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Scott Spencer: Plot Twists, Where Everything Changes

Many of Spencer's novels feature a turning point — a dreadful, unplanned act committed by one of the characters. In his latest book, Man in the Woods, a carpenter accidentally kills a man, which leads him to question himself and his relationship with God.
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'Like Crazy' Makes First Love Feel Real

"Los Angeles Times" and "Morning Edition" movie critic Kenneth Turan calls the Sundance standout "Like Crazy" a simple love story. It's about a young couple divided by geography.
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For 'Anonymous' Scribe, A Shakespearean Speculation

An oft-debunked notion about the authorship of Hamlet, Macbeth and the rest is at the core of a new political thriller from director Roland Emmerich. Screenwriter John Orloff tells Renee Montagne that he's less interested in historical fact than in dramatizing "the process of creativity."
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 28

Dia De Los Muertos

Scary stories, dreary dance, Cabaret Macabre and genuine Scottish jams.

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'Fast And Slow': Pondering The Speed Of Thought

Daniel Kahneman won a Nobel Prize in 2002 for his work on the psychology of decision-making. Now, in Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman revisits and recasts his world-famous research on what he calls "the machinery of the mind."
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No, You Can't: World Record Ideas That Didn't Cut It

Some of the alleged records rejected by Guinness World Records are every bit as interesting as the ones they take. And whether the submitter's idea for a new record is accepted or rejected, their common thread is wanting to be able to say, "I can do this better than anybody else on this planet."
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Tax Proposed On D.C. Movie Theater Concessions

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Mayor Vincent Gray has proposed a 5 percent sales tax on movie theater concessions to fund an Anacostia movie theater and provide incentives to filmmakers.

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After Army, NPR ... Mel Ming Leads Sesame Street

Bermuda-born Mel Ming was recently named the new CEO of Sesame Workshop, the non-profit behind the legendary TV show aimed at preschool-aged kids. Ming speaks with Michel Martin about his winding and surprising journey to Sesame Street, which includes experiences in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War era and at NPR. He also shares his big ambitions for Sesame Street.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 27

Visions of the Orient, Arabian Nights, and Rhapsody in Song.

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DVD Picks: 'Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection'

Bob Mondello recommends a collection of Alfred Hitchcock films that reveal a master at work.

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