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2:26pm

Wed April 17, 2013
Movie Reviews

Digging Into Ricky Jay's 'Deceptive' Card Tricks

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 7:37 pm

Veteran magician Ricky Jay reveals much about himself in a new documentary on his life of deception. His card-trick techniques? That may be another story.
Kino Lorber

When people talk about movie magic, they rarely mean card tricks. They're talking about digital wizardry and special effects.

But a new documentary called Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay is all about card tricks — and a man who has devoted his life to them.

Card artist Ricky Jay keeps up a constant stream of chatter in his act onstage — everything from gambling poems to stories about The Great Cardini — and it's all very entertaining, but the patter is designed to distract you from what he's doing.

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4:12pm

Tue April 16, 2013
It's All Politics

How Congress Quietly Overhauled Its Insider-Trading Law

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 4:46 pm

Vice President Biden and members of Congress watch as President Obama signs the STOCK Act on April 4, 2012. A year later, Congress moved to undo large portions of the law without fanfare.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

The legislative process on Capitol Hill is often slow and grinding. There are committee hearings, filibuster threats and hours of floor debate. But sometimes, when Congress really wants to get something done, it can move blindingly fast.

That's what happened when Congress moved to undo large parts of a popular law known as the STOCK Act last week.

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3:49pm

Tue April 16, 2013
It's All Politics

Background Check Battle: More Prosecution Or More Checks?

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 12:54 pm

Vice President Joe Biden, holds a background check form last week in Washington, as he calls on Congress to pass legislation aimed at reducing gun violence.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

One argument that some gun rights groups make against expanding background checks is that the federal government isn't doing a good enough job now of enforcing the law already on the books.

They point out that only a tiny fraction of people caught trying to buy a gun illegally are ever prosecuted.

But gun control supporters say that argument totally misses the point of background checks.

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3:25pm

Tue April 16, 2013
Music Interviews

Rachel Zeffira: An Opera 'Deserter' Embraces Dreamy Pop

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 5:46 am

Rachel Zeffira's debut solo album is titled The Deserters.
Yuval Hen Courtesy of the artist

Listening to her ethereal sound, you might not guess that Rachel Zeffira was classically trained as an opera singer. But on her solo debut, The Deserters, she's not just singing: She also plays piano, synthesizers, vibraphone, cathedral organ, violin, viola, oboe and English horn.

Zeffira makes her home in London now, but she grew up in a small town in rural British Columbia and began playing music at a young age.

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9:02pm

Mon April 15, 2013
Explosions At Boston Marathon

Thousands Were Still Running Race When Boston Attacks Occurred

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

I'm Robert Siegel.

And now the latest from Boston where a pair of explosions this afternoon killed two people and left at least 93 injured. The blasts occurred just before 3:00 p.m. at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Some 23,000 people had started the race and several thousand were still running when the attack happened.

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