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Former Marine Adam Driver On What Acting And The Military Have In Common

"You have a group of people trying to accomplish a mission that's greater than themselves," the actor says. Driver stars in the film comedy While We're Young. Originally broadcast April 9, 2015.
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Climbing Documentary 'Meru' Is A Hair-Raising 'Peak Experience'

A new documentary charts the attempts of a trio of American climbers to be the first to scale Meru Peak, a 21,000-foot Himalayan peak. Critic David Edelstein says Meru is "cunning" — and terrifying.
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How Marketing Machines Can Make Lousy Movies Financially Successful

Planet Money was puzzled when it discovered that by one measure, the most profitable movie made in the last 5 years is also widely considered to be one of the worst. The film is: The Devil Inside.
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Catching A Movie? Regal Cinemas May Be Checking Your Bag

Regal Entertainment Group says its new security policy is intended to help customers and staff to "feel comfortable and safe" when in its theaters.
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African Diaspora International Film Festival

This year's African Diaspora International Film Festival features a film from the burgeoning Ethiopian movie industry and a documentary about President Obama's mother, Stanley Ann Dunham. We speak with the festival's director and two filmmakers.

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'Rosenwald' Celebrates 'The Greatest Philanthropist You've Never Heard Of'

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Aviva Kempner about her latest documentary on Julius Rosenwald, the successful businessman who helped advance the cause of educating African-Americans in the South.
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Lily Tomlin At 75: The Actress Discusses Great Roles, Old Cars And Coming Out

The star of the film Grandma and the Netflix series Grace and Frankie married her partner of 42 years, Jane Wagner, in 2013. Tomlin discusses her work and her decision to be open about her sexuality.
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Documentary Revisits The 'Dazzling' Polemics Of The Buckley-Vidal Debates

Best of Enemies chronicles the 1968 debates between conservative editor William F. Buckley and liberal novelist Gore Vidal. Critic John Powers weighs in on the legacy of their verbal crossfire.
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Remembering Julian Bond

pJulian Bond, a major figure of the civil rights movement, died Saturday at the age of 75. We remember his life and legacy with U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and filmmaker Aviva Kempner./p
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Alison Brie's Breakout Role On 'Mad Men' Looked Like A Bit Part

When Mad Men first started airing, Brie remembers saying, "I don't think it's gonna last very long." Even when the show was a hit, she kept looking for other work — and landed a role on Community.

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