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Do We Really Need The Air Force?

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 7:00am

The military is a huge bureaucracy with many redundancies. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with University of Kentucky's Robert Farley, who argues that we need air power, but not a separate Air Force.

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Busting Stereotypes To Become A Prima Ballerina

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 7:00am

Misty Copeland is one of the few African-American solo dancers with the American Ballet Theatre. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Copeland about her memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina.

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A High Five On The Seven Seas

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 7:00am

For each five-letter word provided, insert two letters after the first letter to complete a familiar seven-letter word.

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For A Sheltered Teen, 'Thorn Birds' Was A Much-Needed Eye-Opener

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 4:10am

Therese Walsh knows Colleen McCullough's famous novel — which contains not just sex, but sex with a priest -- might not be "appropriate" for teens. But, she says, it's the perfect sort of dangerous.

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Hi Ho Spaniard! An Iberian Desert With Spaghetti Western Roots

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 4:09am

Some of Hollywood's most popular Westerns were filmed in Spain's Tabernas Desert. Today those sets are used in Western-style theme parks for bank heists, shoot-outs and saloon shows.

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Hi Ho Spaniard! An Iberian Desert With Spaghetti Western Roots

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 4:09am

Some of Hollywood's most popular Westerns were filmed in Spain's Tabernas Desert. Today those sets are used in Western-style theme parks for bank heists, shoot-outs and saloon shows.

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'Kids For Cash' Captures A Juvenile Justice Scandal From Two Sides

Sat, 03/08/2014 - 5:26pm

In 2011, two Pennsylvania judges were sent to prison for getting paid for keeping juvenile detention centers full. A new documentary looks back at the case, interviewing kids and the judges involved.

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The Unforgettable Performance Ed Harris Doesn't Remember

Sat, 03/08/2014 - 4:00pm

In a community theater production in 1973, Harris went into another zone. The Oscar-nominated actor says he totally embodied his character, and he's been chasing that high ever since.

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A Frat Of Their Own: Muslims Create A New Space On Campus

Sat, 03/08/2014 - 4:00pm

Alpha Lambda Mu filled a void last year, becoming the first Muslim fraternity in the country. Its founder says he just wanted to provide Muslim American men a place to be themselves.

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Not My Job: Drummer Stewart Copeland Gets Quizzed On Police Tactics

Sat, 03/08/2014 - 11:00am

We ask the former drummer of the 1980s band The Police three questions about questionable tactics used by actual police.

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From Uganda To The Midwest, 'All Our Names' Draws Portraits Of Love

Sat, 03/08/2014 - 7:00am

Dinaw Mengestu is known for writing about the immigrant experience, but his latest novel takes a slightly different tack: It's about love born out of loneliness and need, and complicated by war.

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Meet The Murdering, Kidnapping Imposter Who Fooled Walter Kirn

Sat, 03/08/2014 - 7:00am

In 1998, the novelist befriended a rich, eccentric, art-loving Rockefeller — or so he thought. Kirn explores the man's lies in Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade.

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Affordable Care Act Isn't Perfect, But It's A 'Pretty Good Structure'

Sat, 03/08/2014 - 7:00am

In his new book Ezekiel Emanuel explains "how the Affordable Care Act will improve our terribly complex, blatantly unjust, outrageously expensive, grossly inefficient, error prone system."

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Hollywood Bug Man Understands How Cockroaches Think

Sat, 03/08/2014 - 4:24am

How do you get insects to "act" on camera? Entomologist Steven Kutcher tells NPR's Scott Simon about wrangling bugs for Hollywood — and about using the insects as living paintbrushes.

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'Night In Shanghai' Dances On The Eve Of Destruction

Sat, 03/08/2014 - 4:23am

Nicole Mones' new novel tells the story of African-American musicians who found respect and appreciation in Shanghai's nightclubs, even as the city descended into Japanese occupation and war.

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'Particle Fever': Thrills, Chills And High Subatomic Drama

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 3:40pm

What's possibly the nerdiest documentary ever made turns out to be one of the most inspiring, too. It's the inside story of the quest for a tiny, elusive particle of matter. (Recommended.)

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Too Many Artists, Too Little Time: The Problems And Promise Of The Whitney

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 3:00pm

It's time again for the show that people love to hate: the Whitney Biennial, an overview of American art. Critics often trash it, but as Karen Michel says, this year's showcase has a few surprises.

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Review: 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 3:00pm

Bob Mondello looks at Wes Anderson's latest cinematic curiosity, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

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From One Dream To Another, 'The Returned' Shows Promise

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 3:00pm

Eric Deggans talks with author Jason Mott about the year's hottest book-to-TV translation, Resurrection. The series, a rare television show starring a black man, is based on Mott's book, The Returned.

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A Ukranian Conscience Lost By Complicity, Recovered By Remorse

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 3:00pm

Anthony Marra recommends Everything Flows by Vasily Grossman as a way to understand the events unfolding in Ukraine.

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