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The Record
2:13 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Small-Town Audio Geeks Bring Big Sounds To The Dance Floor

Fulcrum Acoustic engineer Rich Frembes (left) and founder Dave Gunness pose in their workshop. The company produces more than 2,000 speakers a year, often testing and tweaking the units obsessively to meet each client's specific needs.
Andrea Shea

Originally published on Sun July 7, 2013 1:21 pm

The headquarters of Fulcrum Acoustic is only an hour outside Boston, but finding the audio company can be tricky: Its address in Whitinsville, a quaint former industrial village in Massachusetts' Blackstone Valley, doesn't register on GPS. Fulcrum's founder, Dave Gunness, opened his workshop here five years ago and says people still have trouble finding it.

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Sunday Puzzle
2:13 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Easy As One, Two, Three Initials

NPR Graphic

Originally published on Sun July 7, 2013 1:21 pm

On-air challenge: You're given the three-word names of famous people. For each one, you get a clue to a familiar three-word phrase or title that has the same initials as the person. Name the phrase or title. For example, singer Billy Ray Cyrus has the initials B-R-C. And B-R-C are also the initials of the phrase "Blue ribbon commission."

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You Must Read This
2:12 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

'Rock Crystal' Tells Of Catastrophe's Quiet Avoidance

Originally published on Sun July 7, 2013 6:03 am

Susan Choi's latest book is My Education.

Long, long ago — maybe some time in the 17th century — and far, far away — but almost certainly somewhere in the Alps — two valleys lay next to each other, ringed by high mountains and linked by a sole, lonely path. One unusually warm Christmas Eve two children set out on the path from the northward valley, through pine forest and over the pass, to visit their grandmother in the valley to the south.

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The Protojournalist
2:10 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Haiku In The News: Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon on Saturday in London, England.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 7, 2013 4:13 am

"Novak Djokovic

reached the Wimbledon final

with a five-set win."

From a caption on ESPN.com

Submitted by: Ryan Eshleman, who listens to NPR on 90.7 WMRA in Harrisonburg, Va.

(If you find examples of Haiku in the News, please send them to: protojournalist@npr.org. You could win a Protojournalist Prizepak.)

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Movie Interviews
2:10 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

The Man Who Helps Johnny Depp Put His Face On

With a long history of Johnny Depp collaborations — from Edward Scissorhands through the Pirates of the Caribbean films to this summer's The Lone Ranger — Joel Harlow knows that sometimes you've just gotta ignore the dead crow and get on with the job.
Peter Mountain Walt Disney Pictures

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 11:49 am

When Joel Harlow started his career, he was perfectly happy sleeping on the floor — as long as he was making monsters. He was doing what he always wanted: working as a makeup artist.

Years later, Harlow is no longer using peanut butter for monster touch-ups (yes, that happened). He's worked with actor Johnny Depp on about a dozen films with some rather makeup-heavy characters.

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The Protojournalist
2:09 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Elevator Pitch: To Abolish The U.S. Constitution

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 5:40 am

Asked to make a 30-second case for On Constitutional Disobedience — his 2013 book that advocates abolishing the U.S. Constitution — Louis Michael Seidman, a constitutional law professor at Georgetown University Law Center, says:

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The Picture Show
2:09 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Combat Frock: Women Re-Enact The Civil War

A Union Army band marches into the "Crossroads of Destiny" battle at the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Re-enactment, on Thursday. The re-enactment activities officially began Thursday and last through Sunday.
Chloe Coleman NPR

Originally published on Sun July 7, 2013 8:14 pm

This week marked the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, and in the spirit of the Fourth of July, a friend and I set out to experience our first Civil War re-enactment. Armed with my camera, I attended the re-enactment of the battle with a specific question in mind: What inspired women to participate?

I originally wondered why women would want to put on heavy clothing in the July heat and re-enact a time when they had a lot less freedom, and both participants and enthusiastic spectators were more than willing to explain.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:08 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Cheick Hamala Diabate: Tiny Desk Concert

Cheick Hamala Diabate performs a Tiny Desk Concert in the NPR Music offices.
NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:23 pm

There was an awful lot of dancing going on the first time I stumbled upon the music of Cheick Hamala Diabate. On the dance floor at U Street's Tropicalia that night was a rich cross-section of D.C. life, all entranced by the music of Mali.

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Parallels
2:08 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

What A Fella Has To Do To Get A Drink Around The Muslim World

Bottles of alcohol are gathered to be smashed by Taliban authorities in Kabul in 2001.
B.K. Bangash AP

Originally published on Sat July 6, 2013 4:00 pm

Reporting in the Middle East and Afghanistan can be challenging enough between dodging the bullets and bureaucracy. But, equally as confounding can be figuring out how and where to have a cold one after a hard day's work. The range of alcohol laws in Muslim countries can be simply dizzying.

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It's All Politics
2:04 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Egypt Confronts Obama With Yet Another Limit To His Power

Egyptian supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood hold pictures of deposed President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo on Friday.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 2:28 pm

As if President Obama's presidency hadn't been humbled enough by the limitations placed on him by the partly GOP-controlled Congress, there's always the recurring problem of Egypt.

The crisis of democracy in that country, specifically the military coup that overthrew former President Mohammed Morsi, has left Obama mostly a spectator to events.

Indeed, he is even less free than the average observer of the events in Egypt since he can't even use the word "coup" to describe the change in government there.

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