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4:47 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Surviving An Adult World In Fairy Tales, And Real Life

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Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 6:54 pm

I live in Tucson, Ariz. National news about thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border — some as young as 2 years old — is local news here. A front-page headline from this week's Arizona Daily Star reads, "Immigration tension boils over in Oracle." It's subtitled "Protesters, supporters, clash; bus carrying children fails to show."

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Movie Reviews
3:54 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

In 'Wish I Was Here,' Well-Covered Territory And Familiar Pitfalls

Zach Braff directs and stars in Wish I Was Here -- the followup to Garden State -- as Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor and father to two kids, Grace and Tucker, played respectively by Joey King and Pierce Gagnon.
Merie Weismiller Wallace Focus Features

It seems pretty clear what Zach Braff is up to. Ten years after his breakout debut as a writer/director, Garden State, Braff has returned with Wish I Was Here, a partially Kickstarter-funded film that is neither a sequel nor a remake, but feels as much like both of those as a film with no narrative connection to Garden State possibly could.

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Sweet Home Alabama
3:44 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

New Signs To Say 'Welcome To Sweet Home Alabama'

The new "Welcome to Sweet Home Alabama" signs will replace the "Alabama The Beautiful" signs that have stood at the state line since 2003.
Credit TheCustomOfLife / Wikimedia Commons

Tourists traveling into Alabama on interstate highways will soon be greeted by signs saying "Welcome to Sweet Home Alabama."

State tourism and transportation officials say the "Alabama The Beautiful" signs that have stood at the state line since 2003 will be replaced by the new "Sweet Home Alabama" signs over the next few months. Smaller versions of the signs will be on the grounds of the eight state welcome centers to serve as backdrops for travelers' photos.

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Movie Interviews
3:40 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

'Newburgh Sting': Terrorist Cell, Or Group Sold On A Trap By FBI?

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 4:47 pm

Filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner discuss their new documentary The Newburgh Sting, which covers the FBI investigation and conviction of four American men for plotting an act of domestic terrorism.

Movie Interviews
3:40 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

In New Film, Zach Braff Asks: How Long Can You Pursue Your Dreams?

In Wish I Was Here, Braff plays a father who embarks on a chaotic attempt to home-school his kids, Tucker (Pierce Gagnon ) and Grace (Joey King).
Merie Weismiller Wallace, SMPSP Focus Features

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 6:54 pm

Zach Braff is currently performing on Broadway, and for a time he starred in the TV comedy Scrubs. But he's also known for directing and starring in the 2004 film Garden State, a model of 20-something angst.

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Pop Culture
3:40 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

So, Thor Is A Woman And Cap Is Black: Is This A Big Deal Or Not?

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 6:54 pm

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TED Radio Hour
8:08 am
Fri July 18, 2014

How Do Our Near-Wins Motivate Us To Keep Going?

"Success motivates us, but a near-win can propel us in an ongoing quest" — Sarah Lewis
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Champions.

About Sarah Lewis' TEDTalk

Not everyone can win the gold medal, and historian Sarah Lewis says that's a good thing. It's the near-wins and bare losses that truly motivate us to master our destinies.

About Sarah Lewis

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TED Radio Hour
8:08 am
Fri July 18, 2014

What Does It Take To Dive Into Dangerous Waters?

"When I stand on that shore, the main thing is, I want that destination, I want it" — Diana Nyad
Marla Aufmuth TED

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 1:35 pm

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Champions.

About Diana Nyad's TedTalk

In pitch-black, stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, hallucinating, Diana Nyad kept swimming. She describes the journey of her historic 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida, at age 64.

About Diana Nyad

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Newscast
7:27 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Sex education, Problems at the VA, and Dog fights

7am Newscast

Friday July 18, 2014

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The Two-Way
6:09 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Book News: 15 Unpublished Elmore Leonard Stories Coming Out Next Year

Author and former adman Elmore Leonard smiles during an interview at his home in Bloomfield Township, Mich., in September 2012.
Paul Sancya AP

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

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Goats and Soda
6:11 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Sizing Down Food Waste: What's The Worst Thing To Toss?

Throwing out a pound of boneless beef effectively wastes 24 times more calories than throwing out a pound of vegetables or grains. Egg and dairy products fall somewhere between the two extremes.
Morgan Walker NPR

Sometimes I feel like a broken record at home: "Let's eat the leftovers for dinner, so they don't go to waste,"

But inevitably, Sunday night's pasta and meatballs get tossed out of the refrigerator to make way for Friday night's pizza.

Now scientists at the University of Minnesota offer up another reason to put those leftover meatballs in the tummy instead of the garbage: There are hidden calories in the beef that go to waste when you toss it.

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Newscast
5:09 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Changing Sex Ed And Unseasonable Weather

5pm Newscast

Thursday July 17, 2014

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Book Reviews
4:29 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

William T. Vollmann's Ghost Stories Are Frighteningly Self-Indulgent

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 7:40 pm

In certain writers, the sense of profound moral inquiry is like a bell tower in a country church: You can see it from a long way off, and even when it's not making a sound, you can hear its reverberation. William T. Vollmann's work is like that: Regardless of his subject, he writes from a place of grave moral seriousness. In his masterpiece, the 2005 novel Europe Central, he wrestled the 20th century into one huge, luminous tome that bristled with insight and dread.

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Alabama-Cool Weather
4:07 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Mobile Breaks 128-Year-Old Record Low

Cool temperatures continue in the Gulf Coast region for Thursday night as well.
Credit National Weather Service

Unseasonably cool temperatures for July set new record lows across Alabama.

Forecasters say Mobile broke a 128-year-old record with a low temperature of 64 degrees early Thursday. The National Weather Service says the low was 1 degree cooler than the low of 65 degrees set in 1886.

But Mobile wasn't alone.

The weather service says records were also set in Anniston with 58 degrees and Birmingham with 60 degrees.

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Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

'I Origins': There's More Than One 'I' In 'Ridiculous'

In I Origins, Michael Pitt (left) plays a molecular biologist who becomes emotionally and philosophically entranced by free-spirited "Sofi" (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) and her speckled eyes.
Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

Viewers of earnest sci-fi dramas like I Origins are required to suspend disbelief, but the scripters of such movies have responsibilities, too. They can't introduce ideas so ridiculous, or suddenly twist their premises so illogically, that audiences are fatally distracted.

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