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Report: AT&T Had Long, 'Highly Collaborative' Partnership With NSA

<i>The New York Times</i> and ProPublica report that the National Security Agency's ability to spy on Internet traffic "has relied on its extraordinary, decades long partnership" with AT&T, according to documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.<p>According to the reporting, the NSA documents …

Hirohito's Speech: The Surrender Of Japan's 'Living God'

On this day 70 years ago, Emperor Hirohito announced to his people that Japan would surrender to the Allies in World War II. George Koo of the <i>Asia Times</i> remembers the historic speech.<p>Transcript<p>TESS VIGELAND, HOST:<p>Before the end of the second World War, Emperor Hirohito was considered by the …

Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs revealed in trailer

<b>A trailer for Danny Boyle's new film about Steve Jobs has offered a first glimpse of actor Michael Fassbender in character as the late Apple co-founder.</b><p>The 12 Years a Slave star is seen wearing Jobs' trademark glasses and black turtleneck in scenes recreating one of his famous product launches.<p>The …

Danny Boyle

America's Lacking Language Skills

Budget cuts, low enrollments, and teacher shortages mean the country is falling behind the rest of the world.<p>Educators from across the country gathered in Washington, D.C., this past Thursday to lobby in the interest of world languages. It was Language Advocacy Day, an annual event on Capitol Hill …

Education

Review: Jim O'Rourke, 'Simple Songs'

Throughout a long and varied career, Jim O'Rourke has approached music the way a watchmaker might approach complications, the catch-all term for parts of a timepiece that go beyond simply telling the time. (A display of the date would be one, as would the day of the week, star charts and matters of …

Reassembling British Politics

An archaic electoral system and level polling between Labour and the Conservatives suggests a messy outcome in tomorrow’s United Kingdom general …

New Indiana Jones Movie Confirmed By Kathleen Kennedy

The rumours about a fifth <b>Indiana Jones</b> movie have been in the air for a good few years now, but in a recent interview with Vanity Fair, <b>Star Wars</b> and …

Marvel CEO Says in Leaked Email That Female Superhero Movies Have Been a 'Disaster'

A new exchange dug out of the trove of leaked Sony emails suggests that Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter questioned the profitability of a …

Lucasfilm: New ‘Indiana Jones’ Film in the Works

<i>Star Wars</i> isn’t the only dormant George Lucas cinematic franchise that’s being revived thanks to the producer’s deal with Disney. Lucasfilm president …

Is 'Pacman' Pacquiao Up for Presidential Challenge?

Having lost the "fight of the century" to Floyd Mayweather Jr., Filipino boxer Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao now has to deal with a class-action lawsuit …

The Magnificent Seven Remake Just Got Way More Interesting

Can a diverse cast help it hold up to the legacy of the original?<p>Is it even possible to make a racially sensitive Western? The genre, once the backbone of the American film industry and now largely out of favor, tends to only return these days to be skewered in some form, whether (successfully) by</b> …

Joss Whedon’s doomed struggle: “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and superhero cinema’s decadent phase

<b>(Marvel)</b><p>Sure, Whedon’s $250 million superhero sequel is a fun, forgettable summer spectacle. Wasn’t he aiming for more?<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>April 27, 2015 11:15pm (UTC)<p>So Joss Whedon, TV cult hero and creator of the Buffyverse, has spent most of the last five years engaged in immensely lucrative struggle …

Independent festivals have put more than £1bn into the UK economy

Independent festivals have contributed more than £1bn to the UK economy over the last five years, according to the Association of Independent Festivals. In 2014 alone, these festivals generated £296m, according to the organisation.<p>The AIF says more than 635,000 fans attended events put on by its 50 …

Festivals

I know who you Skyped last summer: how Hollywood plays on our darkest digital fears

Hit horror Unfriended takes place entirely on social media and computer screens. So if the genre really is a barometer for the anxieties of an age, what does that say about the world we now live in?<p>‘Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep,” cautioned the tagline for A Nightmare on Elm Street back in …

Horror

Furious 7 Just Grossed A Billion Dollars Faster Than Any Movie Ever

So fast, so furious, so much money.<p>Despite being in American theaters for less than a month, <i>Furious 7</i> just grossed a billion dollars at the box office. For those keeping track at home, that is faster than any movie has ever hit the billion-dollar mark, according to <i>Variety</i>. It’s an impressive feat, …

5 film techniques J.J. Abrams will use to showcase his Star Wars universe

It’s a pretty basic camera move. The gist is that a camera, usually on a track or Steadicam rig, moves forward into the subject, going from a wide shot to a medium shot. J.J. Abrams does this a lot. Though it is a tried-and-true technique, what makes his dolly moves really dynamic is that while the …

'We Can Be Heroes': Photo series portrays ordinary people as comic-book superheroes

Heroes are all around us, if you know where to look.<p>Dubai-based, Scottish/South African photographer Martin Beck harnessed his unique sense of humor …

Jon Stewart: why I quit The Daily Show

Photograph: Empics Entertainment<p>Stewart gave Barack Obama one of his toughest interviews, suggesting his 2008 election slogan should have been ‘Yes we can, …

Barack Obama

The Good Listener: How Much Should I Tip A Street Musician?

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside bales of deep-discounted Easter candy is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on buskers, tipping and etiquette.<p><b>Holly R. writes via email: "How much of a tip is good for the street-side musician</b> …

Solar power will soon be as cheap as coal

<i>This post originally appeared at Ensia.</i><p>Inside a sprawling single-story office building in Bedford, Massachusetts, in a secret room known as the Growth Hall, the future of solar power is cooking at more than 2,500 °F. Behind closed doors and downturned blinds, custom-built ovens with ambitious names …

Hillary Clinton Supports Amendment To Get Hidden Money Out Of Politics

Hillary Clinton made a surprising move this week. It wasn't running for president — she'd already set the stage for that — but embracing the idea of a constitutional amendment to restrict or eliminate big money in politics.<p>The notion of amending the Constitution this way has been discussed, …

Martin Scorsese: my passion for the humour and panic of Polish cinema

As for many other people, my introduction to Polish cinema came with Andrzej Wajda’s trilogy: Ashes and Diamonds, Kanal and A Generation – actually, they were released out of order here in the US, and we saw Kanal first, followed quickly by Ashes, both in 1961, and then we got to see A Generation …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer – a return to the series' strengths

From the dogfight inside the ruined hulk of a crashlanded Imperial Star Destroyer to appearance of Han Solo and Chewbacca, it’s precision tooled to delight fans<p>The new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, unveiled on Thursday, makes the upcoming JJ Abrams-directed sequel look like a lengthy love …

Report: Gun violence costs the US $229 billion each year