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Brad Pitt: Making 'Moneyball' And Being Billy Beane

Brad Pitt has had quite a year: Two of his films — Moneyball and The Tree of Life — are up for the Best Picture Oscar, and the baseball film earned him a Best Actor nod. Pitt says the Oakland A's manager's idiosyncrasies made the role interesting.
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I'm Just Sayin': There Are Anachronisms In 'Downton'

If you listen carefully, you'll catch phrases in Downton Abbey that are a little ahead of their time. Linguist Ben Zimmer has been on an anachronism watch and points out a few snippets of dialogue that Lord Grantham would have been very unlikely to say.
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When The Bankers Plotted To Overthrow FDR

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was subject to the kind of vitriol we often see directed at Barack Obama today. But some of FDR's opponents didn't stop at talk: a new book details a starting plot to overthrow FDR and replace him with a fascist military government.
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What French Parents Do That Americans Don't

After American Pamela Druckerman had a daughter in France, she uncovered a surprising aspect of French life. Wherever she looked, the French seemed to be employing a certain je ne sais quoi, making their kids behave better than American children. Host Rachel Martin talks with Druckerman, whose new book is called Bringing Up BeBe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting.
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'Ides Of March' Writer Goes From Stage To Screen

Writer Beau Willimon turned his stage play, Farragut North, into the film, The Ides of March. Host Rachel Martin speaks to Willimon about the film, one of five nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.
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How To Pick The Perfect Valentine's Day Card

David Ellis Dickerson is a former Hallmark greeting card writer and the creator of a YouTube series, Greeting Card Emergency. He gives host Rachel Martin a primer on the perfect Valentine's Day card and addresses some sticky situations that may require special cards.
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Author Anne Rice Finds Werewolves In The Redwoods

In her new novel, The Wolf Gift, author Anne Rice creates a new cosmology for an old monster, the werewolf. We're not all that different from the beast, she says. "You're writing about a vampire or you're writing about a werewolf," she says, "but you're really just writing about human beings."
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Black, Female And An Inspirational Modern Artist

In just the last year, 96-year-old sculptor Elizabeth Catlett has had her work featured in exhibitions from Istanbul to Mexico to New York. She broke through barriers of race and gender, yet remains unknown to all but the artists she inspires.

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