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My Big Break
5:23 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Dolphins, Pirates And David Hasselhoff: Breaking Into TV At Sea

While translating for Japanese tourists on a boat in Hawaii, Leah Warshawski learned about the ocean, knowledge she later used in film production.
Courtesy of Leah Warshawski

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

Director and producer Leah Warshawski's big break happened on the water.

It started when she was in college studying Japanese in Hawaii. Her dormmate worked on a boat and asked if Warshawksi wanted a job translating for Japanese tourists.

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Arts & Life
5:23 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Coffee And Cups: 2 Stories Of High Stakes And High Prices

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 1:15 pm

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(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

ARUN RATH, HOST:

From NPR West, it's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Arun Rath.

It's time now for the New and the Next.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

RATH: Carlos Watson is the co-founder of the online magazine Ozy. Each week he joins us to talk about what's new and what's next. Welcome back, Carlos.

CARLOS WATSON: Arun, really good to be with you.

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Monkey See
11:18 am
Sat May 10, 2014

My Country, Flat Or Sharp: Eurovision And The Global Citizen

Conchita Wurst, representing Austria, performs the song 'Rise Like a Phoenix' during the second semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest. Wurst, a bearded female impersonator, is among the favorites to win the 2014 contest.
Frank Augstein AP

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 2:05 pm

The fate of Western civilization rests in the hands of an Armenian comedian with a stage name that includes a popular digital music file format.

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Movie Reviews
8:43 am
Sat May 10, 2014

A Family In Grief And A Neighborhood Sketched Too Lightly

Philip Seymour Hoffman (left) and Eddie Marsan, in a scene from the film, God's Pocket.
Lance Acord AP

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 3:31 pm

It's always unfortunate to see potential wasted onscreen, in acting, writing, or directing. It's worse to see it happen all at once with artists universally known as capable of much more. God's Pocket, the directorial feature debut of Mad Men's John Slattery and featuring one of Philip Seymour Hoffman's last performances, is a tonal mess, listless for two-thirds until violence erupts seemingly at random. It wants to be Fargo, a tale of crime in an insular community and its mounting complications; instead, it collapses into laughable dramatics that fall flat.

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Europe
7:59 am
Sat May 10, 2014

The Catchy Songs Of Eurovision Transcend Europe's Divided Politics

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 11:44 am

Eurovision: Love it, hate it, or have no idea what we're talking about? With tensions high in Ukraine, Russian performers are facing the music at the kitschy singing contest.

Author Interviews
7:59 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Seeing The Whole Picture In We'll Go To 'Coney Island'

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 11:44 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

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Around the Nation
7:59 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Neurosurgeons Express Their Medical Challenges Through Art

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 11:44 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Neurosurgery is a stressful occupation. So is being a neurosurgical patient. With their superior eyes and hand skills, some neurosurgeons are turning to making art, and several are getting exposure at art exhibits throughout the country - including at this year's annual meeting of neurosurgeons. From member station KQED in San Francisco, April Dembosky sent us this audio postcard.

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Television
7:59 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Welsh Actor Keeps Soviet Secrets In 'The Americans'

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 6:30 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Phillip Jennings runs a travel agency with his wife Elizabeth. They've got two kids. They live in a quiet suburb of Washington, D.C. circa 1981. Like so many two-career couples, it can be a struggle to juggle career and family life.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE AMERICANS")

KERI RUSSELL: (As Elizabeth Jennings) If this goes bad, you need to be out of town somewhere with the kids. Get the kids to Canada. Contact the rezidentura there.

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Movie Interviews
7:59 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Looking 'Under The Table' At The Reluctant Modern Family

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 6:22 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

OK, film idea now - Park Avenue family waits for Nell, their college-aged daughter, to come home for Thanksgiving. They've got Obama bumper stickers on the fridge and literature on their bookshelves that proclaims their liberal convictions. They're eager to meet the boyfriend they're expecting Nell to bring home. All is in place when...

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "UNDER THE TABLE")

JACKIE VISCUSI: (As Nell) Mom, hi, Happy Thanksgiving. This is Laura, my girlfriend.

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Author Interviews
7:03 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Questions For Earl Swift, Author Of 'Auto Biography'

Earl Swift traced the history of this '57 Chevy wagon and all of its owners — here it is, rusting quietly on the lot of owner number 13, Tommy Arney, in January 2010.
Earl Swift

Originally published on Sun May 11, 2014 5:16 pm

This '57 Chevy station wagon was once pristine, the epitome of American automotive glory: two-tone green, with sweeping fins and enough chrome to blind pedestrians. But by the time journalist Earl Swift came across it, those days were gone, and it was subsiding gently into a heap of rust and torn upholstery.

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