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For Comic Hari Kondabolu, Explaining The Joke IS The Joke

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Banish 2014's Woes With Our Stand-Up Comedy Picks

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Maggie Gyllenhaal says she had some reservations about taking on the role of Nessa Stein in the SundanceTV original series The Honorable Woman. Middle East conflicts are so sensitive, she says, "It's really complicated and it goes back so far." Des Willie/SundanceTV hide caption

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In 'The Honorable Woman,' There's No One You Can Trust

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Die-ins, like this one at Union Station in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 6, were conducted across America to protest grand jury decisions not to indict the police officers who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Linguist Ben Zimmer says that while the word "die-in" isn't new, its increased use makes it a strong candidate for the American Dialect Society's 2014 Word of the Year. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Die-In, Vortex, Selfie Stick: What's The Word Of 2014?

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Allison Tolman plays Deputy Sheriff Molly Solverson in the FX TV series Fargo. It's a breakout role for the actress who had done only theater and commercials. Chris Large hide caption

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Bianculli's Top 10: 2014 Was A 'Good Year For Programming'

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The Serial podcast is Sarah Koenig's reinvestigation of the murder of Hae Min Lee, a Maryland high school student who was strangled in 1999. Lee was found in Baltimore's Leakin Park. Her schoolmate and ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed was convicted of the murder and is serving a life sentence. Courtesy of Serial hide caption

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Serial Host Sarah Koenig Says She Set Out To Report, Not Exonerate

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Protesters in Boston during a December demonstration against the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in New York City and Ferguson, Mo. Charles Krupa/AP hide caption

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Sony Pictures Studios headquarters building is seen in Culver City, Calif., on Friday. President Obama has criticized Sony for cancelling distribution of The Interview following after the studio was hacked by North Korea. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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