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Reckoning With Afghanistan's Toll In 'Green On Blue'

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 6:51am

"Green on Blue" tells the story of the war in Afghanistan through the eyes of an Afghan orphan. NPR's; Rachel Martin speaks to the unlikely author: Elliot Ackerman, a former U.S. marine.

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In Oscar Nominations For Best Score, Some Hear Sour Notes

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 6:51am

The distinctive music in the movie Birdman will not win an Oscar — in fact, it wasn't even nominated. Like other acclaimed film scores from years past, it didn't comply with Academy rules.

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Director Of Oscar-Nommed 'Timbuktu' Found A Star In A Refugee Camp

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 6:03am

A 12-year-old girl followed him everywhere. And she got the part. Abderrahmane Sissako tells what it's like to make a reality-based movie in Mauritania.

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Visual Feast: If The World's Major Cities Were Made Of Food

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 4:41am

A charming photo series called BrunchCity re-creates metropolises in miniature, with famous local noshes are part of the architecture.

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Visual Feast: If The World's Major Cities Were Made Of Food

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 4:41am

A charming photo series called BrunchCity re-creates metropolises in miniature, with famous local noshes are part of the architecture.

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Adobe Photoshop: Democratizing Photo Editing For 25 Years

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 4:09pm

The photo editing system Adobe Photoshop turned 25 this week. NPR's Arun Rath talks to co-founder Thomas Knoll about how the system has changed and where it's going.

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Exploring The Solar System Through The Eyes Of Robotic Voyagers

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 4:09pm

The Voyager spacecraft revolutionized our understanding of space. In a new book, The Interstellar Age, planetary scientist Jim Bell shares stories about the planning and excitement back on Earth.

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1 Film, 6 Stories On The 'Pleasure Of Losing Control'

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 3:08pm

Wild Tales includes six stories of people who are set off by things like road rage or infidelity. Then, says director Damián Szifron, "they cross the line that separates civilization from barbarism."

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The Woman Behind The Oscar-Nominated Sound Of 'Unbroken'

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 3:06pm

The film's tricky dialogue and dogfights were made possible by Becky Sullivan — the fifth woman ever nominated for the sound editing award. NPR's own Becky Sullivan met her to learn about the craft.

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After An Education In American Jazz, A Musician Tackles The Turkish Songbook

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 7:03am

A Turkish jazz guitarist is converting Turkey's pop songs into popular jazz, the way American jazz musicians stylized tunes from the Great American Songbook.

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Meet John Sloss, The Man Behind Some Of Your Favorite Indie Films

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 7:03am

Sloss is a lawyer, talent manager, sales agent and producer for films like Boys Don't Cry, The Fog of War and Boyhood. "He's a bulldog; he fights for the films he believes in," one filmmaker says.

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Through 10 Years Of Mining His Grief, A Novelist Makes 'Nice'

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 7:03am

Matt Sumell wrote Making Nice in part as a response to his mother's death from cancer. "I was using the good luck of bad luck," he says. "You use what hurts."

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A Lot Of Sound And Fury In 'The Infernal'

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 6:03am

Mark Doten's debut novel has some beautiful writing in it, but critic Jason Sheehan says the book suffers from too much verbal and typographical trickery, and not enough actual story.

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King Of Condensed Films: Meet Chuck Workman, The Oscars' Montage Master

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 4:16am

It's a classic element of the Oscars telecast: that sequence of clips paying tribute to film industry greats. Chuck Workman created them for 20 years, and likens his craft to making a fruitcake.

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Korean Tailors Try To Keep The Lunar New Year Hanbok Ritual Alive

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 4:14am

A new year's tradition of wearing a new, custom-tailored outfit to celebrate the Lunar New Year is fading in Korean culture.

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Korean Tailors Try To Keep The Lunar New Year Hanbok Ritual Alive

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 4:13am

A new year's tradition of wearing a new, custom-tailored outfit to celebrate the Lunar New Year is fading in Korean culture.

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Tibetan Villagers Pose Before Backdrops, Earn Oscar Nomination

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 4:12am

They're photographed in front of Asian scenes, a beach, Disneyland. It's a fictional film called Butter Lamp. And it has a real message.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Our Oscars Omnibus 2015

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 5:21pm

On this week's show, all eight Best Picture nominees, strong feelings from all concerned, and the rare feeling that a fistfight might be about to ensue.

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'I'll Take Insanely Hard Oscar Trivia For 400, Alex'

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 3:46pm

Can you name the longest title of a film nominated for best picture? Or most Oscar-nominated family? At O'Brien's Irish Pub in Santa Monica, the trivia night regulars are former game show champions.

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The Oscars Are Coming, With 1 Big Hit And Few Close Contests

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 3:46pm

Linda Holmes and movie critic Bob Mondello sit down with Audie Cornish to talk about the upcoming Oscars.

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