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11:09 am
Sat March 9, 2013

'5 Broken Cameras' And Blaming The Victim On The West Bank

Emad Burnat, a Palestinian who co-directed the Oscar-nominated documentary 5 Broken Cameras, displays the cameras destroyed by Israeli settlers and security forces.
Kino Lorbor Inc. AP

Originally published on Sun March 10, 2013 9:15 am

In the 1980s, psychologists at Stanford University studying student reaction to television stories on the 1983 massacre of hundreds of Palestinians at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon discovered a curious phenomenon.

The killings were done by a Maronite Christian militia allied with Israel, which was then occupying the country. The six TV stories noted that there was some question as to how much Israeli troops empowered or allowed the slaughter.

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All Songs Considered
11:09 am
Sat March 9, 2013

Time To Shake: Clutch's Earth-Rocking One-Two Punch

Dirk Behlau Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 3:34 pm

There's a statement of intent in the sequence of an album's opening one-two punch. There's Harvey Milk's The Pleaser, a title reversal of set 'em up ("Down") and knock 'em down ("Get It Up & Get It On").

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Monkey See
11:09 am
Sat March 9, 2013

'American Idol' Makes A Play For A Little Variety

The top 10 contestants on this year's American Idol. Clockwise from top left: Lazaro Arbos, Amber Holcomb, Paul Jolley, Curtis Finch, Jr., Janelle Arthur, Kree Harrison, Devin Velez, Burnell Taylor, Angie Miller and Candice Glover.
Michael Becker Fox

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 9:01 am

Last night, the 10 American Idol finalists were announced, and one thing is for sure: the five-year streak of pleasant-seeming, guitar-playing white dudes (in reverse order: Phillip Phillips, Scotty McCreery, Lee DeWyze, Kris Allen, and David Cook) is over.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
11:08 am
Sat March 9, 2013

Stacy Rowles On Piano Jazz

Stacy Rowles on the cover of Tell It Like It Is.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 10:46 am

Stacy Rowles once wrote a note to her father, pianist and composer Jimmy Rowles, stating: "Dear Dad, if you buy me a flugelhorn, I'll play the [expletive] out of it." Indeed she did, and she picked up singing, as well. A longtime mainstay on the Los Angeles jazz scene, Rowles worked with the all-female quintet the Jazzbirds, led by the late multi-instrumentalist Betty O'Hara, as well as the Jazz Tap Ensemble and the DIVA Big Band.

Recently, host Marian McPartland remembered this 2001 session with Rowles.

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Mountain Stage
11:06 am
Sat March 9, 2013

Arthur Alligood On Mountain Stage

Arthur Alligood
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Sun March 10, 2013 7:44 am

Singer-songwriter Arthur Alligood makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.V. Alligood won the 2011 Mountain Stage NewSong contest, beating out more than 2,000 other entries based on the quality of his songwriting and performances.

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Three-Minute Fiction
11:05 am
Sat March 9, 2013

Everything's Under Control

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 7:20 pm



Pickup sis. It's me ...

Listen, I'm in jail — but I'm not asking for bail this time. I just need you to make some phone calls since I only get the one.

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Movie Reviews
11:04 am
Sat March 9, 2013

The Horror And 'The Silence' Of Everyday Crimes

Twenty-three years after Timo (Wotan Wilke Mohring) witnesses a terrible crime, echoes of that act return to haunt his young family (Claudia Michelsen).
Music Box Films

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 6:26 pm

The Silence, an assured first feature from Swiss-born director Baran Bo Odar, has more on its mind than most crime thrillers. Among other things, the movie is about the banality of evil, and its precipitating event — the rape and panicked murder of an 11-year-old girl just outside her bucolic home town in Germany — is handled with matter-of-fact naturalism and a disciplined feel for the horror of what we can't see.

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The Two-Way
11:03 am
Sat March 9, 2013

Trademark Board Hears Challenge To 'Redskins' Team Name

Owner Dan Snyder's Washington Redskins team faces a challenge from Native Americans over its right to trademark the name, which they say is offensive.
Tim Sloan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 5:44 am

A group of Native Americans says the NFL's Washington Redskins should not be allowed to trademark the team name, which they say is offensive. The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, part of the U.S. Patent Office, heard the case Thursday.

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This Is NPR
11:00 am
Sat March 9, 2013

NPR Generation Listen: Join The Tribe

Betsy Martin NPR

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 5:12 pm

Were you a backseat baby? Were you strapped into your car seat and forced to listen to NPR in the 80's and 90's? If so, high fives to your smart parents.

If you weren't force-fed, how did you discover us? We want to know. It's high time we got to know you in an intentional and meaningful way.

Join us on a new on-ramp to NPR that is quietly gaining speed: Generation Listen.

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Movie Reviews
10:59 am
Sat March 9, 2013

Was Japan's Hirohito Guilty? 'Emperor' Has No Clue

Gen. Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox) is the cheerless, angsty romantic lead in a historical drama that could have leaned more toward accuracy in its depiction of post-war Japan.
Kirsty Griffin Roadside Attractions

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 4:54 pm

You'd think that in telling a story whose novelty is in its veracity, retaining some semblance of that truth might be important. But wrestling history into narrative has its challenges, and things can get hazy when it comes to the facts in a historical drama. So it seems like the next logical step in telling a story with a relationship to truth might be that if you're going to fudge things, at least make it entertaining. Please, pull an Argo.

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