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4:46 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Celebration Is In The Air. Or Is That Just Snow?

Performers get ready before the start of a Chinese New Year parade in Hong Kong on Jan. 31.
Philippe Lopez AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 6:51 pm

Jan. 31 brings the beginning of the Year of the Horse, and while concerns about air pollution have led to fewer celebratory fireworks than usual in China, Patty Chang Anker says that for her, there is no shortage of traditional food. Anker recommends a cookbook that eases the anxieties of anyone trying to cook Chinese-American meals.

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Code Switch
4:46 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

'Still Turning Heads' At Lunar New Year, An All-Female Lion Dance Troupe

Gund Kwok troupe member Heang Ly takes a break next to her lion costume during a rehearsal in Boston's Chinatown.
Hansi Lo Wang NPR

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 7:14 pm

Lion and dragon dancers are set to parade down Chinatown streets around the country again with the Friday start of another Lunar New Year.

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The Legacy
3:22 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Last Chance To See Hedwig And The Angry Inch’s Gender-Bending Rock

Patrick Russell as Hedwig. Photo by John Muchow of Muchow Photography.

(We're revisiting this year-old interview since the musical has made a return. Friday and Saturday are the final performances at The Legacy Theatre in Springfield. Tickets here.)

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Monkey See
1:54 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Yes, Jesse Eisenberg Should Absolutely Play Lex Luthor

Jesse Eisenberg during a portrait session at the 70th Venice International Film Festival in September 2013.
Gareth Cattermole Getty Images

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Barbershop
11:31 am
Fri January 31, 2014

The Super Bowl: Looking Forward To The 'Spectacle'

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 11:59 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Faith Matters
11:31 am
Fri January 31, 2014

How One Woman's Faith Stopped A School Shooting

Antoinette Tuff at NPR's DC headquarters.
Amy Ta NPR

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 1:46 pm

Antoinette Tuff says her faith guided her through the scariest moment of her life. On Aug. 20, 2013, she was working in the front office of the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Ga., when a 20-year-old gunman stormed in with an AK-47 assault rifle and 500 rounds of ammunition.

While on the phone with police, Tuff calmed the gunman down. More than 800 students and 100 employees were at the school that day; not one was injured. Later, she was publicly recognized by everyone from her pastor to President Obama.

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Paperback Nonfiction Bestsellers
11:02 am
Fri January 31, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of January 30, 2014

Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson detail a SEAL mission in Lone Survivor, appearing at No. 4.

Paperback Fiction Bestsellers
11:02 am
Fri January 31, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of January 30, 2014

At No. 12, Christina Baker Kline's Orphan Train links together a teenager and an elderly woman.

Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
11:02 am
Fri January 31, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of January 30, 2014

In The Body Book, at No. 13, Cameron Diaz shares her formula for becoming happier and healthier.

Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
11:02 am
Fri January 31, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of January 30, 2014

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The Days of Anna Madrigal concludes Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series. It debuts at No. 3.

NPR Bestseller List
11:02 am
Fri January 31, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Week Of January 30, 2014

The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

Arts
10:52 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Guest Conductor For Illinois Chamber Orchestra

Nicolas McGegan
Credit Steve Sherman

The Illinois Chamber Orchestra welcomes a guest conductor for Friday night's performance in Springfield.   Nicolas McGegan will lead a program of 18th century music at St. Agnes Church.  It begins at 7:30 p.m. and will feature works of Haydn, Scarlatti, Bach and Telemann.

McGegan has been music director for the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco for three decades.  As both a conductor and soloist, he has made over 100 recordings.

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Book Reviews
10:13 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Midwestern Memoir Tracks 'Flyover Lives' Of Author's Forebears

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 3:08 pm

The second best quality Diane Johnson has as a writer is that she's so smart. Her first best quality — and one that's far more rare — is that she credits her audience with being smart, too. Whether she's writing fiction, biography or essays, Johnson lets scenes and conversations speak for themselves, accruing power as they lodge in readers' minds.

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NPR Story
9:58 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Is Privacy Over? Tell Us Your Thoughts

Have we seen the end of privacy?
Courtesy of TED

Join the conversation at huff.to/yourprivacy

Everyone expects a degree of privacy. But is losing our privacy the cost of living in a modern world? Or can we have both?

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Monkey See
9:09 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Pop Culture Happy Hour: A Grammys Postmortem And Reality TV In Middle Age

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We at PCHH have a long history with awards shows in general and the Grammys in particular, but this year's Grammys were a little different. Yes, Daft Punk took some big prizes, and Lorde took some big prizes, and Taylor Swift really played that piano super-hard, and Kacey Musgraves wore a dress that lit up.

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TED Radio Hour
8:34 am
Fri January 31, 2014

What Would You Do If The Feds Were Watching You?

"By me putting all this information out there, what I'm basically telling you is I'm telling you everything." — Hasan Elahi
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 10:18 am

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode The End Of Privacy.

What are your thoughts on privacy? Tell us at huff.to/yourprivacy a special collaboration with TED, NPR and The Huffington Post.

About Hasan Elahi's TEDTalk

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TED Radio Hour
8:34 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Does More Convenience Mean Less Privacy?

"I am more concerned about the ... kind of scenario where we have willingly given away our autonomy in exchange for a little bit of convenience." — Alessandro Acquisti
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 11:02 am

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode The End Of Privacy.

What are your thoughts on privacy? Tell us at huff.to/yourprivacy a special collaboration with TED, NPR and The Huffington Post.

About Alessandro Acquisti's TEDTalk

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TED Radio Hour
8:34 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Is Too Much Privacy Bad For Your Health?

"People like to share, if you give them the opportunity and the choice." — John Wilbanks
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 11:02 am

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode The End Of Privacy.

What are your thoughts on privacy? Tell us at huff.to/yourprivacy a special collaboration with TED, NPR and The Huffington Post.

About John Wilbanks' TEDTalk

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TED Radio Hour
8:34 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Can The Open-Data Revolution Change Our Democracies?

"What we need to do is think of ourselves as active participants in the conversation." — Beth Noveck
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 11:02 am

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode The End Of Privacy.

What are your thoughts on privacy? Tell us at huff.to/yourprivacy a special collaboration with TED, NPR and The Huffington Post.

About Beth Noveck's TEDTalk

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TED Radio Hour
8:34 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Why Should You Be Worried About NSA Surveillance?

"It's my job to keep secrets." — Mikko Hyppönen
TEDx Brussels/Scorpix

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 11:02 am

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode The End Of Privacy.

What are your thoughts on privacy? Tell us at huff.to/yourprivacy a special collaboration with TED, NPR and The Huffington Post.

About Mikko Hyppönen's TEDTalk

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The Two-Way
6:52 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Book News: U.N.-Backed Report Finds 'Shocking' Levels of Youth Illiteracy

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • An education report commissioned by UNESCO found "shocking levels of youth illiteracy" around the world. At least 250 million of the 650 million primary school age children globally aren't learning basic skills in reading and math, the report finds.

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Author Interviews
4:22 am
Fri January 31, 2014

What Wakes B.J. Novak Up In The Middle Of The Night?

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 6:58 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

When we talk about a triple threat we're often talking about a versatile athlete. Think about a basketball player who can score, defend, and rebound. In show biz, B. J. Novak may be that triple threat. He can do standup, act, and write successfully in all cases. He got his start doing standup comedy. That led to a job on the hit comedy series "The Office" where he had a regular part and was one of the writers.

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Movie Interviews
4:04 am
Fri January 31, 2014

'Return To Homs' Follows Cycle Of Syrian Demonstrations

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 6:58 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. We have an intensely personal look now at the Syrian city of Homs. It's in the news. Negotiators are trying to arrange delivery of humanitarian aid.

INSKEEP: Residents have suffered years of house to house combat. Entire neighborhoods are wrecked on this battlefield of Syria's civil war.

GREENE: That ruined city looks different in the memory of Orwa Nyrabia.

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Television
4:04 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Penguin Cheerleaders Added To Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl

Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 12:10 pm

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

OK, maybe you don't like football and you need a distraction on Sunday. There are food commercials - as we just heard about, or just the food. Maybe you just want to change the channel and watch Puppy Bowl. That's today's last word in business. It's Animal Planet's version of the Super Bowl and its marking its 10-year anniversary.

NPR's Lauren Migaki is directing our program this morning. She also reports and has this preview of this year's big game, which has the traditional kitten halftime show and penguin cheerleaders.

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The Salt
2:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Super Bowl Ads Go Healthy: Selling Yogurt With A Steamy Kiss

The Full House cast John Stamos, Bob Saget and Dave Coulier are featured in Dannon's Superbowl ad.
OikosYogurt/Youtube

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 6:58 am

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Movie Reviews
5:56 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

At Home, With Mom And Her Murderous Beau

Depressed single mother Adele (Kate Winslet) and her son, Henry (Gattlin Griffith), give the wounded and desperate Frank (Josh Brolin) a ride, only to realize that Frank is an escaped convict being hunted by local police.
Dale Robinette Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 6:51 pm

So here's the setup: It's 1987. Frank, a convicted murderer, has escaped from a New Hampshire prison, and he's holding Adele, a fragile divorcee, and her 12-year-old son, Henry, captive in their own house until they eat his chili.

Turns out it's good chili — so good that it inspires Adele, whom the handsome convict has tied up very gently and tenderly, to reminisce about a conversation she and her son had about his sex education class. Seriously, it's some good chili. And did I mention that Frank is handsome?

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Movie Reviews
4:32 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

On Urban Streets, Off-Roaders Stir A Noisy Conversation

The Kickstarter-funded 12 O'Clock Boys, director Lotfy Nathan's first film, examines whether dirt bikes keep kids from joining gangs or if they just invent new problems for urban Baltimore.
Courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories

"This is our tradition, our culture, our release."

So says one of the 12 O'Clock Boys — a large group of dirt bike and ATV enthusiasts who, depending on your perspective, either grace or terrorize the streets of Baltimore each Sunday with acrobatic feats on their motorbikes. They weave through the city traffic, popping extended wheelies, the line of their bikes almost at vertical, approximating the hands of a clock at noon.

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All Tech Considered
4:30 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Small Cinemas Struggle As Film Fades Out Of The Picture

The Roxie Theater in San Francisco still has two 35 millimeter projectors, but the switch to digital is inevitable.
Laura Sydell NPR

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 7:00 pm

Cinema owners who don't have a digital projector in their movie house can't show Paramount Pictures' latest release: The Wolf of Wall Street. This year Paramount became the first big studio to distribute a major release in the U.S. entirely in a digital format, and other studios are likely to follow.

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Media
4:30 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

The Surprising After Effects Of A Notorious 'Wardrobe Malfunction'

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 7:00 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Well, here's a halftime show we'll never forget.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: The NFL with AOL proudly presents the AOL TopSpeed Super Bowl 38 Halftime Show starring Janet Jackson.

CORNISH: Ten years ago, the Super Bowl halftime show featured 12 minutes of early-aughts pop, high-energy choreography and pyrotechnics. But what do we remember? Two words: Wardrobe malfunction.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ROCK YOUR BODY")

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Movie Reviews
4:02 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

'Charlie Victor Romeo': In Crisis In The Cockpit

Sam Zuckerman, Noel Dinneen and Nora Woolley play various airplane pilots in Charlie Victor Romeo, a white-knuckle docudrama with dialogue taken from the voice recorders of six planes that crashed between 1985 and 1996.
Collective: Unconscious

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 4:24 pm

By the end of Charlie Victor Romeo, almost 800 people will be dead, with hundreds more injured. But this methodical film, adapted from a theater piece first performed in 1999, doesn't actually show any of that carnage. It focuses tightly — very tightly — on a few people who are trying to prevent disaster.

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