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2:32 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Adrian Younge Loves NPR

Melissa Kuypers NPR

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 6:07 pm

Composer and producer Adrian Younge has two new albums, each a collaboration he's hoped to develop for some time. Young combined forces with Wu Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah for Twelve Reasons to Die, an album that plays like a movie score. And out this week is Adrian Younge Presents the Delfonics, which features of the popular '60s soul group's lead singer William Hart.

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All Songs Considered
2:30 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

SXSW 2013: Day Two In Photos

Sky Ferreira plays The Fader Fort at SXSW 2013.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 5:30 pm

Before our eyes were glued to stellar performances by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at our official SXSW showcase on Tuesday — not too mention rapper Le1f's amazing dance moves — we roamed the streets of Austin.

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Planet Money
2:29 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Big College Merit Scholarships Are A Problem (If You Don't Get One)

Kenyon College is a liberal arts college in central Ohio.
Kenyon College

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 9:37 am

A bunch of private colleges have been in a financial aid arms race for years now, offering bigger and bigger merit scholarships to lure the best students.

This is nice for the students who get big merit scholarships. But it's not so nice for everybody else. Colleges have to come up with the money for those merit scholarships somehow — and they've done it in part, by jacking up tuition. (We did a story on this last year.)

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NPR Ombudsman
2:28 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

The Dangers Of Dope-Smoking Ascetics in Kathmandu

Sri Lankan Hindus receive blessings from a priest holding an oil lamp during the Maha Shivaratri festival at a temple in Colombo on March 10, 2013.
Ishara S. Kodikara AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 4:07 pm

It was a short comment stuck in the middle of a 13-second item in a 10 a.m. hourly newscast. The editor said the purpose was to give a break to the intensive coverage of the search for a new Roman Catholic pope, who had not yet been selected, by giving attention to another of the world's great religions, Hinduism.

Many Hindus, however, were neither appreciative nor amused.

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Movie Reviews
2:27 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

'The Call': Not The Best Connection

LAPD 911 operator Jordan Turner (Halle Berry) hopes to turn a fatal failure into a final victory after a serial killer tries to claim a second young victim on her watch.
Greg Gayne TriStar Pictures

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 9:43 am

In the buildup to the climax of Brad Anderson's The Call, a character discovers what the film's villain has been doing with all the teenage girls he's been kidnapping and killing. It's a grisly revelation, and it's played for shock value — both for the audience and for the character making the discovery.

There's only one problem: Early in the film, the body of one of these girls is recovered. So the details of the killer's M.O. shouldn't come as any shock whatsoever to the character that discovers his lair.

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Movie Reviews
2:26 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

'Burt Wonderstone': Vegas, When The Magic Stops

Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) and Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) are Vegas magicians whose gimmicky, vintage-style act is no match for their modern audiences.
Ben Glass Warner Bros. Pictures

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 4:03 pm

There are some funny bits and characters around the edges of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, but its core is empty of humor. In fact, this purported satire of Las Vegas magicians is a three-void circus: the script, the central character and the main performance.

The committee-written screenplay begins with the premise that, 20 years after the illusion-busting Penn and Teller set up in Vegas, there could still be a market for a pair of old-school tricksters who call themselves Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton.

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Movie Reviews
2:26 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

'60s Japan, Aglow 'From Up On Poppy Hill'

In 1963 Japan, Shun (voiced by Anton Yelchin) and Umi (Sarah Bolger) unite to preserve a beloved old building that serves as a clubhouse for young intellectuals at their seaside community school.
Gkids

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 4:03 pm

Of the many wonderful qualities associated with the films of Studio Ghibli — the Japanese animation house co-founded by Hiyao Miyazaki, the visionary director of My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service and Spirited Away — serenity may be the most key. Ghibli productions offer the stirring adventures and magical creatures of their American counterparts, and often operate by a wondrously mysterious internal logic, but they do so without feeling compelled to grab a young audience by the lapels.

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NPR Ombudsman
2:25 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Elderly, Old Or Aine: Three Provocative Takes On A Label

istockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 3:55 pm

My recent post on use of the world "elderly" struck a nerve among many in the over-60 set. Three of the responses were particularly eloquent and with very different views. One offers a French lesson from Quebec, another sees answers in her old pottery and the third is from a certain cantankerous Morning Edition sports commentator and prolific author who says we should all grow up.

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The Record
2:24 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Gangsta Rap Swap Meet Proprietor Wan Joon Kim Has Died

Wan Joon Kim (right), with his son Kirk and wife, Boo Ja, at their stall inside the Compton Swap Meet last January.
Courtesy of Sam Quinones

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 5:49 pm

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Digital Life
2:23 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Modern Dating Is A Group Sport For The Hashtag Generation

Grouper, an online dating service, uses social media to connect people interested in blind dates to create six-person outings.
Julia Robbs Grouper

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 1:22 pm

Love in the age of social media is a many-splendored thing. It's moved past the traditional first date, past the boring dinner and a movie, and whooshed right on by your run-of-the-mill dating website hookup. Modern dating is now a group sport.

And, according to Michael Waxman, you probably shouldn't even call them "dates" anymore.

"We just call them groupers," he says. "And in fact, we have a policy of not using the d-word internally or externally."

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