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Hoping To Reach A Wider Audience, Lifetime Breaks Out Of Familiar Formula

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 4:09pm

Lifetime's general manager says the channel is trying to reflect "the true breadth" of America. It recently launched a reality show called BAPs — which stands for "Black American Prince or Princess."

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Director Says Hoffman Inhabited 'Most Wanted Man' Role

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 4:09pm

Anton Corbijn directed Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his final roles — playing a haggard German intelligence agent in the film adaptation of the John le Carré spy thriller A Most Wanted Man.

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Lessons In 'Essentialism': Getting More Out Of Life By Doing Less

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 4:09pm

Greg McKeown doesn't believe in "doing it all." In his new book he argues that we should pursue only those things that are truly important — and eliminate everything else.

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How Is The Airline Industry Disrupted By Conflict Zones?

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 4:09pm

NPR's Eric Westervelt speaks to aviation journalist William McGee about how worldwide conflict zones are affecting the airline industry.

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War In Syria Continues Among Other Regional Conflicts

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 4:09pm

While the world's attention remains focused on the conflict in Israel and Gaza, the war in Syria continues. NPR's Eric Westervelt speaks with Los Angeles Times correspondent Raja Abdulrahim, who recently reported from inside Syria.

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An Idea That Stuck: How A Hymnal Bookmark Helped Inspire The Post-It Note

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 4:09pm

3M employee Art Fry had a problem: When he sang with his church choir, his paper bookmarks fell out of his hymnal. Thankfully for Fry, his coworker Spencer Silver had a new adhesive in the works.

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Eric Clapton And J.J. Cale: Notes On A Friendship

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 4:09pm

One year after J.J. Cale's death, his friend and fan Eric Clapton says we still don't know the half of the late songwriter's talent. Read Clapton's extended interview with NPR's Eric Westervelt.

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The Long History Of The Gaza Tunnels

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 3:15pm

Alexander the Great complained about the tunnels under Gaza during his siege of the area in 332 BC. They are still an issue today as the Israelis and Palestinians slug it out.

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Ukrainian Troops Said Poised To Retake Rebel-Held Donetsk

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 2:34pm

Kiev's forces have been advancing on key rebel stronghold in hopes of forcing a collapse of the separatist movement.

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This Traffic Backup Brought To You By ...

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 1:52pm

With the advent of the "sharing economy" it is now possible for millions to turn a quick buck by renting out underused assets like a spare guest room or a car. So why not your car bumper, too?

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Vincenzo Nibali Set For Tour De France Victory

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 1:13pm

The 29-year-old cyclist will become the first Italian to wear the yellow jersey into Paris since Marco Pantani in 1998. This year's event was marked by favorites dropping out early on.

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Barrel Bomb Attacks Devastate Iraqi Families

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:03pm

Rights workers say civilians are being killed by government attacks with so-called barrel bombs — the crude weapons made famous in Syria's current conflict.

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North Korea Reportedly Tests Short-Range Ballistic Missile

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:24am

It is the latest in a slew of missile tests conducted by North Korea in recent weeks in the lead up to the 61st anniversary of the signing of the an armistice that halted fighting in the Korean War.

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Dressing Up As A T-Rex Is All Part Of The Job

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 9:15am

Remember in Empire Strikes Back where Han Solo slices open the belly of a tauntaun so Luke can stay warm? That's not much different from how Eli Presser climbs into his T-Rex costume.

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'Purple Rain' Taught Me How To Be In A Band

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 9:00am

For Eric Deggans, Prince's movie wasn't just a spectacle. Sitting in a theater packed with kids his age, he saw Purple Rain as "a validation of the musical world I was already seeking out."

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U.N.: Second Black Box Found At Algerian Airliner Crash Site

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 8:41am

The data recorder was recovered from the Air Algerie AH5017 debris field in southern Mali. Investigators are linking Thursday's crash that killed 118 to bad weather.

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Tech Week: Industry Diversity, Digital Afterlives, Net Neutrality

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 8:22am

The roundup: Twitter released a scorecard showing that its workforce is largely male and white. And what happens to our digital stuff after we log off for the last time?

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Learning To Read May Take Longer Than We Thought

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 8:08am

A Dartmouth study suggests that fifth-graders are still "learning to read," not just "reading to learn."

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Trans Bodies, Trans Selves,' 'Hard Day's Night,' Arthur Allen

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 8:03am

A new book is a manual for transgender; John Powers reviews the restoration of A Hard Day's Night; Arthur Allen talks about his book The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl.

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U.S. Embassy Compound In Libya Shut Down Amid Fighting

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:40am

The State Department says personnel are being moved to an alternate location amid an escalation of fighting among rival militant factions in the capital, Tripoli.

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