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'Nurse Jackie' Ends As TV's Most Honest Depiction Of Addiction

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 4:27am

Showtime's dramedy Nurse Jackie begins its final season Sunday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the show offers television's most realistic depiction of a high functioning drug addict.

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Newly-Released Texas Inmates Prepare For A Long Ride To Freedom

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 4:23am

The first steps of freedom from the prison in Huntsville, Texas, lead to the nearby Greyhound bus station.

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Manatee Commune: A Solo Violist Hears Symphonies In Wires

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 1:03am

Electronic musician Grant Eadie was one of the many Tiny Desk Contest entries that caught our attention. He tells NPR's Rachel Martin, "I feel like I could play with a symphony if I really wanted to."

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'It Was Such A Knock On The Head': Laura Marling On Empathy

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 1:03am

"I think I was overwhelmed by the vastness of the world and, more particularly, America," the English singer-songwriter says of Short Movie, an album inspired by her stay in L.A.

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Know That THX 'Sound' Before Movies? That's Actually 20,000 Lines Of Code

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 5:19pm

Deep Note, THX's distinctive audio logo often heard before movies, is getting an upgrade. The sound's creator, James A. Moorer, first composed it in code in 1982.

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At Summit, All Eyes On Meeting Between Obama And Castro

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 5:08pm

Leaders of the Western Hemisphere are wrapping up the Summit of the Americas. A meeting between President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro has been the most anticipated moment of the conference.

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As Scott Family Reels From Police Shooting, Hundreds Turn Out For Funeral

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 5:08pm

A funeral was held Saturday in North Charleston, S.C., for Walter Scott, the man shot and killed while fleeing a police officer. That officer, Michael Slager, has been fired and charged with murder.

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Trapped In Yemen's 'Armageddon,' An American Made A Dangerous Escape

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 5:08pm

Shortly after Saudi airstrikes began in Yemen, an American importer realized he was stuck in a war zone. Only with some quick thinking — and a tiny boat — did he narrowly escape back to the U.S.

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New START Nuke Deal With Russia May Be Aging — But It's Not Over

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 5:08pm

Five years have gone by since President Obama signed the nuclear treaty with then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. Long after negotiations reached their end, the deal's merits still provoke debate.

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'American Odyssey': Three Ordinary People, One Thrill-Filled Plot

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 5:08pm

The show is about a government conspiracy. But co-creator Peter Horton says beneath the action, human stories drive the show. "That's the little dirty secret," he says. "This is a character piece."

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A Dark, Funny — And Vietnamese — Look At The Vietnam War

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 5:08pm

Viet Thanh Nguyen grew up in America with war movies like Apocalypse Now and Platoon, which offer accounts of the war focusing on Americans. His new novel, The Sympathizer, follows a Vietnamese spy.

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As Diplomatic Thaw Settles In, Currency Crisis Looms In Cuba

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 5:08pm

Writer Patrick Symmes traces the roots of Cuba's two-currency system — and the potential fallout when that system will be eliminated sometime in the next year.

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Federal Government Protects Bat, Angers Industry

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 5:08pm

The northern long-eared bat has been designated as a threatened species, triggering new regulations to protect it. But oil and gas and agriculture organizations say those new rules will hurt them.

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U.S. Capitol Briefly Placed On Lockdown After Apparent Suicide

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 3:49pm

Police say a gunman was "neutralized" by a self-inflicted wound. No one else was reported to have been hurt in the incident, which occurred during Washington, D.C.'s annual Cherry Blossom festival.

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Eating To Break 100: Longevity Diet Tips From The Blue Zones

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 3:14pm

The centenarians living in Blue Zones aren't drinking Ensure or eating chocolate ice cream. Instead, many are drinking wine, and all are eating beans. But living to 100 isn't just about diet.

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How Iconic: A Word Is Worth Thousands Of Pictures

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 2:48pm

Inspired by the origins of the Oxford English Dictionary, the Noun Project uses crowdsourcing to gather an army of people to define words. But instead of using other words to do it, they use icons.

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Part Of Fishing Boat Destroyed In Japan Tsunami Appears Off Oregon

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 1:27pm

The 30-foot piece of the commercial trawler was found Thursday floating off the Ona beach about 65 northwest of Eugene.

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In 'Snowy Egret,' A Fierce New Band Takes Flight

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 11:03am

Inspired by a Uruguayan author's three-volume history of the Americas, jazz pianist and composer Myra Melford has written a suite for her new quintet.

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