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The Good Old Yule Log Spreads To HDTV

The yule log debuted on WPIX in New York City 45 years ago this Christmas. Since its first broadcast, the log has inspired a quirky genre of film that's finding new popularity on high-definition televisions and beyond.
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A Homecoming For Rachel Griffiths On Broadway

The Australian actress known in the U.S. for her role on HBO's Six Feet Under returns to her roots as a stage actress in Other Desert Cities. "Theater was where I began," she says.
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For 'Downton' Fans, A New Season And A New Book

Jessica Fellowes, author of a new book about the successful series Downton Abbey, talks about the story of the Crawleys and the world they inhabit.
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Bianculli Picks The Best (And Worst) TV Of 2011

Fresh Air's TV critic reveals his top 10 list of the year's best shows, from a political drama on Showtime to a "risky" comedy on ABC. Bianculli also reveals which shows are the worst to hit screens this year — including not one but two shows featuring Snooki.
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Run Against Gingrich? Cooter From 'Dukes' Did

You might remember Ben Jones as Cooter the mechanic on The Dukes of Hazzard, but Jones also spent two terms in Congress. In 1994, he faced off against a very interesting opponent: current Republican presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich.
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Kevin Clash: The Man Behind Elmo

For more than 20 years, puppeteer Kevin Clash has been the voice behind the lovable red monster on Sesame Street. Both Clash "and" Elmo talk with Terry Gross about performing with Jim Henson, and creating a fun, educational experience for preschool-aged children.
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Television's New Antiheroes: Creating Sympathy For The Devilish

Commentator Eric Deggans says television's current crop of antiheroes may reflect the reluctance of an audience in cynical times to accept a traditional straight-up hero.

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