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It's All Politics
5:21 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Partial Delay In Health Law Challenges Obama More Than Foes

The Affordable Care Act's foes have long had a simpler message than its supporters. The postponement of the law's employer mandate continues that trend.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

It's too soon, obviously, to know how the Obama administration's decision to delay by a year the imposition of penalties on large employers that fail to provide health insurance to their workers will ultimately play out, politically.

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Around the Nation
4:48 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Gettysburg Swells As Throngs Mark Civil War's Turning Point

Men dressed as members of the Union infantry demonstrate battalion formations for tourists.
Chris Connelly NPR

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 4:15 pm

About three dozen men dressed in Confederate Army uniforms woke Wednesday morning on historical campgrounds at the iconic Gettysburg battlefield. Soggy from the night's rain, they warmed themselves by the fire and cooked up bacon and potatoes.

The re-enactors joined hundreds of others camping out to show visitors what life may have been like for Civil War soldiers. It's part of a huge display the National Parks Service is putting on to mark the Battle of Gettysburg's 150th anniversary.

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This Is NPR
4:35 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Zack Snyder Loves NPR

Arezou Rezvani NPR

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 3:33 pm

It's never an easy task to remake a beloved part of American culture, but director Zack Snyder took the challenge with Superman in his new film Man of Steel, starring Henry Cavill as the man himself and Amy Adams as Lois Lane.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
4:34 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

More Is Different: Nature's Unruly Complexity

Like layers in a pizza, each layer of material organization in Nature needs to be understood on its own terms and cannot be reduced to a base that explains the whole.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 3:03 pm

According to reductionism, every system, no matter how complex, can be understood in terms of the behavior of its basic constituents. The focus is on the bottom layer of the material chain: matter is made of molecules; molecules of atoms; atoms of electrons, protons, and neutrons; protons and neutrons of quarks; we don't know if the buck stops here or not.

At the biological level, organisms are composed of organs; organs of cells; cells of organic macromolecules; those of many atoms, etc.

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NPR Story
4:34 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

For Texas Republicans, A Cautionary Timeline From Calif.

A protest march against presidential hopeful Bob Dole, California Gov. Pete Wilson, and GOP policies concerning AIDS and illegal immigration, outside the Beverly Hills Hotel in 1995.
Mark J. Terrill AP

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 4:48 pm

All this week, NPR is taking a look at the demographic changes that could reshape the political landscape in Texas over the next decade — and what that could mean for the rest of the country.

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The Record
4:33 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

When Pop Stars Flirt With Bad Taste

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Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 9:30 am

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Deceptive Cadence
4:25 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

The Innovative Mosaic Of American Symphonies

Conductor JoAnn Falletta.
Cheryl Gorski courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 11:34 am

  • Hear JoAnn Falletta's Discussion With Robert Siegel

Our country's culture is a vast conglomeration of more than 200 years of influences from all over the world. We have taken what began as an extraordinary European tradition and expanded that legacy on American soil. We have added our essential egalitarianism, our love of experimentation, our inclusiveness and our boldness to the very form of the symphony. Americans have not been bound by one definition of the symphony, and composers have applied that formal name to pieces of varying length, structure and content.

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Movie Reviews
4:25 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

An Adult Education, But Who's Doing The Teaching Here?

Liam James plays Duncan, a boy of few words but many a feeling, in The Way, Way Back, in which a fractured family discovers a little something about itself on a seaside vacation.
Claire Folger Fox Searchlight

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 1:39 pm

So here's the latest cinematic scoop on the New American Family: The kids are all right — or would be if the grownups stopped acting like stoked toddlers and got with the program.

That may or may not be true in real life. From where I sit, helicopter parents pose a more potent threat to child development than footloose adults. But the proposition will strike joy into the hearts of teenagers, who are the primary target audience for the brisk new movie The Way, Way Back. Adults are welcome too, but they should know they're in for a drubbing.

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NPR Story
4:22 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Applying 'Moneyball' Methods To The NBA

Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) looks to move past Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce (34) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Monday, March 18, 2013. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 9:10 am

You’re probably familiar with the Brad Pitt movie, “Moneyball” — or the book it was based on by Michael Lewis. The financially strapped Oakland A’s, unable to afford the best players, put together a successful team using data analysis.

Houston native and Rockets fan Muthu Alagappan is trying to do the same for basketball.

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NPR Story
4:16 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

A Look At The Economy Midway Through 2013

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 12:45 pm

This week marks the halfway point of the year. Where is the economy today?

This also is the 4th anniversary of the start of the “recovery.” The GDP has been growing non-stop since late June or early July of 2009.

Have most people now completely recovered financially?

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