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Movie Review: 'The Second Mother'

15 hours 11 min ago

The Brazilian movie, The Second Mother, is a film about the unspoken class barriers that exist within a home that come crashing down when the live-in housekeeper's daughter suddenly appears.

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Disney And Universal Bask In The Glow Of Summer Box Office Sales

15 hours 11 min ago

Steve Inskeep looks at what was hot and what was not at the summer box office with Kim Masters, editor-at-large for The Hollywood Reporter and host of member station KCRW's The Business.

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Darryl Dawkins, NBA's 'Chocolate Thunder,' Dies At 58

15 hours 11 min ago

Ex-NBA player Darryl Dawkins was known for thunderous dunks. Dawkins played 13 seasons in the NBA after being drafted out of high school by the Philadelphia 76ers. He died on Thursday at age 58.

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California Battles The Drought With Successful Conservation Efforts

15 hours 11 min ago

California's cities managed to cut their water usage by 31.3 percent during July — surpassing the amount mandated by the state's governor because of the four-year drought.

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Peek Inside The 'Little Black Books' Of Some Famous American Artists

16 hours 1 min ago

Mary Savig, curator at the Archives of American Art in Washington, D.C., says the contact lists reveal a lot about the artists' personal and professional networks.

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The Survivors' Street: Ten Years of Life After Katrina

16 hours 2 min ago

NPR first visited Schnell Drive in St. Bernard Parish ten years ago, to speak with the Bordelon family as they rebuilt their home after Katrina's destruction. Unlike many, they're still there today.

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Stargazing From The Street Corner, Telescope And Hat In Hand

16 hours 16 min ago

Herman Heyn has stood on a Baltimore street corner with a telescope almost nightly for 27 years. He does it for tips, for love of the stars — and for the hope he may inspire the same love in others.

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A Colombian Kingpin Gets The 'Goodfellas' Treatment In 'Narcos'

16 hours 17 min ago

A new, fictionalized Netflix series tells the story of how smuggler Pablo Escobar built his cocaine empire. The show is compelling and complex — especially for fans of classic crime stories.

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Recommended Dose: August's Best Dance Tracks

17 hours 13 min ago

New music from Joy Orbison, one of the leading lights of the U.K. garage and house revivals, plus more dance tracks for the waning days of summer in our monthly mix.

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KPCC's Off-Ramp: Heino!

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:40pm

KPCC's Off-Ramp: Heino!

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New Tesla Breaks Consumer Reports' Ratings Scale, Bolsters Company's Stock

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 7:37pm

"It kind of broke the system," says Jake Fisher, director of the magazine's auto test division. Tesla's stock rose 8 percent Thursday.

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North Dakota Legalizes Armed Police Drones

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 6:16pm

Law enforcement agencies in North Dakota are now allowed to operate drones armed with "less than lethal" weapons.

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Democratic Group Fires A Warning Shot With Immigration Attack Ad

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 5:22pm

SuperPAC Priorities USA Action released a digital ad blasting Republican candidates for their heated rhetoric on immigration. It's a small campaign for now, but sends a clear message.

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Obama: Katrina A 'Man-Made' Disaster Caused By Government Failure

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:14pm

The president said that what started out as a natural disaster became something much worse when government didn't "look out for its own citizens."

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A 'Second Mother,' Trapped In Service

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:03pm

Brazilian filmmaker Anna Muylaert's comedy suggests that to look at a society's political health, you look at the way the help is treated — like the housekeeper at the story's center.

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'We Are Your Friends' Gets A Blissful Beat, Sometimes

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:03pm

Zac Efron is little more than a good-looking void in this story of dance music in the San Fernando Valley, but the film is intermittently engaging as a medley of themes and genres.

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From One Low Moment, 'Queen Of Earth' Follows A Swirl Of Pain

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:03pm

The latest from director Alex Ross Perry stars Elisabeth Moss in the story of a woman who spends a very hard week in a very isolated place.

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Nation's Only All-Women MBA Program To Close

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:03pm

Simmons College in Boston has announced it will transition its brick-and-mortar program to an online-only degree for women and men.

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Froggy Went A-Courtin', But Lady Frogs Chose Second-Best Guy Instead

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:01pm

Given two choices of attractive mates, female frogs pick the top vocalist. But add a third, inferior male to the mix, and females go for No. 2. The "decoy effect" shapes some human choices, too.

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'It's Fun To Get A Little Deeper': Carly Rae Jepsen Walks The Pop-Star Tightrope

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 3:43pm

When you have a hit like "Call Me Maybe," there's no escaping the pressure to follow strong. Jepsen says the moody shimmer of her new LP, Emotion, emerged only after she'd written more than 200 songs.

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