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Monkey See
4:17 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

A Comic-Con Diary, Day One: Faces In The Crowd And A Book In The Middle

Fans crowd the entrance to the San Diego Convention Center on the first day of Comic-Con International 2013 in San Diego.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 12:35 pm

Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon is headed to San Diego Comic-Con. He's filing periodic updates from one of the largest media events in the world.

Special note: If you're at SDCC, there will be an unofficial Pop Culture Happy Hour meetup in the Marina Bar at the Marriott Marquis and Marina Friday at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time. (Don't get excited, It'll just be Glen handing out PCHH pins.)

9:02 a.m. (all times PT): I am sitting in a boat between Goth Wonder Woman and an entertainment lawyer.

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Monkey See
4:16 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

In Which We Consider 'Turbo,' But Do Not Quite Write A Review Of It

Turbo, center, is the hero of an unlikely adventure involving six or seven talking mollusks, a similar number of humans willing to gamble large sums of money on them, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. And they say Hollywood doesn't have any new ideas.
DreamWorks Animation

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 1:27 pm

When I was passing out assignments for this week's movie reviews, I noticed that none of my critics had raised a hand to bid for Turbo -- you know, the DreamWorks animated comedy about a sheltered suburban garden snail who dreams of racing in the Indy 500, and the scrappy squad of Van Nuys strip-mall snails who, with the help of an ethnically diverse array of down-on-their-luck shopkeepers, help him make that dream come true.

Wait, I think I've just figured out why I ended up with this assignment my own self.

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NPR Ombudsman
4:14 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Mideast Report: April — June, 2013

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 7:46 am

Former foreign editor John Felton conducts quarterly, independent, reviews of NPR's Israeli-Palestinian coverage. His second-quarter 2013 report is now available online.

Felton reviewed the 51 radio stories, interviews and other reports that aired on NPR's daily radio shows from April through June, as well as 25 blogs, news stories and other reports carried exclusively on NPR's website.

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Planet Money
4:14 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Episode 422: Schoolhouse Rock Is A Lie (Or, How The Filibuster Ate Washington)

Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 11:03 am

On our show today, we tell you everything you need to know about the filibuster, including:

  • What Schoolhouse Rock didn't tell us
  • Why Aaron Burr and Jimmy Stewart are the two great villains in filibuster history
  • How Senators can now filibuster bills without having to talk for hours on end
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The Two-Way
4:14 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

How President Obama 'Showed His Brother Card'

President Obama during his appearance at the White House on Friday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 7:25 pm

(Click here for updates we added after this post was published.)

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Business
4:14 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

New Smartphone Upgrade Plans Can Be Costly In The Long Run

Nearly 60 percent of Americans have smartphones, up from just 8 percent five years ago.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

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

Three of the four major wireless companies are out with new plans for those who want the latest smartphone sooner. The plans, with names like Verizon Edge and AT&T Next, essentially let you rent a phone for six months or a year and then trade it in for a new one — but there's a catch.

"You're paying essentially twice," says Avi Greengart, who is research director for consumer devices at Current Analysis and does some consulting for the industry.

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Movie Interviews
4:14 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Kristen Wiig: That Loud, Strange Lady Isn't Me

Kristen Wiig (with Darren Criss) stars in Girl Most Likely as a hard-luck case who learns how to reboot her disastrous life after she's forced to move back in with her mom.
Nicole Rivelli Roadside Attractions

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

For seven seasons on Saturday Night Live, actress Kristen Wiig made us laugh — laugh hard — with her off-the-wall, over-the-top characters, from Sue, the woman who loved surprises a little too much, to the unnervingly exuberant Target Lady.

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NPR Story
3:18 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

What Bankruptcy Means For Detroit Residents, Businesses

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 3:45 pm

Swamped by 18-billion-dollars in debt, Detroit’s state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr has filed the largest-ever municipal bankruptcy in American history.

The filing sets the stage for a battle with the city’s creditors and raises all kinds of questions about city services and whether retired city workers will get their pensions.

But Orr says the bankruptcy is the “first step toward restoring the city.”

We look at whether residents can still access city services, and how the bankruptcy filing will affect parts of the city that are seeing growth.

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NPR Story
3:18 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Aurora Shooting Survivor Stands Strong

Aurora theater shooting victim Marcus Weaver speaks with members of the media following the arraignment of Aurora shooting suspect James Holmes, at district court in Centennial, Colo., on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (Brennan Linsley/AP)

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 1:47 pm

One year after the Aurora movie theater shooting, Marcus Weaver says he’s still recovering emotionally and physically, but he’s moving forward.

Weaver was shot in the arm and his friend Rebecca Wingo was killed that day, but he’s relying on his faith and his relationships with family members and other victims to heal and keep the emotional trauma at bay.

Interview Highlights: Marcus Weaver

On nightmares and PTSD

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The Two-Way
3:17 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Chicago School System Plans More Layoffs

The Chicago Public Schools system is again in the spotlight after announcing late Thursday that it will lay off more than 2,100 employees — nearly half of them teachers. The laid-off educators account for 4 percent of the system's faculty, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

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