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3:11pm

Sat July 26, 2014
Music Interviews

Eric Clapton And J.J. Cale: Notes On A Friendship

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 5:29 pm

Eric Clapton's new album, The Breeze, honors the late J.J. Cale.
Brian Rooney Courtesy of the artist

There are, you could argue, two strands of Eric Clapton fans: those who love his scorching electric solos and groundbreaking fusions of blues and rock, and those who prefer his mellow, unplugged pop songs from later years. The two groups might just find common ground on his latest album.

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3:11pm

Sat July 26, 2014
Movie Interviews

Director Says Hoffman Inhabited 'Most Wanted Man' Role

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 5:29 pm

Anton Corbijn directed Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his final roles β€” playing a haggard German intelligence agent in the film adaptation of the John le CarrΓ© spy thriller A Most Wanted Man.
Roadside Attractions

When actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a heroin overdose in February, he left behind several unreleased films.

His most significant role: The haggard German intelligence agent Gunther Bachmann in the spy thriller A Most Wanted Man. Hoffman's character leads a fictional intelligence unit and is tasked with recruiting informants within the Islamic community to uncover terrorist plots.

The film is based on the 2008 John le CarrΓ© novel by the same name. It's set in Hamburg, Germany, more than 10 years after Sept. 11.

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3:11pm

Sat July 26, 2014
Code Switch

Hoping To Reach A Wider Audience, Lifetime Breaks Out Of Familiar Formula

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 5:29 pm

On Wednesday, Lifetime premiered BAPs, a reality show that follows "an exclusive, privileged and affluent group of African American friends from St. Louis who self-identify as 'BAPs' β€” Black American Princesses and Princes."
Richard Knapp

TV viewers have come to expect a certain formula from Lifetime shows β€” stories of desperate women, sudden teen pregnancy, or sentimental romance β€” starring women who are, for the most part, white. But on Wednesday, Lifetime added something different to their lineup with the premiere of a new "docu-series" called BAPs. BAPs stands for Black American Prince or Princess. The reality show follows a group of young, wealthy African Americans in St. Louis through dinner parties and shouting matches.

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11:44am

Sat July 26, 2014
Parallels

Barrel Bomb Attacks Devastate Iraqi Families

Smoke rises from buildings in May after shelling on the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which is currently held by anti-government fighters. Rights workers say civilians are being killed by government attacks with so-called barrel bombs.
Sadam el-Mehmedy AFP/Getty Images

Human rights groups are accusing the Iraqi government of indiscriminate bombing. Baghdad officials deny that and note they're fighting a Sunni insurgency that commits mass executions and suicide bombings.

Yet rights workers say civilians are being killed by government attacks with so-called barrel bombs β€” the crude weapons made famous in Syria's current conflict. Barrel bombs are illegal and indiscriminate explosives, packed in things like oil drums or gas cylinders.

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7:08am

Sat July 26, 2014
NPR Ed

Learning To Read May Take Longer Than We Thought

Most of what we know β€” or think we know β€” about how kids learn comes from classroom practice and behavioral psychology. Now, neuroscientists are adding to and qualifying that store of knowledge by studying the brain itself. The latest example: new research in the journal Developmental Science suggests a famous phenomenon known as the "fourth-grade shift" isn't so clear-cut.

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