When the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union last month, the seaside town of Port Talbot in Wales eagerly went along with the move. Brexit was approved by some 57 percent of the town's residents.

Now some of them are wondering if they made the wrong decision.

The June 23 Brexit vote has raised questions about the fate of the troubled Port Talbot Works, Britain's largest surviving steel plant — a huge, steam-belching facility that has long been the town's biggest employer.

Solar Impulse 2 has landed in Cairo, completing the penultimate leg of its attempt to circumnavigate the globe using only the power of the sun.

The trip over the Mediterranean included a breathtaking flyover of the Pyramids. Check it out:

President Obama is challenging Americans to have an honest and open-hearted conversation about race and law enforcement. But even as he sits down at the White House with police and civil rights activists, Obama is mindful of the limits of that approach.

"I've seen how inadequate words can be in bringing about lasting change," the president said Tuesday at a memorial service for five law officers killed last week in Dallas. "I've seen how inadequate my own words have been."

Mice watching Orson Welles movies may help scientists explain human consciousness.

At least that's one premise of the Allen Brain Observatory, which launched Wednesday and lets anyone with an Internet connection study a mouse brain as it responds to visual information.

The FBI says it is giving up on the D.B. Cooper investigation, 45 years after the mysterious hijacker parachuted into the night with $200,000 in a briefcase, becoming an instant folk figure.

"Following one of the longest and most exhaustive investigations in our history," the FBI's Ayn Dietrich-Williams said in a statement, "the FBI redirected resources allocated to the D.B. Cooper case in order to focus on other investigative priorities."

This is the first in a series of essays concerning our collective future. The goal is to bring forth some of the main issues humanity faces today, as we move forward to uncertain times. In an effort to be as thorough as possible, we will consider two kinds of threats: those due to natural disasters and those that are man-made. The idea is to expose some of the dangers and possible mechanisms that have been proposed to deal with these issues. My intention is not to offer a detailed analysis for each threat — but to invite reflection and, hopefully, action.

Alabama authorities say a home burglary suspect has died after police used a stun gun on the man.  Birmingham police say he resisted officers who found him in a house wrapped in what looked like material from the air conditioner duct work.  The Lewisburg Road homeowner called police Tuesday about glass breaking and someone yelling and growling in his basement.  Police reportedly entered the dwelling and used a stun gun several times on a white suspect before handcuffing him.  Investigators say the man was "extremely irritated" throughout and didn't obey verbal commands.

It can be hard to distinguish among the men wearing grey suits and regulation haircuts on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. But David Margolis always brought a splash of color.

It wasn't his lovably disheveled wardrobe, or his Elvis ring, but something else: the force of his flamboyant personality. Margolis, a graduate of Harvard Law School, didn't want to fit in with the crowd. He wanted to stand out.

Montgomery Education Foundation's Brain Forest Summer Learning Academy was spotlighted Wednesday at Carver High School.  The academic-enrichment program is for rising 4th, 5th, and 6th graders in the Montgomery Public School system.  Community Program Director Dillion Nettles, says the program aims to prevent learning loss during summer months.  To find out how your child can participate in next summer's program visit Montgomery-ed.org

A police officer is free on bond after being arrested following a rash of road-sign thefts in southeast Alabama.  Brantley Police Chief Titus Averett says officer Jeremy Ray Walker of Glenwood is on paid leave following his arrest in Pike County.  The 30-year-old Walker is charged with receiving stolen property.  Lt. Troy Johnson of the Pike County Sheriff's Office says an investigation began after someone reported that Walker was selling road signs from Crenshaw County.  Investigators contacted the county engineer and learned signs had been reported stolen from several roads.

Pages

The Movie John Hawkes Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Dec 22, 2012
Originally published on December 22, 2012 7:28 pm

The weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen A Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

For actor John Hawkes, whose credits include Deadwood, Me And You And Everyone We Know, Winter's Bone and The Sessions, currently in theaters, the movie he could watch a million times is Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life.


Interview Highlights

On when he saw the film for the first time

"I saw It's A Wonderful Life the first time when I was on the road doing a play. It was a two-man show and my cast mate Brent Briscoe kept saying, 'You've got to see It's A Wonderful Life.' It happened to come on television and he called me and I went to his hotel room and we sat and watched it, and I was pretty blown away and I've introduced many people to it since."

On why he loves It's A Wonderful Life

"I think the film is often viewed by those who haven't seen it or only seen it once as some sort of perfect little fairy tale, but it is a dark piece and it blends drama and humor in such a delightful way."

On how the movie influenced him

"Jimmy Stewart is such a wonderful actor for anyone to observe. He's got such a wide range in that film and he's not afraid of the darkness. He doesn't care about, obviously, looking good at all times or being a movie star the whole time he's on screen. He's a very human character. Jimmy Stewart's performance is so brave it reminded me early on before I'd ever been in films that if I ever had a chance to go as deep as I could as an actor into a role, to try to disappear into it and to not be afraid of the result."

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

GUY RAZ, HOST:

On this program, we've been asking filmmakers about the movies they never get tired of watching, the ones they could watch over and over again, including this one from one of the stars of the TV show "Deadwood."

JOHN HAWKES: Hi, my name is John Hawkes, and I am an actor. And the movie I've seen a million times is "It's a Wonderful Life," directed by Frank Capra and starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE")

H.B. WARNER: (as Mr. Gower) I owe everything to George Bailey. Help him, dear Father.

HAWKES: I saw "It's a Wonderful Life" the first time when I was on the road doing a play. It was a two-man show, and my cast mate kept saying: You've got to see "It's a Wonderful Life." It happened to come on television, and he called me. And I went to his hotel room, and we sat and watched it. And I was pretty blown away, and I introduced many people to it since.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE")

JAMES STEWART: (as George Bailey) Hello, Joseph. Trouble?

HAWKES: James Stewart is George Bailey, a guy who is down on his luck and has lost all the money that he has. And he's got a family to raise, and he's despondent, and he is suicidal.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE")

STEWART: (as George Bailey) Dear Father in Heaven, I'm not a praying man, but if you're up there and you can hear me, show me the way.

HAWKES: His guardian angel points out to how different life would be to those around him had he not been around, had he not been born and lived his life.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE")

HENRY TRAVERS: (as Clarence Odbody) Your brother, Harry Bailey, broke through the ice and was drowned at the age of 9.

STEWART: (as George Bailey) That's a lie. Harry Bailey went to war. He got the Congressional Medal of Honor. He saved the lives of every man on that transport.

TRAVERS: Every man on that transport died. Harry wasn't there to save them because you weren't there to save Harry.

HAWKES: I was struck by the darkness of the film. I think the film is often viewed by those who haven't seen it or only seen it once as some sort of perfect little fairytale. But it is a dark piece.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE")

TRAVERS: (as Clarence Odbody) You see, George, you really had a wonderful life.

HAWKES: H.B. Warner plays a druggist named Mr. Gower.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE")

ROBERT ANDERSON: (as Young George) Mr. Gower...

HAWKES: Young George has gotten a prescription to go deliver, and he actually realizes on the way over that he's bringing something that would probably kill the person. George brings it back to him.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE")

WARNER: (as Mr. Gower) Didn't you hear what I said?

ANDERSON: (as Young George) Yes.

HAWKES: And Mr. Gower gets upset and hits him really hard on his ear, which George had injured when he was a kid. And you could see that it hurts young George a great deal. But when Mr. Gower realizes what - his mistake and that George has basically saved him from murdering someone, he makes right with George in a really tender way that 15, 20 minutes into the movie has me in tears.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE")

ANDERSON: (as Young George) Don't hurt sore ear again. Don't hurt my sore ear again.

WARNER: (as Mr. Gower) Oh, George, George.

HAWKES: You know, Jimmy Stewart's performance is so brave. He's got such a wide range in that film, and he's not afraid of the darkness. It reminded me early on, before I'd ever been in films, that if I ever had a chance to try to go as deep as I could as an actor into a role to try to disappear into it and to not be afraid of the results.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE")

KAROLYN GRIMES: (as Zuzu Bailey) Look, daddy. Teacher says every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.

STEWART: (as George Bailey) That's right.

RAZ: That's actor John Hawkes talking about the movie he could watch a million times, Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life." Hawkes received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor for his role in "The Sessions.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "AULD LANG SYNE")

UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: (Singing) We'll take a cup of kindness yet for auld lang syne. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.