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The Two-Way
5:12 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Moody's Downgrades 15 Major Global Banks, Including BofA, JPMorgan Chase

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 5:53 pm

The credit rating agency Moody's Investor Services just downgraded the ratings of 15 of the world's largest banks.

Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs were among them.

The AP reports:

"The ratings agency said late Thursday that the banks were downgraded because their long-term prospects for profitability and growth are shrinking.

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This Is NPR
4:57 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Hugh Laurie Hearts NPR

Hugh Laurie
Melissa Kuypers NPR

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 1:43 pm

The doctor is in the house. Now that the FOX TV show House has wrapped, the show's star Hugh Laurie revealed a softer side by showing his love for NPR. The actor stopped by NPR West to talk with Fresh Air host Terry Gross. We approve.

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

The Two-Way
4:47 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Sandusky's Adopted Son Claims He Was An Abuse Victim, Too

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 7:03 pm

A lawyer for Jerry Sandusky's adopted son says Matthew Sandusky was also a victim of the former Penn State assistant football coach.

In a statement released by Andrew Shubin, Matthew Sandusky said he was prepared to testify against his father.

The Patriot-News first broke the story and Shubin confirmed his statement to NPR.

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From Scratch
4:46 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Ian Falconer, Author And Illustrator Of Olivia Childrens' Book Series

Host Jessica Harris speaks with Ian Falconer, author and illustrator of Olivia, a childrens' book series. Harris also speaks with Maurice Kanbar, inventor, entrepreneur, and founder of the Quad Cinema, the first multiplex theater in New York City.

Around the Nation
4:19 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

A Fight To The Finish For Tennessee Mosque

Construction workers pack up at the end of their workday at the Islamic Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Mark Humphrey AP

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 9:34 pm

The first minarets in Murfreesboro, Tenn., are about to be placed atop a new mosque. But when construction is complete on the new Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, located about 30 miles southeast of Nashville, no one will get to move in.

An ongoing court battle has stalled the project, one of several Islamic centers around the country that, like the so-called ground zero mosque, have encountered resistance from local communities.

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Education
4:13 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Kids Get Hands-On With Science In A 'Dream Garage'

Community Science Workshops give low-income kids around California opportunities to learn about science firsthand — from holding spiders to building robots.
Amy Standen for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 8:09 am

Many kids who grow up in big cities have lots of opportunities to experience science hands-on. There are zoos, museums, planetariums and school field trips.

But those amenities are sometimes out of reach for lower-income children. And in some rural areas, those opportunities simply don't exist at all.

In California — as in many states — public school science programs have faced deep budget cuts. Many kids have been left behind.

Dan Sudran has taken it upon himself to help close the gap.

Instilling A Love Of Science, Early On

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Pop Culture
4:13 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Branding 'Brave': The Cultural Capital Of Princesses

In Brave, the character of Merida is a skilled archer and sword fighter who rebels against what is expected of her as a princess.
Disney/Pixar

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 12:42 pm

For little girls, princesses hold roughly the same value that tulips did for the Dutch back in the 1500s, and that princess mania is sure to get a boost with the new Pixar movie Brave, which stars a Scottish princess named Merida.

For a keyhole glimpse into the pink and glittery world of pre-K princess culture, consider the scene at a recent princess-themed birthday party in a suburb of Washington, D.C.

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Movie Reviews
4:05 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Time In 'To Rome With Love': It Doesn't Make Sense

Antonio the newlywed (Alessandro Tiberi, left), Uncle Paolo (Roberto Della Casa) and Anna the prostitute (Penelope Cruz) in one of To Rome With Love's four independent stories. This one features Anna attempting to teach Antonio something about love.
Philippe Antonello Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 5:19 pm

For four decades, Woody Allen's been churning out movies at a rate of almost exactly one film per year, a phenomenon that I'd describe as being "like clockwork" if my whole sense of time hadn't been scrambled by his latest comedy, To Rome With Love.

Pleasantly scrambled, but still.

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Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

In 'Brave,' A Pixar Princess At Odds With Her Place

Merida, the heroine in Pixar's Brave, causes much family drama by refusing to get married — and acting more like her father, King Fergus, than a "proper princess."
Disney/Pixar

Not since Walt Disney's heyday has an animation company enjoyed a creative — and technically innovative — run like Pixar, now on a two-decade stretch that started with Toy Story in 1995 and continued with modern classics like Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., The Incredibles, WALL-E, Ratatouille and two Toy Story sequels that took on improbable depth and complexity. Over the years, the only persistent knock against Pixar is its lack of one thing Disney movies had in spades: female heroines.

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Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Lincoln's Life, Stylized (And Somewhat Embellished)

Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) and Will Johnson (Anthony Mackie) in one of the slick action sequences from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Lincoln's weapon of choice in the film is a silver-plated ax.
20th Century Fox

Two films into his English-language directing career, and already Timur Bekmambetov is spinning his wheels. But at least when the Kazakh director does so, the wheels have glistening silver rims and spin in hyperdetailed, superslow motion, all while the car is spinning through the air in a graceful, arcing corkscrew.

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