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Monkey See
7:09 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Theaters And Studios Squabble Over Shortening Movie Trailers

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 1:18 am

Here's a question: If you go to the movies and the scheduled showtime is, say, 7:30, when do you actually expect the movie to start? If you said 7:30, you go to very unusual screenings. If you said 7:45, you're closer to what many experience. If you said 7:50, you're still in range: There's often some advertising other than trailers, the limit for trailer length is 2 1/2 minutes, and theaters sometimes run seven or eight trailers. Eight would add up to 20 minutes.

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A Blog Supreme
7:08 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Jazz Pianist And Pedagogue Mulgrew Miller Dies

Mulgrew Miller onstage in 2011 in Potenza, Italy.
Giovanni Marino Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 10:56 am

Mulgrew Miller, whose supple touch and thorough command made him a leading jazz pianist, died early Wednesday. His death was related to a stroke he suffered a week earlier, according to saxophonist David Demsey, coordinator of jazz studies at William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J., where Miller served as director of jazz studies. Miller was 57.

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The Two-Way
7:08 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Soldier Accused In Afghan Shooting Rampage To Plead Guilty

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales pictured in Aug. 2011.
Spc. Ryan Hallock Associated Press

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 7:39 pm

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, charged with the murder of 16 Afghan villagers in one of the worst atrocities of the American-led war in that country, will plead guilty as part of a deal to avoid the death penalty, his attorney told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Bales' attorney, John Henry Browne, says his client was "crazed" and "broken" in March 2012 when he entered a village in southern Kandahar province and opened fire on sleeping Afghan civilians. He said Bales would plead guilty next week.

The AP writes:

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The Two-Way
7:07 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Algerian Terrorist Leader Clashed With His Bosses

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 7:08 pm

Algerian terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar was just not a team player.

As a top commander of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, Belmokhtar angered his bosses: He didn't return their calls, he didn't file his expense reports, he skipped important meetings and ignored their orders. And, he didn't carry out a single "spectacular operation" against the infidels.

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The Two-Way
7:07 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

New Discovery Knocks 'Oldest Bird' Off Its Perch

A photo released by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences shows the skeleton of a recently discovered dinosaur dubbed Aurornis xui.
Thierry Hubin AP

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 5:01 pm

Move over Archaeopteryx, an older bird just landed on the evolutionary tree.

Scientists writing in Nature magazine, say a feathered, chicken-sized creature known as Aurornis xui, unearthed recently in northeastern China, challenges the "pivotal position of Archaeopteryx" — long regarded as the oldest bird.

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Critics' Lists: Summer 2013
7:06 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Summer Books 2013: The Complete List

Andrew Bannecker

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 10:03 am

Use the list below to browse NPR's 2013 Summer Books recommendations. Each critic's list is presented separately. Click on the article names to read our critics' comments about the books.

We'll be adding new lists from our critics throughout the summer.

City Slickers: 5 Books About The Urban Experience
Recommended by Franklyn Cater

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The Two-Way
7:06 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

And The New Miss Universe Canada Is... Oops!

After being crowned Miss Universe Canada, Denise Garrido was later told she finished third, while Riza Santos had won. Here, four of the top contestants pose on stage Saturday.
Beauties of Canada

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 2:54 pm

The happy yet doomed reign of Denise Garrido as Miss Universe Canada lasted just one day, after a scoring mix-up was found to have incorrectly awarded her the title Saturday. After organizers realized the error, the crown was given to another contestant, Riza Santos of Calgary.

Garrido says that she sensed things were not quite right after she was called into a meeting, as she told Canada's Breakfast Television Tuesday.

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Planet Money
7:05 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Does Microcredit Deliver On Its Promises?

An official from a microfinance company talks with a borrower in Vadod, India.
Sam Panthaky Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 3:55 pm

The idea behind microcredit is that if you give poor people in developing countries access to credit, the ability to borrow, they will use that money to start or expand businesses which will eventually help them pull themselves out of poverty. But ever since these programs boomed in the early 2000's, questions have been raised about how effective they are.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:05 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

100 Years After The Riot, The 'Rite' Remains

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony.
Bill Swerbenski San Francisco Symphony

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 7:51 am

One hundred years ago, a landmark of modern music was unveiled before a Paris audience. And that audience famously and mercilessly greeted it with boos, jeers and hisses. It was the premiere of the Ballets Russes' The Rite of Spring.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:03 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

We Asked, You Created: Your 'Rite Of Spring' Videos

A still from Ann Robideaux' choreography for the last minute of The Rite of Spring.
courtesy of Ann Robideaux

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 8:35 pm

A few weeks ago, we asked you to take the last minute of Stravinsky's famous music for The Rite of Spring, transform it into something new and post your creations to YouTube. And boy, did you guys deliver, just in time to mark the ballet's 100th anniversary — it premiered May 29, 1913 — in brilliant fashion.

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