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Marvel Kills Peter Parker, But Spider-Man Will Live On (Sort Of)

Marvel Comics has killed off the iconic web-headed superhero, or to be more precise, they've killed off Peter Parker. Spider-Man will continue web slinging, albeit with a twist that has earned writer Dan Slott the ire of many fans.

Sir Peter Westmacott Plays Not My Job

We do what damage we can on this show, but it's not often we get the chance to cause a real international incident. So we're very excited that Sir Peter Westmacott, Great Britain's ambassador to the U.S., has agreed to play our quiz.

Short Stories To Savor On A Winter Weekend

Author Hortense Calisher once called the short story "an apocalypse in a teacup." Critic Jane Ciabattari presents her favorite mini-apocalypses of 2012, from veteran authors like Sherman Alexie to newcomer Claire Vaye Watkins, who combines a unique voice and a shadowed family history in her debut collection.

True Originals: Biographies That Defy Expectations

Our list of this year's best biographies focuses on books about individuals who lived their lives off the beaten path. From the story of a spy turned chef to the story of the real Count of Monte Cristo, these books chronicle subjects who refused to conform to the expectations of others.

Tarantino On 'Django,' Violence And Catharsis

Quentin Tarantino's new Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx as a freed slave turned bounty hunter. The writer and director discusses the film's violence with Audie Cornish and explains why he feels American history can withstand an approach that has more in common with Reservoir Dogs than with Roots.

Is Kwanzaa Still A Thing?

Wednesday marked the start of Kwanzaa, the seven day festival celebrating African-American culture. In the 1980s and '90s, many considered Kwanzaa a mainstream holiday like Christmas and Hanukkah. But now there seems to be less fanfare. Host Michel Martin speaks with Duke University's Mark Anthony Neal about whether Kwanzaa is still a thing.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Dec. 28

Whether you're a little bit country, a soulful R&B type or prefer a good Broadway power number, D.C.'s got you covered this evening.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Dec. 27

Would you like some grits with that? Tonight you can enjoy dinner and a show, country style.


Let's Double Down On A Superstorm Of Malarkey: Picking 2012's Word Of The Year

The American Dialect Society is about to make a major decision: what will be the Word of the Year for 2012? Since we only live once, will it be YOLO? Or perhaps Frankenstorm, in memory of Hurricane Sandy? Language columnist Ben Zimmer says there's no clear front-runner.