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Critics: Bad Oscar Rules Have Ruined 'Best Song'

This year there are only two nominees for the Oscar's Best Original Song category — "Man or Muppet" from The Muppets and "Real in Rio" from the animated film Rio. Audie Cornish talks to Steve Pond, Academy Awards columnist for TheWrap.com, about the controversy.
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'Clinton' Doc Turns Lens On Former President

Host Audie Cornish talks with writer and director Barak Goodman about his latest project, Clinton, part of the American Experience: Presidents series. The first of two installments airs Monday night on PBS.
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Our Media, Ourselves: Are We Headed For A Matrix?

We're streaming our video, downloading our books and doing away with the hard copies that used to help communicate our personalities to one another. Bob Mondello points to a surprisingly early vision of that kind of digital future — and asks what's behind the worry it expresses.
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One Marine's Journey To 'Hell And Back Again'

Photojournalist Danfung Dennis embedded with the U.S. Marines Echo Company in Afghanistan for the Academy Award-nominated documentary Hell And Back Again. The film tells the story of Sgt. Nathan Harris' transition to life North Carolina after being wounded in Afghanistan.
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Bret McKenzie: A Very Manly Muppet [Extended Cut]

McKenzie, half of the New Zealand musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, wrote five songs in the recent Muppets movie. "Man or Muppet" is nominated for Best Original Song at this year's Academy Awards. [extended cut]

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'Awake': Can A Risky New Drama Break A Streak Of Bad Luck?

Kyle Killen, the man who wrote the new drama Awake, was also behind the Mel Gibson flop The Beaver and the critically hailed but quickly cancelled Lone Star. Can he change his luck?
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Poland's Holland, Exploring Holocaust History Again

Poland's official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film is director Agnieszka Holland's third film set during the Holocaust. Holland discusses characters with contradictions and why this story compelled her to revisit a subject she had decided not to return to.

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