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Doomed 'Dune' Was Generations Ahead Of Its Time

Scott Simon spoke to Frank Pavich about Jodorowsky's Dune, his new documentary about filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky's failed 1970s attempt to make an adaptation of the bestselling sci-fi novel.

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It's All Politics

Why Are We Hauling Pennsylvania Coal All The Way To Germany?

Each year, the U.S. loads thousands of tons of coal onto a barge and sends it across the Atlantic. It doesn't make a lot of sense, but no one is trying to end the practice.

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Simon Says

A Tatar's Death Chills Those Who Suffered Under Russia Before

As Russia takes control, the story of Reshat Ametov sends an ominous signal to Crimea's Tatars.

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A Tatar's Death Chills Those Who Suffered Under Russia Before
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Curve Deerhunter
He Threw Down His Rifle and Ran The Redneck Manifesto

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Why Are We Hauling Pennsylvania Coal All The Way To Germany?
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On a typical weekday, riders make a total of about 300,000 trips on the Chicago Metra commuter line. M. Spencer Green/AP hide caption

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Commuters Ditch Cars For Public Transit In Record Numbers
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Bertrand Tavernier, Playing Geopolitics For Laughs
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Something You Lost Melodium
Shake, Rattle & Roll Big Joe Turner
I Love a Computer [Anarcortes Mixx] YACHT

Russell Crowe, the lead in Darren Aronofsky's forthcoming biblical epic Noah, may have received a quick blessing from Pope Francis at a recent public audience, but the movie is drawing criticism in some quarters. Niko Tavernise/Paramount Pictures Classics hide caption

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When Scripture Hits The Screen, Filmmakers Say Their Prayers
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Out of the 330 species of turtles and tortoises, over half are threatened with extinction, says conservationist Eric Goode. Gloria Hillard/NPR hide caption

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To Save Endangered Tortoises, Conservationists Deface Their Shells
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The Creative Part Kate Simko
Alors la Lumiere Vacille Sylvain Chauveau

The Russian ship Pyotr Velikiy (Peter the Great), seen here docked in the Cypriot port of Limassol in February, is part of the team involved in escorting shipments of Syria's chemical weapons material for destruction. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Russia-U.S. Tensions Could Stall Syrian Chemical Weapons Removal
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Composure B. Fleischmann
2nd 5th Heavy Luke Abbott

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Always Watching: A Fragile Trust Lines The U.S.-Mexico Border
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Paddington Hauschka

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Doomed 'Dune' Was Generations Ahead Of Its Time
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Cada Vez Que Cae la Tarde [Each Time the Afternoon Wanes] [Canción-Polc Flaco Jiménez, Max Baca et. al.
Beer-Drinking Polka Flaco Jiménez, Max Baca et. al.