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'La La Land' Director Aimed To Make A Film Even Musical Skeptics Would Love

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 1:44pm

"Movies are kind of limited by what you see in front of the camera," says director Damien Chazelle. "Musicals find this wonderful way around that."

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Remembering Huston Smith, Noted 'World's Religions' Scholar

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 12:58pm

Smith, who died on Friday, was a Methodist minister who traveled the world studying Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism and other religions. Originally broadcast in 1996.

A Diplomat Reflects On Moderate Islam In 'Letters To A Young Muslim'

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 12:58pm

Omar Saif Ghobash was 6 when an assassin killed his father, who was a diplomat from the United Arab Emirates. His new book is a collection of letters to his sons, urging them to reject extremism.

Lin-Manuel Miranda On Disney, Mixtapes And Why He Won't Try To Top 'Hamilton'

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 10:35am

Miranda says he doesn't feel the need to duplicate the success of Hamilton. "If you think in terms of topping, you're in the wrong business," he says.

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Having Thick Skin Is A 'Survival Technique,' Says Comic Jeff Ross

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 2:01pm

Ross says he learned to "dish it out and take it" as a kid in Newark, NJ. He likens celebrity roasts to "a party where everybody goes and has a good time." Originally broadcast Sept. 13, 2016.

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