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This Is NPR
2:06 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Host ProFile: NPR Was Like A Secret World, A Home For Intelligent And Witty Discourse

NPR's All Things Considered Weekend Host Arun Rath.
Melissa Kuypers, Claire Mueller NPR

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 8:40 am

Perhaps you heard last Sunday when NPR mainstay Jacki Lyden passed the baton to our newest host, Arun Rath. Starting tomorrow, he'll be at the helm of All Things Considered every weekend as the show begins broadcasting from its new home at NPR West in Culver City, Calif.

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Movie Reviews
2:06 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

In 'Rush' As In Real Life, It's The Driver, Not The Car

The radically different Formula One racers James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth, left) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) are at the center of Ron Howard's Rush, a biographical drama that's as strong on character as on cars.
Jaap Buitendijk Universal Pictures

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 8:52 am

You might think that if the driving scenes in your auto-racing movie are the least interesting thing about it, that's a problem. But it's far from a sign of engine trouble for Rush, a swift-moving, character-rich biopic whose kinetic Grand Prix sequences are constantly being overshadowed by genuinely riveting scenes of ... people talking.

But then in a film written by Peter Morgan — of The Queen and Frost/Nixon -- maybe it's no wonder that questions like why they drive, why they want to win and who they want to beat take center stage.

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Monkey See
2:06 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Autumn Leaves, Cumberbatches, And More Fall Amusements

Martin Freeman as the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug.
Mark Pokorny Warner Brothers Pictures

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 8:18 am

  • Listen to Pop Culture Happy Hour

This week's show finds me, Stephen, Trey and Glen together again in the studio, but due to a scheduling tweak, finds us in Historic Studio 45 instead of Historic Studio 44, so we hope you can all still follow the conversation.

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Code Switch
2:02 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Grand Theft Auto's Music Sets The Tone

A billboard at the Figueroa Hotel in Los Angeles advertises Grand Theft Auto V, released this week.
Nick Ut AP

Originally published on Sat September 21, 2013 5:13 pm

The latest entrant into the Grand Theft Auto franchise dropped this week, raking in an obscene $800 million in sales in just its first day. That's a whole lot of money and ignored spouses.

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The Two-Way
2:01 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Teens Trash Ex-NFL Player's Home And Parents Are Mad At Him?

Former NFL offensive lineman Brian Holloway in front of his home in Stephentown, N.Y., which teens trashed earlier this month.
Michael Hill AP

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 12:14 pm

This story deserves discussion, so please have at it in the comments thread:

Over the Labor Day weekend, police say, more than 300 teenagers broke into the vacation home of former NFL player Brian Holloway near Albany, N.Y.

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Shots - Health News
1:55 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Study Finds Mixed Results For Back Braces To Treat Scoliosis

Scoliosis didn't keep golfer Stacy Lewis from becoming a top-ranked pro. She spent almost eight years wearing a back brace, yet still had to have surgery.
Jonathan Ferrey Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 2:38 pm

For decades, doctors have been recommending that children with scoliosis wear a back brace so that the sideways curve of the spine doesn't get worse.

But there was scant evidence to prove back braces really help.

And telling a teenage girl she's going to have to wear a brace 18 hours a day for 7 1/2 years, as pro golfer Stacy Lewis did, can be a tough sell for parent and child alike.

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The Picture Show
1:54 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Beyond The Borscht Belt: Life After The Catskills' Heyday Of Hotels

Justin and Victoria.
Courtesy of Bob Skinner

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 9:56 am

Bob Skinner is an architectural photographer by trade who photographs multimillion-dollar properties around New York. He doesn't often photograph people for his commercial work, but by his own admission, he is something of a "people person."

"I've learned that I can stand in the middle of a field with a camera and people will approach me. I'm very approachable. People say, 'You are a magnet,' and they just come up and start speaking with me."

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A Blog Supreme
1:53 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Opera Star Jessye Norman Picks Her Favorite Jazz Singers

In a conversation aired on WBGO, Jessye Norman credits the study of jazz with her understanding of song interpretation.
Carol Friedman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 10:06 am

Jessye Norman's commanding soprano voice makes her the quintessential operatic diva for many listeners. But she frequently draws inspirations from jazz: She ranks singers like Billie Holiday, Mabel Mercer and Sarah Vaughan high on her list of influences.

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Music Interviews
1:53 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

A Young Composer Steps Outside Of Himself (And Into Pop)

Composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone leads the chamber-pop ensemble San Fermin.
Kyle Dean Reinford Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 4:59 pm

In an era when an online single or leaked demo can make or break a band, a young New York composer is taking a chance on a full-blown concept album. Ellis Ludwig-Leone is the 24-year-old, classically trained leader of the group San Fermin, whose self-titled debut tells a 17-song love story.

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The Two-Way
1:52 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Top Stories: Chicago Shootings; Iran's Leader Seeks 'Dialogue'

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 9:26 am

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