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Interview With Amnesty International USA Director

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Friday, the Nobel Peace Prize is to be awarded to Liu Xiaobo, a pro-democracy advocate imprisoned in China. He will be represented in Oslo by an empty chair -- a powerful image for human rights activists around the world, including Larry Cox, the executive director of Amnesty International USA. The group is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and despite many victories, Cox says this is a challenging time for many people around the world.

He sat down with WAMU's Rebecca Blatt to talk about how we're doing -- nationally and internationally -- when it comes to human rights.

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No Longer Omar: Actor Michael K. Williams On Lucky Breaks And Letting Go

Over the course of his career, Williams says he's learned to separate himself from his characters (like The Wire's Omar). In HBO's The Night Of, he plays a powerful prison inmate named Freddy.
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#FoodPorn, Circa 1600s: Then And Now, It Was More About Status Than Appetite

A new study of old masters finds that capturing and showing off decadent and expensive meals is a decidedly old-fashioned practice. Like today's Instagrammers, it was all about projecting an image.
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From Reluctant Political Spouse To Pop Culture Icon: Michelle Obama

In eight years, Michelle Obama has gone from obscurity to becoming one of the country's most popular Democrats. The first lady has earned high approval ratings and praise for her authenticity.
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Verizon Buys Yahoo's Core Assets

Verizon is buying Yahoo's Internet business for $4.83 billion. It's not a carefully designed deal, but a quick sale of the troubled Internet pioneer to the highest bidder.

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