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4:03 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

'Oslo, August 31st': A Long Day In A Gray Hour

A once-promising writer turned heroin addict, Anders (Anders Danielsen Lie) is released from his rehabilitation center for a day for a job interview in Oslo. Even as he goes out into the world, his melancholy mood continues to plague him.
Strand Releasing

Joachim Trier's first film, Reprise, was a giddy, hyperstylized account of the delights and despairs of Norway's young literary set. His follow-up, Oslo, August 31st, features some of the same themes and one of the previous movie's stars. But the writer-director's mood has downshifted dramatically.

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Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

'OC87': A First Film, Personal And Hard-Won

Buddy Clayman
Fisher-Klingenstein Films

Bud Clayman is not the sort of person who typically attracts cameras. Pudgy, with a droning voice and a cackle his own father says makes him sound like a chicken, Clayman harbored dreams of becoming a filmmaker in Los Angeles after college — dreams complicated by his Asperger's syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder and depression.

Three decades and several breakdowns later, he's made his first film: a document of his own struggles with mental illness.

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Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

'Men In Black 3': A Cartoonish Blast To The Past

Galaxy Defenders: Ten years after Men In Black 2, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones reunite to play Agents J and K, partners in a covert organization dedicated to monitoring Earth's secret extraterrestrial population.
Sony Pictures

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 3:30 pm

From the Department of Inessentiality, Summer Division, comes Men in Black 3, one of those franchises that lost all creative life in the first sequel but keep drawing breath anyway, thanks to an iron lung powered by a half-billion dollars in worldwide grosses.

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Remembrances
3:54 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Hal Jackson Was Pioneering Voice In Black Radio

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 8:37 pm

Harold Jackson was a pioneer of black radio. He was the first major African American play-by-play sports announcer, hosted numerous radio shows in New York City and co-founded Inner City Broadcasting. Jackson died Wednesday at the age of 96.

NPR Story
3:36 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Violent Riots Target African Nationals Living In Israel

Originally published on Sun May 27, 2012 7:34 am

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In Israel last night, violence broke out in a district of Tel Aviv. A demonstration against the country's large community of African nationals turned into a riot. Shouting slogans, such as blacks out, more than 1,000 Israelis took to the streets and stores belonging to African nationals were attacked and looted.

At least 17 rioters were arrested. Sheera Frenkel reports on the rising tensions over Israel's African community.

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Favorite Sessions
3:32 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Alialujah Choir: Bowler Hats And Harmonies

opbmusic.org

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 3:11 pm

It began with a song. The roots of Portland's Alialujah Choir go back to Adam Selzer and Adam Shearer's collaboration on an all-Portland charity compilation, (D)early Departed. It seemed a natural choice to pair the Adams, the former known for his work as a producer at Type Foundry studios and as part of the band Norfolk & Western; the latter the affable and increasingly visible frontman of the local band Weinland. "A House, A Home" was the result — a song that builds a fictionalized doomed romance into the real-life historical backdrop of Dr.

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The Two-Way
3:15 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Massive Solar Plane Tries For First Transcontinental Flight

The Swiss sun-powered aircraft Solar Impulse takes off on Thursday in Payerne on its first attempted intercontinental flight from Switzerland to Morocco.
Fabrice Coffrini AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 9:45 pm

The Solar Impulse, a solar-powered airplane with the wing-span of a jumbo jet, took off from Switzerland today on its first attempt to complete a transcontinental flight.

The AP reports:

"Fog on the runaway at its home base in Payerne, Switzerland, delayed the take off by two hours, demonstrating how susceptible the prototype single-seater aircraft is to adverse weather.

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NPR Ombudsman
3:12 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Pass The Chicha, But Hold The Slurs

A woman serves a glass of 'Chicha' to a client in the village of Pisaq near Cuzco, Peru. Chicha is a local alcoholic beverage made from sprouted or germinated corn.
Martin Mejia Associated Press

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 3:22 pm

Sometimes reporters reach for that tongue-in-cheek phrase that they think listeners will understand, and it offends instead.

On May 8, freelance reporter Banning Eyre reviewed the new album by a Brooklyn-based band inspired by Peruvian music called Chicha Libre. "It's easy to imagine that this music was made by lowlife Peruvian musicians in the '60s, tipsy on chicha wine and surf guitar," he said on air.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:10 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

What's Up, Doc? When Your Doctor Rushes Like The Road Runner

Patients continue to complain that physicians don't spend enough time examining and talking with them.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 8:37 pm

To physician Larry Shore of My Health Medical Group in San Francisco, it's no surprise that patients give doctors low marks for time and attention.

"There's some data to suggest that the average patient gets to speak for between 12 and 15 seconds before the physician interrupts them," Shore says. "And that makes you feel like the person is not listening."

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The Record
3:05 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Metalheads Are People Too

The author in the pit.
Markus Shaffer

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:46 pm

For one long weekend at the end of May, nearly every hotel, hostel, B&B and flophouse in Baltimore is booked up. Traffic gets brutal, the sidewalks fill and locals are more than a little miffed by all the clueless tourists. Many of them are in town for Maryland's high school lacrosse state championships, but for plenty of others, a stay in Charm City promises the polar opposite of all the good clean fun going down at the stadium. These visitors are ready to sweat too, but they've come for something quite different: feedback, blood and distortion.

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