The use of the word random as slang found its way into Amy Heckerling's 1995 hit film, Clueless, starring Alicia Silverstone.
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November 30, 2012 NPR's Neda Ulaby investigates the etymology of random, a word comedian Spencer Thompson calls "the most misused ... of our generation." It turns out that Thompson's frustration is a bit misplaced — random has been around since the 14th century, and its usage shows how life, like language, evolves.
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November 30, 2012 Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album has been on Billboard's Classical Traditional Albums chart for 11 weeks, most recently in the top slot. But the album has been bumped this week by The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles — a group of singing nuns from Missouri. The Benedictines' album is called, Advent at Ephesus. Melissa Block and Robert Siegel have more.
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November 30, 2012 This month the book club takes to the skies with the Tom Wolfe classic The Right Stuff, a behind-the-curtain look at the 20th century's most famous test pilots--including Chuck Yeager. Yeager joins the club to talk about his long career, and what he considers "the right stuff."
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Matchmaker Santa is only one of many cornball films in which Santa (Donovan Scott) helps a woman (Lacey Chabert) find a boyfriend (Adam Mayfield). This is the one where the vanilla extract was key.
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November 30, 2012 A discussion of highbrow holiday movies collides with admissions of gorging on cornball Christmas fare where Santa brings people love and magic happens.
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November 30, 2012 On this week's show, we use a certain Lindsay Lohan vehicle as a jumping-off point to talk about how you make a good biopic. Then, we'll let you know how we're doing on our fall television pool, and we'll close with what's making us happy this week.
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November 29, 2012 An online video, urging Africans to save Norwegians from frostbite, has gone viral. The tongue-in-cheek spoof features South Africans singing about sending radiators to Norway. The filmmakers hope to take on stereotypes of Africa that are reinforced by charities and the media. Host Michel Martin speaks to Erik Evans, one of the video's creators.
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November 29, 2012 Never give a box full of dog — that's our advice. Well, that and a few more things that aren't consistent with how they give gifts on TV.
November 28, 2012 It's time for the press screenings of Les Miserables. They're embargoed after they happen, but we can share what we won't be doing.
European dairy farmers spray police officers with milk during a demonstration outside the European Parliament in Brussels on Monday.
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November 28, 2012 Our complicated relationship with milk may make images of this week's EU dairy farmers' protest more powerful than, say, if they sprayed police with water. For much of human history, says historian Deborah Valenze, we've wavered between reverence and revulsion for the stuff.
Denzel Washington plays Whip Whitaker in Flight.
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November 27, 2012 Priska Neely peeks inside the fully stocked minibar of Denzel Washington's Flight to find out how all those brand-name bottles get on screen — and what happens when nobody gets permission.
Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory, one of Chuck Lorre's three popular comedies currently on CBS.
November 27, 2012 On Morning Edition, Neda Ulaby looks at television's most powerful comedy hitmaker.
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November 26, 2012 Comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have become well-known for their humorous take on race relations. Their video series featuring a cool President Obama and his Vesuvian "anger translator" Luther has become a viral sensation. The duo talks about using comedy to explore touchy racial issues in the 2012 campaign.
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November 26, 2012 For this week's Sandwich Monday, we make our own version of a special from Asia's Freshness Burger chain: The Butter And Sugar Burger. Spoiler alert: It has two ingredients, and they are butter and sugar. And it's on a bun.
Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned his House seat last Wednesday amid health and ethics concerns.
November 26, 2012 Once, there seemed to be no limits for Jesse Jackson Jr., a member of Congress from Chicago and the son of the famed civil rights leader. Now he's gone, resigning his seat after a losing battle with health and ethics issues.
Actor Larry Hagman, star of the TV series Dallas, poses during the 2010 Monte Carlo Television Festival in Monaco on June 8, 2010.
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November 24, 2012 Hagman played J.R. Ewing on television's long-running, prime-time soap opera Dallas. His family said in a statement that he died Friday afternoon of complications from a battle with cancer.
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