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Election 2012
4:12 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

For Romney: 15-Car Motorcade To Concession Speech; One Car To Get Home

Before the vote, GOP nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate (Rep. Paul Ryan, in the background) were guarded by watchful Secret Service agents. After results came in, the agents quickly disappeared.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 2:27 pm

When it comes time for the Secret Service protection to end and the entourage to disappear, it happens quickly for the losing presidential candidate.

GQ's Marc Ambinder reports about how fast everything ended early Wednesday for Republican nominee Mitt Romney:

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Deceptive Cadence
4:10 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

'A Late Quartet': Melodrama With A Pounding Musical Heart

Mark Ivanir, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener as the Fugue String Quartet.
courtesy of Entertainment One Films

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 8:23 pm

After a quarter century together as one of the world's top chamber music ensembles, the Fugue String Quartet is falling apart at the seams. A generation older than his colleagues, cellist Peter (Christopher Walken) is experiencing the early symptoms of Parkinson's, and with his sudden retirement, a morass of long-buried resentments and pain come spewing out of his three younger partners: first violinist Daniel (Mark Ivanir), second violinist Robert (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and violist Juliette (Catherine Keener).

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
4:10 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

From A Tennessee Forest, Singing The Beauty Of Nature And Science

Moss and a cup fungus growing amid the decomposing leaves of Shakerag Hollow in Sewanee, Tennessee.
Courtesy of David Haskell

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 12:23 pm

A scientist enters a hardwood forest in Tennessee. He doesn't collect soil, map the distribution of tree types or statistically sample the behavior of animals who live there.

Instead, he settles down in a patch of ground, one tiny bit of the forest he visits over and over. He watches, listens and takes notes. Eventually, he writes a book about what he learned. It's called The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch In Nature.

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NPR Story
4:09 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Author Warns 'Second Nuclear Age' Is Here

Second Nuclear Age

Originally published on Sun November 11, 2012 7:34 am

Since the end of the Cold War, many Americans have come to the conclusion we don't need nuclear weapons anymore and ought to focus on reduction of stockpiles as quickly as possible. The problem, according to Yale professor Paul Bracken, is that the other countries that have nuclear weapons view them very differently.

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Monkey See
4:08 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

The Love You Save: Lessons On Water And Stuff

This is the poster from my mom. As you can see, I was very into writing about reality shows.
Linda Holmes

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 11:40 am

On Monday morning at about 5:30 (I'm an early riser), I woke up, swung my legs out of bed, and stepped into water.

I live in a basement apartment where I've been for four years, and almost exactly a week after I was blessedly lucky to avoid the superstorm — and at a time when some of my New York and New Jersey friends were still in the dark — a freaky plumbing/heating mishap wound up filling my entire apartment with about an inch of water.

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4:06 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Digging Through The Latin Grammys: Nominees You Should Hear

Brazilian singer Mart'nália is nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category of Best Brazilian Contemporary Pop Album.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 10:24 am

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From Scratch
4:05 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Rodney Brooks, Co-Founder Of Rethink Robotics

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 11:09 am

Jessica Harris talks to Rodney Brooks, co-founder of Rethink, a company that makes robots for the manufacturing industry. In 1990 Dr. Brooks founded iRobot, which makes robots for the consumer and defense industries. Their first consumer product was the Roomba, the robot that vacuums for you.

The Two-Way
4:04 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Maine Man Who Set Fire To Nuclear Submarine Pleads Guilty

Before the fire: The USS Miami in 2004.
PH2 Kevin Langford U.S Navy

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 10:23 am

Casey James Fury, the 24-year-old Maine shipyard worker blamed for setting a May fire that caused $200 million to $400 million worth of damage to the USS Miami nuclear-powered attack submarine, pleaded guilty this morning, the Kennebec Journal reports.

He's expected to be sentenced to between 15 and 20 years in prison.

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Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

'In Another Country,' A Chance To Explore The Self

In Another Country is structured as three different stories around three women named Anne — all played by Isabelle Huppert. Moon Seong-keun plays Munsoo, a filmmaker with whom one of the Annes has an affair.
Kino Lorber

It's never quite safe to trust your eyes — or your memory — when it comes to In Another Country, the latest effort from the playful and idiosyncratic Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo. Isabelle Huppert appears as three different characters, all apparently named Anne; she's thrice the star of a hypothetical movie within the movie, a screenplay coming together on the notepad of a young Korean woman living away from home.

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Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

'Dangerous Liaisons' Gets A Far-East Makeover

Xie Yifan (Jang Dong-gun) sets out to seduce a young widow, Du Fenyu (Zhang Ziyi), at the behest of his former flame.
Well Go USA

Relocating Dangerous Liaisons, the 18th-century French erotic intrigue, to 1930s Shanghai is a bold move. And yet it's not especially surprising. In Chinese movies, that city in that decade frequently serves as shorthand for decadence. And what could be more decadent than two debauched ex-lovers cold-heartedly planning to destroy the innocence of not one but two virtuous women?

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