Politics

5:46pm

Thu June 21, 2012
From Scratch

Ian Falconer, Author And Illustrator Of Olivia Childrens' Book Series

Host Jessica Harris speaks with Ian Falconer, author and illustrator of Olivia, a childrens' book series. Harris also speaks with Maurice Kanbar, inventor, entrepreneur, and founder of the Quad Cinema, the first multiplex theater in New York City.

5:03pm

Thu June 21, 2012
Movie Reviews

Hank Williams Takes A Back Seat In 'The Last Ride'

In The Last Ride, Silas (Jesse James, right) is hired to drive Hank Williams (Henry Thomas) to his New Year's gigs and must learn to stand up to the country singer's hectoring behavior.
Melody Gaither Mozark Productions

The Last Ride recounts the final days of country-music legend Hank Williams, but it's strangely short on actual information about the singer. We only sparingly hear snippets of his music on the radio, and we learn almost nothing of his past. In fact, no one ever refers to the man by his proper name.

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5:03pm

Thu June 21, 2012
Movie Reviews

Two Couples Bunk Up For 'A Burning Hot Summer'

in Philippe Garrel's A Burning Hot Summer, Angele (Monica Bellucci) and Frederic (Louis Garrel) make up the more tempestuous of two couples living together in Rome.
IFC Films

Lovely people, beautiful places, a suicide attempt and echoes of a French New Wave classic — these ingredients seem to promise lots of passion in A Burning Hot Summer. But this existential-romantic roundelay barely simmers, and certainly doesn't scorch.

Veteran director Philippe Garrel's latest film opens with apparently parallel events: a woman reclines naked, alone in a room, as a man guns his car, heading straight for a tree.

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5:03pm

Thu June 21, 2012
Movie Reviews

Sharing Small Moments While Waiting For A Big Bang

In Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Penny (Keira Knightley) and Dodge (Steve Carell) help each other reconnect with distant family and an old love before an asteroid destroys life on Earth.
Darren Michaels Focus Features

Like the romance it portrays, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is brief, sweet, funny and sad. It's also tonally uncertain and occasionally foolish, but somehow these flaws never derail the story's wistful pleasures, not the least of which — if we ignore an unpleasant speech by Patton Oswalt — is its pleasing lack of the frat-boy vulgarity that has come to define so much of the genre.

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5:02pm

Thu June 21, 2012
The Salt

Kosher: The Hottest Word On Food Labels

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 6:11 am

This matzo ball soup may be kosher, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's better for you.
iStockphoto.com

Grandma's can of matzo ball soup and jar of gefilte fish have never seen such love.

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4:57pm

Thu June 21, 2012
Planet Money

Anna Schwartz, 1915-2012

"Anna did all of the work, and I got most of the recognition," the Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman once said.

Anna was Anna Schwartz, Friedman's co-author. She died today at age 96.

Friedman and Schwartz wrote A Monetary History of the United States, 1867 -1960. Among other things, the book argued that the Federal Reserve helped to cause the Great Depression by mismanaging the money supply.

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4:39pm

Thu June 21, 2012
Middle East

In Yemen's Badlands, Al-Qaida Takes To The Hills

Originally published on Fri July 6, 2012 12:31 pm

A Yemeni army tank fires at positions of al-Qaida militants near the coastal town of Shaqra, Yemen, last week, in a photo provided by Yemen's Defense Ministry. Yemen's army says it has pushed al-Qaida fighters out of towns in the south.
AP

Yemen's offensive against al-Qaida has focused on territory in the south of the country that the militants have held for nearly a year. With the backing of the U.S., Yemen's army has cleared al-Qaida and its allies. But many local residents believe the fight is far from over. Kelly McEvers spent several days in southern Yemen and filed this report.

We're in a Yemeni army land cruiser with a shattered windshield. Our destination is the town of Shaqra, the last town in the al-Qaida badlands before the sandy ground turns into mountains.

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4:39pm

Thu June 21, 2012
Music Interviews

David Byrne Finds A Disco Muse In Imelda Marcos

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 5:19 pm

Musician David Byrne at his rehearsal space at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass. Byrne's first musical, Here Lies Love, chronicles the rise and fall of Imelda Marcos.
Andrea Shea NPR

For many, the mention of the Philippines' former first lady Imelda Marcos brings to mind her thousands-strong shoe collection. But the extravagant, ultimately disgraced wife of ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos makes musician David Byrne think of something different: disco — and power.

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4:38pm

Thu June 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Down 250 Points, Dow Suffers Second Worst Drop Of The Year

Worries about a slowing world economy took its toll on the markets today: At close, the Dow was down 250.82 points or 2 percent. Standard & Poors was down 2.2 percent and Nasdaq was down 2.4 percent.

That was the worst drop in three weeks and the second worst drop of the year.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

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4:38pm

Thu June 21, 2012
Presidential Race

Romney To Latino Voters: 'You Have An Alternative'

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 5:19 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addressed Latino elected officials in Orlando on Thursday. After a primary season in which he talked of "self-deportation" among immigrants and vowed to veto the Dream Act, Romney was greeted skeptically. He said his immigration policy would include a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who serve in the U.S. military and green cards for those who earn advanced degrees in the U.S.

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