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Sat July 30, 2011
The Record

'London Calling,' Repurposed As A Tourism Jingle

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From the first few notes, the song is unmistakable. "London Calling," which kicked off The Clash's 1979 album of the same name, became an anthem for a new, edgy London that could be hard, dark, and cutting.

Now, organizers of the 2012 Olympic Games are using song to invite the world to come to London — a curious choice, given the tone of the lyrics. Here's a representative sample:

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Sat July 30, 2011

A 'Whistleblower' Made Into A Hollywood Heroine

Kathryn Bolkovac (at left), the inspiration for the film The Whistleblower, poses at the Toronto Film Festival in September, 2010 with actress Rachel Weisz, who plays the character based on Bolkovac in the film.
Alexandra Wyman Getty Images

In 1999, Kathryn Bolkovac had run into hard times. A police officer in Lincoln, Neb., who had recently lost custody of her daughters in a divorce settlement, she was looking for a new job that would give her the means to live near them.

When Bolkovac heard she could earn good money in a short period of time by becoming part of the U.N. International Police Force in Bosnia — run by a private British agency called DynCorp — she decided to sign on.

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Sat July 30, 2011
Pop Culture

Jonathan Winters Reflects On A Lifetime Of Laughs

Jonathan Winters' entertainment career began when his wife encouraged him to enter a local talent contest in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio. He ended up winning the contest — along with a wrist watch and a job as a local radio DJ.
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The recent Smurfs movie has the distinction of casting one of America's most admired of comedians. He's Jonathan Winters and he gives voice to Papa Smurf in the new film, but he also voiced Grandpa Smurf in the 1980s TV cartoon series.

Winters has practiced comedy for over 60 years in just about every medium you can make people laugh in — on the radio, on television, in nightclubs, on recordings, in movies and even on telephone answering machines (ask your parents).

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Sat July 30, 2011
Reporter's Notebook

Olympic Triumph Amid Tragedy At 1996 Games

It's been 15 years since the Summer Olympics were held in Atlanta. NPR's Kathy Lohr covered the games and remembers how the Olympic spirit rose above the tragic bombing.

For me, two events still stand out from that summer.

First, the opening ceremony, which I covered from Centennial Olympic Park, where the festivities were broadcast for free on huge TV screens. It was a big party, and I stayed in the park for hours recording the event.

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Sat July 30, 2011
America's Mayors: Governing In Tough Times

In Tough Times, Philadelphia Bucks The Trend

Part 3 of a 6-part series

More than two years after the recession officially ended, mayors across the country are still struggling to balance their budgets.

Philadelphia avoided the big public employee layoffs seen in other cities by bucking national trends and doing what many consider unthinkable: raising taxes.

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