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Movie Reviews
1:12 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

'Flying Swords': Fast, Furious And Now In 3-D

Yu Hua Tian (Chen Kun) and Chow Wai On (Jet Li) battle it out in Flying Swords, which translate's wuxia films' physics-defying action into 3-D.
CAO Kai Ping, Jupiter Wong, YIN Nan Indomina Releasing

A Tsui Hark movie in 3-D — not to mention the first wuxia film to be shot in the format — ought to serve up three times the spectacle of the usual Tsui affair. And damned if Flying Swords of Dragon Gate doesn't almost deliver.

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World Cafe
12:54 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Family Band On World Cafe

Family Band.
Courtesy of Caleb Seppala

The Brooklyn-based ambient-folk duo Family Band is a collaboration between visual artist turned frontwoman Kim Krans and her husband, former heavy-metal guitarist Jonny Ollsin. Together, they craft beautifully dark, folk-influenced songs, which they fittingly describe as "heavy mellow."

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Participation Nation
12:51 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Helping Homeowners In Boston, Mass.

Pernell Jackson teaches a workshop on how to install storm windows.
Courtesy of BBR

Boston Building Resources started in 1978 as a consumer co-op to help people insulate their homes more affordably.

Fifteen years later, the organization launched a nonprofit Reuse Center where high-quality used and surplus building materials can be donated and made available to low- and moderate-income homeowners.

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Participation Nation
12:51 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Racing For Accessibility in Burlington, Vt.

Erika and Zoe
Courtesy of Zoe's Race

Last weekend more than 250 runners participated in the 4th annual Zoe's Race in Burlington. We raised more than $20,000 that will be used to help families make their homes accessible.

The idea for the race was sparked when Erika Nestor began a remodeling project to make her home accessible for her daughter Zoe. Zoe, who is now 9 years old, is in a wheelchair as a result of a near drowning accident when she was 18 months old.

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Middle East
12:46 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

The Diplomatic Options For Dealing With Syria

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 1:44 pm

The Syrian crisis continues to deepen as the conflict rages on. And pressure grows on the international community as refugees stream out. NPR foreign correspondent Kelly McEvers, former ambassador to Syria Edward Djerejian and Washington Post columnist David Ignatius discuss diplomatic options.

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