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Studio Sessions

Rufus Wainwright Shares Songs, And A Few Stories

Wainwright creates music that is theatrical, emotional and operatic. He stopped by NPR's studios to perform a few of his hits.

"Any time you're playing someone with a cognitive disability of any kind it's dangerous territory," says Chris O'Dowd, of playing Lennie, in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. Leighton Meester plays the wife of Curley, the son of Lennie's boss. Richard Phibbs/Polk and Co. hide caption

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For Chris O'Dowd, 'Of Mice And Men' Is More Than An American Story

"All of us have chased the American dream so there's something very universal about it," the Irish actor says. O'Dowd and James Franco star in a new Broadway production of Steinbeck's novella.

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The Salt

Can Wal-Mart Really Make Organic Food Cheap For Everyone?

The giant retailer says it's adding a new line of organic food that's at least 25 percent cheaper. But a large-scale production and supply of organic food likely can't be achieved overnight.

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Can Wal-Mart Really Make Organic Food Cheap For Everyone?
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Telltale Rainbow Sheens Show Thousands Of Spills Across The Gulf
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"Any time you're playing someone with a cognitive disability of any kind it's dangerous territory," says Chris O'Dowd, of playing Lennie, in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. Leighton Meester plays the wife of Curley, the son of Lennie's boss. Richard Phibbs/Polk and Co. hide caption

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For Chris O'Dowd, 'Of Mice And Men' Is More Than An American Story
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In Silicon Valley, Immigrants Toast Their Way To The Top
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How A Music Writer Learned Trust Is The Ultimate Backstage Pass
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