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Syd Mead, Still Designing The Future After 50 Years

The "visual futurist" who helped create the worlds of Tron, Alien, and Blade Runner is envisioning the future again in Neil Blomkamp's upcoming Elysium. NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to him about where his ideas come from — and why Google is a great help.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Sept. 21

Historic tapestries, a hope chest and Brooklyn’s beautiful hills.

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Hollywood Seen Through Paparazzi-Colored Glasses

For decades, tourists have come to Los Angeles from all over the world to go on "star tours," where they could drive past Grauman's Chinese Theatre or get a glimpse of a favorite celebrity's mansion. But in the new world of 24-7 star-filled gossip, a new TMZ tour bus has stepped up to the plate.
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Dismal Sights Of The Texas Drought

Dairy prices posted the biggest gains in more than three years. Prices for milk, steaks, pork chops and other foods are rising because feed prices are shooting up and animal supplies are tight. These photos might help explain why.
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DVD Picks: 'Prime Suspect'

Bob Mondello says that as American television prepares to try again with a version of Prime Suspect, you check out the groundbreaking original with Helen Mirren on DVD.
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'The Swerve': Ideas That Rooted The Renaissance

Stephen Greenblatt chronicles the unlikely discovery of Lucretius' poem "On the Nature of Things" — by a 15th-century Italian book hunter. The Swerve is a masterfully written meditation on the fragile inheritance of ideas.
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In The Obama White House, A Crisis Of 'Confidence'

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind talks about his unflattering picture of rivalries and dysfunction within President Obama's first economic team in his book Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President. Some of officials quoted in the book say they were misquoted or that their comments were taken out of context.
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This Pig Wants To Party: Maurice Sendak's Latest

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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Latina Moms Find Advice, Community In 'MamiVerse'

The news and lifestyle website MamiVerse launched this summer. It features Latina journalists, writers, entrepreneurs and everyday moms who are just trying to keep it all together. The site is also for the moms' daughters and their families.

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