11:54am

Thu March 21, 2013
Television

You Can't Trust HBO's 'Phil Spector,' But You Can Enjoy It

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 12:37 pm

Helen Mirren and Al Pacino star in the new HBO film Phil Spector, which was written and directed by David Mamet.
Phil Caruso HBO Films

The HBO movie Phil Spector is a production that demands attention because of the heavyweight names attached. First, of course, there's the subject of the drama: Spector himself, the man who invented the "wall of sound," and recorded hits for everyone from the Crystals, Darlene Love and Ike & Tina Turner to the Beatles and the Righteous Brothers. Oh, and who also went on trial, in 2007, for the 2003 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson.

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11:38am

Thu March 21, 2013
The Salt

Dunking Science: Do Cookies Really Taste Better Dipped In Tea?

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 11:51 am

Just a little plunge into hot tea makes a chocolate-covered biscuit release its flavor more quickly in your mouth.
Daniel M.N. Turner NPR

Brits and Americans may have split less than amicably a couple of centuries ago, but we can still find cultural common ground when it comes to life's pleasures: The Beatles, Downton Abbey and dunking cookies.

Of course, the Brits call them "biscuits" and dip primarily in tea, while we are more promiscuous and are willing to plunge our treats into coffee, hot chocolate or even milk.

But does immersing a cookie into a warm beverage really make it taste better? And if so, why?

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11:27am

Thu March 21, 2013
The Two-Way

With Obama In Ramallah, Palestinians Take To The Streets

Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 7:23 am

Palestinians protest as U.S. President Barack Obama and Palestinians Authority President Mahmud Abbas meet in Ramallah on Thursday.
Ilia Yefimovich Getty Images

NPR's Larry Abramson is covering President Obama's visit to the Middle East. He sends this dispatch from the West Bank.

There were a lot of irritated Palestinians in the streets of Ramallah today. But it's hard to pinpoint the cause. Were they mad at President Obama, at Israel? Or were they angry at themselves?

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11:24am

Thu March 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Officer Involved In Shooting That Led To Unrest In Anaheim Is Cleared

A local resident prays at a memorial for Manuel Diaz, on July 29, 2012 in Anaheim, Calif.
Jonathan Gibby Getty Images

The officer, whose shooting of a young man in the back sparked days of protests in Anaheim, Calif., will not face charges, an Orange County prosector decided on Wednesday.

NPR member station KPCC reports:

"The Orange County District Attorney's office spent months investigating whether to file to charges against Nick Bennallack, the officer who shot Manuel Diaz, 25, as he ran away from officers.

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11:20am

Thu March 21, 2013
The Two-Way

House OKs Bill To Keep Government Funded Through September

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 3:02 pm

Alex Wong Getty Images

The House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday that avoids a federal shutdown and keeps the government open through the end of the 2013 fiscal year, which winds up Sept. 30. The Senate approved the same measure Wednesday, so the bill now goes to the president for his signature.

The New York Times characterizes the measure, which passed the House on a 318-109 vote, this way:

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11:11am

Thu March 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Cosmos Might Be A Few Million Years Older Than Advertised

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 12:08 pm

Planck's view of the Cosmic Microwave Background.
European Space Agency

The universe is a bit older than we thought, according to a group of European scientists who say they've snapped the most detailed image to date of the afterglow of the Big Bang.

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10:49am

Thu March 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama's Speech In Israel: 5 Excerpts You Should Read

Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 7:23 am

President Barack Obama waves after speaking on at the Convention Center in Jerusalem, on Thursday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Speaking to Israeli students at the Jerusalem Convention Center on Thursday, President Obama delivered a speech brimming with talk of hope and change that echoed the Obama of 2008. While there were touches of specifics on where the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians should head, for the most part Obama stuck with highlighting fundamental similarities between peoples.

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10:29am

Thu March 21, 2013
Crisis In The Housing Market

You Be The Judge: Is The Housing Market Really Improving?

A home for sale in Glenview, Ill. Existing-home sales hit the highest level in more than 3 years in February. But not everyone is convinced that the housing sector's momentum has staying power.
Nam Y. Huh AP

This week, optimists had no trouble finding fresh evidence to suggest that the housing market is recovering.

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10:11am

Thu March 21, 2013
Around the Nation

NRA Represents Only A Fraction Of Gun Owners

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, Oscar nominated actress Angela Bassett and film director Antoine Fuqua are here and they will tell us about their latest project, the action thriller "Olympus Has Fallen." It may make you rethink that White House tour you'd been planning. That's later in the program.

But now we want to take another look at the issue of gun rights and gun safety in this country. We've been hearing a variety of perspectives on this program.

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10:00am

Thu March 21, 2013
Music Interviews

Rock Icons Sing Pirate Songs On 'Son Of Rogues Gallery'

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 11:54 am

An image for Son of Rogues Gallery's cover art.
Courtesy of the artists

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TERRY GROSS, HOST:

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