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In Times Of Drought, Movies Show Tenacity Of Life

The current nationwide drought won't let up — it's being compared to other drawn-out dry spells in the '30s and '50s. NPR's Bob Mondello looks at how droughts have inspired Hollywood over the decades. The results vary in tone but always highlight people's resilience — the simple stubbornness of life.
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How Fox Pioneered A Formula For Latino News

As more and more news companies begin courting Hispanics, one site has been ahead of the curve: Fox News Latino has found early success by appealing to English-speaking Hispanics with a recipe that doesn't always coincide with Fox News' highly rated opinion shows.
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Chris Rock On The Funny Business Of Finding Success

The stand-up comedian says it's hard to pull off jokes about being rich, but "just because you're doing well in life doesn't mean you can't complain, too." Rock's latest project is a film called 2 Days in New York, in which he plays half of an interracial, multinational couple hosting relatives from France.
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Barber On Front Lines Of Civil Rights Battles

James Armstrong's Birmingham barbershop was a hub for the civil rights movement, serving customers like Martin Luther King, Jr. Armstrong helped desegregate schools and organize voting rights marches. He's the focus of the 2012 Oscar-nominated short documentary, The Barber of Birmingham. Host Michel Martin talks with co-director Robin Fryday.
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Canning Factories On Wheels Rev Up The Beer 'Canvolution'

The canned beer revolution is well under way, led by craft breweries that have adopted a cans-are-better philosophy and are winning over beer snobs nationwide. Now, cans are coming to even the tiniest microbreweries, thanks to mobile canning services.
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Building For Birds: Architects Aim For Safer Skies

The eye-catching, shiny buildings that line cityscapes can be deadly for birds. Architects are experimenting with new designs that preserve the beauty – while also preserving the birds.
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Watch This: Lynn Shelton's Eclectic Mix Of Favorites

Lynn Shelton is the director of Humpday and Your Sister's Sister, both of which featured significant amounts of improvised dialogue. For Morning Edition's occasional series, Watch This, Shelton recommends films spanning from a 1928 silent to a 1971 unconventional comedy.
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Internet's Cat Obsession Justifies Itself In Cancer Ward

An artist at a Seattle hospital turned a teenage leukemia patient's room into an art installation using nearly 2,000 photos of cats solicited through social media. "In the hospital, you feel cut off," says the patient. "So the photos made me feel like I was part of the world again."

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