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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, September 13

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On this page from his Codex on the Flight of Birds, Leonardo da Vinci describes how a bird manipulates its wings to maintain balance and control.
Photo courtesy of Smithsonian Libraries, from the original at the Biblioteca Reale, Turin, Italy
On this page from his Codex on the Flight of Birds, Leonardo da Vinci describes how a bird manipulates its wings to maintain balance and control.

Sept. 13-18: AFI Silver Theatre 75th Anniversary
In celebration of its 75th anniversary, Silver Spring’s AFI Silver Theatre presents a screening series that kicks off today at 3:15 p.m. with the musical film Carefree, starring Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. On Sunday, there will be a free screening of Four Daughters, which will be shown along with the cartoon Cracked Ice and a period newsreel. You can head to the theater through Wednesday to see a selection of other films from 1938, the year the movie house first opened.

Sept. 13-Oct. 22: Codex on the Flight of Birds
Flight…how does it work? Leonardo da Vinci tried to figure it out in his early-16th century document Codex on the Flight of Birds, which goes on view today at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in D.C. In the notebook, da Vinci explores bird flight and behavior through sketches and descriptions of devices and aerodynamic principles related to mechanical flight. You can see the treasured artifact through October 22.

Music: “Learn To Fly (Instrumental)” by Foo Fighters


Credibility Concerns Overshadow Release Of Gay Talese's New Book

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Paul Farhi of the Washington Post about Gay Talese's new book, The Voyeur's Hotel. The credibility of the book, which follows a self-proclaimed sex researcher who bought a hotel to spy on his guests through ventilator windows, has been called into question after Farhi uncovered problems with Talese's story.

Amid Craft Brewery Boom, Some Worry About A Bubble — But Most Just Fear Foam

Fueled by customers' unquenchable thirst for the next great flavor note, the craft beer industry has exploded like a poorly fermented bottle of home brew.

White House Documents Number Of Civilians Killed In U.S. Drone Strikes

The Obama administration issued a long awaited report Friday, documenting the number on civilians who have been accidentally killed by U.S. drone strikes. Human rights activists welcome the administration's newfound transparency, though some question whether the report goes far enough.

Tesla 'Autopilot' Crash Raises Concerns About Self-Driving Cars

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating a fatal crash involving a Tesla car using the "autopilot" feature. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Alex Davies of Wired about the crash and what it means for self-driving car technology.

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