NASA has released the first picture of Jupiter taken since the Juno spacecraft went into orbit around the planet on July 4.

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Parents are busy. For some of us, figuring out how to get dinner on the table is a daily struggle. So I reached out to food experts, parents and nutritionists for help. Here is some of their (and my) best advice for making weeknight meals happen.

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Police in Baton Rouge say they have arrested three people who stole guns with the goal of killing police officers. They are still looking for a fourth suspect in the alleged plot, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

"Police say the thefts were at a Baton Rouge pawn shop early Saturday morning," Greg says. "One person was arrested at the scene. Since then, two others have been arrested and six of the eight stolen handguns have been recovered. Police are still looking for one other man."

A 13-year-old boy is among those arrested, Greg says.

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After an international tribunal invalidated Beijing's claims to the South China Sea, Chinese authorities have declared in no uncertain terms that they will be ignoring the ruling.

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Eugene Levy Stays Smart, Even In The Cheapest Gag

Jun 30, 2012
Originally published on June 30, 2012 7:32 am

George Needleman is the chief bean counter of an investment bank who, in Madea's Witness Protection, is too consumed with family problems to realize he's being set up to take the fall for a Ponzi scheme. When he grasps what's going on, he's placed in witness protection — at Madea's house.

Tyler Perry, who wrote and directed the movie, plays Madea, as well as most other members of her family. Needleman, the latest fussy, funny, bushy-eyebrowed, precise and put-upon man, is portrayed by Eugene Levy.

Levy has been acclaimed for his wild improvisational work over the years at The Second City comedy theater and in films including A Mighty Wind, Best in Show and the American Pie movies. He talked to Weekend Edition's Scott Simon, who saw Levy perform in 1974 when Levy and other members of Second City's Canadian chapter — including Catherine O'Hara, Dan Aykroyd and John Candy — traveled for an improv show at the theater's original home in Chicago. It was, Simon says, "the greatest Second City cast I ever saw."

"We were used to doing a cheaper version of comedy up in Toronto than they were used to in Chicago," Levy tells Simon. "We kind of got the ABCs in how to move a scene along and make it work without getting cheap. We did that until we got back to Toronto — and then we got cheap again."

Cheap comedy, it is clear, is something that Levy still can't leave behind.

Interview Highlights

On working with Tyler Perry

"[Tyler Perry is] an amazing improviser, and he encourages improvising from all the cast in the movie. I didn't know that when I started shooting. I didn't want to change the lines, but I quickly learned that he wants you to open up in places and just go a little wild in an improvisational sense."

On discovering his comic talent

"In high school I took an old notebook and I had these weird little stories or poems. I would title something: 'Insect Asides.' And then I would write: 'Spider spider spin your web/clean your cleats and scratch your head/don't eat figs, tomatoes or spaghetti/just lie around and throw confetti.'

"So I would write these things in my little notebook, which I entitled 'Poetry Pros and Cons,' and at some point somebody in the cafeteria said, 'What are you writing in there?' He looked over to see it, and I got kind of defensive because I thought, 'Nobody is going to find this funny, this is just for me.' He said, 'No, let me see it,' and then he started laughing. And he said, 'I gotta show this to my friends over at the next table.' So he took the book and passed it around and people started laughing. And this became kind of infectious; it just got around.

"It got to the point where I ran for president of the student council. My poster would be like: 'It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Levy! No, it's a bird.' And that would [have] 'Vote for Levy' at the bottom. That would be a campaign poster. And I got elected!"

On appreciating cheap laughs

"I loved the [Three] Stooges growing up. I loved Laurel and Hardy. I loved all the cheap stuff — Abbott and Costello, I was a huge fan of Jerry Lewis, Martin and Lewis — when I was a kid. I don't think I really got into anything more sophisticated until much later in my life. I mean, as a kid, if I was reading Noel Coward I wouldn't turn to somebody and say, 'You've got to read this! It's hysterical!'"

On making cheap laughs smart

"Maybe it was the influence that Second City had on me that kind of honed my perception of comedy. You go into the theater and you're given these kind of golden rules of comedy that work for The Second City theater. Those are the rules that have kept this theater going in Chicago since 1959, and have kept it going in Toronto since 1973 doing eight shows a week, and [one rule] is: Always work at the top of your intelligence level. ... It doesn't matter how cheap a joke you're going for or how cheap a situation, if you're doing it smart, then it's quite valid and good.

"Believe me, I've done movies that are just the lowest of the low. I've done movies that are really done without a hell of a lot of intelligence going on. But for me, doing what I do in the movie, if I do it with as much intelligence as I can muster — I mean, cheap is cheap and funny is funny — but if I can make him credible in my own mind, then I'm making him credible to other people, and that's as good as I can do."

On what he's learned with age

"I don't really sit down and doodle funny things. I'm much more critical of myself now. I'll write something down and go, OK, what is that? That's garbage, put it away. Stop writing! Shut up!"

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