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How Tinseltown Got Tipsy: A Boozy Taste Of Hollywood History

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Mark Bailey, who detailed old Hollywood's legendary love affair with liquor in his book Of All the Gin Joints, shares stories from a bygone era over cocktails at a legendary Hollywood bar.

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A Snail So Hardcore It's Named After A Punk Rocker

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Inspired by the snails' spiky shells and acid-loving nature, researchers named the new species Alviniconcha strummeri, after Clash frontman Joe Strummer.

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Sondheim's Songs Go 'Into The Woods' And Onto The Big Screen

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Director Rob Marshall is no stranger to the movie musical — and now, he's taking on the challenge of adapting Stephen Sondheim's knotty, complicated songs to the big screen with Into the Woods.

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NORAD's Santa Tracker Began With A Typo And A Good Sport

Friday, December 19, 2014

It all started in 1955 with a misprint in a Colorado newspaper and a call to Col. Harry Shoup's secret military hotline. Shoup played along with the tiny voice who called, and a tradition was born.

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The Eye-Opening Saga Of Walter And Margaret Keane, Now On Screen

Friday, December 19, 2014

Walter Keane made his name with wistful paintings of big-eyed children — paintings actually done by his wife. Tim Burton directs and Amy Adams stars in Big Eyes, a new movie about the Keanes.

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5 Under-The-Radar Reads From Librarian Nancy Pearl

Friday, December 19, 2014

Pearl shares the books she loved this year that you might not have heard of. Her list includes a Hollywood satire, two thrillers, a young adult novel and a nonfiction book about World War I.

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Japan's Butter Shortage Whips Its Cake Makers Into A Frenzy

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

For the Japanese, Christmastime means sponge cake. But a nationwide butter shortage has led to mandatory butter rationing, forcing cake bakers to seek out substitutes.

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Angelina Jolie On Her Film's 'Unbroken' Hero: 'He Was Truly A Great Man'

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Louis Zamperini was an Olympian before he enlisted in World War II and became a prisoner of war. Jolie says he told her to "make a film that reminds people that they have greatness inside themselves."

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President's Task Force To Re-Examine How Police Interact With Public

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tensions between police and communities of color are grabbing the nation's attention — all the way up to the White House. The Obama administration has announced a new task force to tackle the problem.

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Dr. Kent Brantly: Lessons Learned From Fighting Ebola

Monday, December 15, 2014

"We run the risk of going from hysteria to a sense of indifference," says the now-recovered physician. "And I think that is even more dangerous than our fear."

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Sydney Residents Rally To Head Off Anti-Muslim Violence

Monday, December 15, 2014

Audie Cornish talks to Australian terrorism expert David Kilcullen about the relationship between the Australian government and Muslim communities.

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Around-The-World Trek Hits Obstacles Both Natural And Man-Made

Monday, December 15, 2014

Journalist Paul Salopek's long walk recently brought him face to face with the possibility of losing his toes to frostbite — and with one of the largest mass migrations in modern history.

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'El Deafo': How A Girl Turned Her Disability Into A Superpower

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Navigating elementary school is already hard enough — try adding in a bulky metal hearing aid. Cece Bell's new young adult graphic memoir captures the experience in a poignant and humorous way.

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LA's Unclaimed Dead Receive Prayers, And A Final Resting Place

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Every year since 1896, Los Angeles County has buried the cremated remains of people who die in the region, but whose bodies are never claimed. This year, the county buried the remains of 1,489 people.

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This Weekend, Pick Up The Pieces With 'Gabi'

Sunday, December 14, 2014

In our Weekend Reads series, NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Meg Medina about Isabel Quintero's novel, Gabi, a Girl in Pieces. It's the story of a Mexican-American teenager struggling with her identity.

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Charli XCX's Stockholm Scream Led To One Big 'Sucker'

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Between the vocal hook in Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" and The Fault In Our Stars' soundtrack single, it's been Charli XCX's year. But it took some screams to create her sophomore album.

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In Wisconsin, A Decade-Old Police Shooting Leads To New Law

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Race is at the forefront of the current debate over police use of deadly force. But one shooting brought attention to another factor at play when police shoot civilians and receive no punishment.

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LISTEN: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Snubs

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is expected to announce its latest group of inductees this coming week. As usual, many legends will be snubbed.

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Ruben Vives, From Undocumented Life To The Pulitzer Prize

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The reporter does not take his position at The Los Angeles Times lightly. He says he pushes himself every day, "for the sake of these people who took a chance on me."

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Adapting 'Inherent Vice' Made Director Feel Like A Student Again

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Paul Thomas Anderson is the first to make a novel by reclusive author Thomas Pynchon into a film. He says he studied the book, about a stoner detective, intensely and treated it as his Bible.

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