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'I, Olga' Charts One Woman's Path From Alienation To Brutal, Senseless Violence

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:00pm

The film about a young woman who ran her truck onto a Prague sidewalk in 1973, killing eight pedestrians, is tough to sit through, and recent events lend it a chilling sense of relevance.

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'Life' Doesn't Quite Find A Way

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:00pm

In space, no one can hear you yawn: Technically impressive but dramatically airless, this monster flick set on the International Space Station is powered by "space-movie cliches old and new."

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In The Agreeably Schlocky 'Power Rangers,' 'Transformers' Meets 'The Breakfast Club'

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:00pm

"Go, Go Power Rangers!" - but should you? The film's playful, earnest tone and "gung-ho chintziness" slowly won critic Scott Tobias over.

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A Curmudgeonly Know-It-All Meets The Daughter He Doesn't: 'Wilson'

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:00pm

Director Craig Johnson's film, based on the Daniel Clowes graphic novel, wants us to invest in a misanthrope's grumbling attempts to reconnect to humanity. Yet its uneven tone keeps us at a distance.

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'I Called Him Morgan' Is A Tale Of Marriage, Murder And Jazz, Told From Two Sides

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 3:43pm

The brilliant trumpeter Lee Morgan, whose shocking and untimely death at the age of 33 is at the center of I Called Him Morgan, doesn't star in this documentary so much as haunt it.

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Police Say London Attack Corresponds Closely To ISIS Propaganda Manual

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 3:41pm

Authorities are learning more about the man who attacked Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament in London this week. The attack corresponds closely with instructions provided by ISIS' propaganda magazine, which details which kinds of vehicles to use and even which kinds of knives to use — and not use — in these types of terror attacks.

Koch Brothers Vow To Stand By Republicans Who Oppose Health Care Bill

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 3:41pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Akash Chougule, policy director of Americans for Prosperity about the group's opposition to the AHCA bill, and their plans to support members of Congress who vote against the bill during the 2018 midterm elections.

GOP Rep. Leonard Lance Outlines Opposition To Health Care Bill

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 3:41pm

The House is delaying a scheduled Thursday vote on the American Health Care Act. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks New Jersey Republican Rep. Leonard Lance about why he plans to vote against the bill.

After 'Bizarre' Moves, What's Next For Fractured House Intel Committee?

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 3:08pm

The chairman discussed evidence with the president without sharing it with the committee. The top Democrat on the committee says that's "disturbing," and the the rift between them is raising eyebrows.

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Gorillaz Announces New Album, Hits Haunted House In 'Saturnz Barz' Video

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 3:04pm

The cartoon band's new album, Humanz, is due out April 28. Popcaan sings on the new single, which is accompanied by a short horror film.

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Cancer Is Partly Caused By Bad Luck, Study Finds

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 3:00pm

Researchers have long known behavior, environment and genetics play a role in cancer. A study in Science finds luck is also a major factor. Nearly two-thirds of cancer mutations arise randomly.

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World Cafe Nashville: Kyshona

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 2:59pm

By day, this Nashville transplant is a music therapist; by night, she's a soul singer with a compassionate, uplifting voice.

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Kids Who Suffer Hunger In First Years Lag Behind Their Peers In School

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 2:54pm

When infants and young kids grow up in homes without enough to eat, they're more likely to perform poorly in kindergarten, a study shows. The younger they experienced hunger, the stronger the effect.

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In Major Blow To Trump, GOP Health Care Bill Vote Delayed

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 2:37pm

The bill faced opposition from the center and right within the party. And Trump, for all his efforts at deal-making, hasn't been able yet to secure the votes.

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U.S. Senate Votes To Repeal Obama-Era Internet Privacy Rules

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 2:25pm

The rules would require Internet providers to tell consumers what data they collect and get consent before selling. Republicans said ISPs were facing stricter regulations than companies like Google.

South X Lullaby: Lydia Ainsworth

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 2:17pm

Surrounded by long-hanging optical fibers, Ainsworth sings a stripped-down version of the slow-burning "Afterglow" accompanied only by an upright bass and light percussion.

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How Noisy Is Your Neighborhood? Now There's A Map For That

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 2:06pm

For the first time, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics has released a handy map tracing the noise produced by airports and interstate highways in locations across the U.S.

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Watch Buscabulla Perform 'Tártaro' Live In The Studio

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 1:54pm

The Puerto Rican-born, Brooklyn-based duo plays sensual, salsa-inspired music it calls "the Caribbean music of the future."

(Image credit: Cascade Wilhelm/Courtesy of the artist)

Science-Loving Teens From Ghana And D.C. Geek Out Together

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 1:35pm

They competed in the first World Smarts STEM Challenge. We got to know the team that worked on a water purifier using neem leaves and ... cilantro.

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Remembering Chuck Barris, Self-Proclaimed 'King Of Daytime Television'

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:53pm

Barris, who died Tuesday in New York, created The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game and The Gong Show, and later wrote the autobiography, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Originally broadcast in 1986.

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