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Oscars 2013: The 85th Annual Academy Awards
4:20 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Real-Life Shipwreck Survivor Helped 'Life Of Pi' Get Lost At Sea

Steven Callahan survived for 76 days adrift in an inflatable life raft. This 2002 photo shows Callahan with an improved life raft he designed after his ordeal. While enduring shark attacks, rain and helpless drifting, Callahan dreamed of a better survival vessel. Once he returned to land, he spent almost two decades designing this one, featuring a rigid exterior, a removable canopy and a sail.
Pat Wellenbach Associated Press

Originally published on Sun February 24, 2013 7:06 am

In Life of Pi, one of the nine Oscar nominees for Best Picture this year, a boy suffers a shipwreck and is lost at sea. It's a fictional story, of course, based on a novel, but director Ang Lee nevertheless wanted the movie to have depth and realism. But how do you add a realistic edge to someone drifting alone in the sea? For most people, even those in the imaginative business of movie-making, it's hard to picture the perils and isolation of months without rescue.

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PG-13: Risky Reads
4:18 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

These 'Great Tales Of Terror' Live Up To Their Promise

Duncan P Walker iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 10:40 am

Michael Dirda's latest book is On Conan Doyle.

When I was a boy growing up in the working-class steel town of Lorain, Ohio, I used to ride my beloved Roadmaster bicycle to the branch library. Located in the Plaza Shopping Center, this former storefront was just around the corner from the W.T. Grant's and Merit Shoes. Inside there were perhaps six small tables, a couple of reading chairs, the librarian's checkout desk, and light oak bookshelves along three walls. There can't have been more than one- or two-thousand books.

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The Two-Way
4:17 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

NASCAR Crash Sends Car Debris Into The Stands At Daytona

Kyle Larson (32) goes into the catch fence at the conclusion of the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race Saturday at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Terry Renna AP

Originally published on Sun February 24, 2013 6:45 am

More than two dozen NASCAR spectators were injured Saturday when a car crashed into the fence and sent car parts hurtling into the stands at Daytona International Speedway, officials said in a news conference. The multi-car accident hit on the last lap of the Nationwide Series opener, a day before the Daytona 500.

The Associated Press reports:

"Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood says, 'We'll be ready to go racing' and is confident the track will be repaired in time Sunday for the Daytona 500."

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Three-Minute Fiction
4:17 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Chubby Bunny

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Originally published on Sat February 23, 2013 4:09 pm

"Hey mom, it's Kelsey, sorry for calling so late. I'm kinda glad you didn't answer

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Three-Minute Fiction
4:17 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Voice Mail Is For Suckers

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Originally published on Sat February 23, 2013 4:08 pm

Dude, yeah. It's me. Look, what is the deal? Where are you? You haven't responded to a single email. Everyone is worried, man. We checked your Facebook and you haven't updated your status in a week. A freaking week. You haven't even liked anything. And you like everything. Like. Like. Like. You're kind of obnoxious with the liking, dude. No offense. But nothing. Not even a single I­can­haz­cheeseburger cat. So then we check your Instagram and again, nothing.

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Monkey See
4:17 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Sunday Night: 'Wait Wait' Live On The Red Carpet!

Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty

Originally published on Sat February 23, 2013 3:03 pm

Join us Sunday night for red carpet commentary from people who can tell the difference between a dress and pants! Wait Wait will be live blogging the Oscars. Find @waitwait on Twitter, where we'll be following the ceremony: #nproscars.

- Oscar's secret is revealed! Gold Spanx.

- Yes, he's wearing Best Supporting Support Hose.

NPR Story
4:16 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Three-Minute Fiction Reading: 'Voice Mail Is For ...' And 'Chubby Bunny'

Originally published on Sat February 23, 2013 9:20 pm

NPR's Bob Mondello and Tamara Keith read excerpts from Round 10 of our Three-Minute Fiction contest. The entries are "Voice Mail Is For Suckers" by Kristin Bonilla of Fulshear, Texas, and "Chubby Bunny" by Katie Camlin of Warrensburg, Mo. Read the full stories below and see other submissions and past winners on our Three-Minute Fiction page.

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Music Interviews
4:16 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Johnny Marr On Quitting School, Moving To Portland And Wearing Capes

Johnny Marr's new solo album is called The Messenger.
Jon Shard Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 8:20 am

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:16 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Novelist John Irving Plays Not My Job

Cesar Rangel AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat February 23, 2013 10:28 am

This segment was originally broadcast on June 14, 2012.

John Irving is the author of The World According To Garp, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Cider House Rules and many other works of fiction. His latest novel is called In One Person.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:16 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Dax Shepard And Kristen Bell Play Not My Job

Chris Pizzello AP

Originally published on Sat February 23, 2013 10:28 am

This segment was originally broadcast on Aug. 2, 2012.

Real-life Hollywood couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are a.) famous b.) adorable c.) funny d.) the stars of Hit and Run, a new movie they made together, and e.) amazingly, all of the above.

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