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1:31 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

John Oliver Steps Into 'Adult Clown Shoes' On 'The Daily Show'

John Oliver is filling in as the summer guest host of The Daily Show. His own stand-up show on Comedy Central is returning for a fourth season.
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Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 9:01 am

John Oliver has brought oracular authority to a three-month fill-in stint on Comedy Central this summer. With Jon Stewart off directing a film, the anchor chair at The Daily Show has been occupied by the show's senior British correspondent, John Oliver, whose own stand-up show on Comedy Central is just beginning its fourth season.

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Politics
1:29 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

NYC Tabloids Go Gaga Over Naughty Pols

March 2008 front pages
New York Post/New York Daily News

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 1:38 pm

Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer have been very good to the New York tabloids.

First, they delivered lurid scandals for cheeky newspaper headline writers to work with. That's like rocket fuel for the tabs, which thrive on conflict and scandal and aren't nearly as cautious and measured as the broadsheets.

Then, after resigning from office — Weiner from Congress, Spitzer from the governorship — each decided to make an against-all-odds return to elected politics this year.

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NPR Story
1:28 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Hedge Fund Pleads Not Guilty To Fraud Charges

General Council for SAC Capital Advisors LP, Peter Nussbaum exits Manhattan federal court, Friday, July 26, 2013, in New York. (Louis Lanzano/AP)

Prosecutors said a large volume of evidence including electronic messages, court-ordered wiretaps and consensual recordings is stacked against a Connecticut-based hedge fund that pleaded not guilty Friday to criminal charges accusing it of letting insider trading flourish for more than a decade.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Antonia Apps told a federal judge in Manhattan that investigators had “voluminous” evidence against SAC Capital Advisors, a Stamford, Conn.-based firm owned by billionaire Steven A. Cohen.

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World Cafe
1:03 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell On World Cafe

Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
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Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 2:14 pm

Steve Martin is a true Renaissance man, having run the gamut of accomplishments from acting to writing to art collecting. He's also an award-winning banjo player, offering easy, lilting banjo melodies alongside former New Bohemian Edie Brickell's lyrics on the duo's latest album, Love Has Come For You.

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It's All Politics
12:51 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

McConnell's Kentucky Challenger Gets Her Act Together

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes raises her game in a video about her challenge to GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell.
Grimes For Senate

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 12:52 pm

Maybe the Democrat who hopes to unseat Sen. Mitch McConnell is ready for prime time after all.

That's one way to view the highly polished Web video in which Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's secretary of state, appears, employing humor, pathos, earnestness and her grandmothers to skewer the leader of the Senate Republicans.

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The Two-Way
12:39 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Hedge Fund SAC Capital Pleads Not Guilty To Fraud Charges

Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, speaks at a news conference on Thursday about a federal indictment against SAC Capital.
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Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 2:04 pm

Hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors has pleaded not guilty to wire and securities fraud, a day after federal prosecutors in New York charged the firm in connection with an alleged insider trading scheme.

Peter Nussbaum, SAC's general counsel, entered the plea on behalf of the firm, one of Wall Street's biggest hedge funds.

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Monkey See
12:24 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

'Snacks On A Plane' And Other #dullermovies

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Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 9:01 am

Boring movie titles may not lure audiences into theaters, but they are luring users on Twitter. The #dullermovies thread challenges tweeters to pick an enticing film title and deflate it. People have come up with must-not-see films such as Ferris Bueller Goes to School and I Speculate On What You Did Last Summer. A couple of our favorites are collected below.

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Sports
12:16 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Age Hasn't Stopped This Man From Swimming — And Winning

Graham Johnston, 82, poses for a portrait through an underwater window at the pool on Wednesday. Graham competed at the Senior Games in Cleveland, where more than 10,000 athletes older than 55 are competing in various sports.
Benjamin Morris for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 9:01 am

More than 10,000 athletes are meeting in Cleveland for The National Senior Games. Adults older than 55 — and some older than 90 — are running track, riding bikes, playing basketball and competing in many of the sports you might see at the Summer Olympics. In fact there are a few who were Olympians themselves back in the day who say they find that competition is just as satisfying in their later years.

One of those is 82-year-old swimmer Graham Johnston. When he's not racing or getting ready to race, he's in the stands, checking out the other swimmers with an expert eye.

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NPR Story
12:05 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Film Critic Makes Acting Debut In 'Computer Chess'

Film critic Gerald Peary plays Pat Henderson in the new film “Computer Chess.” (YouTube)

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 2:25 pm

It’s probably safe to say most professional film critics feel quite comfortable scrutinizing movies in darkened theaters.

But Gerald Peary, a longtime reviewer for the now-defunct Alternative News Weekly, the Boston Phoenix and other national publications, recently made a bold leap to the other side of the camera.

His acting debut is in “Computer Chess”, a quirky new feature by indie filmmaker Andrew Bujalski.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Andrea Shea of WBUR has the story.

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NPR Story
12:04 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Who's Next In Line For The Federal Reserve?

The two top contenders to head the Federal Reserve are Lawrence Summers (left) and Janet Yellen. (AP)

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 2:25 pm

It’s widely thought that Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke will step down when his appointment expires next January.

Two well-known economists are considered top contenders for the position: Larry Summers and Janet Yellen.

Summers, who previously served as the president of Harvard University and Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton administration from 1999 to 2001, has close ties to President Obama.

But Summers received flak for his support of financial deregulation in the 1990s.

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NPR Story
12:04 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

The Ad-Woman Who Made Diamonds 'Forever'

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The Engagements,” the new novel by J. Courtney Sullivan interweaves four tales about the significance of diamonds with the real-life story of Frances Gerety, who was a copywriter with the Philadelphia ad agency N.W. Ayer and Son beginning in the 1940s.

Advertising Age magazine named “A Diamond is Forever,” the phrase that Gerety penned to help promote the De Beers company’s products, the slogan of the 20th century.

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NPR Story
12:04 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

A-Rod Wants To Play, Yankees Refuse

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez speaks to reporters after his second rehab baseball game with the Charleston RiverDogs, against the Rome Braves in Charleston, S.C., Wednesday, July 3, 2013. (Chuck Burton/AP)

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 2:25 pm

Alex Rodriguez, still recovering from an injury, issued a statement early yesterday asking to be activated for Friday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, but the Yankees declined.

When asked by WFAN radio if he still trust the Yankees, A-Rod said, “You know, I’d rather not get into that.”

NPR’s Mike Pesca joins us to explain what’s going on off the baseball diamond.

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NPR Story
12:04 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

The Impact Of Seeing Disaster Videos Over And Over

A screenshot from a video of the train derailment in Spain. (YouTube)

The train derailment in Spain is the latest in a series of disasters this year that have been caught on video and been played over and over again in the media.

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Parallels
11:59 am
Fri July 26, 2013

A Tale Of Two Massive Rallies In Egypt

Muslim Brotherhood supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi attend a protest near Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo on Friday.
Mohammed Saber EPA/Landov

At the request of Egypt's army chief, Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, many Egyptians took to the street Friday to give him a mandate for what he calls a "war against terrorism" on Islamists.

His call drew a huge response from those opposed to Mohammed Morsi, but it also brought out large numbers of supporters of the ousted president who is allied with the Muslim Brotherhood.

As the following photographs show, anti-Morsi protesters rallied in Cairo's Tahrir Square ...

... while those allied with Morsi gathered near the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque.

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The Two-Way
11:50 am
Fri July 26, 2013

In Closing Arguments, Defense Argues Manning Is A Whistleblower

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted from court on Thursday in Fort Meade, Maryland.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 5:58 pm

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was not aiding the enemy when he leaked the largest cache of classified information in the history of the United States, the defense argued today during closing arguments of his military trial in Fort Meade, Maryland, today. Instead, he released the information in an attempt to spark debate about things he found troubling about war and American diplomacy.

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