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An Unlikely Explorer Stumbles Into Controversy

The mostly forgotten explorer Paul du Chaillu first introduced the world to gorillas. His methods were attacked and his work discredited during his lifetime, but he also experienced fame and redemption. Now, there's a new book that tells his story.
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Cristian Mungiu: Metaphor Or Not, 'Hills' Has Eyes For Romania's Past

Already the poster child for his country's so-called New Wave of filmmakers, the director takes another realistic dive into the post-Communist Eastern Bloc with Beyond the Hills. Though he hesitates to call it a straight metaphor, the symbolism of the film is uncanny.
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Hiding In Plain Sight

You will be given some words. For each one, provide a four-letter word that can follow the first to complete a familiar two-word phrase. The four letters of the second word can always be found inside the first word. For example, given "personal," you would say "loan."
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The Movie Saoirse Ronan Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Actor Saoirse Ronan could watch Amy Heckerling's teen comedy Clueless a million times. "There are so many great moments and I literally love every single moment from start to finish of that film," she says.
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'Game Over': Mixing Sports And Politics

Athletes used to lead the charge for social change all the time, but as sports figures started making more in endorsement deals, their politics sometimes took a backseat to their pocketbooks. Sportswriter Dave Zirin's new book is about the uneasy confluence of sports and politics over the years.
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Why Actor James McAvoy Almost Turned Down 'Trance'

McAvoy plays a sketchy art auctioneer in Danny Boyle's new heist thriller, Trance. He almost didn't take the part because he didn't want to play the role of a victim. Then he took a closer look and found something that made him "hungry."
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Music Producer Phil Ramone Dies At 79

Ramone worked with top artists to create some of the most unforgettable music of our era. He had been hospitalized in February with an aortic aneurysm.
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A Fossilized Confection Baked For Easter 1807

A British couple believes they've come across a hot cross bun that was baked more than 200 years ago. Host Scott Simon explains.

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