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'The Notebook': A Grim Fable Of Cruelty In Wartime

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:03pm

What begins as a World War II weepie quickly morphs into a dark story of separation, brutality and parenting that's far from the current nurturing American model.

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In 'The Congress,' An Animated Future Where Movie Studios Are Villains

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:03pm

Israeli director Ari Folman creates a trippy, half-animated film that posits a world where movie studios eventually take over the world, allowing us to consume, literally, our entertainment.

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When Zero Doesn't Mean Zero: Trans Fats Linger In Food

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:03pm

One in 10 packaged foods still contains trans fats, according to a new study. The problematic oils give foods a rich taste and texture and extend shelf life, but have been linked to heart disease.

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Michel Martin Goes #BeyondFerguson

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:58pm

NPR and St. Louis Public Radio are in Ferguson, Mo., today for a community conversation about race and law enforcement. Follow here or join us on Twitter at 7 p.m. ET to discuss #BeyondFerguson.

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Tom Frieden's Ebola Assessment: The Risk Is Increasing

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:54pm

In an exclusive interview with NPR, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shares his impressions from a visit to West Africa.

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Foley's Mother: We Didn't Want Him To Go Back To Syria

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:45pm

Diane Foley tells NPR that her son, slain journalist James Foley, "could have done so many other things. But he, I think, was drawn to some of the drama, some of the rawness of the conflict zones."

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From Foley To His Family: A Letter Of Love, Memorized And Retold

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:45pm

Melissa Block talks with Diane Foley, the mother of James Foley, the American journalist who was recently killed by extremist militants with the Islamic State.

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Texas Law Could Lead To Closure Of Clinics That Offer Abortions

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:39pm

A Texas law would require doctor's offices and clinics that perform abortions to comply with regulations that apply to ambulatory surgical centers. The change could lead to a loss of services.

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Shooting Range Accident Draws Focus On Children Handling Guns

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:38pm

A tragedy at an Arizona shooting range this week has set off a debate about children using high-powered weapons, as well as America's gun culture.

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Want To Widen Your Worldview? A Random Roomie Helps

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:28pm

Research shows that when students are paired with roommates from different backgrounds, they tend to develop more tolerant attitudes.

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Teen Drama? Occult Thriller? Gritty War Epic? 'Bone Clocks' Is All Three

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:26pm

David Mitchell's new novel might span five perspectives and six decades, but he brings this complex mix together with signature elegance. The combination makes for a thrilling read.

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Sexist Depictions Of Latinas Aren't Just A Hollywood Thing

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:21pm

Daisy Hernandez writes that she has a love-hate relationship with Sofía Vergara's image. She says portrayals of Latinas as curvy and sexy are everywhere, especially in Spanish-language TV shows.

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Controversy Over Sofía Vergara Obscures An Industry's Failings

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:18pm

When the Colombian actress appeared in a widely-derided stunt at the Emmys, much of the attendant outrage centered on her very prominent image. Juan Vidal argues this lets Hollywood off the hook.

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Scentless: Losing Your Sense Of Smell May Make Life Riskier

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:16pm

Everybody worries about losing eyesight or hearing, but the sense of smell may help people stay safe. People with impaired odor detection are more likely to eat spoiled food or let pans catch on fire.

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Letters: The Burning Of Washington

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:11pm

Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read letters from listeners about our recent reenactment of the burning of Washington, D.C., during the War of 1812.

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India Tries To Find The Fine Balance Between Censorship And Public Safety

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:11pm

A recent ban on a film documenting the assassination of a prime minister is stirring controversy in India. NPR's Julie McCarthy looks at how the world's largest democracy balances censorship with free speech.

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Obama Weighs Possible Immigration Orders — And Their Political Ripples

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:11pm

President Obama is preparing to issue new executive orders on immigration. The White House is considering a wide range of actions, one of which could provide temporary work permits for people who are in the country illegally but still meet certain criteria.

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Market Basket Workers Win Return Of Supermarket's Former President

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:11pm

For six weeks, workers at Market Basket have protested to demand the reinstatement of the supermarket chain's former president, Arthur T. Demoulas. On Thursday, they got their way. Demoulas, who had been ousted by the company's board in June, will be returning to his position as part of a new deal.

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With Drones In Flight Over Syria, Questions Of Airstrikes Rise With Them

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:11pm

U.S. surveillance drones have begun to maintain a presence over Syria, preparing for possible airstrikes against the extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State. A mission to expand airstrikes inside Syria raises new questions, though, and critics on both sides ends of the policy spectrum are weighing in.

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What We Really See When We Go See A Movie

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:11pm

Dr. Tim Smith, a visual scientist at the University of London, discusses how our brains perceive what's seen on the big screen. How do we process images, events and stories that we see in the movies?

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