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5:54 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

A 'Consuming' Portrait Of Appalachian Life

Earl Gray is a local radio and paper personality, notorious for his program and column, "Gardeners Corners."
Christopher Sullivan Film Forum

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 4:03 pm

Earl Gray is about the closest thing to a celebrity that the small Appalachian town of Magguson has. In Chris Sullivan's debut animated feature, Consuming Spirits, Gray (Robert Levy) hosts a gardening show on the local radio station, and the occasional event around town.

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The Two-Way
5:54 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Lawyer For WikiLeaks Suspect Says Client Was Treated As 'Zoo Animal'

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted into the courthouse on Nov. 28.
Patrick Semansky AP

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 5:49 am

The pretrial hearing for WikiLeaks suspect Pfc. Bradley Manning ended Tuesday, but as The Associated Press reports, the massive amount of documents he is accused of leaking were hardly mentioned.

Instead, the hearing focused more on "a bedsheet noose, confiscated clothes and whether Manning seriously contemplated killing himself with flip-flops or the elastic waistband of his underwear."

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Monkey See
5:52 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Let's Rush to Judgment: 'Man of Steel'

Warner Brothers Pictures

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 3:27 pm

Last summer, the first trailer for Zack Snyder's upcoming big red reboot of the Superman film franchise, Man of Steel, was all about hiding its light under a bushel. Of crabs.

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Planet Money
5:52 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Americans Are Moving Less Than They Used To. Don't Blame The Recession.

Leaving trunk.
Ann Heisenfelt AP

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 2:40 pm

One out of eight Americans moved this year, according to a report out this week from U.S. Census Bureau. That's up from last year's record low, but still much lower than it used to be. In the early '80s, roughly one in five Americans moved each year.

It's tempting to see the decline in the percentage of Americans who move each year as the product of the housing bust. After all, it's hard to move when your house is underwater.

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Deceptive Cadence
5:51 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Outspoken Russian Diva And Muse Galina Vishnevskaya Dies At 86

Soprano Galina Vishnevskaya was once caleld the "Russian Maria Callas" for her intense interpretations.
Capitol Records, Inc, courtesy of EMI Classics

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 2:38 pm

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Favorite Sessions
5:50 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

The Valdons: After Decades, A Funky Soul Reunion

The Valdons at The Current's studios in St. Paul, Minn.
Nate Ryan The Current

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 10:54 am

One of the most popular Twin Cities funk and soul groups of the late 1960s and early '70s, The Valdons eventually split up, but the band's members never dropped their passion for music, continuing to perform in other configurations. So Minnesotans and the rest of the world are getting a rare treat here: the modern-day reincarnation of The Valdons, courtesy of Secret Stash Records.

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Books
5:49 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Tracing Military Failures, Holding 'The Generals' Accountable

Thomas Ricks argues that the failures of today's military can be traced back to the Vietnam War.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 3:26 pm

In The Generals, Thomas Ricks argues that the failures in America's recent wars can be directly traced to failures of those in command.

Ricks examines U.S. military leadership from World War Two to the present day, and concludes that the mistakes in Iraq and Afghanistan can be traced to the Army's inability to come to terms with all the lessons of Vietnam.

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The Picture Show
5:49 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

If Edward Hopper Had Been A Photographer

Hodgkins House
Gail Albert Halaban

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 12:28 pm

Photographer Gail Albert Halaban spent her childhood summers in Gloucester, Mass., a small seaside town where her father was born. "I never thought it was that interesting of a place," she says. "The beach was beautiful, but I was interested in getting to know it better."

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Deceptive Cadence
5:49 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Musicians Remember Elliott Carter

Prominent musicians remember American composer Elliott Carter (who would have turned 104 today) through his music. Carter died last month.
Erich Auerbach Getty Images

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 10:39 am

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Classics in Concert
5:48 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Gustavo Dudamel Leads The Simon Bolivar Symphony At Carnegie Hall

Gustavo Dudamel conducts Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Ramin Talaie NPR

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 11:51 am

When conductor Gustavo Dudamel brings the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (SBSOV) to Carnegie Hall as the culmination of a two-week, five-city tour, many of its 200 musicians will have traveled a long way from desperate poverty and crime.

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