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10:02 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Paparazzi Descend On Wait Wait... Cinecast!

An action shot from the cinecast.
Ryan Muir NPR

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:33 am

On May 2, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! beamed our beloved news-quiz show live into movie theaters across the country, from Seattle to Miami.

Fans gathered to experience Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! like never before. Just like the radio version, this big-screen debut created a communal experience that was big fun.

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Movie Interviews
9:59 am
Wed May 8, 2013

'Love' Stories: Pierce Brosnan, Then And Now

A reluctant widower (Pierce Brosnan) finds himself drawn to the mother (Trine Dyrholm) of the young woman who's marrying his son in Love Is All You Need, a romantic comedy from Oscar-winning director Susanne Bier.
Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 9:56 pm

Pierce Brosnan's career fits neatly into two chapters — before he played James Bond, and after.

Before, the Irish actor traded on his looks, charm and style; think Remington Steele, the arch detective show that introduced him to U.S. TV audiences in 1982. Three-piece suits never looked so good.

After he traded in Bond's dinner jacket, though, Brosnan took a left turn. He played a sad-sack hitman in The Matador, a soldier in the brutal Western Seraphim Falls. And he sang, infamously, in Mamma Mia.

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Monkey See
9:42 am
Wed May 8, 2013

At The Met Ball, Those Are Some Crazy Dresses

Beyonce, complete with thigh-high boots to match.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 1:15 pm

Monday night was the big night for unusual dresses (you may remember a previous post about Madonna's bunny ears): the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, known as the "Met Ball." It had a loose punk theme (because the costume exhibit it's celebrating is punk-centric), but everyone got up to quite a bit of her own thing.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:40 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Do You Have To Nearly Kill Yourself To Become A Classical Musician?

Pianist James Rhodes.
Dave Brown courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 1:49 pm

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
9:40 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Rise Of The Superheroes: Winners And Losers

Marvel superheroes: they've arrived.
Marvel

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 12:44 pm

My dad was horrified when, at age 12, I struck out on my own and started reading comic books. He hated them. He'd raised me on a steady diet of "real" literature, from Treasure Island to Sherlock Holmes. Flimsy comics full of lurid drawings did not measure up.

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The Picture Show
9:40 am
Wed May 8, 2013

The Surprising Sartorial Culture Of Congolese 'Sapeurs'

A sapeur poses for a photo while a crowd waits in line for a concert organized by KVV Mouzieto, an important sapeur who lives in Paris, to promote his first music album. The ministry of communication and many sapeurs were invited for the event.
Hector Mediavilla Picturetank

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 12:43 pm

In a poor city in a poor country on a poor continent, there is a group of people with a singular purpose: to look rich.

Or, rather, to look good — and to fully embody the suave, elegant style that a wardrobe of three-piece suits, silk socks, fedoras and canes might suggest.

They are called sapeurs or members of the Societe des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Elegantes (the Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People). And when they go out, they turn the streets of Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of the Congo, into a fashion runway.

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Monkey See
9:39 am
Wed May 8, 2013

These Dogs, Cats And Robots Have A Few 'Tiny Confessions'

Penguin

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 11:54 am

Let me tell you a quick story from NPR's move from our old headquarters to our new one.

When I was emptying out my old desk and workspace, in addition to all the shoes under my desk and an alarming number of vessels designed to keep coffee warm, I had quite a lot of books lying around. Some were upcoming books, most were old books, and a few were books I neither had any use for nor could bear to get rid of. One of the tests I applied was that if I picked up a book and the first page I opened to made me laugh, it survived.

Tiny Confessions survived.

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All Songs Considered
9:38 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Viking's Choice: Speedy Ortiz's Sweet And Sour 'Tiger Tank'

Speedy Ortiz.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 5:34 pm

Sadie Dupuis: rock 'n' roll camp counselor, poet, songwriter, snack enthusiast. If you don't already want to be her best friend based on that description, Dupuis' solo-moniker-turned-band Speedy Ortiz captures the nonsensical wit of Stephen Malkmus, but is simultaneously ballsier and more self-deprecating.

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All Songs Considered
9:38 am
Wed May 8, 2013

New Music From The Polyphonic Spree, Jon Hopkins, Eleanor Friedberger, More

Clockwise from upper left: Goat, Eleanor Friedberger, The Polyphonic Spree
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 1:33 pm

This week, All Songs Considered goes big with massive, heart-thumping new music from the gloriously exuberant, sprawling pop group The Polyphonic Spree, and the brilliantly experimental folk-rock band Akron Family. We also check out a gritty album from a Swedish group known as Goat, whose music is part prog-rock, part Afro-pop and undeniably awesome.

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Planet Money
9:37 am
Wed May 8, 2013

A 'Poison Pill' In The Immigration Bill?

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 8:51 am

That big immigration bill working its way through the Senate would let in lots more highly skilled workers on temporary visas. But there's a catch.

The bill says all employers who want to hire workers on these H-1B visas:

... would be required to advertise on an Internet website maintained by the Department of Labor and offer the job to any U.S. worker who applies and is equally or better qualified than the immigrants ... sought...

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