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12:34 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Matthew McConaughey, Getting Serious Again

Matthew McConaughey stars as a man on the run from authorities in Jeff Nichols' Mud.
Jim Bridges Roadside Attractions Publicity

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 1:30 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on April 23, 2013.

Matthew McConaughey earned early attention as a sensitive actor with his turn in the 1996 legal drama A Time to Kill -- but since then he has mostly made a career with leading-man roles in romantic comedies like How to Lose a Guy In 10 Days, Failure to Launch and The Wedding Planner.

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Movie Reviews
12:34 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

A Good Girl And A Lost Boy, Looking For A Way Forward

Shailene Woodley, who played George Clooney's rebellious daughter in The Descendants, turns in a splendidly calibrated performance as a soft-spoken good girl who falls hard for a high school party animal (Miles Teller) in The Spectacular Now.
Wilford Harewood

The teen romance The Spectacular Now is by turns goofy, exhilarating, and unreasonably sad — just like being a teenager.

It centers on a fast-talking, hard-drinking high school party animal named Sutter Keely, who boasts of living for today and in the now — instead of, say, studying — and how he takes up with a girl named Aimee, who's the opposite of a party animal.

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All Tech Considered
12:16 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Tech Week That Was: Suspicious Searches, Def Con And Moto X

The press set up to film Army Gen. Keith Alexander, head of the National Security Agency, at the Black Hat hacker conference on Wednesday.
Isaac Brekken AP

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 12:56 pm

Each Friday we round up the big conversations in tech and culture during the week that was. We also revisit the work that appeared on this blog, and highlight what we're reading from our fellow technology writers and observers at other organizations.


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The Two-Way
12:02 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Ohio: 75 Police Officers Face Punishment In Deadly Car Chase

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 8:04 am

Dozens of police officers acted outside the rules and could be disciplined for their role in a massive car chase in Cleveland last fall, according to city leaders, after an official review of the 19-mile pursuit that resulted in two deaths. The review found that 13 officers fired 137 shots. The fleeing driver, Timothy Russell, and his passenger, Malissa Williams, were killed.

Update at 9 a.m. ET, Monday Aug. 5: 75, Not 74, Officers Involved

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Shots - Health News
11:46 am
Fri August 2, 2013

That Face-Lift May Buy You Only Three Years Of Youth

Plastic surgeons tend to say a patient is going to look "refreshed," not younger.

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 2:48 pm

The lighting in the NPR newsroom isn't doing me any favors. Maybe it's time to get some "work" done? Then again, cosmetic surgery makes people look only about three years younger and no more attractive, according to a study that tries to add some objectivity to a very subjective field of medicine.

The researchers took before and after photos of 49 people who underwent facial cosmetic surgery at a private practice in Toronto. The patients ranged in age from 42 to 73. Some had face-lifts and neck-lifts; others had brow-lifts or had their eyelids done.

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The Two-Way
11:41 am
Fri August 2, 2013

WATCH: So Cute! Baby Elephant Splashes In Kiddie Pool

A 300-pound baby playing in a pool.

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 3:14 pm

We'll get back to the real news, soon enough. But right now, we're pausing for a moment of cute.

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NPR Story
11:33 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Texas Oil Boom Drives Up Electricity Prices

Pumpjacks bob their heads in the sunrise, November 2007, in Penwell, Texas. (Joshua Scheide/AP)

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 2:44 pm

The Texas oil boom that’s pumping millions of dollars into the region’s economy is simultaneously wreaking havoc on local towns and businesses.

In an ironic twist of energy fate, the electricity needed to power the oil drilling and production equipment is outpacing the ability of local power grids to transmit it.

That, in turn, is causing price hikes of 20 percent or more for some customers and businesses.

Energy reporter Tom Fowler is covering the issue for the Wall Street Journal.

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Here & Now
11:21 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Bradley Manning 101: What He Revealed

This frame grab image taken from a video shot from a U.S. army Apache helicopter gun-sight, posted at and confirmed as authentic by a senior U.S. military official, shows a group of men in the streets of the New Baghdad district of eastern Baghdad just prior to being fired upon by the helicopter July 12, 2007. In a series of online chats Bradley Manning told of leaking classified diplomatic reports, along with this secret video, to the whistleblower website via AP)

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 2:44 pm

A military judge has acquitted the former intelligence analyst of aiding the enemy, but convicted him of espionage, theft and computer fraud charges.

Army private Bradley Manning had already pleaded guilty to 10 charges, including sending hundreds of thousands of battlefield reports from Iraq and Afghanistan, diplomatic cables sent by state department officials and video clips of battles.

He had refused to plead guilty to more serious allegations, including the charge that he “aided enemies of the U.S.” which carries a life sentence.

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The Protojournalist
11:20 am
Fri August 2, 2013

The Secret Meanings Of Tattoos

beana_cheese Flickr

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 4:26 pm

Concerned that some professional football players may be sporting gang-related tattoos, the NFL is calling in people who are experts in reading the meanings of body ink, CBS Sports reports.

Tattoos may be skin deep, but their significance sometimes goes deeper. The messages sent by body art are an individual's self-expression, but there are recurring motifs that can often tell you something about the wearer.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:19 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Black Holes + Wormholes = Quantum Answers

An artist's impression shows the area around a supermassive black hole at the heart of the galaxy NGC 3783 in the southern constellation of Centaurus. Could a wormhole connect one black hole to another elsewhere in the Universe, creating an entangled pair?
M. Kornmesser ESO

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 8:37 pm

If physicists had a holy grail it would go by the name of Quantum Gravity.

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