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March 8, 2015 | NPR · Scott Budnick hit it big in Hollywood as an executive producer of the Hangover movies. Then, in 2013, he decided to leave it all behind and focus full time on helping young people in prison.
 

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March 7, 2015 | NPR · Gillian Jacobs, known for her role as Britta Perry on Community, directed a short documentary on the computer programming pioneer. She says Hopper wasn’t fond of the hype over her accomplishments.
 

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March 5, 2015 | NPR · A new film follows daters ages 70 to 90 looking for love in five-minute intervals. “Speed dating for seniors” may sound funny, but The Age of Love is really about our lifelong need for intimacy.
 

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March 1, 2015 | NPR · The man behind the look of Selma and A Most Violent Year talks about depicting violence, participating in history and being a black cinematographer in Hollywood.
 

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February 27, 2015 | NPR · Survivors Annie Clark and Andrea Pino brought a Title IX complaint against the University of North Carolina. “This is not about UNC,” Clark says. “We’re not doing this to vilify our institution.”
 

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February 22, 2015 | NPR · A 12-year-old girl followed him everywhere. And she got the part. Abderrahmane Sissako tells what it’s like to make a reality-based movie in Mauritania.
 

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February 21, 2015 | NPR · Wild Tales includes six stories of people who are set off by things like road rage or infidelity. Then, says director Damián Szifron, “they cross the line that separates civilization from barbarism.”
 

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February 21, 2015 | NPR · The film’s tricky dialogue and dogfights were made possible by Becky Sullivan — the fifth woman ever nominated for the sound editing award. NPR’s own Becky Sullivan met her to learn about the craft.
 

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February 21, 2015 | NPR · Sloss is a lawyer, talent manager, sales agent and producer for films like Boys Don’t Cry, The Fog of War and Boyhood. “He’s a bulldog. He fights for the films he believes in,” one filmmaker says.
 

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February 21, 2015 | NPR · They’re photographed in front of Asian scenes, a beach, Disneyland. It’s a fictional film called Butter Lamp. And it has a real message.
 

 

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March 27, 2015 | NPR · You might not see health inspection information until you’re opening a restaurant’s door. But if you’re in New York and several other cities, you’ll see it when you check out an eatery’s Yelp page.
 

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March 27, 2015 | NPR · Closed-door leadership elections are held on a given day, but really take place over years of interaction and commerce among caucus members. Ideology and issues are not the paramount concern.
 

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March 27, 2015 | NPR · Democrats argue the top Senate leader’s retirement might be a good thing. But it’s going to set off a scramble to replace him in one of the most hotly contested races in 2016.
 

Arts & Life

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March 27, 2015 | NPR · Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing and fantasy are more than just fun. He came to this conclusion after conducting some somber research into the stark childhoods of murderers.
 

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March 27, 2015 | NPR · Charlie Todd choreographs bizarre, hilarious and unexpected public scenes. He explains how his group, Improv Everywhere, creates these moments of urban whimsy to bring people together.
 

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March 26, 2015 | NPR · On today’s Small Batch Edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour, we talk to comedian, actor and podcaster Kumail Nanjiani about the return of The X-Files — a TV show about which he has a podcast.
 

Music

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March 27, 2015 | NPR · The new video from this Nashville by-way-of California songwriter is full of 1970s folk-rock mythology.
 

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March 27, 2015 | NPR · Scads of music recommendations, talk of Austin and Portland, and what’s making us happy this week.
 

March 26, 2015 | NPR · Barnett just released her first full album called Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. Critic Ken Tucker says she somehow manages to infuse with a freshness rare in any songwriter.
 

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