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Episode 293: Titus Welliver, Sleater-Kinney, Tracee Ellis Ross

Friday, February 20, 2015

This week: Actor Titus Welliver on shooting a gun, canonically ... Corin Tucker doesn't think her band's music is too awful ... Tracee Ellis Ross shares the gift of laughter and a loopy life coach ... Comedian Maz Jobrani helps our listeners confront ...

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PRI's The World

It's been a hell of a good year for foreign-language films

Friday, February 20, 2015

All five films nominated for this year's best foreign language picture Oscar are worth seeing, says film critic Matt Holzman. And there are a couple must-see foreign language films that didn't make the Oscar list.

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The Takeaway

'The Duff,' 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2,' 'McFarland USA,' and Interviews with the Oscar Nominees

Friday, February 20, 2015

It's a jam-packed Movie Date, with reviews of 'The Duff,' 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2,' and 'McFarland USA,' as well as interviews with the Oscar nominees!
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The Takeaway

Talk Dirty to Me: Audio Porn is Making a Comeback

Friday, February 20, 2015

There's a growing subculture devoted to producing and sharing audio porn. Note to listeners: This segment contains content that some might find offensive.

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PRI's The World

Why the Russian government hates the film it put up for an Oscar

Friday, February 20, 2015

"Leviathan," Russia's nominee for best foreign film at the Oscars, is the subject of a major backlash for its bleak portrayal of the country and its government. Yet while lawmakers and officials are condemning the movie, they're also the ones who selected it for the honor. Here's why.

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PRI's The World

Why Rio de Janeiro's Carnival may have danced to the beat of a dictator

Friday, February 20, 2015

In Brazil, the winning samba school at this year's Rio Carnival is accused of accepting millions of dollars from the leader of Equatorial Guinea, who's widely criticized as one of Africa's worst dictators. But do Brazilians actually care? Probably not.

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PRI's The World

German satire takes aim at Islamic extremism, despite fears

Friday, February 20, 2015

The deadly attacks in Copenhagen and Paris against humorists who offended Muslims have given German satirists something to think about. But they say they won’t give in to fear.

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Morning Edition

Iranians Wait And Wonder If A New Dawn Is Coming

Friday, February 20, 2015

NPR's Steve Inskeep profiles three Iranians who discuss their dreams — and hopes that have been dashed previously.

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The Takeaway

The 2015 Oscars: Who Will Win & Who Should Win

Friday, February 20, 2015

All this week, in the lead up to the Oscars, we've been looking at the films nominated for Best Picture. Today, we talk predictions with our Movie Date Podcast team. 

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Deadly Superbugs, The Best of The Web, and Audio Porn

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Takeaway chats with the director of the CDC about drug-resistant bacteria, we look at the hidden treasures you missed online this week, and we explore the rise of audio porn.

The Takeaway

Best Picture Preview: 'Selma'

Thursday, February 19, 2015

All this week, in the lead up to the Oscars, The Takeaway is taking a closer look at some of the films that are nominated for best picture. Today: "Selma." 

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The Takeaway

An Unlikely Slice of Americana Joins Chinese Lunar New Year Feasts

Thursday, February 19, 2015

As millions around the globe celebrate Asian Lunar New Year, this year, China is adding an unlikely slice of Americana to the traditional New Year's Eve dinner.

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Can You Hear Nature's Sounds?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Our lives are now so noisy that we're at risk of shutting out nature's beautiful sounds, a new study shows. Anthropologist Barbara J. King invites us to be still and listen to the world.

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The Takeaway

The Afghan War Told Through The Eyes of An Orphaned Soldier

Thursday, February 19, 2015

An orphaned Afghan soldier is the protagonist of Elliot Ackerman's new novel, "Green on Blue."  

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Morning Edition

Iran's Jews: It's Our Home And We Plan To Stay

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Iran's Jewish population has dropped dramatically since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. But nearly 9,000 Jews remain and many say they've built comfortable lives and learned to accept the limitations.

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The Takeaway

A Best in Show Beagle and Plenty of #WestminsterRejects

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

At this year's Westminster dog show there were nearly 3,000 entrants, but only one winner: A beagle named Miss P. Listeners like you have also been sharing photos of your own pups.

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The Takeaway

Best Picture Preview: 'The Imitation Game'

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

All week in the lead up to the Oscars, we're taking a closer look at some of the films nominated for Best Picture. Today, we speak with the writer and director of "The Imitation Game."

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PRI's The World

One woman challenges perceptions of Somalia one Instagram post at a time

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ugaaso Boocow wanted to correct perceptions of Somalia. But instead of taking to the streets or the airwaves, she took to Instagram and is primed to be a star.

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Morning Edition

'You Are Invited': Isolated Iran Seeks Foreign Tourists

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Iran often seems conflicted about its future. Last week, a big rally included the usual anti-American rhetoric, while the following day marked the opening of an international tourism exhibit.

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PRI's The World

Old photos bring Ukraine's memories and identity back to life

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Daisy Sindelar traveled to six cities in Ukraine and talked with people about what their old family photographs say about who they, and their country, are today. The result offers an unexpectedly joyous and colorful glimpse into Ukraine's past.

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