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Sat January 31, 2015
Movie Interviews

Former Basketball Player Scores As A Filmmaker

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 4:30 pm

Director Deon Taylor takes questions at a special screening of his new film, Supremacy, in Los Angeles.
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For most of his life, Deon Taylor was all about basketball. "Ever since I can remember I've just been in love with the game," he says.

His basketball career brought him a college scholarship and took him overseas, where he played professionally. Then he pivoted: in 2002, he gave up an athletic career to become a filmmaker.

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3:52pm

Sat January 31, 2015
The Salt

Surströmming Revisited: Eating Sweden's Famously Stinky Fish

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 4:55 pm

Surströmming, a fermented herring considered to be a famous delicacy in Sweden, is also known as one of the most pungent foods in the world.
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More than a decade ago, NPR's Ari Shapiro attempted to eat a fermented Swedish herring called surströmming, one of the most pungent foods in the world. It did not go well. Twelve years later, on a reporting trip to Sweden, Ari decided it was time to face his fears and try the fish again.

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3:05pm

Sat January 31, 2015
The Two-Way

Rep. André Carson To Become First Muslim On House Committee On Intelligence

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 4:30 pm

Democratic Congressman André Carson of Indiana says he converted to Islam as a teenager after witnessing Muslims "pushing back on crime" in his neighborhood.
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Rep. André Carson of Indiana's 7th district soon will be the first Muslim lawmaker to serve on the House intelligence committee, according to Politico.

The report says Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, made the announcement in a closed-door meeting today. Neither Pelosi's nor Carson's office would comment.

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3:05pm

Sat January 31, 2015
Author Interviews

Impressions From The Ice: A Poet Returns From Antarctica

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 4:30 pm

Last year, a poet arrived at the end of the earth: Jynne Dilling Martin spent six weeks, funded by the National Science Foundation, living in Antarctica.

She spent the summer (winter, to those of us in the Northern Hemisphere) shadowing scientists as they went about their work, and writing about the people who call the icy continent home.

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3:05pm

Sat January 31, 2015
Deceptive Cadence

Bach, Brits And A Bodacious Boston Orchestra: New Classical Albums

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 4:30 pm

Composer Andrew Norman's new album is called Play.
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It may be deep midwinter, when music releases are usually sparse, but this month a surprising crop of intriguing classical albums has popped up. In this visit to All Things Considered, host Arun Rath and I listen to a fearless Boston orchestra powering through a symphonic blockbuster by American composer Andrew Norman, as well as a smartly programmed album by the British Aurora Orchestra that includes a Paul Simon song.

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