Culturetopia: Big & Small Screens Edition

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This week's podcast of NPR's best arts stories includes an interview with Jeff Bridges, who is now an actual country singer as well as someone who won an Academy Award for impersonating one. His new album, titled Jeff Bridges, was just released this week. You'll also hear the breakout star of The Help, Octavia Spencer, discuss the ongoing controversy over the film's depiction of the civil rights movement.

And as part of our series On Location, about movies in which the setting is almost a character, reporter Claudio Sanchez looks at the Orson Welles classic, Touch of Evil. Producer Lily Percy remembers the Mexican comic legend Cantiflas, once described by Charlie Chaplin as "the best comedian alive." And I've got a piece about the announcement that Bert and Ernie are just best friends. That's it. Seriously.

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