubiquitous arbiter of the year's best films, books, albums and political stories. But Dallas Morning News film critic Chris Vognar has a confession: Those lists are not just subjective — they're often completely arbitrary.
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Learning 'Sri Lankan Home Cooking' A Family Affair

A child of Sri Lankan immigrants, music journalist S.H. "Skiz" Fernando, Jr. grew up eating Sri Lankan food. But he didn't master the art of the cuisine until he moved to Sri Lanka and enlisted the help of his aunts. Fernando shares the results in Rice and Curry: Sri Lankan Home Cooking.
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Sounds Of Blackness Reminding Fans To 'Fly Again'

The multi Grammy-winning group Sounds of Blackness is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a new, self-titled album. The CD focuses on reconciliation and healing in hard times. Worldwide, the group performs gospel, jazz, hip-hop, R&B, and other genres related to the African-American experience. They join host Michel Martin for a performance chat.
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Food Bloggers Take A Bite Out Of Kwanzaa

Thursday marks the fourth day of Kwanzaa, the weeklong celebration of African-American family, culture and life. The holiday also includes feasts that reflect the diversity of the African diaspora. Host Michel Martin speaks with Sanura Weathers, of the blog Kwanzaa Culinarians, about how various food bloggers are making their favorite recipes part of the Kwanzaa tradition.
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Maurice Sendak: On Life, Death And Children's Lit

His latest book Bumble-ardy is a deeply imaginative tale about an orphaned pig who longs for a birthday party. Sendak, who is 83, wrote and illustrated the book while caring for his longtime partner, who died of cancer in 2007. "I did Bumble-ardy to save myself," Sendak says. "I did not want to die with him."
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Buddying Up To 'Follies' Star Danny Burstein

Burstein has played a wide range of roles, from casino owner Lolly Steinman in HBO's Boardwalk Empire, to his current role as Buddy Plummer in the Broadway revival of Follies. He talks about his lengthy career on stage, screen and television.
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True Grit: 'Into The Silence' Scales Everest

Wade Davis' gripping Into the Silence tells the story of the British climbers who attempted to scale Mount Everest in the 1920s, becoming symbols of national pride and imperial ambition.
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Watch This: Must-Sees From A Show-Creating Couple

The real-life husband-and-wife team behind the CBS series The Good Wife share their favorite TV shows and movies. From Team America to Twin Peaks, Robert and Michelle King recommend a largely lighthearted list. "We don't really watch too much tragic Ibsen drama," Robert says.

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