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Monkey See
12:25 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Really Most Sincerely Bad: Fox's Nasty 'Does Someone Have To Go?'

Employees argue over who's the worst in Fox's Does Someone Have To Go?
Chris Tomko Fox

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 11:26 am

The biggest problem with pretending all of reality television is categorically odious is that it denies us the opportunity to identify and hold accountable what is actually odious. To those who insist that it's all gross β€” that no matter the documentary aspirations or good-natured competitiveness of plenty of unscripted television, it all belongs in the same giant dumpster β€” I am your Crocodile Dundee of distaste: Those aren't destructive and grotesque and irresponsible. This is destructive and grotesque and irresponsible.

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The Picture Show
12:21 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Throwback Thursday: A Time-Traveling Photographer

Bootsy Holler and her grandmother Ruby
Courtesy of Bootsy Holler

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 1:30 pm

Have you ever looked at old family photos and wished you could be there? Share a gin and tonic with your great aunt on that awful floral couch β€” or find out what your dad and his buddies were laughing at? If you look closely at this photo (and only if you look really, really closely), you might notice that something is ... off. One person is not quite like the others.

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The Salt
12:20 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Canned Peaches Are As Nutritious As Fresh. Really?

Canned peaches can pack as many, or in some cases, more nutrients than fresh ones, research suggests. But be sure to skip the added syrup.
Matthew Staver Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 12:14 pm

I know, I know β€” I was incredulous, too.

But a new study published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture finds that canned peaches (yes, from the grocery store canned aisle) are as loaded with nutrients as fresh peaches. And in some cases, they pack more of a nutritional punch.

Take for instance, vitamin C: Researchers found almost four times more of it in canned than fresh peaches. In addition, canned had comparable levels of vitamin E and a lot more folate than fresh.

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The Two-Way
12:19 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Production Of New Vehicles Predicted To Hit 2002 Levels

Strong new-vehicle retail sales figures have led analysts to predict North American production will reach 16 million units in 2013 β€” a mark not hit since 2002. Part of the rise is due to strong demand for pickup trucks.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 2:08 pm

Strong new-vehicle sales figures are causing industry analysts to revise their forecasts for North American production levels in 2013, with J.D. Power & Associates and LMC Automotive predicting 16 million units will be produced β€” a mark not hit since 2002.

More than 1,157,000 new vehicles are projected to be sold in May, the third month in a row to top the 1 million level. The growth is being helped by strong demand for full-sized pickups, which represent more than 11 percent of retail sales, according to a news release from J.D. Power.

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All Songs Considered
12:18 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Viking's Choice: The Man, The Machine, The 'Melee'

Author & Punisher styles some serious headgear.
Marilia Maschion Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 8:13 am

Remember the slow-moving, ridiculously armed ED-209 in the first RoboCop movie? The poor thing couldn't walk down a stairwell, but boy, could that machine leave a bloody mess. Author & Punisher does much the same, for both the ears and whatever's left of the body.

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Monkey See
12:12 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

'Before Midnight': Jesse And Celine Are Older Now, And So Are We

Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in Before Midnight.
Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 7:42 am

[Note: Before Midnight is an especially difficult movie to write about, simply because for some people, even what has become of Jesse and Celine since Before Sunset is information that they don't want. But it's impossible β€” absolutely impossible β€” to write about the movie without talking about where they stand and what the premise is. I did my absolute best to spoil as little beyond that as possible.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
12:11 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Imani Winds: Tiny Desk Concert

Imani Winds performs a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2013.
Marie McGrory NPR

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 8:49 am

Editor's note: We're sorry.The video has been removed from this page.

When Igor Stravinsky began composing The Rite of Spring, his ballet for vast symphonic forces, he could hear the music in his head but couldn't quite figure out how to write it down. It was just too complicated.

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Book Reviews
12:04 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Heartbreaking Choice Sets Siblings On Separate, Unequal Paths

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 9:12 am

Khaled Hosseini's And the Mountains Echoed begins with a fable that a father tells his two children: A farmer who works hard to eke out a living for his family is forced to give up one of his five children to an evil giant. He and his wife decide to choose randomly, and the unlucky one happens to be their favorite son. Eventually, the farmer, half mad with grief, tracks down the giant and finds his son in a lush garden full of happy children, with no memory of his birth family.

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The Two-Way
12:03 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Judge: Unredeemed Borders Gift Cards Are Worthless

Customers walk out of Borders on July 22, 2011, in San Francisco, Calif., as the chain began liquidating.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 7:34 am

If you were hoping to cash in that Borders gift card for the latest Dan Brown novel β€” or at least hoping to get some cash for it β€” you're too late.

A Manhattan federal judge on Wednesday ruled that the bankrupt and defunct book chain owes nothing to the roughly 17.7 million people who hold $210.5 million in unredeemed gift cards.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Carter says it would be unfair to Borders Group's other creditors to let gift-card holders pursue recoveries, Reuters reports:

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It's All Politics
12:00 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Lois Lerner's Brief And Awful Day On Capitol Hill

Lois Lerner, head of the IRS unit that decides whether to grant tax-exempt status to groups, leaves after being dismissed from a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Wednesday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 10:11 am

The public got its first look Thursday at Lois Lerner, who has gone from faceless IRS bureaucrat to the face that launched what feels like 1,000 congressional hearings and conspiracy theories.

But it was only a brief sighting since she didn't stay long at a House hearing to further probe her role in how some IRS workers came to target conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

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