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Sunday Puzzle
12:10 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Hiding In Plain Sight

NPR Graphic

Originally published on Sun March 31, 2013 9:25 am

On-air challenge: You will be given some words. For each one, you provide a four-letter word that can follow the first to complete a familiar two-word phrase. The four letters of the second word can always be found inside the first word. For example, given "personal," the answer would be "loan."

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You Must Read This
12:07 am
Mon April 1, 2013

In Alice McDermott's 'Charming Billy', Love Turns To Grief

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 9:12 am

Harold Augenbraum is the executive director of the National Book Foundation.

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The Salt
12:06 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Italy's Chocolate Easter Eggs: Big, Bold And Full Of Bling

In 2012, an Italian chocolatier presented Benedict XVI, now pope emeritus, with a 6.5-foot-tall chocolate Easter egg weighing some 550 pounds.
L'Osservatore Romano AP

Originally published on Sun March 31, 2013 4:42 am

In Italy, there are no Easter egg hunts, no marshmallow Peeps and definitely no jelly beans.

Instead, there are chocolate eggs — massive, elaborately decorated, beautifully wrapped chocolate Easter eggs that now fill shop windows across the country. The sweet treats are considered Italians' food gift of choice at this time of year. And each one comes with a surprise tucked inside.

"You want something that really gives a big effect," says Rome-based food writer Elizabeth Minchilli.

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The Two-Way
12:06 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Two Of Four: Syracuse, Wichita State Headed To Atlanta

Syracuse forward C.J. Fair (No. 5) shoots over Marquette forward Jamil Wilson (No. 0) during the second half of the East Regional final in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament on Saturday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Sun March 31, 2013 9:50 am

Syracuse and Wichita State won their games on Saturday to become the first two teams to make it to the Final Four this season, one step closer to the NCAA men's basketball title.

In the first game of the day, No. 4-seeded Syracuse dominated No. 3 Marquette 55-39 in the East Regional final. The win earned Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim his first trip to the semifinals since 2003.

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The Record
12:06 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Phil Ramone, A Record Producer Who Made Simplicity Sound Sublime, Dies

Phil Ramone in New York in 1997.
Ken Weingart Getty Images

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 4:17 pm

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Movie Interviews
12:06 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Why Actor James McAvoy Almost Turned Down 'Trance'

In director Danny Boyle's upcoming film Trance, James McAvoy plays Simon, an art auctioneer whose gambling problem pushes him into an awkward relationship with a group of criminals.
Fox Searchlight Pictures

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 5:25 pm

Scottish actor James McAvoy stars in the new heist thriller Trance. It's the latest film from director Danny Boyle, best known for the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire.

In Trance, McAvoy plays Simon, an art auctioneer with a gambling problem who ends up mixed in with a gang of criminals.

Although the 33-year-old has been dying to work with Boyle for years, he says he almost didn't take the part.

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Author Interviews
12:06 am
Mon April 1, 2013

'Game Over': Mixing Sports And Politics

The New Press

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 5:27 pm

The uneasy confluence of sports and politics is featured in a new book by The Nation's Dave Zirin, called Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down.

During the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War, athletes routinely made their political views known. In some cases, that isolated them from sports fans. In other cases, their influence led to real change. But in recent decades, those voices fell silent. Some say the siren's call of endorsement deals made them gun-shy about speaking their minds.

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Movies I've Seen A Million Times
12:06 am
Mon April 1, 2013

The Movie Saoirse Ronan Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Alicia Silverstone (from left), Brittany Murphy and Stacey Dash in Clueless.
Elliot Marks AP

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 5:25 pm

The weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen A Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

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The Record
12:04 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Remembering Paul Williams, Founder Of Rock Magazine 'Crawdaddy!'

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 11:16 am

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Simon Says
12:04 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Humble Gestures Are New Pope's Symbol Of Service

Pope Francis washes the feet of a prisoner at the Casal Del Marmo Youth Detention Center during the mass of the Lord's Supper on Thursday in Rome.
L'Osservatore Romano Getty Images

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 3:55 pm

Sometimes great change can be revealed in small gestures. This week Pope Francis knelt on the stone floor of a detention facility in Rome to wash and kiss the feet of 12 young inmates.

Other popes have carried out this rite on Holy Thursday. It is a ceremony to emulate the way Jesus washed the feet of his 12 apostles at the Last Supper, just before he was tried and crucified.

But previous popes have washed the feet of priests in Rome's grand, golden St. John Lateran Basilica. Pope Francis went to a penitentiary to wash the feet of prisoners.

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