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11:58 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Mitch Hurwitz Loves NPR

Melissa Kuypers NPR

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 5:29 pm

If you're anything like me, you probably spent some quality time with your Netflix account earlier this year when, after a seven-year hiatus, Arrested Development released an entire new season all at once. The whole Bluth family is back, along with much of the clever wordplay, subtle jokes that get better on repeat viewings and narration by Ron Howard fans have come to expect. This time, though, each family member gets their own episode. Mitch Hurwitz, who created the show, came in to talk to Fresh Air Host Terry Gross about the favorite dysfunctional family.

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Movie Reviews
11:57 am
Sat August 3, 2013

For Old-School Kvetch Comics, A Catskills Cradle

Jackie Mason is one of a host of comedians interviewed in When Comedy Went to School, a documentary about a generation of Jewish comics and the Catskills resorts that nurtured them.
International Film Circuit

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 4:03 pm

For the charming but skin-deep documentary When Comedy Went to School, filmmakers Mevlut Akkaya and Ron Frank gained enviable access to pioneer stars of Borscht Belt standup.

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Planet Money
11:55 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Episode 476: The Return Of The Indicator*

A pawn shop in Los Angeles, CA.
Thomas Hawk Flickr

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 3:57 pm

*Not really. But sort of.

On today's show, we bring you three Planet Money radio stories, each of which looks at something indicator-ish:

1. The price of gold: What A Falling Gold Price Means For Pawn Shops

2. The Beige Book: The 'Ask Your Uncle' Approach To Economics

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The Two-Way
11:55 am
Sat August 3, 2013

On Twitter, Scott Simon's Long Goodbye To His Mother

Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon documented his mother's final days to his more than 1.2 million Twitter followers.
Stephen Voss NPR

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 4:22 pm

Fans of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday no doubt noticed the absence of longtime host Scott Simon in recent weeks. What started as a well-earned vacation took a somber turn, as Scott told his Twitter followers on July 16 that his mother was in need of an emergency operation. "I can't talk. I'm surrounded by handsome men," he quoted her as saying while she was prepped for surgery.

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All Songs Considered
11:54 am
Sat August 3, 2013

The Old Tiny Desk Gets Demolished

The old NPR building at 635 Massachusetts Ave. NW in Washington, D.C., was torn down in stages. This photo shows what the building looked like in late June.
NPR

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 2:38 pm

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Shots - Health News
11:54 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Will Obamacare Mean Fewer Jobs? Depends On Whom You Ask

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 4:43 pm

Of all the contentious claims about the Affordable Care Act, few have been more contentious than over the impact it's having on employers.

It's hard to pick up a newspaper or turn on a television without seeing a story about some boss cutting workers' hours or saying he won't be doing any more hiring because of the health law.

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Krulwich Wonders...
11:52 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Mysterious Dancing Lights In Afghanistan

Courtesy of Michael Yon

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 12:28 pm

This isn't a painting. It's not from a movie. It's not a strange astronomical event. This is real — what you can see when certain helicopters in Afghanistan touch down on sandy ground, raising dust, causing mysterious arcs of light to loop and dance through the air.

This doesn't always happen. "The halos usually disappear as the rotors change pitch," wrote war photographer Michael Yon. "On some nights, on this very same landing zone, no halos form." How come?

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Deceptive Cadence
11:49 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Creating American Symphonies To Tell 'Distinctly American' Stories

New York-based composer Mohammed Fairouz.
Samantha West Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun August 4, 2013 7:48 am

To say that you're writing a symphony today is a statement, especially for a young composer like me. The challenge is to find just the right way to commandeer the age-old form, to render it fresh and vital once again within an American context.

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The Picture Show
11:48 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Folkstagrams From Newport's Folk Festival

Father John Misty
@tinydesk/NPR

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 4:04 pm

Our music team returned home from the Newport Folk Festival this week, an experience they likened to being at summer camp; "crowded, loud, fun, full of a lot of your favorite people — and you never want to leave."

They might be a little tired, possibly a bit sore and missing their new friends; but these sweet Instagrams make us think it was all worth it. Sleep it off, guys, until next year.

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Planet Money
11:48 am
Sat August 3, 2013

NYT Excerpt: Radical Accounting And The Value Of Ideas

Seattle Municipal Archives

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 3:34 pm

In his New York Times Magazine column this week, Adam Davidson writes about the challenges of measuring productivity in today's economy. Here's an excerpt.

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