1:17pm

Thu July 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Stories Of The Colorado Victims: Mom Says Daughter Stood Up To Gunman

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 10:56 am

Rebecca Wingo.
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As they're told, we'll point to some of the stories about the 12 people who died and the 58 who were wounded last Friday when a gunman opened fire at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. As you see others, please share the links in the comment threads.

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1:11pm

Thu July 26, 2012
The Fresh Air Interview

Christopher Beha, On Faith And Its Discontents

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 4:15 pm

Christopher Beha is an associate editor at Harper's magazine and the author of The Whole Five Feet.
Josephine Sittenfeld Tin House Books

In the novel What Happened to Sophie Wilder, writer Charlie Blakeman runs into his former college love after 10 years and finds out that she has converted to Catholicism. Charlie can't make sense of her conversion, but as he finds out more about Sophie's past, he sees her life is more complicated than he previously thought. When Sophie once again disappears, Charlie sets out to discover what has happened to her.

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1:10pm

Thu July 26, 2012
Movie Reviews

In China, A Persistent Thorn In The State's Side

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 11:05 am

Although Ai Weiwei's art is internationally recognized, much of his worldwide fame comes from his political activism in China. The latter is the focus of Alison Klayman's documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.
Ted Alcorn IFC Films

A couple of months ago, I visited Beijing, and like so many before me, I was stunned by how hypercapitalist Communist China has become — the hundreds of glossy highrises, the countless shops selling Prada and Apple, the traffic jams filled with brand new Audis. You felt you could be in L.A. or Tokyo — until you wanted some information. Then you discovered that Facebook was permanently blocked, certain words in Google searches always crashed your browser, and, as my wife joked, it was easier to buy a Rolls-Royce than a real newspaper. Here was a country at once booming — and repressive.

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1:02pm

Thu July 26, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

How A 'Google Bomb' Improved Russia's HIV Drug Supply

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 4:25 pm

Activist Alexandra Volgina (right) accepts the Red Ribbon Award at the 19th International AIDS Conference for her grassroots group Patients in Control, which has worked to improve HIV treatment programs in Russia.
Ryan Rayburn IAS

In countries where censorship is part of daily life, speaking out against the government often requires innovative tactics. No one knows this better than Russian activist Alexandra Volgina.

A few years ago, Volgina, an HIV-positive mother from St. Petersburg, wanted the Russian Ministry of Health to fix their floundering HIV treatment program. So she launched a "Google bomb."

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12:50pm

Thu July 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Raúl Castro Says Cuba Is An Island Seeking Friendship, Even With U.S.

Cuba's President Raúl Castro speaks during celebrations marking Cuba's Revolution Day in Guantanamo, Cuba on Thursday.
Ramon Espinosa AP

Today, while Cuba celebrated Revolution Day, the 59th anniversary of an initial attack on the Moncada military baracks, President Raúl Castro made a rather surprising admission during his remarks.

According to Granma, the official newspaper of the Communist party, Castro said he was ready to mend relations with the United States.

Here's how Granma reports it:

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12:26pm

Thu July 26, 2012
The Torch

The Olympics Meet A Mall, And Make A Nightmare

The interior of London's Westfield Stratford City Mall measures some 1.9 million square feet. Many of them were recently walked by NPR's Tom Goldman.
Tom Goldman NPR

Y'know your local mall? The one you drive to whenever, or just as easily drive past? What would happen if you didn't have a choice — if you couldn't avoid going there? Would you walk right through without stopping and shopping? Or, a darker question: What if you could never get out?

Welcome to my Olympic nightmare.

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12:12pm

Thu July 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Justice Department Employees Cited For Nepotism In Hiring

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 3:37 pm

The Justice Department inspector general has uncovered what he calls illegal hiring practices at the federal agency. In a new report he cites eight employees for trying to find jobs for their children and other relatives.

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11:55am

Thu July 26, 2012
NPR Story

Inside Actor Anthony Mackie's Love For 'Top Gun'

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 1:40 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

All summer long, our colleagues at NPR's weekends on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED have been asking some of their guests - particularly filmmakers, actors and writers - about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

Today, we bring you this one from an actor known for roles in Oscar-winning films like "The Hurt Locker" and "Million Dollar Baby." Most recently, he starred in "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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11:55am

Thu July 26, 2012
NPR Story

South Africa Chasing 'Zero Deaths, Zero Stigma'

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 1:40 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. As we've mentioned a couple of times in the past few days, the 19th International AIDS Conference is underway this week here in Washington, D.C. We're spending this week looking at the epidemic in different ways. And today, we wanted to focus on Africa.

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11:55am

Thu July 26, 2012
NPR Story

Expressing The King Of Pop With Music, Acrobatics

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 1:40 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, actor Anthony Mackie stars in this summer's fantasy thriller, "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter," but what's the movie that Mackie could watch over and over again? We'll find out in a few minutes.

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