6:41am

Sun August 18, 2013
Your Money

Why The Government Blocked The Airline Merger

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 4:07 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

Last week, the Justice Department put the breaks on a deal that could create the world's largest airline. The government has blocked a proposed merger between American Airlines and US Airways with a lawsuit. The action elicited some surprise because the airline industry has had a major run of mergers in recent years.

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6:41am

Sun August 18, 2013
Sports

Bucking Conventional Sports Wisdom

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 4:07 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Sports, like anything, really, has its conventional wisdom. If you spend more on your team, they'll win more games. If you had a dismal season last year, this year you're probably not going to the playoffs. So on and so forth.

NPR's Mike Pesca says not so. He joins us now to explain what on Earth he means. Hey, Mike.

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MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Wait a minute. You set up a scenario whereby you question what on Earth I mean. But you're the one asking that, so yeah.

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6:41am

Sun August 18, 2013
Sunday Puzzle

A Matter Of Succession

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 4:07 pm

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On-air challenge: You're given two words starting with the letter S. For each pair, give a third word — also starting with S — that can follow the first one and precede the second one, in each case to complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase.

Last week's challenge: A logic puzzle: "Nieces and nephews have I none, but that man's father is my father's son." What is the gender of the speaker? And who is the speaker referring to?

Answer: Male, the speaker is referring to his own son.

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5:51am

Sun August 18, 2013
Three Books...

Pack Your Bags: 3 Books About Coming To America

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 11:48 am

Can there be any experience more kaleidoscopic in its emotions, more full of hopes and fears and just plain confusions, than that of coming to America? I'm no expert, certainly — but my research on immigration for my recent novel, as well as my own family history, points to a process of continual surprises, endless adjustments, and, at times, exhausting isolation. Old habits crash up against new ideas; the desire for a "clean slate" is betrayed by the inevitable baggage of a former life.

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5:42am

Sun August 18, 2013
Opinion

Forget The Tea: Delightful Debauchery In British Pop Culture

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 6:20 pm

JJ Feild plays an actor who plays Mr. Darcy in the movie Austenland.
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The raucous comedy Austenland, in theaters this week, pokes fun at Americans' reverence for what they have been taught to see as a gracious British heritage — muslin, bonnets, tea time at the stately home with the blue-bloods, good manners.

As well it might. For most of the English 99-percenters I grew up with, heritage meant feet up in front of the telly, watching Top of the Pops.

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5:42am

Sun August 18, 2013
Movie Reviews

'Austenland': Perfect For Those Adept At Heartache

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 3:08 pm

Keri Russell plays Austen fanatic Jane Hayes and Bret McKenzie plays a theme-park stable hand named Martin in Austenland.
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5:31am

Sun August 18, 2013
Movies

'Cutie And The Boxer': Two Lives Entwined At Home, In Art

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 7:14 pm

Ushio Shinohara is best known for his "boxing paintings" — performance pieces often created for an audience, in which he strikes at his canvases with gloves dipped in pigments — and for his fanciful, brightly colored sculptures of motorcycles adorned with all manner of extras.
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Japanese painter and sculptor Ushio Shinohara was the bad boy of the avant-garde when he came to the U.S. more than 50 years ago. He knew Andy Warhol, hung with Red Grooms and polarized audiences with his vivid work.

And Ushio met his wife, Noriko Shinohara, not long after arriving here. She's an artist, too, but she's spent most of her career living in his shadow.

Less so recently, though. Noriko is coming into her own. And now the story of their life together is the subject of an intimate new documentary called Cutie and the Boxer.

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5:29am

Sun August 18, 2013
Parallels

What's Next For Egypt: 3 Scenarios

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 12:27 pm

Supporters of the deposed Egyptian president, Mohammed Morsi, carry an injured demonstrator who was shot during clashes in Ramses Square in Cairo on Friday. Dozens were killed nationwide in escalating violence.
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For two years, the conversation on Egypt centered on how to build a democracy. Suddenly the discussion has turned much darker, with some wondering aloud whether the largest Arab nation is hurtling toward civil war.

The bloody crackdown by Egypt's security forces has raised the specter of a protracted conflict pitting the military against the Muslim Brotherhood, the country's most powerful political force.

Egypt's escalating crisis is far too volatile for any declarative statements, analysts say. But here are three possible scenarios that could play out:

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Sun August 18, 2013
Middle East

Obama Struggles To Find Effective Egypt Policy

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 7:00 pm

President Obama delivers a statement on Egypt at his vacation home on Martha's Vineyard on Thursday.
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The Obama administration is in a difficult situation with its Egypt policy.

President Obama, who often talks about free speech and human rights, has cancelled joint military exercises with Egypt but has stopped short of cutting off aid to the Egyptian military. As the violence continues in the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities, all sides seem unhappy with the U.S. approach.

In 2009, on his first trip to the Middle East as president, in the same year he won the Nobel Peace Prize, Obama spoke of a new approach to relations with the Islamic world.

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