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Here's What Happens When Gandalf Talks To Schoolchildren

Sir Ian McKellen made a special appearance at an English school. What special magical message did he impart? Do your homework!
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The Making Of R2D2, Galaxy's Most Beloved Robot

A star is born! We learn how R2D2, the robot in Star Wars, got his name and why he's such a beloved character. This story originally aired May 25 on Weekend Edition Sunday.
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The Man Who Coined 'Genocide' Spent His Life Trying To Stop It

Polish lawyer Raphael Lemkin coined the word in 1943, as part of his lifelong campaign to make the world acknowledge and prosecute the crime. A new documentary, Watchers of the Sky, tells his story.
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Watching 'Dear White People' At Harvard

Dear White People follows four black students at a prestigious, majority-white college, where racial tensions are threatening to bring chaos to campus. So why not catch a screening at Harvard?
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How To Train A Movie Star Insect

How do you get insects to "act" on camera? Entomologist Steven Kutcher tells NPR's Scott Simon about wrangling bugs for Hollywood and using the insects as living paintbrushes.
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Fracking Boom Town Wary Of Pastor's 'Overnighters'

Jesse Moss tells NPR's Scott Simon about his documentary, The Overnighters. It follows a pastor in a North Dakota oil boom town whose life is upended when he opens the church to down-and-out workers.
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'Birdman' Tracks A Comeback In (Seemingly) One Long Take

NPR film critic Bob Mondello says Birdman is an entertainingly complicated jigsaw puzzle — in both storytelling and technique.
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Michael Keaton: As An Actor, You Must Lock In And Let Go

"I've got to stay 100 percent present," Keaton says. He is currently starring in Birdman, a dark comedy about an aging movie star who once played a superhero — a role he can't quite get over.
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Elizabeth Peña Remembered As An Actress With Range

Peña's fans, lamenting her death on Latino social media, expressed frustration that such a talented actress could not break away from stereotypical roles.
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Remembering When 'Mr. Smith' Came To Washington, 75 Years Ago

When Frank Capra's film, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington premiered at Constitution Hall on October 17, 1939, not everyone in Washington gave the movie two thumbs up.

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