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10:47 am
Fri July 12, 2013

'Pacific' Overture: The Apocalypse, Off To A Bang-Up Start

Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi are the human co-pilots who mind-meld to control the giant Jaegers — massive robots engineered to fight rampaging sea monsters — in Pacific Rim, a kaiju-film homage from director Guillermo del Toro.
Kerry Hayes Warner Brothers

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 3:44 pm

The simple pleasures of watching Godzilla or Ultraman doing battle on Saturday afternoon television have proved difficult to re-create since their heyday in the '70s and '80s. Big-budget Hollywood attempts to replicate the experience tend to not just be failures, but disastrous, highly polished failures on an epic scale: Roland Emmerich's 1998 take on Godzilla, for instance, or Michael Bay's Transformers series.

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Movie Reviews
10:43 am
Fri July 12, 2013

'Terms And Conditions' And Us — Oh, My ...

NPR's digital platforms) may have you agreeing to some surprising things. Cullen Hoback's documentary Terms and Conditions May Apply illustrates just how many — and just how much control we've obligingly signed away." href="/post/terms-and-conditions-and-us-oh-my" class="noexit lightbox">
Take It Or Leave It: The legalese you accept when you use Facebook or iTunes (or NPR's digital platforms) may have you agreeing to some surprising things. Cullen Hoback's documentary Terms and Conditions May Apply illustrates just how many — and just how much control we've obligingly signed away.
Variance Films

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 12:06 pm

I'm 45, single, substantially in debt and way too susceptible to jokes about redheads. And I'm telling you these things upfront because ... why not? It wouldn't be all that hard for you — or your Big Brother — to find out.

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NPR Ombudsman
10:42 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Listening To You And The Talk Of The Nation

Neal Conan leaves the studio after signing off for the last time as host of Talk of the Nation. He was greeted by a standing ovation from the newsroom.
Kainaz Amaria/NPR

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 3:59 pm

I feel your pain.

Hundreds of you have written to complain about the cancellation of Talk of the Nation. If there is a common thread to your comments — other than anger and disappointment at NPR — it is that you really liked that Talk of the Nation spent time to dig into subjects. A three-minute news story on Morning Edition became a 15 or 30-minute discussion with experts and with ordinary Americans phoning in from across the country.

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This Is NPR
10:41 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Liev Schreiber Loves NPR

Melissa Kuypers NPR

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 4:40 pm

Liev Schreiber plays the titular character in the new Showtime series Ray Donovan. It's about a Hollywood clean-up man who works outside the law to help celebrities avoid scandal. Schreiber came in to talk to Fresh Air Host Dave Davies about character development on TV and in the theater, his career and even his mom.

"I haven't ever met a Ray Donovan, but I know that they [Hollywood clean-up men] have been around for as long as Hollywood has been around," Schreiber says about his character. "There are these jobs that need to get done that lawyers can't handle."

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Movie Reviews
10:40 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Adam Sandler, Insisting Again That He's A Really Great Guy

Improbably or not, Salma Hayek (left) and Adam Sandler (far right) are a couple again in Grown Ups 2. Billed as a comedy, the film also features Kevin James, Alexys Nicole Sanchez, Chris Rock, Maria Bello and David Spade, who in this scene are all pretending to laugh at something that in all likelihood involves poo.
Tracy Bennett Sony Pictures

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 4:03 pm

Two decades ago, when stupid Hollywood comedies were relatively smart, they lampooned their own sequelitis with titles like Hot Shots! Part Deux. The genre has become less knowing since then, so the follow-up to 2010's Grown Ups is named simply Grown Ups 2.

Grown Ups Minus 2 would be more apt.

Like its predecessor, this is a vehicle for Adam Sandler, his pals and whatever they think they can get away with. That means some creepy sexual insinuations, if not so many as the first time.

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Movie Reviews
10:39 am
Fri July 12, 2013

A New Day, A Last Day, For One Man At 'Fruitvale Station'

Michael B. Jordan plays Oscar Grant, an Oakland man with a checkered past and a new determination to get his life right — until one terrible night at Fruitvale Station.
The Weinstein Co.

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 5:19 pm

Fruitvale Station, on the Oakland side of the San Francisco Bay: Grainy cellphone video from a day, four years ago, that commanded the nation's attention. Several young black men sit on a transit station platform, white transit police officers standing over them. There's shouting, scuffling, but nothing that looks worrisome.

Then what sounds like a shot.

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Movie Reviews
10:39 am
Fri July 12, 2013

A Kindergarten, A Story And A Life In Shambles

Mads Mikkelsen's Lukas is a recently divorced kindergarten teacher whose life is turned upside down when officials leap to conclusions after a 5-year-old says something that suggests improper conduct.

Originally published on Sat July 13, 2013 5:39 pm

Lukas works in a Danish kindergarten, and it's clear he's in the right place: When the kids look at him, they see a great big toy.

That's especially true for 5-year-old Klara, the lonely daughter of Lukas' best friend, Theo. Klara's folks fight a lot, and her teenage brother is too busy looking at dirty pictures with his buddies to pay her much attention.

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All Tech Considered
10:38 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Robert Siegel Helps Us Test Out Instagram Embedding

Host Robert Siegel and NPR News Senior Vice President Margaret Low Smith in 2012.
Stephen Voss

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 6:30 pm

As you might have read, media sharing app Instagram added a new feature this week. You can now embed Instagram photos and videos on your site.

The rollout of Instagram video didn't go smoothly, as an unknown number of users lost their inaugural videos to processing problems. So I'm putting video uploading and embedding to the test, with the help of my pal and yours, All Things Considered host Robert Siegel.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
10:37 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Running The Paleo-Race, Celebrating Meat

Predator or prey? You'll have to choose sides when you take part in a Track Meat event.
Courtesy of Track Meat

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 3:07 pm

Looking for an unusual 5K obstacle race this summer? Feeling a need to reconnect with a 40,000-year-ago paleo lifestyle? Craving some meat?

For anyone who can get to Lake Odessa, Michigan, on August 10, Track Meat may be the event for you.

At Track Meat, competitors will sign up to run as prey or predator. Dressing as "cavemen or cavewomen" is optional.

The organizers' philosophy is pithy enough:

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Planet Money
10:36 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Where The Jobs Are (And Where They Aren't), In 1 Graph

Jobs and wages

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 5:21 pm

It's been five and a half years since the recession started, and four years since the recovery began. It's been a brutal time for the U.S. job market (obviously), and the picture is still pretty bleak.

But when you look at individual industries, you see a more nuanced picture. Many industries have lost jobs, but others are employing more people than ever.

To see how the jobs picture has changed since the start of the recession, we created the graph below. Here's how it works:

  • The size of the circle represents the number of jobs in each industry today.
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