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Are The Oscars Good For You?

It's practically tradition this time of year to discuss the inanity of the Academy Awards. But NPR pop culture critic Linda Holmes wonders: maybe the Oscars are good for society. Weekend Edition guest host Don Gonyea hears why.
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For Some Americans, Finding A 'Place At The Table' A Struggle

Weekend Edition guest host Don Gonyea talks to co-directors Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobson about their documentary A Place at the Table. The film looks at the problem of hunger in America.
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Directors of 'Argo,' 'Zero Dark Thirty' Take Different Approaches Turning History Into Film

Melissa Block hears from the directors of two films up for Best Picture at the Academy Awards on Sunday — Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty and Ben Affleck for Argo. They have the opposite approaches to putting history in a fiction film.
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'Mondays At Racine' Highlights Women's Emotional Lives During Cancer

Audie Cornish talks with Cynthia Wade. She is the director of Mondays At Racine, a documentary about how some women deal with the physical and emotional scars from cancer. The short film has been nominated for an Oscar.
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Despite Dark Themes, A Big Oscar Bounce

At the Oscar ceremony on Sunday night, there'll be lots of talk about excellence — the movie industry honoring its own. But as NPR's Bob Mondello notes, there has always been another side to the Oscars: money.
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Bradley Cooper Finds 'Silver Linings' Everywhere

The actor, nominated for an Academy Award for his role in David O. Russell's film, talks about watching movies with his father as a kid in Philadelphia, his childhood fascination with soldiers and being up against Daniel Day Lewis for an Oscar.

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