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7:28 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Shambolic VMAs And Hollywood In The White House

NPR

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 8:03 am

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Just a few weeks ago, when Linda Holmes was out of town, we decided to extend the opportunity for a scrappy newcomer named Audie Cornish to get a bit of much-needed NPR airtime. Today? She's one of the hosts of All Things Considered. (Okay, she was one of the hosts of All Things Considered before we put her on Pop Culture Happy Hour, but stick around. I'm going somewhere with this.)

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The Two-Way
7:27 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Congressman: Intercepted Talks Prove Syria Used Chemical Weapons

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 8:02 pm

Obama administration officials briefed members of Congress on Thursday on the intelligence they say proves it was Syrian President Bashar Assad who used chemical weapons against his own people.

Frank Thorp, of NBC News, and Reuters report that after the conference call, Rep. Eliot Engel, a Democrat from New York, said the administration told them intercepted communications from high level officials proved it was the regime, not the rebels who used chemical weapons.

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The Two-Way
7:27 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Six Flags Says World's 'Tallest Drop Ride' To Open In 2014

The the 41-story Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom is scheduled to be complete in 2014.
Six Flags

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 7:36 pm

Talk about terrifying: Six Flags announced today that it is building the world's "tallest drop ride" at New Jersey's Six Flags Great Adventure.

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Code Switch
7:21 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

About This Miley Cyrus Business ...

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 6:35 pm

So people have been hitting us up on Twitter and asking us to weigh in on the disasterpiece that was Miley Cyrus' performance at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. Perhaps you've heard someone mention it? There was twerking and teddy bears and boatloads of, uh, racial tone deafness.

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Movie Reviews
7:21 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

With De Palma, Too Much 'Passion' Is Precisely Enough

Is that Noomi Rapace's Isabelle behind the mask (and the knife)? Could be. Probably is. Passion is nothing if not a genre flick β€” though genre films do come with their twists.
Entertainment One

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 5:31 pm

A pivotal moment in Passion, Brian De Palma's resplendent erotic thriller, centers on a splash of red.

An obvious color, maybe, but one that matters because the scene leading up to it β€” a tour de force of suspenseful montage that cuts between one character watching a ballet and another preparing for bed β€” is defined visually by the dark-blue canvases of the dance piece's set, and by the way they blend into the increasingly conspicuous blue filters used to film the rest of the scene.

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This Is NPR
7:19 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

NPR In The News: Summer of '63 Edition

NPR's Michele Norris on Morning Joe. She joined the MSNBC program on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
screenshot from MSNBC.com

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 4:24 pm

The NPR special series The Summer of '63 culminated yesterday with the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. As other media followed and discussed the events happening here in DC, NPR's work was highlighted and our journalists were asked to be a part of their conversations.

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It's All Politics
6:27 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

6 Things To Keep In Mind As Obama Confronts Syria

President Obama pauses after answering questions from the news media during his meeting with Baltic leaders at the White House on Friday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 7:07 pm

As President Obama attempts to make good on his threats to punish Syrian officials for crossing a "red line" by allegedly using deadly chemical weapons, he's being buffeted by political crosscurrents.

Some arise from the structure of U.S. democracy itself, and the balance of powers between the branches. Others emerge from the nation's particular state of mind after more than a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Here are six points to keep in mind as Obama considers how best to demonstrate American resolve to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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The Two-Way
5:57 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Microsoft, Google Say They're Moving Forward With NSA Lawsuit

An employee stands at the Microsoft booth during the 2013 Computex in Taipei on June 4, 2013.
Mandy Cheng AFP/Getty Images

Microsoft and Google say they will go forward with a lawsuit against the U.S. government that seeks to make information about surveillance requests public.

The two giants filed the lawsuit earlier this summer, but were negotiating with the government to reach an agreement.

In a blog post, Brad Smith, a Microsoft vice president and general counsel, said those negotiations failed.

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Parallels
5:04 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

How Do You Say ...? For Some Words, There's No Easy Translation

Ella Frances Sanders Maptia

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 6:01 pm

Just as good writing demands brevity, so, too, does spoken language. Sentences and phrases get whittled down over time. One result: single words that are packed with meaning, words that are so succinct and detailed in what they connote in one language that they may have no corresponding word in another language.

Such words aroused the curiosity of the folks at a website called Maptia, which aims to encourage people to tell stories about places.

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The Two-Way
4:36 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

NPR And On-Air Credits: The End Of A Thank You

Starting Monday morning, you may notice something a little different about NPR's flagship news magazines. Morning Edition producer Jim Wildman sent us this essay about a little change that means a lot to him:

Today with little fanfare, NPR News ended its long tradition of on-air, end-of-program credits for employees behind the curtain β€” the producers, editors, engineers, librarians, and others who help create NPR's signature programs and signature reporting.

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