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Director Says Hoffman Inhabited 'Most Wanted Man' Role

Saturday, July 26, 2014

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

Saturday, July 26, 2014

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

Saturday, July 26, 2014

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

Saturday, July 26, 2014

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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Plot To Poison Famed French Wine Makes For Gripping (Pinot) Noir

Saturday, July 26, 2014

In Shadows in the Vineyard Maximillian Potter tells the true story of the legendary Romanée-Conti vineyard — and how it was held up for a 1 million euro ransom.

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Lost At Sea, Legos Reunite On Beaches And Facebook

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Nearly two decades ago, a massive wave struck a container ship and dumped nearly 5 million Legos pieces into the ocean. Today, they are still washing up on shores in England.

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In Which Colin Firth Debunks Some Myths About Working With Woody Allen

Friday, July 25, 2014

Allen doesn't rehearse, and he isn't a big talker. But Firth pooh-poohs claims that he doesn't direct. He says Allen was a "very involved and meticulous director" while making Magic in the Moonlight.

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How Well Does A Drug Work? Look Beyond The Fine Print

Friday, July 25, 2014

A husband and wife who are doctors have been working on fact boxes for drugs that, like nutrition labels for foods, would more concisely convey a medicine's benefits and risks.

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Gurrumul, An Unlikely International Star, Reaches U.S. Ears

Friday, July 25, 2014

Despite being born blind and speaking a language that few on Earth understand, Australian singer-songwriter Gurrumul has become, as Rolling Stone puts it, the most important voice of his nation.

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'No Easy Answer': Ex-Baseball Manager La Russa On Legacy, Steroids

Friday, July 25, 2014

Tony La Russa, who won more games than any MLB manager in the past 60 years, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Links to steroids have kept notable players of his from getting that recognition.

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Former Student Dropped Out, But Still Appreciates A Special Teacher

Friday, July 25, 2014

Roger Alvarez didn't make it to graduation, but he still wants to thank his high school English teacher. (This StoryCorps interview first aired Jan. 29, 2012, on Weekend Edition.)

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The Evolution Of The 'Esquire' Man, In 10 Revealing Covers

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The magazine has helped depict and define American men since 1933. David Granger says male attitudes toward style — and women — have seen big shifts in the 17 years he's been at Esquire's helm.

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When It Comes To Creativity, Are Two Heads Better Than One?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Joshua Wolf Shenk says it's time to debunk the myth of the lone genius. His new book explores creative partnerships — and explains how Emily Dickinson wasn't actually as much of a loner as we think.

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Who Are The Kids Of The Migrant Crisis?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Many kids and teenagers leave Central America to avoid climbing levels of gang violence, extortion and drug trafficking. Sometimes, it's to find their families.

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For Better Treatment, Doctors And Patients Share The Decisions

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital are working on ways to help patients better understand their chances of suffering heart attacks and surgical complications.

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With Help From America's Test Kitchen, Why Buy When You Can DIY?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Morning Edition host Renee Montagne talks to America's Test Kitchen's Chris Kimball about foods that are easier than you'd guess to make at home. Fresh Nutella or kale chips, anyone?

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Happy 30th Birthday, PG-13!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Up until 1984, the Motion Picture Association of America rated films G, PG, R or X. But that same year some gory scenes in PG-rated movies — including Indiana Jones and Gremlins — raised concerns.

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Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What does a 20 percent chance of rain or snow actually mean? Interpreting probabilities in forecasts can be hard even for mathematicians and meteorologists — never mind the average person.

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Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Net neutrality can be an issue that's difficult to understand and difficult to explain, so the metaphor that's used to describe it is kind of important. See what neutrality is being compared to.

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Teenage Songwriters Take On 'Bro-Country'

Monday, July 21, 2014

In their first single, the young country singers Maddie & Tae make a splash by speaking up for the women in country songs who are expected to look good in the back of a pickup truck, nothing more.

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