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11:59 am
Fri June 7, 2013

London Islamic Center Fire Is Under Close Police Scrutiny

Fire officers walk past the fire-damaged Al-Rahma Islamic Centre in Muswell Hill in London Wednesday. Counter-terrorism officers have been called in amid suspicions that it was a racially motivated attack.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 6:42 pm

Two weeks after the brutal murder of a British soldier that brought a rise in hate crimes against Muslims in the U.K., a fire devastated an Islamic community center in London Wednesday. Scotland Yard says the cause of the blaze is being treated as suspicious.

"Graffiti was found amid the charred ruins, including an abbreviation for a far right anti-Muslim fringe group," NPR's Philip Reeves reports for our Newscast unit. "Detectives are trying to figure out when it was written."

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This Is NPR
11:59 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke Heart NPR

Melissa Kuypers NPR

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 5:09 pm

Before Midnight is the third movie about Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy), and takes place 23 years after the first one (Before Sunrise) and 15 years after the second (Before Sunset). All three films were written and directed by Richard Linklater. For Before Midnight and Before Sunset, Delpy and Hawke joined Linklater as co-writers. All three came in to NPR West to talk with Fresh Air Host Terry Gross about the popular trilogy.

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Favorite Sessions
11:58 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Patty Griffin Sings A Song For Her Father

Patty Griffin performs a live studio session at WFUV in New York City.
Dan Brauer WFUV

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 10:08 am

Patty Griffin is back on the road to support American Kid, her seventh studio album, which she wrote as a tribute to her father. She recorded the album in Memphis, working with Luther and Cody Dickinson from the North Mississippi Allstars. Robert Plant, Griffin's tourmate and significant other, also makes an appearance on the album.

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Author Interviews
11:57 am
Fri June 7, 2013

In 'TransAtlantic', Author Colum McCann Returns Home

Random House

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 10:34 am

Irish-American author Colum McCann has spent the better part of his life inhabiting others in his novels.

To write Dancer, McCann learned how to pirouette with Russia's Kirov Ballet. He spent time in Slovakia to bring the story a young Gypsy poet to life in Zoli.

In his latest book TransAtlantic, he tells the story of his native country — covering 150 years of Irish history, through the voyages of four historic visitors.

McCann talks with NPR's Neal Conan about the emigrant experience and the decision to revisit home.

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Planet Money
11:57 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Freeway Rick Ross Has A New Business

via freewayenterprise.com

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 11:28 am

In 2011, we talked to Freeway Rick Ross (pictured), about the economics of illegal drugs. Ross was one of the biggest crack dealers in LA in the '80s and '90s, and he confirmed for us what a lot of economists say about illegal drugs — making them illegal drives up the price and makes criminals rich. Ross told us that he once grossed $3 million in a single day.

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Code Switch
11:56 am
Fri June 7, 2013

When (And How) Hollywood Goes To China

When "Iron Man 3" premiered in China, it included scenes including two Chinese characters who barely appear in the American version.
(Marvel Studios)

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 5:06 pm

Could China become the biggest player in film?

China has overtaken Japan as the second-largest market for movies in the world, and it could edge out the United States in the next decade.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:54 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Other Planets: From Speculation To Confirmation

This illustration shows the relative sizes of the habitable-zone planets Kepler-22b, Kepler-69c, Kepler-62e, Kepler-62f and the Earth.
NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 10:33 am

Last week NASA scientists put the space telescope Kepler in a kind of technological coma. The craft, designed to search for Earth-like planets orbiting stars in our cosmic neighborhood (within a few thousand light-years, that is), failed and seems to be unfixable. (Hope remains, though.)

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Monkey See
11:53 am
Fri June 7, 2013

The Critic, The Viewer And The Episode Dump

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Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 10:28 am

I have substantial affection for both Hollywood Reporter TV critic Tim Goodman and the Fox executive who tweets as "Masked Scheduler." They're both amusing, resolute grumps at times, but great fun to follow on Twitter. So you can imagine how uncomfortable it was to see them have a testy exchange about the new episodes of Arrested Development (which, remember, was on Fox and is now not). Tim liked them, and was reacting to early criticism of the first couple of episodes.

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Political Junkie
11:53 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Lautenberg Death Complicates Christie's Road To November, And 2016

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie outlines plans for a special election to be held to fill the vacant U.S. Senate seat of Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), who died on Tuesday, at the Statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey. Christie did not disclose who would fill the vacant seat until the election scheduled for Oct. 16.
Jeff Zelevansky Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 3:14 pm

One of the last things Alaska Gov. Walter Hickel did before he resigned to join the Nixon Cabinet was to fill a Senate vacancy caused by the December 1968 death of E.L. Bartlett, a Democrat. Hickel picked a GOP state representative by the name of Ted Stevens. Stevens, who only months before lost a Republican primary bid for a different seat, went on to serve more than 40 years in the Senate, longer than any Republican in history. Appointing Stevens was by any definition a good move.

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Monkey See
11:51 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Once Again, Elizabeth Taylor And Richard Burton Get A TV Movie

Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter in BBC America's Burton And Taylor.
BBC America

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 7:16 am

On the heels of Liz & Dick, Lifetime's campy take on the love story of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton that starred none other than Lindsay Lohan, BBC America will be delivering another made-for-TV version this fall. Because they couldn't call it Liz & Dick, this one is called ... Burton And Taylor. (Innovation!)

This one stars Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter, and the first photo was released yesterday.

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