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The Dallas Cowboy Behind The Real 'Buyers Club'

The film Dallas Buyers Club tells the story of Ron Woodroof, a man with AIDS in the 1980s who smuggled in experimental treatments to fight his disease. NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports that the real Ron Woodroof was just as colorful as the Hollywood version.
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Matthew McConaughey, Fiercely Committed To This 'Club'

Dallas Buyers Club tells the true story of Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), a Texas man whose '80s AIDS diagnosis drives him to fight for access to the drugs he believes can save him. Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto also star. (Recommended)
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The Story Behind The Stunts: Remembering Hollywood's Hal Needham

Throughout his career, Needham did the kind of stunts that would either end with a spectacular shot ... or an ambulance. On Oct. 25, Needham died of cancer at age 82. We listen back to a 2011 interview, in which he tells the stories behind some of his most daring stunts.
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Four Decades On, 'The Exorcist' Is Still A Head-Turner

On Halloween — and the occasion of The Exorcist's 40th anniversary — NPR's Robert Siegel talks to the film's director, William Friedkin, about the making and the legacy of the famed horror film.
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Jared Leto Was 'Seduced' By Role Of Rayon In 'Buyers Club'

In Dallas Buyers Club, Leto plays Rayon, a transgender woman who is living with HIV and a drug habit. Rayon becomes an unlikely friend to Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), a rodeo cowboy who starts smuggling HIV drugs from Mexico in the 1980s after he's diagnosed as HIV-positive and given just a few weeks to live.
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Boldly Going In Search Of... The USS Enterprise

One of the most iconic spacecraft in the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum is tucked away in a basement gift shop.

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'N.E.D': Band And Film Bring Attention To Little-Discussed Cancers

We'll meet a local filmmaker who's bringing attention to cancers that hit women "below the belt."

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In Cambodia, A Tide Of 'Change' Sweeps Some Lives Under

For young Cambodians, the promise of modernization comes paired with a threat: the rapid erasure of traditional ways of life. In A River Changes Course, filmmaker Kalyanee Mam follows three young Cambodians, finding in their stories a set of questions and challenges that are surprisingly universal.
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Word On The Street Is Oscars 'Whisper Campaigns' Have Begun

Leading Oscar contenders are under fire as award season approaches. Journalist Scott Feinberg recently wrote in The Hollywood Reporter about the trash-talking that spreads before the Oscars to take down perceived front-runners. He talks to NPR's Arun Rath about a campaign against Captain Phillips and why such efforts often backfire.
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N.Y. Chinatown Family Finds Roots In Early Chinese Cinema

The Lee family, long-known for selling insurance in New York's Chinatown, once helped produce, distribute and screen Chinese-language films — business ventures that descendants only recently discovered when putting together a new exhibit at the Museum of Chinese in America.

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