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4:22 pm
Sat July 6, 2013

The Man Who Helps Johnny Depp Put His Face On

With a long history of Johnny Depp collaborations — from Edward Scissorhands through the Pirates of the Caribbean films to this summer's The Lone Ranger — Joel Harlow knows that sometimes you've just gotta ignore the dead crow and get on with the job.
Peter Mountain Walt Disney Pictures

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 11:49 am

When Joel Harlow started his career, he was perfectly happy sleeping on the floor — as long as he was making monsters. He was doing what he always wanted: working as a makeup artist.

Years later, Harlow is no longer using peanut butter for monster touch-ups (yes, that happened). He's worked with actor Johnny Depp on about a dozen films with some rather makeup-heavy characters.

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1:43 pm
Sat July 6, 2013

Group Tries To Increase Access To Bicycles Among African Americans

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 6:46 am

As bike share programs kick off in cities from New York to Chattanooga, some are concerned that they only serve the yuppier parts of cities.

In Chicago, city officials acknowledged that their bike stations are focused on serving city business centers — not poorer neighborhoods.

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1:41 pm
Sat July 6, 2013

Creating Art, On An Etch A Sketch

Etch A Sketch art by Andrea Tilden. (Andrea Tilden/Facebook)

Originally published on Sat July 6, 2013 5:19 am

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1:41 pm
Sat July 6, 2013

Wimbledon 'Upsets' Get Linguist Thinking

Serena Williams lost in the early rounds of Wimbledon. (AP)

Originally published on Sat July 6, 2013 5:20 am

It’s down to the wire at Wimbledon, the men’s finals are on Sunday, the women’s on Saturday. And some of the biggest names will not be participating, because there have been a lot of upsets—Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova all lost in the early rounds. These upsets had linguist Ben Zimmer thinking about the use of the word “upset.”

And that got him thinking about a horse race in 1919.

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11:45 am
Sat July 6, 2013

Year Later, 'Aaron's Last Wish' To Leave A $500 Tip Lives On

Aaron Collins, who wanted to leave a big tip.
Facebook.com/AaronsLastWish
  • Seth Collins on the decision to spread the tips around the nation
  • Seth Collins on being happy to show people that good things can happen

Sunday brings a sad memory for the family of Aaron Collins. It marks one year since the 30-year-old Kentucky man died.

But the heart warming story of "Aaron's last wish" continues.

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9:41 am
Sat July 6, 2013

Giffords Reaches 'Responsible Gun Owners' At Firing Ranges

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., at a firing range in Nevada earlier this week. Her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, was behind her.
Americans for Responsible Solutions
  • From 'Weekend Edition Saturday': Mark Kelly talks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer

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6:49 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

When Is the Right Time To Give?

Mark Bezos at TED University in 2011.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 4:26 pm

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Giving It Away.

About Mark Bezos' TEDTalk

Volunteer firefighter Mark Bezos tells a story of an act of heroism that didn't go quite as expected — but that taught him a big lesson: Don't wait to be a hero. Give now.

About Mark Bezos

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6:49 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Thoughts On A Move: An NPR Short Film

Tell Me More Host Michel Martin and All Songs Considered Host Bob Boilen at the former NPR headquarters at 635 Mass. Ave.
NPR

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 9:02 am

For many folks at NPR, our recent headquarters move was a first-time experience. But for others this wasn't the first time they've packed up their work spaces while sticking with the ever-present daily news and production deadlines.

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6:48 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Oooh! Aaah! Faces In The Fireworks

Emanuyani Yamni (left) and her sister Kaiar, both of Rochester, N.Y., enjoy the fireworks display over the reflecting pool from the Lincoln Memorial on the Fourth of July.
Heather Rousseau NPR

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 2:24 pm

We assigned our trusty interns to document the feeling of watching fireworks on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. They focused on the crowd's reactions while basking in the warm glow of the display. The images capture the gasps and sheer amazement from spectators of all ages.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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6:48 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Fourth Of July: When The Piccolo Gets To Shine

Jim Walker plays the piccolo. (www.jimwalkerflute.com)

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 3:47 pm

Fourth of July means we’ll be hearing a lot of John Philip Sousa’s famous military march “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

The big highlight comes toward the end, when the piccolos in the orchestra stand and let loose over the rest of the orchestra.

But imagine being the piccolo player who has to play that part over and over.

“The first time I played it was in the seventh grade,” Jim Walker, the retired principal flutist and piccolo player for the Los Angeles Philharmonic told Here & Now.

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