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Philip Seymour Hoffman: An 'Uncanny' Actor Of Stage And Screen

Sun, 02/02/2014 - 6:07pm

In his award-winning role in the film Capote, film critic Roger Ebert wrote that the performance wasn't so much an imitation as it was a channeling of "a man whose peculiarities mask great intelligence and deep wounds." Hoffman, 46, was found dead on Sunday.

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Obama's State Of The Union And Your Economic Reality

Sun, 02/02/2014 - 5:45pm

In Tuesday's speech, President Obama painted a fairly rosy picture of the economy. But the recovery has been both slow and fragile, and many Americans still say they aren't seeing it. We dig into what the president said and compare it to the state of the average American's experience.

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Marijuana-Laced Treats Leave Colorado Jonesing For Food-Safety Rules

Sun, 02/02/2014 - 3:11pm

From sodas to truffles to butter, foods infused with THC — the chemical in marijuana that gives you a high — are already for sale in Colorado. But the federal government still considers pot illegal, so the state has to create from scratch its own system to regulate these foods.

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Following Oil Boom In N. Dakota: A Cultural Blooming?

Sun, 02/02/2014 - 3:00pm

The oil fields of western North Dakota are bringing vast economic opportunity to a region that just 10 years ago was in decline. Yet, this vitality is rough around the edges and high art and culture are rare commodities. One organization is trying to change that by sending two professional writers into towns most impacted by the boom to conduct creative writing workshops.

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The Brutal Business Of Heroin Brings Wave Of Overdoses In Pa.

Sun, 02/02/2014 - 3:00pm

According to state and local authorities, 22 people in Western Pennsylvania have died of heroin overdose in less than two weeks. The wave of deaths is due to the appearance of an especially potent batch of heroin, mixed with the painkiller Fentanyl. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Dr. Neil Capretto, medical director of the Gateway Rehabilitation Center in Pittsburgh.

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Duke Ellington's Lost Opera, Forever A Work In Progress

Sun, 02/02/2014 - 3:00pm

When the prolific composer died in 1974, he left one of his most ambitious projects unfinished. Forty years later, admirers are still trying to fill in the blanks.

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'Unnecessary Woman' Lives On The Margins, Enveloped In Books

Sun, 02/02/2014 - 3:00pm

Writer Rabih Alameddine's says his new novel offers a Middle Eastern perspective rarely seen in the U.S. The 72-year-old title character lives alone in Beirut, consumed by translating her favorite books into Arabic. The Unnecessary Woman explores the "push-pull" between our solitary and social lives.

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A Century Ago Today, Chaplin Made His Film Debut — In A Dud

Sun, 02/02/2014 - 3:00pm

The silent-film comic was a flop in the 13-minute Making a Living. But only a few days later, he'd introduce his iconic Little Tramp character — and take the first step toward immortality.

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All Aboard To Work D.C.'s New, Old-Fashioned Streetcars

Sat, 02/01/2014 - 3:00pm

Washington, D.C., is preparing for the return of streetcars to the nation's capital. It's been decades since the system shut down and workers have been laying new tracks. This week, hundreds of people lined up for a chance at a job on the line.

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Battles And Bashes: What's News In Sports

Sat, 02/01/2014 - 3:00pm

From the NFL's ban on head-to-head hits, the change in the playoff structure and predictions for the Super Bowl, A. Martinez from member station KPCC joins NPR's Arun Rath to discuss the latest in sports news.

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Air Force Proficiency Cheating: More Than Punishment Needed?

Sat, 02/01/2014 - 3:00pm

This past week, the U.S. Air Force announced that a cheating scandal among nuclear launch officers had grown. Now, the military says, more than 90 missile launch officers have been involved with cheating on monthly proficiency exams. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with former Air Force officer Brian Weeden, who thinks the missileer culture needs to change.

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How The U.S. Oil Boom Is Changing The Industry's Landscape

Sat, 02/01/2014 - 3:00pm

There is an oil rush in North Dakota right now. The state is pumping out 10 times the crude oil it did a decade ago. Fortunes are being made, and once-sleepy towns are now bursting at the seams.

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How A Halftime Show Wardrobe Malfunction Changed The Internet

Sat, 02/01/2014 - 3:00pm

An accidental flash of skin during the 2004 Super Bowl contributed to the birth of YouTube. In another bid for eyeballs, Super Bowl ads are increasingly geared toward female fans.

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Wheels On The Bike Go Round And Round (To Make Music)

Sat, 02/01/2014 - 3:00pm

Sound designer Steven Baber challenged himself to create a piece of music using only bicycle parts. The result is "Bespoken," an atmospheric piece of music that is all the more beautiful considering the unlikely instrumentation.

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Sam Cooke And The Song That 'Almost Scared Him'

Sat, 02/01/2014 - 8:30am

Cooke recorded "A Change is Gonna Come" 50 years ago this week. The story of the song is as amazing, and unsettling, as the song itself.

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Honoring A Japanese-American Who Fought Against Internment Camps

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 5:00pm

On Thursday, Illinois and three other states are honoring Fred Korematsu, the late civil rights activist. Korematsu, a Japanese-American, was arrested for not relocating to an internment camp following the attack on Pearl Harbor. He challenged the arrest and his case was heard by the Supreme Court.

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Small Cuts To Food Stamps Add Up To Big Pains For Many Recipients

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 4:58pm

The proposed farm bill would cut nearly $1 billion a year from the food stamp program, known as SNAP. While it's far less than what Republicans had originally wanted, the proposal will affect roughly 850,000 households, many of which are still struggling from cuts made only three months ago.

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Small Cinemas Struggle As Film Fades Out Of The Picture

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 3:25pm

Paramount became the first big studio to distribute a major film in the U.S. only in digital, and others will probably follow. Small cinemas are struggling to raise money for the transition. Despite resistance from some major directors, the end of film is almost upon us.

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Scarlett Johansson's Middle East Flap ... Over Soda

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 3:22pm

The American actress has stepped down as a goodwill representative for Oxfam International. She came in for criticism after agreeing to serve as a spokeswoman, and appear in a Super Bowl ad, for an Israeli company that produces at-home soda-makers in the occupied West Bank.

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The Surprising After Effects Of A Notorious 'Wardrobe Malfunction'

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 3:00pm

Audie Cornish speaks with writer Marin Cogan about the infamous "wardrobe malfunction" incident at the Super Bowl halftime show featuring Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake, which happened a decade ago this month. Marin wrote a piece on the incident that is featured in ESPN the Magazine.

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