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There area a lot of bad movies out there. Some movies are so bad that they're good. For some reason people love them. Is there an art to making films that are deliberately bad? Can a company be successful by producing bad movies?

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The financial battle for the Republican nomination is tightening. Candidates spent a lot of cash in January — what with contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida. Also spending a lot of money, as it turns out, were the richly financed superPACS that support the candidates.

Reports filed at the Federal Election Commission on Monday night show just how important a superPAC can be.

Des Moines Welcomes Thousands Of Bacon Fans

Feb 20, 2012

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Escaped Emu Runs Around Vermont Island

Feb 20, 2012

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Japan Logs Record Trade Deficit In January

Feb 20, 2012

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NPR's business news starts with Japan's export.

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Fox Airs 'The Simpsons' 500th Episode

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

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Let's talk more about where Rick Santorum stands and about his rivals, with NPR's national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Good morning.

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This is Morning Edition from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

This piece was not my idea. It was Linda Holmes'. If you're reading this blog, you probably share my regard for her take on popular culture. So my ears pricked up when she suggested I look into doing a radio piece on Kyle Killen.

Call it the resurrection of the time slot of death.

For years, Friday nights have carried a grisly reputation — where shows on broadcast networks are sent to die. But a certain kind of cable show has recently performed well — even really well — on Friday nights.

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