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'Polisse' Shows Child Abuse Cases With Gritty Realism

Robert Siegel talks to French director and actor Maiwenn about her crime drama Polisse. The film follows the daily lives of a tightly-knit team of men and women working in the Child Protection Unit of the Parisian police. Basing her script on real child investigation cases, Maiwenn conveys the emotional strain of the unit's work with gritty realism.

Two Gray Titles, One Sexy Mix-Up

What happens when two books with similar names are out at the same time? Well, when one is historical fiction set in Lithuania and the other an S&M novel that's ripping up the best-sellers list, some interesting teachable moments.

Betting Better Fake Chicken Meat Will Be As Good As The Real Thing

A new Maryland company is betting that its mixture of soy, pea powder, carrot fiber and gluten-free flour tastes a lot like real chicken. Beyond Meat plans to expand into fake pork and ground beef next.

A Museum Visit For Art Lovers With Alzheimer's

At Washington, D.C.'s Kreeger Museum, seniors and students are paired together to enjoy the art — and each other's company. "The goal is to make people feel better and to give them a pleasant experience in the moment. That's all there is, really," says program head Derya Samadi.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, May 17

Friday Night Lights, Thursday Night Music, and Bernie.


'Canal Zone' Collages Test The Meaning Of 'Fair Use'

Art world superstar Richard Prince is appealing the 2011 ruling that found him liable for copyright infringement. Prince used dozens of images by photographer Patrick Cariou to create collages that his gallery then sold for millions of dollars.
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Chuck Brown, 'Godfather Of Go-Go,' Dead At 75

Washington D.C. has lost a local musical legend in Chuck Brown, "Godfather of Go-Go," who passed away of multiorgan failure Wednesday at the age of 75.


'Hecklevision:' Leave Your Phone On At This Movie

Portland, Ore., is one of the cities trying something new in movie theaters — encouraging audience members to heckle via text messages. The jokes and comments appear on the big screen. Robert Siegel talks with Erik Henriksen of the Portland Mercury alternative weekly about this week's offering — Point Break.

Networks Hope Comedy Will Be King Of TV This Fall

This week, the big broadcast TV networks are in New York City to sell their new shows to the ad buyers. Melissa Block talks to TV critic Eric Deggans about the shows we'll see in the fall.