Fresh Air Weekend
12:58 am
Sat May 26, 2012

Fresh Air Weekend: David Alan Grier, Sacha Baron Cohen

In Porgy and Bess, David Alan Grier plays the drug dealer Sporting Life, a role closely associated with Sammy Davis Jr. and Cab Calloway.
Courtesy of the American Repertory Theater

Originally published on Sat May 26, 2012 10:02 am

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:


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A Blog Supreme
6:33 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: May 25, 2012

Metallica's bassist Robert Trujillo will finance a film about his hero, pioneering electric bassist Jaco Pastorius.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Happy long weekend all. A heads-up that next Wednesday you will want to dance with us to Henry Cole's Afrobeat Collective, with the Gilad Hekselman Quartet. And now, these links:

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The Two-Way
6:14 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Observing Memorial Day

People walk through a portion of the Boston Common covered with American flags on Wednesday.
Steven Senne AP

Like many Americans, we plan to take Memorial Day off. And while a three-day weekend is always fun, this holiday is a somber one.

We were reminded of that reading an Op-Ed from Tom Manion in today's Wall Street Journal. Manion served in the military for 30 years and his son, Travis Manion, was killed in Iraq when he was just 26-years-old.

Manion delivers an emotional piece that attempts to answer a complex question: Why do they serve?

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The Two-Way
5:53 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

What's In A Smile? Turns Out Computers Best Humans At Parsing What's Genuine

A study participant smiles for different reasons.
MIT

Did you know most people smile when they are frustrated?

Look at this picture:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:51 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Folk Singer Bonnie 'Prince' Billy Plays Not My Job

Jesse Fischler Courtesy of the artist

Will Oldham is among the most celebrated singer-songwriters in the country, but chances are you haven't heard of him. That's because he doesn't record under his own name, but under a series of pseudonyms — his latest, and most well known, is Bonnie "Prince" Billy.

Oldham sings mostly sad songs, with a truly tragic song thrown in every now and again for good measure. And we were thinking: Who's the singer he's least like? We settled on Doris Day. We'll ask Oldham three questions about the sweet-faced, sweet-voiced singer of the '50s and '60s.

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The Two-Way
4:40 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

CBS, NBC, Fox Battle Dish Network In Court Over Ad-Skipping DVR

This image provided by Dish Network shows a screen message of the AutoHop feature, which allows customers to skip over commercials.
AP

Does Dish Network have the right to offer a commercial-free experience for its customers? Or does that infringe on broadcasters' copyrights?

As you might expect, CBS, NBC and Fox are not very happy at the prospect and filed suit yesterday against the TV provider to stop it from rolling out its "AutoHop" service.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:41 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Keep Kids Away From Laundry Detergent Packs

A label on a package of Tide laundry detergent packets warns parents to keep them away from children. Nearly 250 cases of illness from such packets have been reported to poison control centers this year.
Pat Sullivan AP

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 10:19 am

Something that looks good enough to eat can sometimes turns out to be a really big mistake.

Take those small, brightly colored single-use packs of laundry detergent that are becoming popular. To a curious toddler or small child, they look like candy.

But once inside childrens' mouths, the tempting packs can burst, releasing a concentrated blast of irriitating detergent. Already this year there have been at least 250 cases of illness from the packs reported to poison control centers across the country.

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The Impact of War
3:37 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Putting The Post-Deployment Family Back Together

Kevin Ross, 31, says the ADAPT parenting program has helped him and his family communicate more effectively.
Jeffrey Thompson MPR

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 4:24 pm

When parents deploy to a war zone overseas, their absence can have ripple effects that are felt long after they return. Parents and their children often struggle to figure out how to be a family again after leading separate lives for months or years. Now, there's an effort to make the transition from combat life to home life less rocky.

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Music Reviews
3:29 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Big K.R.I.T.: Big Heart, Thick Drawl

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 27, 2012 10:11 pm

Big K.R.I.T. will turn 26 in August and seems halfway to stardom. His Def Jam debut, Live from the Underground, will feature a B.B. King cameo and is scheduled for a June 5 release. It should hit the charts high.

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Parallel Lives
3:28 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Obama, Romney On Health Care: So Close, Yet So Far

President Obama is applauded after signing the health care overhaul during a ceremony in the White House on March 23, 2010. Then-Gov. Mitt Romney signs a Massachusetts health care overhaul at Faneuil Hall in Boston on April 12, 2006.
Win McNamee/Boston Globe via Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 4:24 pm

From now until November, President Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will emphasize their differences. But the two men's lives actually coincide in a striking number of ways. In this installment of NPR's "Parallel Lives" series, a look at one of those similarities: They both signed health care overhaul laws based on an individual mandate.

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