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Fresh Air for December 27, 2013

Once vehemently opposed to the idea of being the subject of a documentary, Brooks had a change of heart. The result is an American Masters episode, Mel Brooks: Make a Noise. WNET/American Masters hide caption

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Mel Brooks: 'I'm An EGOT; I Don't Need Any More'

Mel Brooks: 'I'm An EGOT; I Don't Need Any More'

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Amy Schumer isn't afraid to talk sexting, dirty talk or even the fine line between rape and deeply troubling sex in her comedy. Peter Yang/Comedy Central hide caption

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'Inside Amy Schumer': It's Not Just Sex Stuff

'Inside Amy Schumer': It's Not Just Sex Stuff

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Fresh Air for December 26, 2013

James Franco (from left), Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and Danny McBride all play versions of themselves in the post-apocalyptic comedy This Is the End, written by Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg. Suzanne Hanover/Columbia Pictures hide caption

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Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg: Friends Till 'The End'

Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg: Friends Till 'The End'

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Fresh Air for December 24, 2013

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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In A 'Miraculous Year' For Movies, Edelstein Picks His Favorites

In A 'Miraculous Year' For Movies, Edelstein Picks His Favorites

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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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David Bianculli's Top 10 Shows: 2013 Was A 'Good Year For TV'

David Bianculli's Top 10 Shows: 2013 Was A 'Good Year For TV'

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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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