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In 'Hugo,' Scorsese Salutes A Movie Magician

Based on Brian Selznick's 2007 children's book, Martin Scorsese's latest film, Hugo, pays tribute to early 20th-century French filmmaker — and cinematic trailblazer — Georges Melies.
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Cow Clicker Founder: If You Can't Ruin It, Destroy It

Zynga, the company behind popular Facebook games such as Farmville and Cityville, is expected to have its initial public offering before the end of the year. Zynga is a phenomenon. More than 200 million people play its games each month. One person who doesn't feel Zynga's success is cause for celebration is video game designer Ian Bogost. Bogost thinks Zynga's games are mindless, designed to suck money out of players' pockets. To make his point he created a parody game of his own. As On the Media's P.J. Vogt reports, what Bogost didn't expect is that his satire would become one of the most popular games he's ever made.
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Balloonatics Prepare For Thanksgiving Day Parade

With the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade less than a week away, it's crunch time for the balloon technicians. Science Friday goes behind the scenes at Macy's design studio to find out about the final preparations for the parade.
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'The Descendants': In Paradise, A Stranger To Himself

A father (George Clooney) struggles to reassess his past and navigate his future after his wife is gravely injured in a water-skiing accident. Critic David Edelstein says the film blends broad comedy with the sting of tragedy. (Recommended)
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In 'Beginners,' A Gay Man Comes Out Late In Life

The movie Beginners stars Ewan McGregor as a young man who learns that his 75-year-old father, played by Christopher Plummer, is gay. The movie is based on filmmaker Mike Mills' own life. Mills explains what happened when his own dad came out.
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Mrs. Stamberg's Relish Goes To Washington

This year, Susan Stamberg brings her mother-in-law's famous cranberry relish recipe to two veteran White House chefs. They say it reminds them of the infamous "cheddar cheese ring" from the Carter administration.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Nov. 18

Asian art, music and culture take over the region.

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U.S. Behind The Curve In Drunk Driving, Author Finds

Barron Lerner, a professor of medicine and public health at Columbia University, wrote One for the Road, about the history of drunk driving in America. And what he found was that the legal limit is very lenient, especially compared with other countries. And there is little political will to change it.

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