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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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Kevin Spacey (left) and Robin Wright star in House of Cards, directed by David Fincher. The Netflix series, which follows a Machiavellian politician, is an adaptation of a BBC series of the same name. Hear an interview with Spacey and Fincher. Patrick Harbron/Netflix hide caption

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jason Isbell's Southeastern was Fresh Air critic Ken Tucker's favorite album of 2013. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Best Music Of 2013

Ken Tucker's Top 10 Albums Of 2013

Jason Isbell's Southeastern, Kanye West's Yeezus and an assortment of remarkable women dominated the Fresh Air critic's year in listening.

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Peter O'Toole rides across the desert in Jordan during the filming of Lawrence of Arabia in November 1961. He says that at first, learning to ride a camel was "impossible." AP hide caption

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With new songs and covers, La La Brooks' All or Nothing isn't just an attempted career comeback. Jacob Blickenstaff/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Music Reviews

A Former Girl-Group Singer Goes 'All Or Nothing'

With new songs and covers, La La Brooks' All or Nothing isn't just an attempted career comeback.

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In All Is Lost, Robert Redford plays an unnamed sailor, stranded at sea on a badly damaged yacht. Daniel Daza/Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate hide caption

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Jim Hall performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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American songwriter Sammy Cahn, pictured above in 1987, would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. He died in 1993, at the age of 79. David Gaywood/AP hide caption

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Celebrating The Centennial Of Lyricist Sammy Cahn

Cahn spoke with Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 1985, and — as you'll hear — he'd sing his songs at the slightest provocation. He died in 1993, at the age of 79.

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A '70s con-artist couple (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) are forced to team up with an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper, right) in American Hustle, inspired by a real-life sting targeting corrupt politicians. Francois Duhamel/Columbia Pictures hide caption

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