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Composer Thomas Newman Teams With Spielberg For 'Bridge Of Spies'

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 7:11am

Bridge of Spies is only the second film on which Steven Spielberg has not worked with composer John Williams. Williams was unavailable for this movie, so he recommended Thomas Newman.

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Bargain Pizza? Call The Finnish Police

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 7:11am

Finnish police are on the lookout for a new batch of criminals. Their offense? Low pizza prices. Police are concerned that any pizza vendor who offers a bargain-rate pizza might be evading taxes.

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Using DNA To Authenticate Art

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 7:11am

Scientists are developing a way to prevent forged artwork from entering the market. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Martin Tenniswood about a synthetic DNA that is being used to tag pieces of art.

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After 14 Years, U.S. To Release Guantanamo Detainee

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 7:11am

A new campaign in the U.K. is demanding Shaker Aamer's freedom. Aamer has been held in Guantanamo Bay for 14 years. He's a Saudi citizen and was a long-time British resident.

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Historian Talks Intervention For U.S. Strategy In Syria

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 7:11am

Niall Ferguson of Harvard University talks with NPR's Scott Simon about strategies for resolving the conflict in Syria including increased intervention by the United States.

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So It Turns Out There's A Lot We Don't Know About Ebola

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 6:03am

New data on survivors shows a range of health problems, from loss of vision to arthritis. It's making researchers realize they need to learn more about how the virus affects the human body.

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'Pop Sonnets' Finds Hidden Shakespeare In Top 40 Tunes

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 6:03am

Originally a popular Tumblr, Pop Sonnets makes iambic hay out of modern artists like Kesha and Eminem. Critic Tasha Robinson explains why Sonnets isn't your average impulse-buy humor book.

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We Ask Experts: Has The Situation In Syria Become A Proxy War?

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 5:44am

President Obama has said the U.S. would not "make Syria into a proxy war between the United States and Russia." Given reports that Russia has bombed U.S.-backed rebels, we wondered, is it already?

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Why Paid Family Leave Has Become A Major Campaign Issue

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 5:39am

Paid family leave has never been a major topic in a presidential election — until now. Here's what got it there.

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After Decades On Stage, Arthur Miller's Works Defy The Final Curtain

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 5:37am

The great American playwright was born a century ago Sunday. An activist as much as he was a writer, Miller challenged social ills in playscripts — and set a new standard for the citizen-artist.

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Horrible Things Happen To Nepali Girls When They Menstruate: #15Girls

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 5:34am

When a teenage girl in Nepal gets her period, her parents may make her sleep in a shed. But one 15-year-old is trying to break the taboos around menstruation.

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