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8:08 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

Wishing And Hoping, Planning And Dreaming, Even In Extremis

The broken, parted: Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck are a couple separated by a robbery gone wrong in David Lowery's aching Ain't Them Bodies Saints.
Steve Dietl IFC

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 4:03 pm

David Lowery's Ain't Them Bodies Saints begins with what might have been its end.

Ruth (Rooney Mara) and Bob (Casey Affleck) sit in their ramshackle home after a botched robbery. The small-town Texas cops shooting at them have already hit and killed Freddy, the twosome's partner, and Ruth has downed a policeman. They're outnumbered and trapped, and Ruth suggests they run; Bob knows that's suicide.

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Movie Reviews
8:08 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

To 'Austenland,' Where Jane Jokes Go To Die

Keri Russell's Jane Hayes daydreams of the Regency life, complete with suitors as handsome and rough-hewn as Bret McKenzie's Martin, in Austenland, a big-screen adaptation of the Shannon Hale novel.
Giles Keyte Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 5:45 pm

Austenland, a clunky broadside aimed at the cult of Jane Austen, is worth seeing primarily for its end credits, a mix of pop oil and water so joyfully dippy it might have produced a stifled giggle even in Herself.

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Movie Reviews
8:08 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

Lives And History, Through The Eyes Of Big And Small

Forest Whitaker turns in a reserved performance as Cecil Gaines, butler to eight U.S. presidents, including Robin Williams' Dwight D. Eisenhower, in a Lee Daniels drama based on the true story of a White House veteran.
Anne Marie Fox The Weinstein Co.

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 5:59 pm

In their approaches to history, Joshua Michael Stern's Jobs and Lee Daniels' The Butler could hardly be less similar. The former is an example of Victorian-style great-man biography, updated for the iThings era. The latter observes monumental events, mostly involving the civil rights movement, from an Everyman's perspective.

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This Is NPR
8:07 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

2014 Wall Calendar: April

Baltimore-based artist Julianna Brion's illustration designed for the 2014 NPR Wall Calendar.
Julianba Brion NPR

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 3:13 pm

"Living in Baltimore, I walk everywhere I go. I love having access to information and entertainment right in my pocket. With NPR playing through my headphones, I feel connected to the rest of the world, learn new things and meet new people. Lonely walks become a time to cherish and look forward to, even on the dreariest days."

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The Two-Way
8:07 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

Ford Lowers Mileage Rating On Its C-Max Hybrid

A Ford C-MAX hybrid vehicle goes through assembly at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, last November.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 5:05 am

(Updated 8:40 p.m. ET)

Ford on Thursday backpedaled on the stated fuel economy for its C-Max hybrid after customer complaints and an EPA investigation found that the vehicle wasn't living up to its advertised 47 mpg.

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From Scratch
8:07 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

Mark Morris, Dancer And Choreographer

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 3:05 pm

Host Jessica Harris speaks with American dancer and choreographer Mark Morris.

Harris also speaks with sculpting pioneer Andrew Goldsworthy.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

The Record
8:06 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

An American Headliner In China: Metallica's Shanghai Debut

Metallica at a packed concert this week at Shanghai's Mercedes-Benz Arena.
Ross Halfin

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 9:22 am

August is shaping up to be American music month in Shanghai. Metallica, the legendary heavy metal band, has just wrapped up its long-awaited China debut with two packed shows at the city's Mercedes-Benz Arena. This weekend, Limp Bizkit headlines a two-day festival. Next week, Aerosmith plays a Shanghai soccer stadium followed by a concert by Pitbull, the Cuban-American rapper from Miami.

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All Songs Considered
8:06 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

The Good Listener: How Do You Program A Dance Party For Kids?

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 1:06 pm

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NPR Story
8:06 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

More People Choosing To Be Childless, But Still Facing Stigma

(sam sherwood1/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 4:58 pm

American birthrates are lower now than at any time in American history — including the period after the Great Depression.

The trend is consistent across racial, cultural and socioeconomic lines.

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NPR Story
8:06 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

Death Toll Unprecedented In Egypt's Modern History

Members of the Egyptians Army walk among the smoldering remains of the largest protest camp of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, that was cleared by security forces, in the district of Nasr city, Cairo, Egypt. (Ahmed Gomaa/AP)

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 4:58 pm

The violence with which the Egyptian security forces stormed anti-government camps and the still-rising death toll are both shocking and part of a multi-decade pattern in Egyptian history.

The Egyptian government has also declared a month-long “state-of-emergency,” which recalls not only the month-long emergency declared this January, but also comes in the historical context of the 40-year-long “emergency,” which gave sweeping powers to the country’s president and security forces.

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