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3:10pm

Sun October 20, 2013
Movie Interviews

'Captain Phillips': A First-Time Actor, Opposite Tom Hanks

Originally published on Sun October 20, 2013 6:02 pm

Barkhad Abdi (center) learned to swim, navigate small skiff boats, handle weapons — and act — for the film Captain Phillips.
Jasin Boland

Before landing a role opposite Tom Hanks in the film Captain Phillips, Barkhad Abdi had never acted.

"This was my first time acting, or even thinking about acting," Abdi tells NPR's Arun Rath.

Captain Phillips is based on a true story: the hijacking of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama. Hanks stars as the title character, Capt. Richard Phillips, and Adbi plays Muse, the man who leads the charge against ship and crew.

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4:04pm

Sat October 19, 2013
The New And The Next

The New And The Next: Punk Rock Love, A Sensible Scary Movie

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 8:30 pm

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3:43pm

Sat October 19, 2013
Around the Nation

For Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, A Mixed Midterm Report Card

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 4:41 pm

Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel speaks at his election night party on Feb. 22, 2011, in Chicago. As mayor of Chicago, Emanuel has faced major challenges, ranging from a ballooning deficit to education, the economy and crime.
Kiichiro Sato AP

A little more than two years ago, Chicago's then-mayor-elect, Rahm Emanuel, expressed his gratitude to supporters on election night.

"Thank you Chicago, for this humbling victory," he told the crowd. "You sure know how to make a guy feel at home."

But today, Emanuel faces sobering challenges common to most of American's biggest cities.

Not only are schools troubled, Chicago's homicide rate spiked last year — a total of 516 murders — the highest in 10 years. Unemployment is 9 percent. And the city's deficit is looming near the $1 billion mark.

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3:11pm

Sat October 19, 2013
Music News

LA's Own 'Amazing And Unique Instrument' Turns 10

Originally published on Sun October 20, 2013 10:23 am

An Angeleno revels at 10 Times The Party, a celebration of Walt Disney Concert Hall's 10th Anniversary, on Oct. 5 in Los Angeles.
David Livingston Getty Images

If you were listening to NPR 10 years ago this week, you might have heard this enthusiastic proclamation: "The wait is finally over for architect Frank Gehry, for the musicians and staff of the LA Philharmonic, and for all of Los Angeles. Tonight, for the first time in public, the orchestra plays its magnificent new instrument: Walt Disney Concert Hall."

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3:10pm

Sat October 19, 2013
Sports

Pitching Like It's 1860, Teams Play Ball With Vintage Flair

Originally published on Sun October 20, 2013 1:54 am

The Essex Base Ball Organization, a vintage baseball league, holds its games on a farm in Newburyport, Mass.
Edgar B. Herwick III for NPR

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