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Blockbuster Fades Out, But Some Zombie Stores Will Live On

Dish Network announced this week that it will shutter the 300 or so remaining Blockbuster stores it owns across the country. But in some places, dozens of the video stores will have an unlikely afterlife.
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Jake Gyllenhaal, Going After What's Real

On a visit to the set of Nightcrawler, NPR's Audie Cornish talks to the actor about his changing career and his recent crime drama, Prisoners, where he plays a solemn detective in search of two young missing girls.
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In Art Lost And Found, The Echoes Of A Century's Upheaval

Earlier this week, German authorities announced that a trove of Nazi-looted art, once thought lost, had been discovered in a Munich apartment. That news has sparked the imagination of author Susan Choi, who recalls reading a novel with a similar theme: Jenny Erpenbeck's Visitation.
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Inescapable Melodies: The Legacy Of Video Game Music

Some of the most memorable melodies of the past few decades came not from the pop charts but from video games.

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The Visual History Of Yoga

A new exhibit at the Smithsonian offers a visual history of 2,000 years of yoga and its religious and secular importance around the world.

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Poet Pablo Neruda Was Not Poisoned, Officials In Chile Say

It was prostate cancer, not an assassin's poison, that killed the famous Chilean poet, officials announced Friday. The Nobel laureate's body was exhumed this spring to investigate claims that he was murdered at age 69 in 1973.
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St. Louis Master: 'Diversity Is Big In Chess'

St. Louis might be known for legendary entertainers like Josephine Baker, or star athletes like Yogi Berra, but now there's something else putting the city on the map. It's known as the 'Chess Capital of the World.' Host Michel Martin learns more from St. Louis native and chess National Master, Charles Lawton.
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Should Jonathan Martin 'Man Up' Or 'Leave It On The Field?'

The Barbershop guys meet us in St. Louis this week. They'll weigh in on the Miami Dolphins' bullying debate, and ask whether a California high school's mascot is offensive.
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Saudi Soldier Questions Authority With Art (And Plastic Wrap)

Abdulnasser Gharem is revolutionizing the contemporary art scene in Saudi Arabia with performance art and installations that chafe against his country's bureaucracy. A lieutenant colonel in the army, Gharem skirts potential censorship by exhibiting his boldest, most critical pieces outside Saudi borders.
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Size Does Matter, At Least In The Tallest Building Debate

Is One World Trade Center now the tallest building in North America, or does that distinction belong to the Willis Tower in Chicago? The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, a non-profit organization that's based in Chicago, will make the final decision on Friday. One thing everyone can be sure of: There's only one.

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