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Fresh Air for December 23, 2013

Alex Borstein (left) and Niecy Nash star as nurses in the HBO comedy series Getting On, which was modeled after the hit BBC series of the same name. Lacey Terrell/HBO hide caption

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'Getting On' With It: A New HBO Show Doesn't Tiptoe Around Death

'Getting On' With It: A New HBO Show Doesn't Tiptoe Around Death

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A new MDV Entertainment boxed set called Here's Edie: The Edie Adams Television Collection features the widow of Ernie Kovacs, in shows from her 1962-64 ABC variety series, which was televised just after her husband's death. AP hide caption

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Great New DVD Box Sets: Blasts From The Past And 'Breaking Bad'

Great New DVD Box Sets: Blasts From The Past And 'Breaking Bad'

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Decades ago, the SAT test was seen as a measure of raw ability, not as something students ought to cram for. Now, test prep is a huge industry. Linguist Geoff Nunberg wonders what exactly students learn when they're flipping through vocabulary flashcards. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Sorry Assiduous (adj.) SAT-Takers, Linguist In Dudgeon (n.) Over Vocab Flashcards

Sorry Assiduous (adj.) SAT-Takers, Linguist In Dudgeon (n.) Over Vocab Flashcards

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Fresh Air for December 21, 2013

Joel (left) and Ethan Coen wrote and directed Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother Where Art Thou?, No Country for Old Men, A Serious Man and True Grit. Their latest film is Inside Llewyn Davis. Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend: The Coen Brothers And 'Anchorman 2'

Fresh Air Weekend: The Coen Brothers And 'Anchorman 2'

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Fresh Air for December 20, 2013

Jason Isbell was previously a member of Drive-By Truckers. His solo albums include Sirens of the Ditch and Here We Rest. Eric England/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jason Isbell Locates His Musical Compass On 'Southeastern'

Jason Isbell Locates His Musical Compass On 'Southeastern'

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Country Music Hall of Famer Ray Price, pictured above in 1983, died Monday at age 87. AP hide caption

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Fresh Air Remembers Country Music Artist Ray Price

Fresh Air Remembers Country Music Artist Ray Price

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In the sci-fi romance Her, a lonely man (Joaquin Phoenix) finds love in a rather unexpected place — with a computer operating system named Samantha. Warner Bros. hide caption

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A Man And His Machine, Finding Out What Love Is

A Man And His Machine, Finding Out What Love Is

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Fresh Air for December 19, 2013

Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate reprise their roles as competing news anchors in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Gemma LaMana/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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A 'Kind Of A Big Deal' Gets Even Bigger In 'Anchorman 2'

A 'Kind Of A Big Deal' Gets Even Bigger In 'Anchorman 2'

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President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron pose for a "selfie" with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Narcissistic Or Not, 'Selfie' Is Nunberg's Word Of The Year

Narcissistic Or Not, 'Selfie' Is Nunberg's Word Of The Year

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Fresh Air for December 18, 2013

Pope Francis began his papacy in March. In his first year as pope, columnist James Carroll says, Francis has put unprecedented focus on "the dilemma of the vast majority of human beings who simply don't have enough to live decently." Filipo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Francis' First Year, A 'Radical Pope' Seeks To Save His Church

In Francis' First Year, A 'Radical Pope' Seeks To Save His Church

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Michele Rosewoman (bottom right) is joined by batá percussionists in performance with her New Yor-Uba Ensemble in 2013. Tom Ehrlich/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Michele Rosewoman Goes Back To Afro-Cuban Jazz's Future

Michele Rosewoman Goes Back To Afro-Cuban Jazz's Future

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