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5:12 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

The Best Movies Of The Year — From 20 Years Ago

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 6:22 pm

From Forrest Gump, to Pulp Fiction, to the Lion King, to Quiz Show, 1994 was a momentous year in film, according to a series from the website Grantland. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Grantland's Wesley Morris about that year's movies and why they're worth remembering.

Remembrances
5:12 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Lorin Maazel, World-Renowned American Composer, Dies At 84

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 6:22 pm

Maazel was born in 1930 in Paris, and was a child prodigy. By the time he was a teenager, he had conducted most of the major American orchestras.

Code Switch
5:12 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Princess Of 'Fresh Prince' Brings History To Children

A record of Garrett Morgan's traffic light patent submission at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Garrett Morgan U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 6:22 pm

Hey, remember Hilary Banks from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?

She's back, but in a different light. Actress Karyn Parsons has started a new organization — Sweet Blackberry — that makes short, animated films about influential, yet lesser-known African-Americans.

She still loves acting, she told Kelly McEvers of Weekend All Things Considered, but her priorities have changed since she became a mom.

Parson says being pregnant with her daughter got her thinking about her responsibility, as a parent, to add to her kids' formal education.

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Author Interviews
5:12 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

William T. Vollmann Explores The Afterlife In 'Last Stories'

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 7:10 pm

William T. Vollmann has been called a "unique and essential voice in American letters." He's the author of novels, story collections, a memoir and massive works of nonfiction.

His latest book, Last Stories and Other Stories, is his first work of fiction in nine years. And he says at the book's beginning that it will be his final work — as a living human, at least. "Any subsequent productions bearing my name will have been written by a ghost," he writes.

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Movies
5:12 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Kids' Films And Stories Share A Dark Theme: Dead Mothers

Sarah Boxer is the author of Ultimate Blogs and the graphic novel In The Floyd Archives.
Sarah Boxer

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 6:22 pm

The death of Bambi's mother has moved — and horrified — generations of children. The fleeing, the gunshot, the desperate search and then the gut-wrenching words: "Your mother can't be with you any more."

For many, that scene was traumatizing; for some it was the very first experience of loss. But Bambi is far from the only animated film featuring a mother's tragic death.

Just ask Sarah Boxer.

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Space
5:12 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Mark Your Calendars: In A Year, We'll Arrive At Pluto

An artist's concept shows the New Horizons spacecraft as it approaches Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, in July 2015.
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 7:12 pm

Planetary scientist Alan Stern is counting down the days — just 365 of them now. He's spent the past 8 1/2 years waiting for the New Horizons spacecraft to make a close encounter with Pluto. Next year, on July 14, the spacecraft will reach its destination.

"Not only did we choose the date, by the way, we chose the hour and the minute. And we're on track," says Stern, the principal investigator for NASA's Pluto-Kuiper Belt Mission.

In January 2006, the New Horizons spacecraft left Earth on the 3-billion-mile journey to Pluto and beyond.

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NPR Story
5:12 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Germany And Argentina Face Off In World Cup Final

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 6:22 pm

The World Cup final takes place on Sunday in Brazil. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Russell Lewis in Rio de Janeiro about the match, which went into extra time with a score of 0-0.

Middle East
5:12 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Palestinians With Foreign Passports Leave Gaza As Attacks Continue

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 6:22 pm

The conflict between Israel and Hamas continued, with intensifying Israeli air strikes against in Gaza and Hamas rocket fire aimed at Israel. More than 160 people have been killed so far.

Iraq
5:12 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Kurdish Authorities Plan Referendum On Independence From Iraq

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 9:33 pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Middle East correspondent Leila Fadel about the rift between Iraqi Kurds and Iraq's central government in Baghdad.

The Two-Way
4:01 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Pope Reportedly Says That 1 In 50 Clergy Are Pedophiles

Pope Francis waves as he leads his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on Sunday. Francis reportedly told an Italian newspaper that statistically, about 2 percent of Roman Catholic priests are pedophiles.
Tony Gentile Reuters/Landov

Calling the church sex abuse scandal a "leprosy in our house," Pope Francis tells an Italian newspaper that 1 in 50 Catholic clerics are pedophiles.

In an interview with Eugenio Scalfari, the 90-year-old founder of La Repubblica, Francis is quoted as saying that advisers in the Church "reassure me" that the problem amounts to "about 2 percent."

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