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November 28, 2014 | NPR · Actress Mae West was petite, but on screen — thanks to a pair of platform shoes — she looked larger than life. A show in Boston examines the fashion and jewelry of Hollywood’s golden age.
 

Twentieth Century Fox
November 27, 2014 | NPR · Bob Mondello offers a selective preview of what Hollywood has in store for the holidays. There are musicals, there are biopics, and the seas literally will part.
 

Crown Media
November 26, 2014 | NPR · Christmas cable movies are a genre unto themselves. We take a look at some of the Hallmark (and other) romances that are surprisingly big business this time of year.
 

November 25, 2014 | NPR · The Celtic knot — a pattern of interlocking lines — is centuries old, carved into ancient stones all over Ireland. But that tattoo on your biceps? Like the fortune cookie, American born and bred.
 

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November 25, 2014 | NPR · Two self-taught pastry pros specialize in hand-painted cookies of musicians and other cultural icons, from Calvin and Hobbes to Fall Out Boy. Their creations seem almost too beautiful to eat. Almost.
 

AP
November 24, 2014 | NPR · Hope was a comedy trailblazer, but in his twilight years he alienated young audiences with his political views. “He had, unfortunately, stuck around too long,” says Hope biographer Richard Zoglin.
 

HBO
November 23, 2014 | NPR · Nash says it took her a long time to see her comedic side as a gift, but she finally embraced it. Now her role as Nurse DiDi in the HBO comedy series has opened the door to more serious opportunities.
 

Desert Bus
November 22, 2014 | NPR · Desert Bus, a parody game invented by magicians Penn and Teller, consists of driving a bus on a featureless road for hours. A comedy troupe in Canada has turned that monotony into money for charity.
 

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November 21, 2014 | NPR · On this week’s show, we look at the eerie film Foxcatcher, the world of trailers, and what’s making us happy this week.
 

AP
November 20, 2014 | NPR · We consider the work of writer-director-performer Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday.
 

 

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November 28, 2014 | NPR · Dogs pay close attention to the emotion in our voices, but what about the meaning of words? A clever experiment with 250 canines shows that dogs understand more of our speech than previously thought.
 

AP
November 28, 2014 | NPR · Since the midterm elections, there has been a new batch of transfers from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and more releases are in the works. But a new GOP Congress could stall the drive to empty Guantanamo.
 

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November 28, 2014 | NPR · Actress Mae West was petite, but on screen — thanks to a pair of platform shoes — she looked larger than life. A show in Boston examines the fashion and jewelry of Hollywood’s golden age.
 

Arts & Life

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November 28, 2014 | NPR · Actress Mae West was petite, but on screen — thanks to a pair of platform shoes — she looked larger than life. A show in Boston examines the fashion and jewelry of Hollywood’s golden age.
 

November 27, 2014 | NPR · A remembrance of murder mystery writer PD James, who died Thursday at her home in Oxford, England.
 

Causeway Films
November 27, 2014 | NPR · The monsters of repression are what terrorize a mother and her son in this independent, Australian, horror movie. “I wanted it to look more low-fi and more handmade,” says director Jennifer Kent.
 

Music

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November 27, 2014 | NPR · In this session from 1991, Connick sings and plays “They Didn’t Believe Me” and joins host Marian McPartland for “Stompin’ at the Savoy.”
 

November 27, 2014 | NPR · Out of love and necessity, Stuart has become a country-music historian. “People were throwing things away,” he says. “I just took it as a family matter.”
 

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November 26, 2014 | WXPN · The British singer and songwriter’s voice fills subtle, muted arrangements with color.
 

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