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Monkey See
12:47 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Our Oscars Omnibus

The tiger shows his toughness in Ang Lee's Life Of Pi.
20th Century Fox

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 10:27 am

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In an instance of truth in advertising, this week's NPR round-table pop-culture podcast offers almost a full hour of mostly Oscars analysis. All four of us saw all nine Best Picture contenders, so we'll be covering everything from what happened when Stephen Thompson finally sat down to watch Les Miserables after quoting the featurette for months to Glen's surprising theories about Amour. (Very surprising.)

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'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup
12:45 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

It's All Politics, Feb. 21, 2013

President Barack Obama points to the crowd after delivering remarks on immigration in Las Vegas in January.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 8:25 am

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Since President Obama and congressional Republicans have decided to blame each other for the impending sequester, this week's podcast is dedicated to pointing fingers at everyone, including Jesse Jackson Jr., Pete Domenici and Joe "Buy a Shotgun" Biden. And if the podcast is not interesting? Blame NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving.

Monkey See
12:44 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Best Original Song, Least Original Category

Randy Newman performs "We Belong Together," his Academy-Award-winning entry in the Best Original Song category from the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. Newman has been nominated 15 times for the award.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Sat February 23, 2013 12:24 pm

If you only read the cheery, overly optimistic press releases from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on its upcoming musical throw-down this Sunday – Adele will be performing! And Norah Jones! And Barbara Streisand! And there's going to be some kind of tribute to musicals of the last 10 years (but not all of them)! – you might think that the Academy loves and understands music.

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The Two-Way
12:44 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Top Stories: Judge Ruling On Pistorius Bail; Winter Storm Affects Millions

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 7:29 am

Good Friday morning, here's our early story:

Will Pistorius Get Bail?

And here are more early headlines:

Winter Storm Pounding Many States, Threatening 20 Million People. (USA Today)

Hardliner Nominated As Tunisia's Next Prime Minister. (Al Jazeera)

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All Songs Considered
12:44 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

The Good Listener: Do I Come To SXSW If I Don't Have A Badge Or A Billion Dollars?

Whether you buy a $795 badge or show up with a little spare cash on hand, SXSW has something for you — and will expect you to stand in line at some point.
Katie Hayes Luke for NPR

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 7:06 am

[This story originally ran on Feb. 22, 2013, but still applies today.]

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the Valentine's Day cards that got returned with no forwarding address is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, how music fans could and should approach SXSW, the gigantic music festival held every March in Austin, Texas.

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From The NPR Bookshelves
12:43 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

And The Academy Award Goes To: Great Reads About The Silver Screen

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Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 3:09 pm

You may perhaps not have noticed, but the 85th annual Academy Awards are coming up this weekend. In Oscar's honor, we dug into the archives for some of the best books about the movies — and the books that became movies. And Cary Grant, because we love him even though Oscar didn't.

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It's All Politics
12:42 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

The Political Perils Of Citing America's Peculiar Institution

Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., speaks to supporters in Malden, Mass, on Feb. 2.
Josh Reynolds AP

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 2:24 pm

Citing American slavery to make a point about contemporary politics can be downright tricky business, as some public figures have recently learned firsthand.

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The Two-Way
12:40 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

TV Ratings Agency Nielsen Will Begin Measuring Online Streaming

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 6:03 pm

Nielsen, the company that provides television ratings, is catching up with the times: It said that in the fall, it would begin including online streaming in its ratings.

That is it will begin counting those people who watch TV shows using services such as Hulu and Netflix.

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The Record
12:40 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Magic Slim, Chicago Bluesman, Dies At 75

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 6:33 pm

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This Is NPR
12:39 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Bradley Cooper Hearts NPR

Melissa Kuypers NPR

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 8:30 am

Bradley Cooper produced and plays the lead in David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook, a film nominated for eight Oscars this year including Best Picture and Best Actor for Cooper.

His character Pat Solitano is being treated for bipolar disorder, first in a psychiatric hospital and later in Philadelphia at home with his parents (played by Supporting Actress/Actor nominees Jacki Weaver and Robert De Niro).

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