Movie Reviews
11:58 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

'Hit So Hard': At The Center, But Still Out Of Focus

Seen here in a self-portrait, Patty Schemel, drummer for the '90s alternative rock band Hole, faced some of the same challenges of sudden fame and drug addiction as bandmate Courtney Love.
Courtesy of Well Go USA / Variance Films

Whenever a lead singer's star presence, whether through force of vision or excess of vanity, eclipses the collective unit of a rock band, the other members become — to quote the great Cameron Crowe rock odyssey Almost Famous — "the out-of-focus guys."

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Music News
11:01 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Rock Hall Inductees Battled For The Future Of L.A. Rock

Izzy Stradlin, Axl Rose, Slash and Steven Adler of Guns N' Roses, performing in California in 1986.
Marc S Canter Getty Images

A new batch of performers will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this week. In the days leading up to the induction ceremonies, Morning Edition is visiting the cities that gave birth to the inductees. Today: the story of a battle for the future of rock 'n' roll that took place on the streets of L.A. in the early 1980s.

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The Record
11:01 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Hearing In Megaupload Case To Determine Fate Of Users' Data

Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom in February as he is granted bail in a New Zealand court. Dotcom is in New Zealand waiting on a U.S. bid to extradite him on online piracy charges.
Michael Bradley AFP/Getty Images

On Friday morning a hearing scheduled in the criminal copyright case of Megaupload may have implications for all kinds of companies that sell storage space in the cloud — storage space used for anything from music files to family photos, research data to movie collections. The hearing will focus on what happens when the federal government blocks access to allegedly illegal files along with clearly legal ones.

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Music News
11:01 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Remembering The Titanic's Intrepid Bandleader

Portraits of Wallace Hartley (top center) and the other musicians aboard the Titanic, published after the ship sank in 1912.
Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Fri April 13, 2012 4:17 am

This weekend marks the centennial of the Titanic disaster. One hundred years ago Saturday, the ship that, as legend had it, "God himself couldn't sink," struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic. It was about 20 minutes to midnight on April 14, 1912. Two hours and 40 minutes later, the Titanic was gone.

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Movie Reviews
10:16 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

An Inspiring Teacher, Exactly When He's Needed

Mohamed Fellag, an Algerian comedian and humor writer, plays the title character in the Oscar-nominated Monsieur Lazhar, who steps in to teach a class of middle school students at exactly the right time.
Music Box Films

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 4:55 pm

At the start of a bright, sunny day that seems otherwise like any other day, a popular teacher is found dead in her classroom. It was suicide.

The school is traumatized, especially that teacher's students. By the next day, the principal is at her wits' end trying to find someone willing to take the class. So when Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag) offers to teach, it comes at just the right moment.

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Asia
7:00 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

North Korean Rocket Launch Reportedly Fails

Robert Siegel talks to Louisa Lim in Seoul about North Korea's rocket launch on Friday morning.

The Two-Way
6:18 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

In Interview, Zimmerman's Lawyer Says Trial Won't Happen In 2012

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara (left) stands with his client, George Zimmerman, at a hearing related to second-degree murder charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.
Pool Getty Images

When he appeared in court on second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman was accompanied by his new defense attorney, Mark O'Mara. Hours after the hearing, O'Mara told NPR that he doubts the case will go to trial in 2012.

But in the meantime, O'Mara tells Tell Me More host Michel Martin, he'd like to get his client out of jail.

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Latin America
4:55 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Some Latin Leaders Want New Approach To Drug War

Some Latin American leaders want to talk about the possibility of legalizing some drugs, a move the U.S. strongly opposes. Here, a Mexican soldier stands guard at a huge marijuana plantation that was uncovered in San Quintin, Baja California state, near the U.S. border, last year.
Antonio Nava AFP/Getty Images

When President Obama travels to Colombia this weekend for the Summit of the Americas, he'll be stepping into a vigorous debate about the drug war that could be awkward for the United States.

Some Latin American leaders, who also happen to be strong U.S. allies, say the American-sponsored war on drugs is failing and that new options need to be considered.

One proposal they want to discuss is legalizing some drugs — a move the U.S. strongly opposes.

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Music
2:37 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Bonjour Louisiane, April 12th hour 2

Every morning, thousands of Cajun French music lovers tune in to KRVS to start their day with Pete Bergeron and

\\\"Bonjour Louisiane.\\\" Like morning coffee, \\\"Bonjour Louisiane\\\" gets you up and going with traditional Cajun French favorites and the latest releases from talented newcomers. Brush up on your French, find out about the fairs and festivals, and share the \\\"joi de vivre\\\" of French Louisiana.
  

Music
2:33 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Bonjour Louisiane, April 12th hour 1

Every morning, thousands of Cajun French music lovers tune in to KRVS to start their day with Pete Bergeron and

\\\"Bonjour Louisiane.\\\" Like morning coffee, \\\"Bonjour Louisiane\\\" gets you up and going with traditional Cajun French favorites and the latest releases from talented newcomers. Brush up on your French, find out about the fairs and festivals, and share the \\\"joi de vivre\\\" of French Louisiana.
  

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