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5:39 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Underdog Football Team Shines In 'Undefeated'

Filmmakers Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin spent nine months in North Memphis, Tenn. with the Manassas Tigers.
The Weinstein Company

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 11:55 am

All throughout the school's 110-year history, the Manassas High School football team in Memphis, Tenn., was known as a losing team. In 2009, volunteer coach Bill Courtney led the struggling Manassas Tigers to the playoffs.

Filmmakers Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin chronicle the challenges of the team — on and off the field — in the documentary Undefeated.

Lindsay and Martin talk with NPR's Neal Conan about the film, nominated for an Academy Award in the documentary feature category.

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Planet Money
5:38 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Why Are Harvard Grads in the Mailroom?

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Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 10:11 am

Below is an excerpt from Adam Davidson's latest New York Times Magazine column, "Why Are Harvard Graduates In The Mailroom?" Read all of Davidson's Times Magazine columns here.

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5:38 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

What's Behind The Recent Hike In Gas Prices?

A gas station in Berlin, Vt., sold gas for $3.72 on Feb. 16. On average, regular gas is going for $3.60 a gallon nationwide.
Toby Talbot AP

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 5:29 pm

Oil prices have jumped sharply in the past two weeks, and the price of gasoline is also moving up. Across the country, a gallon of regular costs nearly $3.60 on average, with some areas facing $4 gas. That's causing sticker shock at the pump, and concern that rising prices could derail the economic recovery.

According to Daniel Yergin of Cambridge Energy Research Associates, gas prices are up because of the West's current confrontation with Iran and sanctions over that country's nuclear program.

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5:38 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Publishing Pioneer Barney Rosset Dies At 89

Barney Rosset paid $3,000 for Grove Press in 1951. Then he used the company to help tear down American obscenity laws of the 1950s and '60s.
Rosset Archives AP

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 1:00 pm

A literary legend has died — not an author, but the publisher behind some of the greatest and most controversial writers of the 20th century.

Barney Rosset gave American readers their first taste of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, as well as uncensored classics by Henry Miller and D.H. Lawrence. To do that, Rosset fought literally hundreds of court cases and was largely responsible for breaking down U.S. obscenity laws in the 1950s and '60s.

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The Two-Way
5:37 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Commuter Train Crash Kills Dozens In Argentina, Passengers Still Trapped

Firemen rescue wounded passengers from a commuter train after it crashed in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday Feb. 22, 2012.
Anibal Greco AP

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 12:44 pm

A commuter train carrying people into downtown Buenos Aires collided with a retaining wall during morning rush hour, killing at least 49 people riding in carriages and waiting on the platform.

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