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Friday, April 25, 2014

A chimpanzee feeds another chimpanzee with an ice pop at the Chongqing Safari Park August 5, 2007 in Chongqing Municipality, China. (China Photos/Getty)

Big Data TV: David Simon & Beau Willimon on Entertainment by The Numbers | The Rise of Media in Democratic Afghanistan | New Movie Reviews of The Week | 'X-Men' Director's Rape Allegations Raise Questions of Out-of-Control Culture | The Movie Date Reviews This Weekend's Big Releases | Should Animals Have the Same Rights as People? | Bert Berns: An Unsung Hero of Early Rock and R&B

David Simon & Beau Willimon on Big Data TV

Beau Willimon, screenwriter and show runner of the American "House of Cards," and David Simon, creator and writer of "The Wire" and "Treme," discuss the benefits and drawbacks of data-driven entertainment, and the evolving field of television.

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The Rise of Media in Democratic Afghanistan

Afghani media mogul Saad Mohseni discusses the recent elections, the evolution of  media over the past decade, and the risks of being associated with pro-Western development in a country that is fighting for its future.

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'X-Men' & Out-of-Control Hollywood Culture

Director Bryan Singer has a new X-Men movie out soon, but the probable blockbuster will now be marred by controversy. Last week, a man sued Singer, alleging that  the director and other men repeatedly assaulted him as a teenager.

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Should Animals Have the Same Rights as People?

Tommy the chimpanzee - along with his legal team - is suing his captors in order to prove that chimpanzees are not things, but persons.

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Bert Berns: An Unsung Hero of Early Rock and R&B

A new book by longtime music critic Joel Selvin reveals a long-hidden story from the early years of rock and roll: that of Bert Berns, the man behind hits like "Brown Eyed Girl," "Under the Boardwalk," and "Take Another Little Piece of my Heart."

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News Quiz | Week of April 25

Are you a newsie? Do you know what's happening from Washington to Hollywood to Pyongyang? Be smarter than your pals. Prep your dinner party factoids. Gauge your knowledge about what happened this week, as heard on The Takeaway.

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