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1:17 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

As McConnell Aide Holds His Nose, The Senator Stays His Hand

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 7:04 pm

Sen. Mitch McConnell undoubtedly had no illusions that he would be the ideal candidate of Tea Party conservatives.

Still, the Republican leader in the Senate couldn't have expected what sounds like disdain from his own campaign manager.

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Movie Reviews
1:17 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Alone Together, And Learning What That Means

Alvin, who's more than comfortable with solitude, is out to clear his mind on the duo's isolated adventure — but he'll need to learn to tolerate Lance's company first.
Magnolia

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 6:48 pm

There's a certain wonder in watching an artist known for a distinct voice, or for working with a specific set of tools, make a completely credible transition to something else.

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NPR Story
1:13 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Timeline: Myanmar's '8/8/88' Uprising

Demonstrators march on a street in downtown Rangoon in August 1988. Students, civil servants, monks and others joined the protests that summer.
Courtesy of Gaye Paterson

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 4:59 pm

Here are some of the major events surrounding the protests in Myanmar, also known as Burma, in the summer of 1988. A general strike on Aug. 8 of that year prompted weeks of protests, which ended with a brutal crackdown the following month.

September 1987
The government declares several currency denominations worthless, wiping out the savings of many Burmese. A brief student uprising in response foreshadows the widespread unrest that would break out the following year.

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Movie Reviews
1:12 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

For Two Mismatched Newlyweds, A Very Odd 'Year'

The typical romantic comedy might end with the wedding, but for Josh (Rafe Spall) and Nat (Rose Byrne), that's just the beginning of the story of I Give It a Year.
Jules Heath Magnolia

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 5:55 pm

I Give It a Year is about what you'd expect from the warped mind of Dan Mazer — Sacha Baron Cohen's close collaborator on Da Ali G Show­, Borat and Bruno. Which is to say: a raucously funny comic romance that's deaf and blind to the blithe spirit of romantic comedy.

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From Scratch
1:12 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Yancey Strickler, Co-Founder Of Kickstarter

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 4:19 pm

Have you ever had a creative project you were eager to get off the ground but you didn't have the funding to make it happen? Yancey Strickler, co-founder of Kickstarter, has helped to develop an online solution that involves the crowd's participation. Kickstarter connects artists and innovators with potential funders who simply learn about projects by visiting the website.

Yancey, a former music critic, tells Jessica the story of how he and a friend hatched their crowd-sourcing idea in a Brooklyn restaurant, from scratch.

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Law
12:51 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Stop-And-Frisk: Smart Policing Or Violation Of Rights?

A federal judge says New York City's stop-and-frisk policies have violated the rights of thousands of people. Guest Host Celeste Headlee discusses the ruling with Scott Burns of the National District Attorneys Association and criminal justice professor Delores Jones-Brown.

NPR Story
12:45 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Child Safety: Stranger Danger Warning Needs Updating

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 12:54 pm

'Stranger Danger' used to be the mantra parents taught their kids to keep them safe. But now we're learning that strangers aren't the main problem - children are usually harmed by people they already know. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks child safety with a roundtable of experts and parents.

NPR Story
12:45 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Why Not Take That Marriage Out For A Test Ride?

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 12:51 pm

With so many marriages ending in divorce today, some people wonder if the legal definition of marriage needs updating. One lawyer, Paul Rampell, says maybe it's time to consider 'leasing' your marriage - with the option to renew. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to Rampell about his idea.

NPR Story
12:45 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Explaining Health Care Exchanges

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 12:51 pm

If health care exchanges have you confused, you're not alone. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to health reporter Mary Agnes Carey about the next phase of the Affordable Care Act.

Movie Reviews
12:41 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Vignettes Of Georgia Make For A Gloomy, Gray Collage

Ramin Iremadze, 13, is one of a dozen Georgians who responded to a filmmaker's call for young people with compelling stories to tell. His tale takes us to a rural mountain village, and deep within the culture of the former Soviet republic.
Icarus Films

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 4:03 pm

Considered in pieces, The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear is poignant and often hard to watch. Tinatin Gurchiani's documentary takes an episodic look at contemporary youth in her home country of Georgia, weaving together a series of vignettes featuring young people Gurchiani found by putting out a casting call for anyone ages 15-25 who thought their lives were suited for film.

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