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1:13am

Sat January 15, 2011
Europe

Little Gin Distillery Brings The Spirit Back To London

Asked to name the quintessential British drink, and it's likely that you'll think of  a pint of ale or a cup of tea. But what about London dry gin?

At one time it really did come from London, and during the "gin craze" of the 18th century, the city's backstreets were full of people making and consuming it. Nowadays most gin is produced by large distilleries outside the capital, but a small band of enthusiasts are bringing gin back to London.

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12:03am

Sat January 15, 2011
Movies

'5000 Fingers' Sings Again: A Seuss Rarity Revisited

Not many people know about Dr. Seuss' only film, The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T. The 1953 movie musical was a flop, but thanks to special screenings and cable-TV airings, it's earned a small but devoted following.

Among them: singer Michael Feinstein, who's such a fan of the movie that he spent the past 30 years gathering every scrap of music ever recorded for it -- enough material to fill three CDs. And now, 57 years after its premiere, the definitive soundtrack of this kooky cult classic has finally been released.

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10:01pm

Fri January 14, 2011
Planet Money

The Friday Podcast: The Frankenstein Mortgage

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The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage -- the bedrock of American home ownership -- is a weird loan.

In an ordinary market, you'd have to pay a really high interest rate to get a 30-year fixed, if you could get it at all. It was government intervention, through Fannie Mae, that turned the loan into America's plain-vanilla mortgage.

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8:00pm

Fri January 14, 2011
The Two-Way

We'll Be Off On MLK Day

The nation honors the memory of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. We're not planning to post again until first-thing Tuesday morning -- but as always, if there's important news between now and then we'll pop back into the blog.

If you're looking to refresh your memory about King's legacy, here are some websites to check out:

-- The King Center.

-- Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.

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7:42pm

Fri January 14, 2011
It's All Politics

Michael Steele Puppet Redux

Michael Steele may be gone as chair of the Republican National Committee. But we'll always have the Michael Steele puppet from Jon Stewart's The Daily Show. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio.

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