Mon February 25, 2013
Arts & Life

High Honors for Actress Deavere Smith

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 1:56 pm



Now, we turn to a giant in the arts world. You probably know the name, Anna Deavere Smith. You might know her from her role on "The West Wing" or as the no-nonsense old school hospital administrator, Gloria Akalitus, on the Showtime series, "Nurse Jackie."


UNIDENTIFIED MAN: How do you sleep at night putting someone out of a job?

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Mon February 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Seth MacFarlane: Crude Or Classy? Delightful Or A Dolt? You Be The Critic

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 1:04 pm

Host Seth MacFarlane backstage during the Oscars ceremony Sunday night in Hollywood.
Christopher Polk Getty Images

The reviews of Seth MacFarlane's performance as host of the Oscars are in and they're all over the place.

NPR's Linda Holmes thinks the bad boy behind Family Guy was "predictably juvenile" and offensive. She concludes it was "one of the worst hosting performances in Oscar history."

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Mon February 25, 2013
The Two-Way

South Korea's New Leader Aims For Middle Path In Relations With North

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 11:11 am

President Park Geun-hye salutes during her inauguration ceremony at the National Assembly in Seoul on Monday.
Lee Jin-man Associated Press

The new South Korean president, Park Guen-hye, steps into office at a particularly challenging time, with archnemesis North Korea's own recently installed leader rattling missiles and nuclear weapons in an apparent attempt to solidify his hold on power.

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Mon February 25, 2013
The Salt

Horsemeat Found In IKEA's Meatballs

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 11:36 am

For many, Swedish meatballs are part of the allure of shopping at Ikea.
Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar/Flickr

Bad news for those whose shopping trips at Ikea are partly motivated by the allure of the store's famous meatballs: The giant Swedish furniture retailer on Monday said it had recalled a batch of frozen meatballs sent to more than a dozen European countries after tests detected traces of horse meat.

Food inspectors in the Czech Republic discovered the horse meat DNA last week in 2.2-pound packs of frozen meatballs labeled as beef and pork and sold under the name Kottbullar.

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Mon February 25, 2013
WVAS Local

WVAS Local News

Organizers of Selma's annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee say Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, will participate in this weekend's events.  State Senator Hank Sanders of Selma said the Bidens will attend a unity brunch and participate in the annual crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Sunday, March 3rd.  The Bridge Crossing Jubilee celebrates the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march that led to passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. 

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Mon February 25, 2013
The Two-Way

A Year Later, Trayvon Martin's Mother Hopes For Justice And Change

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 10:32 am

Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images
  • Sybrina Fulton on 'Tell Me More'
  • Attorney Benjamin Crump on 'Tell Me More'

One year ago Tuesday, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Fla., — a death that would reignite the national debate about race relations and raise questions about the "stand your ground" laws on the books in Florida and 29 other states.

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Mon February 25, 2013

'Argo,' 'Life Of Pi' Win Top Oscars

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 4:26 pm



Okay. The movies "Argo" and "Life of Pi" and the actors Daniel Day Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence were among the winners at last night's Academy Awards. NPR's Mandalit Del Barco was backstage.

MANDALIT DEL BARCO: It wasn't a Hollywood star who announced this year's Best Picture. That honor went to First Lady Michelle Obama via satellite from the White House.

MICHELLE OBAMA: And the Oscar goes to "Argo."

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Mon February 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Today's Three Stories To Read About 'The Sequester'

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 10:55 am

Barring a last-minute deal that at the moment seems unlikely, months of brinkmanship are set to culminate on Friday.

The sequester — $85 billion worth of across-the-board cuts in federal spending — will begin to kick in, with potentially serious economic consequences, including federal furloughs and the slashing of programs.

Here are three stories we've plucked from the ether that should give a good picture of what's going on as we approach sequester D-Day:

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Mon February 25, 2013