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Power And Violence In Ukraine And Mexico

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In Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, one of nine best picture nominees in the running on Sunday night, Sandra Bullock plays an astronaut careening through space after an accident. Warner Bros. hide caption

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What The Oscars Mean, And What They Don't

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Sandy Fonzo confronts Judge Mark A. Chiavarella on the courthouse steps after he was convicted in the "Kids for Cash" scandal in 2011. Fonzo's son, who eventually committed suicide, was among thousands Chiavarella had sent to a juvenile detention facility from which he'd received a "finder's fee." SenArt Films hide caption

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Should The NFL Police The N-Word?

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Will President's Initiative Be A 'Game-Changer' For Young Men Of Color?

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Liam Neeson's Action Chops Take Flight In 'Non-Stop'

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Listen to Pop Culture Happy Hour

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On location for Walk of Shame, camera crew members Larry Nielsen (center) and Milan "Miki" Janicin (right) help set up a crane shot. The wireless focus remote Nielsen will use is hanging from that purple carabiner on his jacket. Cindy Carpien/NPR hide caption

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Keen Eyes, Uncanny Instincts Keep Films In Sharp Focus

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One of this season's Oscar-nominated shorts is Mr. Hublot, a French-language animated film about a reclusive man who must learn to adapt to a new housemate — a robot dog. Zeilt Productions hide caption

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Oscar Glow, Today's Tech Help Short Films Find Their Fandom

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