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5:45 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

The Acrobuffos: Clowning Around

Just clownin' around.
Bertrand Guay Big Apple Circus

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 9:05 am

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
5:45 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Why Do Engineers Put Faces On Their Robots?

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The face says it all: Yairo Yau grimaces during a December 2012 match between Sydney FC and the Melbourne Heart in Sydney.
Craig Golding Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 10:45 am

Scientists at Queen's University Belfast have shown that crabs will avoid a location where they have received electric shocks in the past.

Does this show that crabs feel pain?

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The Two-Way
5:44 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Toyota Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuits Linked With Sudden Acceleration Problems

Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 2:35 pm

Toyota has agreed to settle lawsuits with the relatives of two people killed in one of their vehicles, allegedly after the engine suddenly accelerated. Paul Van Alfen and Charlene Jones Lloyd died near Wendover, Utah in 2010 when their Toyota Camry crashed into a wall.

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Opinion
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.
Martin Sigmund courtesy of the artist

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.
Fondation Abbe Pierre

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.
Indomina Releasing

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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