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In Glorious Black And White, An 'Artist' Falls Silent

In 1927 Hollywood, a silent-film icon (Jean Dujardin) is about to face a challenge with the arrival of talkies — while a young extra (Berenice Bejo) stands on the verge of stardom. (Recommended)
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A 'Christmas Story' Musical? Sing Out, Ralphie!

If you want a Red Ryder BB gun really badly, shouldn't you belt out your dreams? And if you win a Major Award, doesn't that call for a chorus line? Jeff Lunden reports on a song-and-dance extravaganza that may be coming to a theater near you.
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Jay-Z 'Decoded:' The Fresh Air Interview

Jay-Z is one of the most successful hip-hop artists of all time. On Fresh Air, he discusses growing up in Brooklyn surrounded by drugs and violence, and the stories behind many of his famous songs.
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Bailey White's Thanksgiving Story: 'Call It Even'

For her annual Thanksgiving tale, commenter Bailey White tells the story of a painter who moves from Florida to Vermont, where he decides to raise a dozen turkeys.
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Emily Dickinson Takes Over Tucson

Emily Dickinson is all over Tucson, Ariz. Reading, lectures, classroom lessons — it's all part of the Big Read Project, which is devoted to "inspiring people across the country to pick up a good book."
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Nightmares On The Set: 'Prince and The Show Girl'

In 1956, two icons — Marilyn Monroe and Sir Laurence Olivier — got together in London to make a movie, The Prince and the Showgirl. It was a comedy about the lonely Prince Regent of Carpathia, who meets a flirty American showgirl. The film was a royal flop. Now a film, My Week With Marilyn, recounts the miserable time had by all on the set. It's the story of one week during the film shoot, with behind-the-scenes clashes, misaligned acting styles, and the pursuit of personal ambitions. Michelle Williams plays Monroe and Kenneth Branagh plays Olivier.
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New 'Risk' Game Remembers Where You Left Off

Why do board games always have to start over from the beginning? Well, maybe they don't. Hasbro has tweaked the classic world domination board game Risk so that it's more of an ongoing narrative. Gamers are intrigued, if a little skeptical.
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Strict Standards At 'Harvard Of Santa Schools'

Some may think that working as Santa Claus at the mall is easy, but a shabby red suit and cheap fake beard don't cut it for teachers at the Charles W. Howard Santa School. The school seeks students with outstanding morals and the motivation to make each interaction with children magical. Guest host Tony Cox speaks with owners Tom and Holly Valent.
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What Elders Know That The Rest Of Us Don't

Karl Pillemer's new book 30 Lessons for Living results from an effort to collect wisdom from more than 1,200 older Americans. Guest host Tony Cox speaks with Pillemer and Helene Rosenblatt, one of the elders featured in the book, about what we can learn from our elders and why we don't listen to them more often.

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