August 31, 2006 Norwegian police are reporting the recovery of two paintings that they believe are Edvard Munch's "The Scream" and "Madonna." The paintings were stolen from an Oslo museum in a daylight raid in 2004. Police recovered the paintings this afternoon. They "believe these are the originals," but are awaiting expert authentication.
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August 31, 2006 You know what's going to happen. You know what the characters will say before they say it. Ah, the thrills of watching the same movie over and over and over. Here are some of the multiple-view movies submitted by Talk of the Nation cineastes.
August 31, 2006 Philadelphia-based DJ Diplo calls his recent podcasting project, Mad Decent Radio, a sort of "NPR for the streets" -- a collection of local music and interviews from cities on his tour.
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August 31, 2006 Often recalling the rustic delicacy of Iron and Wine — if it were soaked in strings and robbed of some of its stark clarity — Horse Feathers' music radiates homey intimacy, as Peter Broderick fleshes out Justin Ringle's voice and guitar with all manner of warmly unamplified instrumentation.
August 31, 2006 Actor Glenn Ford died Wednesday at his Beverly Hills home. He was 90. Ford starred in some of the most charming films of mid-century America: The Teahouse of the August Moon, Don't Go Near the Water and Pocketful of Miracles, for which he won a Golden Globe as best actor.
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August 30, 2006 Photographer William Claxton began making a name for himself in the 1950s, taking photos of some of the world's top jazz artists. Then got the opportunity of a lifetime — he was commissioned to document the American jazz scene at a moment when the genre was at its height.
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August 30, 2006 "In the Clouds" practically bursts with infectious energy, spilling over with disco beats and Vocoder-enhanced backing vocals, while singer Aaron Bruno unleashes a mean falsetto, evoking a younger and hipper Barry Gibb. The result is a fun, sexy anthem that shimmies with a cool confidence.
August 30, 2006 Federal investigators are contemplating a case against painter Thomas Kinkade and his company. The investigation stems from charges filed by former dealers of the painter, who charge that Kinkade's company used its family-values rhetoric to induce them into opening galleries -- but ruined them financially through unfair business practices. Melissa Block talks with Los Angeles Times staff writer Kim Christensen.
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August 29, 2006 On an itchy masterstroke, I.G. Culture leads a group called Quango, channeling George Clinton's Mothership Connection by exhuming "Frantic Moment," an obscure 1977 gem from Parliament-Funkadelic's late guitarist, Eddie Hazel.
August 29, 2006 Scots have long formed a disproportionate percentage of the British military. Now a play is depicting the soldiers' recent work in Iraq, where the famed Black Watch regiment has been deployed for three years. Black Watch, based on interviews with returning soldiers, suggests a crisis in the British military.
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August 29, 2006 A new exhibition at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles explores the close partnership between two great 17th-century painters, Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Brueghel the Elder. X-ray and infrared studies of the paintings have allowed curators to travel back in time and see the division of labor on the collaborations.
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August 29, 2006 Day to Day television critic Andrew Wallenstein reviews the new Bravo reality show about flamboyant real estate agents who help their clients buy and sell luxury homes in California.
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August 29, 2006 Six New Orleans teenagers are digitally documenting the strange, new face of their hometown. Michel Varisco, their photography students at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts/Riverfront, an arts conservatory, began the project in the spring. When school started in August, the students went out to capture new images for this NPR photo gallery.
August 28, 2006 The Texas band Midlake has changed its sound dramatically on The Trials of Van Occupanther, transforming its poppy, keyboard-driven music into a deeper, '70s-influenced folk-pop experience. But there's also a refreshingly modern touch to "Roscoe."
August 28, 2006 In the past eight months, a video of a young guitarist playing a modern version of Johann Pachelbel's Canon in D Major has become a sensation on the Internet. The video has been viewed on YouTube.com more than 7.6 million times -- but nobody knew the identity of the guitarist. Recently, that changed.
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