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5:44 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Lance Armstrong, Tragic Hero? Not Exactly

Lance Armstrong admits to Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs. The first part of the interview aired Thursday night.
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Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 10:44 am

Annalisa Quinn is a freelance writer for NPR Books.

Lance Armstrong, in the interview Thursday night with Oprah Winfrey in which he admitted to doping, understood the role that storytelling played in his fall: "You win the Tour de France seven times, you have a happy marriage, you have children. It's just this mythic, perfect story. And it wasn't true."

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Monkey See
5:44 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Globes, Oscars, And Who Are You Calling A Snub?

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Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 9:58 am

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Deceptive Cadence
5:44 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

Conductor Andres Orozco-Estrada, who has just been named as the next music director of the Houston Symphony.
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Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 9:28 am

  • After a five-year search that encompassed some 50 contenders, the Houston Symphony has announced its new music director: Andrés Orozco-Estrada. The 35-year-old Colombian trained in Vienna and will take over from the retiring Hans Graf, who is departing at the end of this season.
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'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup
5:43 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

It's All Politics, Jan. 17, 2013

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Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 8:00 am

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President Obama lays down his marker on guns and exhorts Congress to act. But the House has no intention of voting to ban assault weapons, and rural Democrats in the Senate remain skittish. Meanwhile, Chuck Hagel gets some important backers in his bid to join the cabinet, and Mark Sanford hopes all is forgiven as he tries to return to Congress. But if he deserves a second chance, then so do NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving.

The Two-Way
5:43 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Lance Armstrong Admits To Using Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 7:14 am

(We updated the top of this post at 10:40 p.m. ET.)

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong publicly confessed to cheating on all his seven Tour de France victories.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, the second part of which airs Friday, Armstrong said he was never afraid of getting caught and attributed his actions to a "ruthless desire to win."

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The Two-Way
5:43 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Minuscule Parisian Apartment Housed Man For 15 Years

A photo shows the tiny apartment that a man rented for 330 euros a month in Paris.
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Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 11:08 am

(Note at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 20: See our update below about the size of that apartment.)

In France, news that an apartment measuring less than 17 square feet had been rented out for 15 years is being cited as proof of an overly expensive real estate market in Paris. A 50-year-old man identified only as "Dominique" had been paying rent of 330 euros, or about $442, to live in the apartment.

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Movie Reviews
5:42 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

'LUV': An Ex-Con Hero With Feet Of Clay

In LUV, Woody (Michael Rainey Jr.) spends a single day tagging along with his ex-convict uncle, Vincent (Common) — long enough for a lifetime's worth of lessons.
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Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 5:06 pm

Few films trying to capture a child's experience of an adult world manage to nail the details. In real life, kids aren't typically the precocious sorts espousing wisdom beyond their years — kids fidget, they ask questions, they get scared. They act like kids.

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5:42 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Bringing The President Down A Notch: NPR Ends Calling Him 'Mr.'

Preparations continue on the U.S. Capitol for the second inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 17, 2013.
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Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 10:42 am

The newsroom has confirmed that the president puts on his pants like most of the rest of us: one leg at a time.

I make light. What it did today was change its stylebook and dropped referring on-air to the president of the United States as "Mr." in second references. Beginning with the inauguration of President Barack Obama for his second term next Monday, "Mr." Obama and his successors will be called by just their last names on second reference. "Obama," for example. Just like the rest of us.

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It's All Politics
4:42 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Inaugural Trivia Quiz

Barack Obama arrives at his 2009 inauguration to become the 44th president of the United States.
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Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 7:51 am

See what you know about the wonkier points of the quadrennial festivities. Scroll to the page bottom for answers and explanations.

1) The Constitution says that a presidency ends and a new one begins on:

a) Jan. 20
b) Jan. 21
c) The third Monday in January following an election
d) It doesn't specify

2) How many presidents have chosen to affirm (rather than swear) to "faithfully execute the office ... "?

a) None
b) One
c) Two
d) Three

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Author Interviews
4:29 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

George Saunders On Absurdism And Ventriloquism In 'Tenth Of December'

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George Saunders has been writing short stories for decades.

Saunders, a professor at Syracuse University, was once a geological engineer who traveled the world; he now crafts stories that combine the absurd and fantastic with the mundane realities of everyday life. One story about a professional caveman inspired those Geico commercials.

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