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NPR Story
1:23 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Why American Investors Would Want A Piece Of Alibaba's IPO

Chinese workers walk out from the Alibaba head office building in Hangzhou, in eastern China's Zhejiang province on May 21, 2012. (STR/AFP/GettyImages)

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 2:39 pm

This week, the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba announced it would go public in the United States this summer. That announcement has caused quite a stir, including among many American investors.

Zoe Chace from NPR’s Planet Money team joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss what an Alibaba IPO means for American investors, and why they should consider an investment.

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NPR Story
1:23 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Rescue Mission Ad Campaign Shows How People Ignore The Homeless

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 2:39 pm

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The New York City Rescue Mission’s new ad campaign, “Make Them Visible” is geared to changing the way the homeless are perceived.

The ad asks, “Have the homeless become so invisible… we wouldn’t notice our own family members living on the street?” It then shows five people who walk right by their families dressed as homeless.

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Faith Matters
12:39 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Kidnappers In Nigeria Distorting Muslim Faith?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Now it's time for Faith Matters. That's the part of the program where we talk about faith, religion and spirituality. Over the past few weeks, we've talked a number of times about the hundreds of girls who were kidnapped from a school in northern Nigeria.

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Movie Reviews
12:39 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

'Double': Double Toil And Trouble For Eisenberg

Jesse Eisenberg's performance as mystery doppelgangers will have you seeing Double.
Magnolia Pictures

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 8:45 pm

In The Social Network, Jesse Eisenberg invented Facebook. In Now You See Me, he mastered magic tricks. In Rio, his animated macaw learned to fly, and his Lex Luthor will soon be nemesis-ing the caped crusader in Batman Vs. Superman. But it's safe to say that none of those pictures asked half as much of Eisenberg as Richard Ayoade's The Double, which requires him, pretty literally, to meet himself coming and going.

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It's All Politics
12:19 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

U.S. Spinmeisters Gear Up For Big Election ... Britain's Election

The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party, Ed Miliband, speaks to supporters earlier this month in London. His party and the ruling Conservative Party have both hired former advisers to President Obama in advance of Britain's national election next year.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 8:45 pm

In 2000, Jeff Shesol was nearing the end of his stint as a White House speechwriter for President Clinton. He went to the Democratic convention in Los Angeles, where he met a young staffer from Britain's Labour Party. They struck up a friendship.

"And so almost immediately after the Clinton administration had ended, I got a call to come over and begin writing speeches," Shesol says. "Before long, Labour was in the throes of its campaign, and I was stationed there along with them."

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Television
12:11 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

'Penny Dreadful' Is Wonderful, But 'Rosemary's Baby' Is Dreadful

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 3:19 pm

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DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. I'm TV critic David Bianculli. This weekend two very different TV productions attempt to do much the same thing - revisit old works of literature in the horror and suspense genre and adapt them with new approaches for a new generation. NBC's four hour miniseries version of Ira Levin's "Rosemary's Baby" barely justifies the attempt.

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Movie Reviews
12:11 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

'God's Pocket' Is Horrifying, Humanist And Heartbreaking

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 1:40 pm

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DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:

Philip Seymour Hoffman, in one of his final film roles, stars as Mickey in "God's Pocket," the new movie directed by John Slattery. Slattery is famous for his role as Roger Sterling on TV's "Mad Men" and over the years has directed several episodes of that AMC series. He makes the transition to feature film directing with "God's Pocket" which he and Alex Metcalf adapted from the 1983 novel by Pete Dexter.

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Interviews
12:11 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Marc Maron: A Life Fueled By 'Panic And Dread'

Marc Maron is also the author of The Jerusalem Syndrome: My Life As a Reluctant Messiah.
Leigh Righton Spiegel & Grau

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 1:40 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on April 29, 2013.

When Marc Maron started his podcast "WTF with Marc Maron" out of his garage in September 2009, he was in a dark place: He was going through a divorce, his comedy career had hit a wall and — in his mid-40s — he didn't have a Plan B.

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The Two-Way
11:58 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Russia's President Visits Annexed Crimea

President Vladimir Putin lays flowers during a ceremony marking Victory Day in the Crimean city of Sevastopol on Friday. It was his first visit to the region since Russia annexed it in March.
Maxim Shemetov Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 8:03 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed Crimea's "return to the motherland," in his first appearance in the territory since Russia annexed the Ukrainian region in March.

The visit was ostensibly to mark Victory Day, Russia's most important secular holiday that honors the 1945 Soviet victory over the Nazis. And it came just hours after Putin oversaw a parade of troops, tanks and missile launchers making its way through Moscow's Red Square.

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Monkey See
11:41 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Daniel Radcliffe And The Blood And Breath Of Live Theater

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 2:55 pm

There is a strong crossover between your Daniel Radcliffe People and your Harry Potter People, for obvious reasons. Next to me at Broadway's Cort Theater on Thursday night, watching Radcliffe in Martin McDonagh's comedy The Cripple Of Inishmaan (a production that's Tony-nominated for Best Revival Of A Play) were three young women. Their first priority: finding out where to await him when the show was over, and strategically how to get a good spot.

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All Songs Considered
11:33 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Song Premiere: Protect-U, 'Distored'

The Washington, D.C., duo Protect-U will release its new album, Free USA, on May 13.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 12:24 pm

"Distored" is a gritty techno track with a heartwarming story behind it — and, like so many stories, it began one night in Paris.

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Monkey See
10:19 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Star Wars,' 'Louie' And Other Phenomena

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We're joined this week by the lovely Petra Mayer of NPR Books, who brings her serious sci-fi and fandom chops to our opening chat about the big Star Wars news.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:17 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Watch Bang On A Can Occupy 'Arthur'

Two of the Bang on a Can All-Stars immortalized on the kids' cartoon Arthur.
Courtesy of 'Arthur'

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 5:56 pm

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TED Radio Hour
9:21 am
Fri May 9, 2014

What's The Difference Between Real And Perceived Value?

Marketer Rory Sutherland speaking at TED.
James Duncan Davidson Courtesy of TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Brand Over Brain.

About Rory Sutherland's TEDTalk

Marketer Rory Sutherland says advertising adds value to a product by changing our perception, rather than the product itself. He says perceived value can be just as satisfying as what we consider "real" value.

About Rory Sutherland

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TED Radio Hour
9:21 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Why Do We Like What We Like?

Psychologist Paul Bloom speaking at TED Global.
James Duncan Davidson Courtesy of TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Brand Over Brain.

About Paul Bloom's TEDTalk

Why do we like an original painting better than a perfect forgery? Psychologist Paul Bloom argues that our beliefs about the history of an object change how we experience it.

About Paul Bloom

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TED Radio Hour
9:21 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Is Authenticity Real?

Joseph Pine speaking at TED.
Asa Mathat Courtesy of TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Brand Over Brain.

About Joseph Pine's TEDTalk

Customers want to feel what they buy is authentic, but consultant Joseph Pine says creating "real" authenticity is a challenge.

About Joseph Pine

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TED Radio Hour
9:21 am
Fri May 9, 2014

A Movie About Product Placement — Paid For By Product Placement?

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock at TED.
James Duncan Davidson Courtesy of TED

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Brand Over Brain.

About Morgan Spurlock's TEDTalk

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock dives into the mysterious but influential world of brand marketing, on his quest to make a completely sponsored film about sponsorship.

About Morgan Spurlock

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All Songs Considered
9:19 am
Fri May 9, 2014

The Good Listener: Can I Ruin My Wedding By Playing The Wrong Song?

Sing it with us: "I hope I cut myself shaving tomorrow. I hope it bleeds all day long..."
Sergey Galushko iStockphoto.com

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the flyer for a maid service that disappeared into a massive pile of papers is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on when to deviate from traditional wedding-reception music.

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All Songs TV
9:03 am
Fri May 9, 2014

The Collection, 'The Gown Of Green'

The Collection's David Wimbish
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:18 am

If you love an uplifting big band, The Collection is for you. These dozen-plus players from Greensboro, N.C., with a house-filling sound get a video to match for the song "The Gown Of Green."

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