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Natalie Portman plays Nina, a ballerina dancing the roles of both the White Swan and the Black Swan, in Darren Aronofsky's psychological horror film Black Swan. Niko Tavernise via Fox Searchlight hide caption

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To Become A 'Black Swan,' Portman Had To Go Dark

The Black Swan star describes what it was like to train with members of the New York City Ballet in preparation for her role as a mentally unstable ballet dancer in Darren Aronofsky's psychological thriller.

To Become A 'Black Swan,' Portman Had To Go Dark

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Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) urges ballerina Nina (Natalie Portman) to lose herself in her role in Darren Aronofsky's psychological thriller Black Swan. Niko Tavernise via Fox Searchlight hide caption

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Actor Vincent Cassel: A Good Guy Who Plays Villains

French actor Vincent Cassel plays a ballet-company boss who pushes a fragile Natalie Portman in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. The character is a hard guy -- though not quite the ruthless gangster Cassel played in the thriller Mesrine.

Actor Vincent Cassel: A Good Guy Who Plays Villains

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Anne Hathaway at the premiere of Love and Other Drugs. She co-stars in the romantic drama alongside Jake Gyllenhaal. Chris Pizzello/AP hide caption

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Anne Hathaway: From Princesses To Passion

The co-star of Love and Other Drugs describes what it's like to go from the sweet, PG-rated fantasy of The Princess Diaries to shooting some fairly explicit romantic-drama nude scenes with Jake Gyllenhaal.

Anne Hathaway: From Princesses To Passion

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Leslie Nielsen played Lt. Frank Drebin in the television comedy Police Squad! which later led to starring roles in the Naked Gun franchise. The Kobal Collection hide caption

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Celebrating Frank Loesser With Michael Feinstein

Frank Loesser wrote the musicals Guys and Dolls and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying — in addition to over 700 other songs. On today's Fresh Air, we discuss Loesser's musical legacy.

Celebrating Frank Loesser With Michael Feinstein

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The Fresh Air Interview: Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band

Rowan got his start performing with the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. In the '70s, he formed the band Old and in the Way with Jerry Garcia. Now, he joins his group for an in-studio session and interview on Fresh Air.

The Fresh Air Interview: Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band

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Helping Your 'Good Old Dog' Navigate Aging

Owners of aging dogs often struggle with their pets' dementia and incontinence — as well as navigating through end-of-life decisions. Veterinary behaviorist Nicholas Dodman talks about the best ways to care for your aging dog.

Helping Your 'Good Old Dog' Navigate Aging

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Harold O'Neal: 'Whirling' Jazz Moves

O'Neal's Whirling Mantis is named for a defensive move in karate. The martial-arts reference suggests one way to look at how O'Neal's music operates: The players react to each other's moves, deflecting one another in stylized interaction.

Harold O'Neal: 'Whirling' Jazz Moves

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Anne Hathaway plays Maggie, a patient with early-onset Parkinson's disease, who falls for Jaime, a Viagra drug rep played by Jake Gyllenhaal, in Love and Other Drugs. David James/20th Century Fox and Regency Enterprises hide caption

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'Love And Other Drugs': A Worthy Prescription

If you've seen the trailers-- or the cover of Entertainment Weekly -- you know the new romantic comedy is selling sex along with the laughs. But the "state-of-the-art zeitgeist sex comedy" also manages to deliver some strong satirical undertones.

'Love And Other Drugs': A Worthy Prescription

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Carlos Eire is a professor of history and religious studies at Yale. Free Press hide caption

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Astrid Kircherr (left) and her manager, Ulf Kruger, pose at a Beatlemania exhibition opening in Hamburg, Germany in 2009. Krafft Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Beatles' Photographer Astrid Kirchherr Opens Up

Hamburg-born Astrid Kirchherr met the Beatles in 1960, before they were famous. She took some of the earliest photographs of the group and was engaged to Stuart Sutcliffe, the Beatles' original bassist, before he died of a brain hemorrhage in 1962.

Beatles' Photographer Astrid Kirchherr Opens Up

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Judy Garland (center) starred in the 1944 movie musical Meet Me in St. Louis. She sings "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" to her sister, played by Margaret O'Brien, who was upset that her father wants to move the family to New York City. The Kobal Collection hide caption

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The Story Behind 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas'

Songwriter Hugh Martin co-wrote the Christmas tune that Judy Garland made famous in the 1944 classic Meet Me in St. Louis. Martin, who recently released a memoir, explains how he came up with his famous lyrics.

The Story Behind 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas'

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Hermione Granger (Emma Watson, left), Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) face their hardest task yet - finding the Horcruxes that give Lord Voldemort his immortality, while staying hidden from the dark wizard. Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Paranoia, Psychodrama Dominate 'Deathly Hallows'

Harry Potter and his friends Ron and Hermione go hunting for horcruxes in the first installment of the Harry Potter finale. "Wait, horcruxes?" you ask -- and you won't be the only one.

Paranoia, Psychodrama Dominate 'Deathly Hallows'

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In The King's Speech, Colin Firth plays King George VI, who was adored by his subjects for refusing to leave London during World War II bombing raids. He also suffered from a terrible stammer and hated speaking in public. Laurie Sparham via The Weinstein Co. hide caption

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'Franklin And Eleanor': A Marriage Ahead Of Its Time

The Roosevelts' unorthodox marriage was equitable, sexually open — and spanned four decades. Hazel Rowley profiles the uncommon union of a four-term president and his first lady in Franklin And Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage.

'Franklin And Eleanor': A Marriage Ahead Of Its Time

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Scott Colley's Empire has a strong sense of place, even if it's not his own place. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Scott Colley: An 'Empire' On The Prairie

Colley's not from Kansas, but his music fits the wide-open flatlands, where you can see the weather coming on. Bill Frisell, Brian Blade and Ralph Alessi breathe life into the frameworks the bassist builds on Empire.

Scott Colley: An 'Empire' On The Prairie

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A woman prepares to undergo radiation therapy for an invasive cancer. Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee writes about the discovery of radiation therapy as a treatment option in his biography of cancer. National Cancer Institute hide caption

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An Oncologist Writes 'A Biography Of Cancer'

Oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee chronicles how our understanding of cancer has evolved in his new book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.

An Oncologist Writes 'A Biography Of Cancer'

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English novelist Jane Austen is known for her polished prose, but her handwritten manuscripts reveal some telling grammatical errors. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Jay-Z tells Terry Gross one of his earliest rhymes, which he wrote when he was just 9: 'I'm the king of hip-hop / Renewed like the Reebok / The key in the lock / Words so provocative/ As long as I live." The hip-hop artist says that when he looks back on that rhyme now, he thinks, "Wow, that was pretty prophetic." Jay Mohegan via Random House hide caption

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Jay-Z: The Fresh Air Interview

Jay-Z is one of the most successful hip-hop artists of all time. On Fresh Air, he discusses growing up in Brooklyn surrounded by drugs and violence, and the stories behind many of his famous songs.

Jay-Z: The Fresh Air Interview

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