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In The Music Box, New Orleans Residents Hear Hope

When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, it left behind a city full of destroyed homes. Now, artists have reclaimed one of the city's blighted properties in the 9th Ward — and turned it into a work of art and music.

David Milch: Trying His 'Luck' With Horse Racing

The new HBO drama Luck examines the inside world of horse racing through the lives of thoroughbred breeders, owners, jockeys and gamblers. Series creator David Milch spent much of his childhood at the track and has struggled in the past with a gambling addiction.

A Boy's Magical 'Touch' Predicts The Future

The new Fox series Touch stars Kiefer Sutherland as the father of an 11-year-old boy with some significant disabilities — and some significant abilities as well. TV critic David Bianculli says by the end of the first episode, you'll know you're watching something a little different.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Jan. 25

Remembering the Civil War and rallying for hope in Uganda.


'Hugo,' 'The Artist' Garner The Most Oscar Attention

Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday morning. Hugo got the most nominations, followed by The Artist. Melissa Block talks to NPR film critic Bob Mondello.

Whether Pink Legos Are Just Building Stereotypes

Lego's new play sets, which are geared toward girls, include a beauty shop, cafe and pool. Critics say the toys are too focused on image and gender stereotypes. Others, including Lego, say they're simply what girls want to play with. Host Michel Martin and a diverse panel of moms explore gender-focused marketing.

'The Artist,' 'The Help' Take Oscar Nominations

The 84th Academy Award nominees were announced on Tuesday. Host Michel Martin speaks with Boston Globe film critic Wesley Morris about which movies, directors and actors are in the running to take home a little gold statue on Oscar night.

How The Glock Became America's Weapon Of Choice

In his book Glock: The Rise of America's Gun, Paul Barrett traces how the sleek, high-capacity Austrian weapon found its way into Hollywood films and rap lyrics, not to mention two-thirds of all U.S. police departments.