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Timothy Spall Takes On Painter J.M.W. Turner, A 'Master Of The Sublime'

The 19th century painter wasn't always "very pleasant" and he was a "man of massive contradictions," Spall says. So Spall says he had to "dig deep" to play the title role in Mr. Turner.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Dec. 15

You can see two drastically different renditions of a classic story.

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Freer, Sackler Galleries Become First Fully Digitized Smithsonian Museums

The future of the museum may be digital. That's the thinking at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, where they have just completed the digitization of their entire collection — a first for the Smithsonian.

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Your #NPRUglySweaters: The Joy Of Knitwear We Ought Not Wear

A bright, blinking, tinsel-covered, delightfully tacky peek inside of NPR listeners' closets — check out some of our favorite photos of your favorite Christmas attire.
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'El Deafo': How A Girl Turned Her Disability Into A Superpower

Navigating elementary school is already hard enough — try adding in a bulky metal hearing aid. Cece Bell's new young adult graphic memoir captures the experience in a poignant and humorous way.
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'#Blackmendream': Showcasing A Different Side Of Black Manhood

In Shikeith Cathey's short film, faceless strangers answer questions like "What makes you happy?" and "Do you cry?" The artist says, "These questions, as simple as they are ... they aren't discussed."
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Beware The Tippling Point, And Other Cocktail Party Tips

It's the season of holiday cocktail parties and Dan Pashman of the Sporkful podcast has tips for how to be a good guest and host. For instance, if you want to enjoy drinks and appetizers, buddy up.
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Mead Moves Out Of The Middle Ages

Mead was a favorite drink of ancient Egyptians and Vikings, and it's been making a comeback — updated for the 21st century.
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A Holiday Comic Standard: 'Christmas Vacation' Turns 25

With the holiday season, comes holiday movies, and this year marks the 25th anniversary of one of the best — National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
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'Pippin' Performs The Final Ballad Of 'The Hobbit'

Billy Boyd was the hobbit Pippin in The Lord of the Rings films, and he's a musician, too. He talks to NPR's Rachel Martin about writing the last song for the new movie, The Battle of the Five Armies.

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