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Rick Rubin collaborated with Johnny Cash on the American Recordings series. In 2003, the first disc was ranked 364 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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Dangerous Duo: Tahar Rahim (left) plays an illiterate Arab who is coaxed into killing a fellow inmate by a Corsican gang leader. Niels Arestrup (right) plays his dangerous and violent "mentor." Roger Arpajou/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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In The Yellow Handkerchief, William Hurt plays a criminal eager to change his life after having been released from jail. Samuel Goldwyn Films hide caption

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Set in the streets of an ethnically and religiously diverse Jaffa neighborhood, Ajami employs nonprofessional actors to depict stories of crime, tragedy and love in a place where enemies live side by side. Kino International hide caption

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In The Ghost Writer, Ewan McGregor plays a ghostwriter who attempts to discover the truth about Britain's former prime minister. Summit Entertainment hide caption

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Pop Culture

'Equation,' 'Gingerly' And Other Linguistic Pet Peeves

Linguist Geoff Nunberg doesn't enjoy everything about the English language. There are phrases that get on his nerves and words that he prefers not to use. And Nunberg says he's not the first person to have linguistic pet peeves — nor will he be the last.

'Equation,' 'Gingerly' And Other Linguistic Pet Peeves

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Hot Chip formed in 2000 around the core duo of Alexis Taylor (second from left) and Joe Goddard (far left). Bevis Martin and Charlie Youle hide caption

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Hot Chip Brings Romance To The Dance Floor

Music critic Ken Tucker reviews a refreshingly earnest and seductive new album from British dance act Hot Chip. In it, the group embraces its taste for techno, soul and gospel while also paying homage to the great American songwriters of the '60s and '70s.

Hot Chip Brings Romance To The Dance Floor

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Dangerously Dim: Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon) is a quirky corporate executive turned whistle-blower who can't seem to do anything right. Claudette Barius/Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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In The Ghost Writer, Pierce Brosnan plays a former British prime minister under siege from his wife, the press, and the courts. Summit Entertainment hide caption

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Oscars 2010

Shankman's Winning Job: Producing The Oscars

Adam Shankman has one of the coolest, most stressful jobs around: He's producing the Oscars. The Hairspray director, who is also a judge onSo You Think You Can Dance, joins Fresh Air to dish about seating arrangements and speeches.

Shankman's Winning Job: Producing The Oscars

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Book Reviews

On The Roads: The Cartography Of Us

The Routes of Man is the new book by Ted Conover, a Pulitzer Prize nominee for Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing. Reviewer Maureen Corrigan says Conover's newest effort, about how roads shape the world in which we live, has "vivid armchair travel" appeal.

On The Roads: The Cartography Of Us

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