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Scoring The Screen: Thomas Newman And the Music Of 'Shawshank'

Oscar-nominated composer Thomas Newman — whose credits include animated films like Finding Nemo and Wall-E to classic dramas like The Shawshank Redemption — kicks off our "Scoring the Screen" series with Robert Siegel.

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British Singer Joe Cocker Dead At 70

The British singer who won American hearts for his performance at Woodstock has reportedly died of lung cancer.

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What Motivates People To Give?

The holiday season is a big time of year for charitable giving. Host Audie Cornish speaks with NPR's Shankar Vedantam about a study that says portion of charitable giving is driven by social pressure.

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Former Regime Figure Elected President In Tunisia

Tunisian voters chose a figure from the regime of the ousted dictator for president - opting for slow change rather than risking the chaos that has occurred after uprisings in other countries.

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Was Sony Pictures Hack 'Cyber Vandalism' Or Something More?

President Obama to called the Sony Pictures hack as an act of "cyber vandalism." Robert Siegel talks to Alan Friedman, co-author of the book, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know, about that decision.

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Yule Have To Try This Gingerbread Buche De Noel

In Paris, holiday buche de Noel cakes verge on art. Cookbook author Dorie Greenspan has created her own Franco-American version that's fun to make and "just as good as birthday cake," she says.

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An 'Erasable Internet' Could Be Welcome In A Hackable World

With our digital lives just a hack away from being released in the world, do we really want to store all our information in perpetuity? That's the question raised by New York Times technology columnist Farhad Manjoo.

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Mayor De Blasio Takes Heat As City Mourns Slain Police Officers

On Monday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke to an audience of police officers for the first time since the head of the city's largest police union said de Blasio had "blood on his hands" for the recent killing of two police officers.

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Brazilian Politician's Fiery Comments Revives Debate On Free Speech

When a member of Brazil's congress said a female colleague "deserves" to be raped, it set off a national debate about hate speech and congressional immunity.

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To Patients With Heart Conditions, It's OK For Your Cardiologist To Take Time Off

A new study says that the mortality risk for patients with certain acute heart conditions was not negatively impacted if they are admitted to the hospital when a cardiologist isn't there. Robert Siegel talks with Dr. Anupam Jena about the study.

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Groups Warn Of Dangers With Funding Of Universities By Koch Brothers

In addition to famously subsidizing political campaigns, the Koch brothers also pour millions a year into think tanks and universities. Some warn that the funding can come with conditions that threaten academic freedom.

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How A Cuban Spy Had A Baby While Imprisoned

Sperm from a member of the Cuban Five was delivered to Havana so the prisoner's wife could be artificially inseminated. Host Audie Cornish speaks with NPR's Scott Horsley about the Senate staffer who made the delivery.

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Obama Considers Listing North Korea A 'Sponsor Of Terrorism' After Sony Hack

The Obama administration is weighing options for a response to North Korea's alleged cyber attack on Sony Pictures. The move comes after the FBI said it had evidence the Pyongyang government was involved.

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We Ask A Scholar: How Does Ridley Scott's 'Exodus' Compare With The Bible's?

Robert Alter, a leading secular scholar of Scripture, says the film was fun to watch, but "it's not exactly Exodus; it's panorama and pageantry, which is what film does." And, he adds, why not?

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Anthony Hamilton Brings Home Holiday Funk

How do you make a Christmas album without succumbing to formula? "Put a little Outkast to it," the soul singer says.

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Questions Linger In Fatal Shooting Of New York City Police Officers

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is facing criticism Sunday for past campaign statements some feel could have inspired the shooting of two NYC police officers. NPR's Arun Rath talks to Jim Zarolli.

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