Fri January 27, 2012
Movie Interviews

Woody Allen: Blending Real Life With Fiction

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"Making a movie is a great distraction from the real agonies of the world," filmmaker Woody Allen told Fresh Air in 2009.
Brian Hamill/MGM PBS

This interview was originally broadcast on June 15, 2009.

For someone who has spent the majority of his career making comedies, Woody Allen sees the world — and his lifelong profession — through a surprisingly dark lens.

"Life is a terrible trial, and very harsh and very full of suffering ... [Film] is a different kind of pain. Making a movie is a great distraction from the real agonies of the world," Allen tells Terry Gross.

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Fri January 27, 2012
The Salt

From Health Food To Health Risk: Sprouts Slip Off The Menu

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 12:55 pm

Fresh and green, yes. Clean, maybe not.
Jowita Stachowiak iStockPhoto.com

At the rate they're going, those nutritious-looking sprouts may disappear from sandwiches and salads near you in not too long. And that may be a good thing.

This week, the Beaumont, Tex.-based Jason's Deli chain announced that it would no longer serve fresh sprouts, citing frequent recalls due to bacterial contamination.

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Fri January 27, 2012
Middle East

U.N. Security Council Meets On Syria Solutions

Violence is increasing in Syria, with activists reporting multiple clashes in cities. The U.N. Security Council is meeting Friday to discuss a resolution on the conflict there. It's also likely to ask President Bashar Assad to step down.


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Fri January 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Twitter Announces It Can Now Block Content By Country

Twitter logo.

Twitter announced, last night, that it now has the ability to block content by country. This means, for example, that if a Tweet breaks a German law, Twitter can now block it in Germany but leave it up in the rest of the world.

In a blog post, Twitter explained:

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Fri January 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Signaling Modest Growth, U.S. GDP Grew At 2.8 Percent In Fourth Quarter

The United States economy continued to expand modestly toward the end of 2011. The Commerce Department says it grew at an annual rate of 2.8 percent in the fourth quarter and 1.7 in all of 2011.

This means that the economy has expanded for the last two years, after a 3.5 percent decline in 2009. The economy did slow down in 2011. It grew 3 percent in 2010.

The Commerce Department explains:

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Fri January 27, 2012
The Picture Show

An Illustrated Guide To Weirdly Wonderful Florida

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:05 am

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Clockwise from top left: Statue of Liberty in Kissimmee, Honeybell oranges, an American flag in DeLand, and a classic car show. Shot with Impossible Project film.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Reporter's Notebook: NPR photographer Becky Lettenberger just got back from the Sunshine State. She and reporter Liz Halloran talked with Floridians about the issues of this election season — and, between conversations, soaked up the sun and scenes of that quirky state.

I stuck out in Florida.

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Fri January 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Costa Offers Italian Cruise Passengers $14K In Compensation

A coast guard boat passes the Costa Concordia, as the cruise liner lies aground in front of the harbor of Giglio Island.

Costa Crociere SpA came to an agreement with several consumer groups and is offering 11,000 euros or $14,460 to each of the passengers of the cruise ship that ran aground off the Italian coast, earlier this month.

The Toronto Sun explains the money is for passengers who were uninjured and is to pay for "for items lost and any psychological damages." The cruise line will also refund the cost of the cruise and any travel costs that resulted from the crash.

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Fri January 27, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Song (Folk, Jazz), Dance (UK) and Theater (3)

New York-based choreographer Blake Pearson created the first work in the show, "Mama Geena." The University of Kentucky Department of Theatre presents "3Dimensions: Winter Dance Concert," the inaugural performance of UK's new dance program.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald Leader

Top performers in the fields of jazz and folk perform this weekend in central Kentucky.  Emmy Lou Harris is at the Lexington Opera House. Jazz vocalist Jane Monheit sings at the EKU Center for the Arts, and, guitarist Stanley Jordan is in Danville.  Plus, a resurrected dance company at the University of Kentucky makes its debut.  And, several theater groups are opening new shows.  Reporter Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader offers this preview. 


Fri January 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Suicide Blast Kills 32 In Baghdad

People gather at the scene of a car bomb attack in Zafaraniyah, Baghdad, Iraq on Friday. A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed car near a funeral procession killing and injuring dozens of Iraqis, police said.
Khalid Mohammed AP

Using an explosives packed car, a suicide bomber killed 32 people near a funeral possession in the predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Zafaraniyah in Baghdad.

The AP reports that about 65 people were wounded and most of the people killed were police escorting the funeral.

The AP reports:

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