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This Is NPR
10:22 am
Fri October 19, 2012

2013 NPR Wall Calendar: March

Dadu Shin NPR

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 3:40 pm

"Through NPR, I travel to places I can't usually go. I enjoy the storytelling aspect of radio. Even in interviews, people talk about their experiences and their stories. I feel like NPR allows me to temporarily go to different places and connects me to experiences and events I wouldn't have the knowledge of otherwise."

Dadu Shin
Listens to WNYC, New York, NY

Deceptive Cadence
10:22 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Indianapolis Symphony Returns, Seattle May Strike And Philly Reboots

After a contentious labor duspute, the Indianapolis Symphony returns to the stage this weekend.
Thomas J. Russo Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 8:57 am

  • Symphony returns in Indianapolis: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians, who had been locked out since Sept. 10, came to a two-stage agreement with the Indianapolis Symphony Society, which runs the orchestra. The first of the new contracts is a bridge agreement that keeps the orchestra running until Feb.
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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
10:19 am
Fri October 19, 2012

One Step Closer To The Quantum Future

Serge Haroche
Patrick Kovarik AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 12:31 pm

This year's Nobel Prize for physics was given to Serge Haroche of Collège de France and Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France, and to David Wineland from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Both have pioneered methods to manipulate quantum systems, that is, entities living in the world of atoms, electrons and other particles.

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Planet Money
10:19 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Ask A Banker: What's A Derivative?

Paul Goyette Flickr

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 9:27 pm

Hi! Remember me? I was a banker. Now I am a guy who answers your questions, when I'm not writing for Dealbreaker. You can send questions to with "ask a banker" in the subject line, or ask on Twitter (@planetmoney).

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The Picture Show
10:13 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Extreme Animal Portraits: Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Winners

Winner - Behavior: Cold-blooded Animals - A yacare caiman waits for fish to come within snapping reach in the shallow, murky waters of Brazil's Pantanal - the biggest wetland in the world. Caimans can grow to be three meters in length.
Luciano Candisani Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 12:18 pm

I admit it: As much as I love hard-hitting photojournalism, there is something about photos of animals that gets me every time. So when I found out that the 2012 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest was announcing its winners, I had to take a look.

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Monkey See
10:11 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Entirely Real Photos: What's It Like At A Rockettes Rehearsal?

Linda Haberman (L), Director and Choreographer of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular directs The Rockettes at the 2012 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Rehearsals this week in New York.
Rob Kim Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 8:48 am

I have no particular wisdom about this photo; I just think it's interesting to see that the Rockettes are never not regimented. I thought maybe you'd be allowed to wear your own dance clothes, but it makes sense that they'd want to see the effect of everyone looking the same, even in practice. These women work hard.

This Is NPR
10:09 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Kevin Nealon Hearts NPR

Melissa Kuypers NPR

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 5:19 pm

Now that his TV show Weeds is over, Saturday Night Live alum Kevin Nealon has time for other things. Like sharing etiquette tips with the Dinner Party Download guys. Listen in for advice on loud talkers, party awkwardness, and sneezing.

On his way out he posed for a photo, because he loves NPR, not just to be polite.

The Two-Way
10:07 am
Fri October 19, 2012

What The ...? Tom Hanks Drops 'F-Bomb' On 'Good Morning America' was on the story quickly.

If we were asked to list actors who would be likely to slip up and drop the "f-bomb" on live, national TV, we don't think Tom Hanks would have come to mind.

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Movie Reviews
9:51 am
Fri October 19, 2012

'The Sessions': Sex, Comedy And Something More

Living most of his life in an iron lung forces Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes) to see the world from a different point of view.
Fox Searchlight

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 9:53 pm

In 1983, Berkeley poet and journalist Mark O'Brien wrote an article about sexual surrogates — women and men trained to help people with disabilities learn to use their bodies to give themselves and others erotic pleasure.

For O'Brien, the subject wasn't academic. After a bout of childhood polio, he had spent much of his life in an iron lung. He could talk, and tap out words on a typewriter holding a stick in his mouth. He could feel things below the neck. But he couldn't move his muscles.

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Krulwich Wonders...
9:45 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Charles Darwin And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Aaron Birk

I guess everybody, even the smartest people who ever lived, have days when they feel dumb — really, really dumb. Oct. 1, 1861, was that kind of day for Charles Darwin.

In a letter to his friend Charles Lyell, Darwin says, "I am very poorly today," and then — and I want you to see this exactly as he wrote it, so you know this isn't a fake; it comes from the library of the American Philosophical Society, courtesy of their librarian Charles Greifenstein. Can you read it?

It says:

Whoah! You know the feeling, right?

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