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Deceptive Cadence
12:10 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Psy Opera

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 10:58 am

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Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. His new book is Helguera's Artunes. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

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Monkey See
12:10 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Halftime Shows And Love Stories

NPR

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 10:26 am

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When it's early-mid February, the mind naturally turns to those fundamentals of the good life: love and football.

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The Salt
12:09 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Chinese New Year: Dumplings, Rice Cakes And Long Life

Year cakes made of sticky rice are among the traditional Chinese New Year foods.
Ju-x Flickr.com

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 3:37 pm

About 3,000 years ago, give or take a couple of decades, the Chinese people began celebrating the beginning of their calendar year with a joyful festival they called Lunar New Year. They cleaned their homes, welcomed relatives, bought or made new clothes and set off firecrackers. And there was feasting and special offerings made to the Kitchen God for about two weeks.

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'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup
12:09 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

It's All Politics, Feb. 7, 2013

Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 7:50 am

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Republicans are trying to find their way in the wake of their second consecutive presidential defeat and immediately they take advantage of the opportunity: Marco Rubio, chosen to respond to Obama's State of the Union address, decides Tupac is not a political action committee. Plus: Karl Rove's group plays sides in GOP primaries, and we remember Ed Koch.

First Listen
12:09 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

First Listen: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, 'Push The Sky Away'

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' new album, Push the Sky Away, comes out Feb. 19.
Cat Stevens Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun February 24, 2013 7:38 am

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The Two-Way
12:09 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

After More Than 20 Years, Push To Change 'Redskins' Name Continues

A Washington Redskins flag is waved prior to the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game against the Seattle Seahawks at FedExField in January.
Al Bello Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 7:39 am

Native American groups have pushed the Washington Redskins to change its name for more than 20 years, arguing that the moniker is offensive and culturally insensitive.

Today, that push got a little wind when the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian held a day-long academic symposium on "racist" stereotypes in American sports.

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Movie Interviews
12:09 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Tyler Perry Transforms: From Madea To Family Man

Tyler Perry stars in the action thriller Alex Cross, which is now out on DVD.
Sidney Baldwin 2012 Summit Entertainment LLC

This interview was originally broadcast on Oct. 15, 2012.

Whenever Tyler Perry is in front of the camera, he's usually behind it as well. A screenwriter, director, producer and star, Perry grew up poor in New Orleans, but he has become a movie phenomenon — he was described in the New Yorker as the most financially successful black man the American film industry has ever known.

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All Songs Considered
12:08 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

The Real Instrument Behind The Sound In 'Good Vibrations'

Cover art for the "Good Vibrations" single, released in 1966.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 4:29 pm

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Movie Reviews
12:08 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

A '70s 'Playroom,' Without Much Room For Fun

Donna (Molly Parker) is the drunk, distracted matriarch to Maggie (Olivia Harris) and her nervous siblings in The Playroom.
Freestyle Releasing

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 4:04 pm

There's a sequence early in the laughable drama The Playroom that epitomizes everything wrong with it: With her parents out of the house, 16-year-old Maggie Cantwell (Olivia Harris), the eldest of four latchkey kids, sneaks into the garage with her boyfriend on a determined quest to lose her virginity. While the two fumble around clumsily on the floor, Maggie's youngest brother, Sam (Ian Veteto), sits outside the garage door, trying to sew a merit badge onto his shirt but struggling to thread the needle.

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Movie Reviews
12:07 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

A Sorcerer, A White Snake, And Lots Of CGI Magic

The demon snake sisters (Charlene Choi and Eva Huang) disguise themselves as beautiful women in The Sorcerer and the White Snake.
Magnet Releasing

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 7:14 pm

In the opening sequence of The Sorcerer and the White Snake, two monks step through a giant gate and find themselves in a new world — one made entirely of computer-generated images. Only Fahai (Jet Li) and his disciple Neng Ren (Zhang Wen) are human.

"Don't believe everything you see," the older man warns.

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