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5:57pm

Fri February 28, 2014
Monkey See

What The Oscars Mean, And What They Don't

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 10:35 pm

In Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, one of nine best picture nominees in the running on Sunday night, Sandra Bullock plays an astronaut careening through space after an accident.
Warner Bros.

On Friday's All Things Considered, Bob Mondello and I — fresh off our run of video salutes to Internet comments — chat with Melissa Block about what, if anything, is satisfying about the Oscars.

Bob points out the difficulty in bringing yourself to care about a contest that so often leaves out the worthiest contenders; I make the best case I can for Oscar season as a potential time of discovery; and we consider a couple of canards about best picture that might help you pick a winner.

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4:01pm

Fri February 28, 2014
Book Reviews

Power And Violence In Ukraine And Mexico

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 10:35 pm

A woman walks with a child in Kiev's Independence square.
Bulent Kilic AFP/Getty Images

This week's headlines have been dominated by the violent protests in Kiev, the ousting of President Victor Yanukovych, and the amassing of Russian troops at the Ukrainian border. Writer Anthony Marra says that if Soviet war journalist Vasily Grossman were alive today, he'd likely be breaking news from Independence Square.

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2:11pm

Fri February 28, 2014
Movie Reviews

'Kids For Cash,' Or Perhaps Not — But A Broken System For Sure

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 3:53 pm

Sandy Fonzo confronts Judge Mark A. Chiavarella on the courthouse steps after he was convicted in the "Kids for Cash" scandal in 2011. Fonzo's son, who eventually committed suicide, was among thousands Chiavarella had sent to a juvenile detention facility from which he'd received a "finder's fee."
SenArt Films

There's a moment, toward the end of the documentary that centers on him, when Judge Mark A. Chiavarella breaks down, his voice cracking as he mourns the likelihood that his grandchildren won't have him in their lives.

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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
Barbershop

Should The NFL Police The N-Word?

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

The National Football League is considering a 15-yard penalty for players using the N-word on the field. The Barbershop guys weigh in on that and other news of week.

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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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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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
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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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8:25am

Fri February 28, 2014
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Oscars Omnibus Of 2014

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 11:41 am

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Sunday night, the Oscars will come around once again, and we'll be watching. But before we do, we got together with All Things Considered film critic, silly video partner, emoticon learner and all-around great pal Bob Mondello to talk about all nine of the Best Picture nominees: American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, Nebraska, Philomena, Her, Wolf Of Wall Street, 12 Years A Slave, Gravity, and Captain Phillips.

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8:07am

Fri February 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Author Criticizes S.C. School Funding Cuts Over Gay-Themed Books

Alison Bechdel is the author of the graphic memoir Fun Home and the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For.
Elena Seibert Courtesy Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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7:03am

Fri February 28, 2014
Code Switch

The Count Of Many Mistresses: Alexandre Dumas' Lively Life

For this second installment of the NPR Books/Code Switch Black History Month project, we asked the legendary Kyle Baker — his work includes Why I Hate Saturn, and stints on the X-Men, Deadpool and Plastic Man — to illustrate one of his literary inspirations. Baker chose Alexandre Dumas, creator of the Three Musketeers — whose life was almost as eventful as his fiction. We recommend you click on the enlargement to get the full effect of all the detail!

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