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Philip Seymour Hoffman: An 'Uncanny' Actor Of Stage And Screen

February 2, 2014 - 8:07pm

In his award-winning role in the film Capote, film critic Roger Ebert wrote that the performance wasn't so much an imitation as it was a channeling of "a man whose peculiarities mask great intelligence and deep wounds." Hoffman, 46, was found dead on Sunday.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman: An 'Uncanny' Actor Of Stage And Screen

February 2, 2014 - 8:07pm

In his award-winning role in the film Capote, film critic Roger Ebert wrote that the performance wasn't so much an imitation as it was a channeling of "a man whose peculiarities mask great intelligence and deep wounds." Hoffman, 46, was found dead on Sunday.

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Obama's State Of The Union And Your Economic Reality

February 2, 2014 - 7:45pm

In Tuesday's speech, President Obama painted a fairly rosy picture of the economy. But the recovery has been both slow and fragile, and many Americans still say they aren't seeing it. We dig into what the president said and compare it to the state of the average American's experience.

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Obama's State Of The Union And Your Economic Reality

February 2, 2014 - 7:45pm

In his speech, President Obama painted a fairly rosy picture of the economy, but many Americans say they aren't seeing it. We dig into the president's remarks and compare them to the average American's experience.

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Marijuana-Laced Treats Leave Colorado Jonesing For Food-Safety Rules

February 2, 2014 - 5:11pm

From sodas to truffles to butter, foods infused with THC — the chemical in marijuana that gives you a high — are already for sale in Colorado. But the federal government still considers pot illegal, so the state has to create from scratch its own system to regulate these foods.

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Following Oil Boom In N. Dakota: A Cultural Blooming?

February 2, 2014 - 5:00pm

The oil fields of western North Dakota are bringing vast economic opportunity to a region that just 10 years ago was in decline. Yet, this vitality is rough around the edges and high art and culture are rare commodities. One organization is trying to change that by sending two professional writers into towns most impacted by the boom to conduct creative writing workshops.

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Following Oil Boom In N. Dakota: A Cultural Blooming?

February 2, 2014 - 5:00pm

The oil fields of western North Dakota are bringing vast economic opportunity to a region that just 10 years ago was in decline. Yet, this vitality is rough around the edges and high art and culture are rare commodities. One organization is trying to change that by sending two professional writers into towns most impacted by the boom to conduct creative writing workshops.

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The Brutal Business Of Heroin Brings Wave Of Overdoses In Pa.

February 2, 2014 - 5:00pm

According to state and local authorities, 22 people in Western Pennsylvania have died of heroin overdose in less than two weeks. The wave of deaths is due to the appearance of an especially potent batch of heroin, mixed with the painkiller Fentanyl. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Dr. Neil Capretto, medical director of the Gateway Rehabilitation Center in Pittsburgh.

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The Brutal Business Of Heroin Brings Wave Of Overdoses In Pa.

February 2, 2014 - 5:00pm

According to state and local authorities, 22 people in Western Pennsylvania have died of heroin overdose in less than two weeks. The wave of deaths is due to the appearance of an especially potent batch of heroin, mixed with the painkiller Fentanyl. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Dr. Neil Capretto, medical director of the Gateway Rehabilitation Center in Pittsburgh.

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Duke Ellington's Lost Opera, Forever A Work In Progress

February 2, 2014 - 5:00pm

When the prolific composer died in 1974, he left one of his most ambitious projects unfinished. Forty years later, admirers are still trying to fill in the blanks.

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Duke Ellington's Lost Opera, Forever A Work In Progress

February 2, 2014 - 5:00pm

When the prolific composer died in 1974, he left one of his most ambitious projects unfinished. Forty years later, admirers are still trying to fill in the blanks.

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'Unnecessary Woman' Lives On The Margins, Enveloped In Books

February 2, 2014 - 5:00pm

Writer Rabih Alameddine's says his new novel offers a Middle Eastern perspective rarely seen in the U.S. The 72-year-old title character lives alone in Beirut, consumed by translating her favorite books into Arabic. The Unnecessary Woman explores the "push-pull" between our solitary and social lives.

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'Unnecessary Woman' Lives On The Margins, Enveloped In Books

February 2, 2014 - 5:00pm

Writer Rabih Alameddine's says his new novel offers a Middle Eastern perspective rarely seen in the U.S. The 72-year-old title character lives alone in Beirut, consumed by translating her favorite books into Arabic. The Unnecessary Woman explores the "push-pull" between our solitary and social lives.

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A Century Ago Today, Chaplin Made His Film Debut — In A Dud

February 2, 2014 - 5:00pm

The silent-film comic was a flop in the 13-minute Making a Living. But only a few days later, he'd introduce his iconic Little Tramp character — and take the first step toward immortality.

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A Century Ago Today, Chaplin Made His Film Debut — In A Dud

February 2, 2014 - 5:00pm

The silent-film comic was a flop in the 13-minute Making a Living. But only a few days later, he'd introduce his iconic Little Tramp character — and take the first step toward immortality.

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All Aboard To Work D.C.'s New, Old-Fashioned Streetcars

February 1, 2014 - 5:00pm

Washington, D.C., is preparing for the return of streetcars to the nation's capital. It's been decades since the system shut down and workers have been laying new tracks. This week, hundreds of people lined up for a chance at a job on the line.

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Battles And Bashes: What's News In Sports

February 1, 2014 - 5:00pm

From the NFL's ban on head-to-head hits, the change in the playoff structure and predictions for the Super Bowl, A. Martinez from member station KPCC joins NPR's Arun Rath to discuss the latest in sports news.

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Battles And Bashes: What's News In Sports

February 1, 2014 - 5:00pm

From the NFL's ban on head-to-head hits, the change in the playoff structure and predictions for the Super Bowl, A. Martinez from member station KPCC joins NPR's Arun Rath to discuss the latest in sports news.

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Air Force Proficiency Cheating: More Than Punishment Needed?

February 1, 2014 - 5:00pm

This past week, the U.S. Air Force announced that a cheating scandal among nuclear launch officers had grown. Now, the military says, more than 90 missile launch officers have been involved with cheating on monthly proficiency exams. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with former Air Force officer Brian Weeden, who thinks the missileer culture needs to change.

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Air Force Proficiency Cheating: More Than Punishment Needed?

February 1, 2014 - 5:00pm

This past week, the U.S. Air Force announced that a cheating scandal among nuclear launch officers had grown. Now, the military says, more than 90 missile launch officers have been involved with cheating on monthly proficiency exams. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with former Air Force officer Brian Weeden, who thinks the missileer culture needs to change.

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