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2:26 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

'60s Japan, Aglow 'From Up On Poppy Hill'

In 1963 Japan, Shun (voiced by Anton Yelchin) and Umi (Sarah Bolger) unite to preserve a beloved old building that serves as a clubhouse for young intellectuals at their seaside community school.
Gkids

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 4:03 pm

Of the many wonderful qualities associated with the films of Studio Ghibli — the Japanese animation house co-founded by Hiyao Miyazaki, the visionary director of My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service and Spirited Away — serenity may be the most key. Ghibli productions offer the stirring adventures and magical creatures of their American counterparts, and often operate by a wondrously mysterious internal logic, but they do so without feeling compelled to grab a young audience by the lapels.

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NPR Ombudsman
2:25 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Elderly, Old Or Aine: Three Provocative Takes On A Label

istockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 3:55 pm

My recent post on use of the world "elderly" struck a nerve among many in the over-60 set. Three of the responses were particularly eloquent and with very different views. One offers a French lesson from Quebec, another sees answers in her old pottery and the third is from a certain cantankerous Morning Edition sports commentator and prolific author who says we should all grow up.

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The Record
2:24 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Gangsta Rap Swap Meet Proprietor Wan Joon Kim Has Died

Wan Joon Kim (right), with his son Kirk and wife, Boo Ja, at their stall inside the Compton Swap Meet last January.
Courtesy of Sam Quinones

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 5:49 pm

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Digital Life
2:23 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Modern Dating Is A Group Sport For The Hashtag Generation

Grouper, an online dating service, uses social media to connect people interested in blind dates to create six-person outings.
Julia Robbs Grouper

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 1:22 pm

Love in the age of social media is a many-splendored thing. It's moved past the traditional first date, past the boring dinner and a movie, and whooshed right on by your run-of-the-mill dating website hookup. Modern dating is now a group sport.

And, according to Michael Waxman, you probably shouldn't even call them "dates" anymore.

"We just call them groupers," he says. "And in fact, we have a policy of not using the d-word internally or externally."

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The Salt
2:22 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

The Bloomberg

NPR

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 4:19 pm

As you probably know, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ban on Big Sugary Drinks Over 16 Ounces was supposed to go into effect this week. But a judge invalidated the ban on Monday, a move applauded by restaurant owners, theater owners, and anyone who likes nothing more on a hot summer day than a refreshing bathtub full of ice-cold Coca-Cola.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:22 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

The Classical Pianist With 55 Million YouTube Hits

Pianist Valentina Lisitsa, who jump-started her stalled-out career by posting videos on YouTube.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 11:40 am

How do classical artists grab attention these days? Simple — or, actually, not so simple at all. They build their fan bases on YouTube, one page hit at a time.

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Author Interviews
2:21 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

'Can't Buy Me Like': Advertising Strategy In The Relationship Era

Social media allows consumers to drastically influence how businesses are perceived. Advertisers are no longer in control of the messages companies project.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 12:25 pm

Katie Fisher, a Progressive Insurance customer, was killed in a car accident in June 2010. Two years later, when her parents went to court to try to prove the other driver's negligence, Progressive stood against them.

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The Picture Show
2:16 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Taking A Look At Laos

Kongthaly works at Thanaleng station, the first and only railway station in Laos. He received his training in Thailand, as the Laos station adopted their operating system from Thailand railway.
Ore Huiying

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 3:20 pm

A diminutive, landlocked, communist country, Laos has a deserved reputation for being a quiet country in a dynamic region. But the rapid modernization in Southeast Asia is beginning to touch Laos as well.

A Chinese-funded trans-Asian rail is set to run right through Laos, connecting China's southern Yunnan province to Bangkok, Thailand. But some analysts say this is more likely to serve the countries it is connecting — largely China — rather than Laos.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:16 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Marches Madness: Heralding The Pope

A marching band perfroms before the introduction of Pope Francis at St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday in Vatican City.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 7:56 am

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From Scratch
2:16 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Robert Langer, Founder Of MIT's Langer Lab

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 11:08 am

Jessica Harris will speak with Dr. Robert Langer, founder of MIT's Langer Lab, one of the world's largest biomedical engineering labs. He pioneered the fields of tissue engineering and drug delivery, which has lead to the creation of more than 30 companies.

Later, Harris will also talk to Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice, co-founders of SoulCycle.

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