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Studios Hope Holiday Family Movies Will Grab Slice Of Shrinking Box Office

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

So far Disney's Big Hero 6 is a winner and DreamWorks' Penguins of Madagascar is not. Studios look closely at opening weekend. In December, Night at the Museum 3 will compete with Annie, just before Into The Woods enters the race on Christmas Day.

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Revisiting The Stories Told In Murrow's 'Harvest of Shame'

Friday, November 28, 2014

Elizabeth Blair visits Belle Glade, Fla., where Edward R. Murrow's film crew recorded migrant farm workers. (This piece was originally broadcast on Weekend Edition Saturday on May 31, 2014.)

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Lighten Your Thanksgiving Trek With These Audiobooks, Comedy Albums

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

An estimated 46 million Americans will take to the road this Thanksgiving. We survey some of the best recorded comedy and audiobooks so you can laugh away the tension if you're stuck in traffic.

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Despite The Dope, 'High Maintenance' Is About More Than Potheads

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Vimeo's first foray into original Web TV follows a nameless pot delivery dude who engages in oddly intimate business transactions.

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Whether Green With Envy Or Tickled Pink, We Live In A Color-Coded World

Monday, November 10, 2014

Red means stop; green means go. You live in a red state or a blue state. Elizabeth Blair kicks off NPR's color series with a look at the way color organizes our lives — in ways we don't even realize.

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'Grand Bargain' Will Help Save Detroit — And Its Art

Friday, November 07, 2014

A federal judge in Detroit ruled favorably on the city's "grand bargain" on Friday, approving the city's exit from Bankruptcy. We look at the role foundations played in bringing it about and the Foundation for Detroit's Future, which will be set up in the wake of the verdict.

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The Challenge Of 'Big Hero 6': How To Make A Huggable Robot

Friday, November 07, 2014

Baymax, the lovable robot in the new Disney movie, was inspired by inflatable robots being developed at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Sotheby's Has Record Auction With Works By Giacometti, Van Gogh

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

On Tuesday night, Sotheby's brought in its highest total yet for a single auction: more than $422 million dollars. The record total owed a lot to the sale of two works — a Giacometti sculpture that went for $101 million and Van Gogh's "Still Life with Daisies and Poppies" fetched $61.8 million.

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At 83, Dancer Carmen De Lavallade Looks Back At A Life Spent Onstage

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

De Lavallade's husband of 59 years, dancer Geoffrey Holder, died on Oct. 5. "He was my biggest fan and I was the same way with him," she says. De Lavallade's one-woman show is called As I Remember It.

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Elizabeth Peña Remembered As An Actress With Range

Thursday, October 16, 2014

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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Lessons From Ebola School: How To Draw Blood, Wipe Up Vomit

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Think of the routine jobs health workers do in a hospital: Sticking a needle in a patient's arm. Cleaning up vomit. Escorting a patient to a bed. Now imagine doing those tasks for someone with Ebola.

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From VMI To James Island, Hollywood Battles To Get The Civil War Right

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The new film Field of Lost Shoes follows a group of VMI cadets who fought at the Battle of New Market. The film is one in a long history of Civil War movies, many of which have been problematic.

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Play, Ball: A Theatrical Look At The 'Beauty And Brutality' Of Football

Thursday, October 09, 2014

In the new play Colossal, a former football player, paralyzed after taking a bad hit during a game, reflects on his glory days and his struggles as a gay man in the macho culture of football.

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Tony Award Winner Geoffrey Holder Dies At 84

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

A legend of the dance world has died. The multi-talented Geoffrey Holder was also an actor and a visual artist. He died Sunday of complications from pneumonia. He was 84.

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'Art & Craft' Explores How One Forger Duped More Than 45 Museums

Saturday, September 27, 2014

For nearly 30 years, Mark Landis tricked dozens of museums into accepting his "philanthropic" donations. Landis, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teen, says "copying is reassuring."

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The Fine Art Of Pricing Detroit's Collection

Thursday, September 04, 2014

With Detroit's bankruptcy trial underway, one point of contention is likely to be the value of the city's art collection. The art market can be unpredictable, and disagreements between appraisers and creditors reflect just how political Detroit's art has become.

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Response In Ukraine Could Prove A Crucible For NATO's Future

Thursday, September 04, 2014

To learn more about the NATO summit in Wales this week, Melissa Block speaks with Admiral James Stavridis, dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University and former supreme allied commander at NATO.

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As Museums Try To Make Ends Meet, 'Deaccession' Is The Art World's Dirty Word

Monday, August 11, 2014

Deaccessioning is the permanent removal of an object from a museum's collection. And there are a lot of rules surrounding it — for one, selling art to pay off debt will get you in big trouble.

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From 'Good Times' To 'Honey Boo Boo': Who Is Poor On TV?

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

What do sitcoms, dramas and reality TV say about poor people? For our yearlong series exploring poverty, NPR's Elizabeth Blair takes a look at the television shows that place the poor center stage.

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With Humor, 'Dead And Breathing' Dives Into End-Of-Life Struggles

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Carolyn, 68, is ready to let go. Dying of cancer, she tries to get her nurse to assist in her suicide. Playwright Chisa Hutchinson drew on real-life inspirations for this dark comedy's characters.

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