12:09pm

Fri February 28, 2014
Movie Reviews

Liam Neeson's Action Chops Take Flight In 'Non-Stop'

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 1:24 pm

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DAVE DAVIES, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. Liam Neeson became a bankable action hero in 2008 with the thriller "Taken." Now almost 62, he's still getting out of tight corners with his fists in the new action thriller "Non-Stop," most of which unfolds on a transatlantic flight from New York to London. The film also stars Julianne Moore and Michelle Dockery. Film critic David Edelstein has this review.

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12:03pm

Fri February 28, 2014
Latin America

Venezuela Protests Prove President Maduro Lacks Chavez Charisma

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 10:58 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we'd like to turn to Venezuela, where violent protests have filled the streets for two weeks now - a story that may have been overshadowed in this country somewhat by the turmoil in Ukraine. The unrest is putting a spotlight on President Nicolas Maduro and the country's economic problems. We wanted to hear more so we've called Andrew Rosati. He's a freelance journalist based in Caracas, Venezuela. And he's with us from there now. Welcome back, Andrew. Thanks so much for joining us again.

ANDREW ROSATI: Thank you.

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12:03pm

Fri February 28, 2014
Barbershop

Should The NFL Police The N-Word?

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 12:30 pm

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12:00pm

Fri February 28, 2014
Race

Will President's Initiative Be A 'Game-Changer' For Young Men Of Color?

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 12:30 pm

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11:59am

Fri February 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Batman? Zorro? Lone Ranger? No, That Masked Man Is LeBron

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 1:59 pm

Hi-Yo, Silver? The Miami Heat's LeBron James in the black protective mask he wore Thursday night.
Robert Duyos MCT/Landov

Broken noses are part of the game for NBA players. Elbows fly. Bodies collide. Balls ricochet.

Beaks get bonked.

Many nights, you'll see at least one player from across the 30-team league protecting his still-sensitive schnoz with a clear plastic mask.

But not the current best player in the game.

A week ago, LeBron James of the Miami Heat broke his nose. Thursday night against the New York Knicks, King James chose a rather menacing look for his return from the injury: an all-black, carbon-fiber mask.

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11:02am

Fri February 28, 2014
The Two-Way

California's Getting Drenched, But Drought Is Far From Over

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 2:18 pm

Before the deluge: Sandbags and barriers lined a road in Glendora, Calif., on Thursday. Authorities expect flooding as heavy rains spread across the area.
Reed Saxon AP

The heavy rains forecast for much of drought-stricken California have indeed descended on the state.

Here's Friday's headline from Southern California Public Radio: "LA Rain: 2nd Storm Hits Overnight With Heavy Rain, Flooded Freeways."

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10:51am

Fri February 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Chinese Paper Calls Outgoing U.S. Envoy 'Yellow-Skinned, White-Hearted Banana Man'

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 12:05 pm

The Chinese media may not like him, but Gary Locke, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to China, was praised by ordinary Chinese.
Kin Cheung AP

Gary Locke may have won over ordinary Chinese with his conduct in the country, but not everyone was impressed with the first Chinese-American to serve as the U.S. envoy to China.

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9:59am

Fri February 28, 2014
WVAS Local

ASU Responds

The Alabama Senate has approved an education budget that would fund a one-time bonus of one percent for public school employees and add 250 teachers in middle schools.  Governor Robert Bentley has recommended a 2 percent cost of living raise for teachers, but budget committee chairman Senator Trip Pittman says that's not affordable.  The governor also disagreed with the 10 million dollar cut to Alabama State University's funding.  Alabama State University President Dr.

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9:48am

Fri February 28, 2014
Shots - Health News

A Strong Sex Life Helps Couples Cope With The Trials Of Aging

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 7:32 am

Intimacy in a marriage becomes even more important as we get older.
Radius Images Corbis

Health problems can put a strain on a marriage at any age. But as we get older, chronic illnesses can make it even tougher to keep the spark alive.

Scientists at the University of Chicago have uncovered one way couples can offset the stresses of illness and aging: more physical intimacy.

Couples who continue to be sexually active over the years report higher levels of satisfaction in their marriages, the sociologists reported last month.

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9:33am

Fri February 28, 2014
Monkey See

Bob And Linda Read Internet Movie Reviews, Part Nine: '12 Years A Slave'

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 9:42 am

Bob And Linda Read Internet Movies Reviews
NPR

This year, we wanted to look back at the nine best picture nominees and remind ourselves — and you — that reactions to film are complicated, hilariously varied and wonderfully individual. So we looked over every comment for every nominee at RottenTomatoes.com, and we brought you some of our favorites.

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