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Award-Winning Director Mike Nichols Dies At 83

npr.org — Award-winning director Mike Nichols has died at the age of 83, ABC News announced in a statement. "He was a true visionary, winning the highest honors in the arts for his work as a director, writer, producer and comic and was one of a tiny few to win the EGOT-an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony in his lifetime," ABC News President James Goldston said in the statement.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @hansilowang: "I want to say one word to you ... Plastics." RIP Mike Nichols. We started every @swarthmore year with The Graduate. n.pr/1ue953A

Nov 20, 2014

RT @JMitchellNews: Sorry to hear. Mike Nichols, director (The Graduate, Spamalot) & performer, dead at 83: npr.org/blogs/thetwo-w… http://t.…

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'Grape Salad' Is Not Minnesotan, And Other Lessons In Cultural Mapmaking

npr.org — I was not raised in Minnesota, but I earned my stripes there during ten winters as a resident, scraping my windshield through a fog of existential despair. Not every portrayal of the Midwest is based in reality, but this still speaks to a profound piece of my soul.
Nov 20, 2014

"Scraping my windshield through a fog of existential despair" is just a great turn of phrase. npr.org/blogs/monkeyse…

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Sleater-Kinney 2.0: The Band Talks About Its First Album In 10 Years

npr.org — Following an eight-year hiatus after touring its last album, The Woods, Sleater-Kinney is back together. Earlier this year, the band put out a box set which included remastered versions of all seven of its albums, as well as a hardcover book featuring previously unseen photos.

Mike Nichols, Award-Winning Director Of 'The Graduate,' 'Silkwood,' Dies

npr.org — Mike Nichols has a long string of classic films and plays to his credit as a director and producer, including The Odd Couple on Broadway, The Graduate on film and Angels in America on TV. He died Wednesday night of a heart attack at age 83, acknowledged as one of the most successful artists in show business.
Nov 20, 2014

one of the greats > Via @nprnews: Mike Nichols, Award-Winning Director Of 'The Graduate,' 'Silkwood,' Dies n.pr/1F3ZDGr

Nov 20, 2014

Via @nprnews: Mike Nichols, Award-Winning Director Of 'The Graduate,' 'Silkwood,' Dies n.pr/1F3ZDGr

Nov 20, 2014

My @NPR obit for director Mike Nichols: The ultimate showbiz insider who started life in America as an outsider ow.ly/EBG7e

Pop Culture Happy Hour

npr.org — NPR's entertainment and pop culture round-table podcast features spirited discussions of movies, books, television, nostalgia, and - every time - what's making us happy this week.
Nov 20, 2014

And it keeps going @Serial RT "What Happens When You Make A Podcast About Podcasts About A Podcast?" people explode npr.org/blogs/monkeyse…

Nov 20, 2014

"What Happens When You Make A Podcast About Podcasts About A Podcast?" people explode npr.org/blogs/monkeyse…

Sen. Mitch McConnell's Political Life, Examined, In 'The Cynic'

npr.org — When Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) first entered politics in the 1960s, he started out as moderate - pro-abortion rights, pro-union, in support of the civil rights movement. With time, McConnell shifted to the right as the Republican Party shifted. "I was just really startled by this when I started looking into it," Alec MacGillis tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

Mike Nichols: Remembering The Ellipses After The Story Ends

npr.org — At the top of this post, you'll find a discussion from me and my Pop Culture Happy Hour colleague Stephen Thompson about Mike Nichols and his work. Stephen tells a great family story about the impact of Nichols' comedy - give it a listen.]
Nov 20, 2014

A lovely essay on Mike Nichols by @nprmonkeysee, with a bonus Pop Culture Happy Hour Small Batch: npr.org/blogs/monkeyse… #PCHH

Nov 20, 2014

RT @nprmonkeysee: I was so glad that @idislikestephen and I got to chat about Mike NIchols. Stephen has a great related family story. npr.org/blogs/monkeyse…

The CIA Wants To Delete Old Email; Critics Say 'Not So Fast'

npr.org — It's a question we've all wrestled with: which emails should be saved and which ones should be deleted? The Central Intelligence Agency thinks it's found the answer, at least as far as its thousands of employees and contractors are concerned. Sooner or later, the spy agency would destroy every email except those in the accounts of its top 22 officials.
Nov 20, 2014

Via @nprnews: The CIA Wants To Delete Old Email; Critics Say 'Not So Fast' n.pr/1F4HMz8

Nov 20, 2014

RT @gregmyre1: The CIA wants to delete old emails when employees leave the agency. Critics say 'not so fast' @dwelna n.pr/1F4HMz8

Despite Low Employment, Millennials Hold Key To Reviving South Texas

npr.org — Welcome to boot camp for the young and unemployed in McAllen, Texas. "We're going to go ahead and do this," says instructor Marco Lopez, leading a small classroom of millennials through do's and don'ts for job seekers inside a strip mall near McAllen.

4 Reasons Why 'Scandal' Is A Telenovela. And A Good One

npr.org — Editor's note: If you're not caught up, you may feel that some plot references below are mild spoilers. Fair warning. As Scandal careens toward its mid-season finale, I am remembering the moment last year when I finally got the show.

'Redeployment,' 'Age Of Ambition' Win National Book Awards

npr.org — The National Book Foundation presented its annual awards Thursday night, highlighting titles in four broad genres: Young People's Literature, Poetry, Nonfiction, and Fiction. The fiction award went to by Redeployment, a collection of short stories by veteran Phil Klay.
Nov 20, 2014

Via @nprnews: 'Redeployment,' 'Age Of Ambition' Win National Book Awards n.pr/1uy579B Kudos to Ursula K. LeGuin!

Nov 20, 2014

RT @neilhimself: I do not remember being happier than getting to give Ursula LeGuin her award. See photo for proof. npr.org/blogs/thetwo-w…

Nov 20, 2014

A former Marine won the National Book Award for fiction with his debut short story collection, "Redeployment." n.pr/1F713BR

Nov 20, 2014

Ursula Le Guin FTW! One of our best & most important living writers blows up National Book Awards. via @Petramatic npr.org/blogs/thetwo-w…

Nov 20, 2014

Via @nprnews: 'Redeployment,' 'Age Of Ambition' Win National Book Awards n.pr/1uy579B

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Force Behind Race-Law Rollback Efforts Talks Voting Rights Case

npr.org — Edward Blum isn't a lawyer, and he doesn't play one on TV. But he has been the driving force behind two race-related cases before the U.S. Supreme Court this term, including one that justices will hear Wednesday that seeks to roll back a key section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

EPA In the Crosshairs as Oklahoma’s Inhofe Gains Sway Over Climate Policy

stateimpact.npr.org — The Republican wave that put the party back in full control of Congress also put Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe back in charge of the Senate committee that oversees the country's environmental policies. The political shift in Washington comes at time when - from President Obama's Clean Power Plan to enforcement of the Regional Haze Rule that's riled Oklahoma officials - the U.S.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @StateImpactOK: EPA and #climate rules in the crosshairs as OK's Inhofe leads Senate environmental oversight n.pr/11jMR9C @InhofePress

Nov 20, 2014

MT @StateImpactOK: @EPA and #climate rules in crosshairs as OK's @JimInhofe leads Senate environmental oversight. n.pr/11jMR9C

After Fighting Crime, Ex-Guatemala Attorney General Moves To U.S.

npr.org — Steve Inskeep talks to Claudia Paz y Paz who scored convictions against organized crime and an infamous ex-general. Paz y Paz overhauled a prosecutor's office in a country better known for corruption.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @NPRinskeep: In her 1st interview in English, the harrowing experience of a crime fighter in Guatemala: n.pr/1tk89dJ @MorningEdition

Nov 20, 2014

In her 1st interview in English, the harrowing experience of a crime fighter in Guatemala: n.pr/1tk89dJ @MorningEdition

Republicans Warn Obama Ahead Of Planned Immigration Action

npr.org — Republicans in Congress are warning President Obama against acting alone on immigration, hours ahead of a planned announcement by the president that could provide temporary relief to some of the 12 million immigrants in the country illegally. Republicans say any unilateral action on immigration by the president would mean there is no chance of passing a comprehensive immigration overhaul in Congress.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @nprpolitics: Republicans Warn Obama Ahead Of Planned Immigration Action n.pr/1BQiAQw

Despite A Massacre By ISIS, An Iraqi Tribe Vows To Fight Back

npr.org — The massacre of the Albu Nimr tribe came after they had fought against the extremists of the so-called Islamic State for weeks. In Iraq's vast western province of Anbar, the tribesmen had been driven from their stronghold in the city of Hit in early October.
Nov 20, 2014

Via @nprnews: Despite A Massacre By ISIS, An Iraqi Tribe Vows To Fight Back n.pr/11otQm4 Harrowing account by @AliceFordham

Nov 20, 2014

Via @nprnews: Despite A Massacre By ISIS, An Iraqi Tribe Vows To Fight Back n.pr/11otQm4

Nov 20, 2014

Help arrives for the Albu Nimr tribe of Anbar - but from the Americans, not the Iraqi govt npr.org/blogs/parallel…

Officer's Death Raises Safety Concerns For Alaska's Unarmed Cops

npr.org — Americans expect police to carry guns. In most places, it's just assumed that law enforcement is always armed. But not everywhere. One of the last exceptions to the rule is the native communities of rural Alaska, such as Manokotak, a Yupik village of about 400 in southwest Alaska.
Nov 20, 2014

Via @nprnews: Officer's Death Raises Safety Concerns For Alaska's Unarmed Law Enforcement n.pr/1zAp2pV Big issue in my home state

Nov 20, 2014

RT @ashleykgross: MUST LISTEN: a gripping story by @martinkaste about whether to arm village public safety officers in Alaska n.pr/1zAp2pV

Nov 20, 2014

MUST LISTEN: a gripping story by @martinkaste about whether to arm village public safety officers in Alaska n.pr/1zAp2pV

Are NOLA Schools Failing Students With Disabilities?

npr.org — In New Orleans, schools have long struggled to provide for students with physical, emotional and mental disabilities. Even before Hurricane Katrina, many parents had to fight for extra help. But many say things have only gotten harder since the city's public school district shifted almost entirely to charter schools.

A Flurry Of Premieres For American Orchestras

npr.org — How about some good - even great - news from American orchestras? Today and tomorrow, four of the country's biggest ensembles are playing world premieres by prominent composers. First up is the Boston Symphony Orchestra , which tonight is premiering Lakes Awake at Dawn for chorus and orchestra by Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds.