Jamal Joseph heads the film program at Columbia University. Now he’s making his full-length feature debut with “Chapter & Verse.” It’s about an African American man trying to re-integrate into daily life in Harlem after 8 years in prison. Joseph himself did 6 – in Leavenworth – as a member of the Black Panthers.

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Austrian authorities seeking Hitler double seen around birthplace

Austrian authorities are investigating reports of a man appearing in public in Adolf Hitler’s birthplace as the Nazi dictator’s double, including the distinctive mustache, haircut and clothing.

“I have often seen this gentlemen in Braunau and wonder if this means something,” the Oberoesterreichische Nachrichten paper cited a local resident as saying on his Facebook page alongside a picture of the man it said resembled Hitler.

Hitler was born in Braunau am Inn, then part of Austria-Hungary, in 1889.

Prosecutors confirmed the report.

The man, estimated to be 25 to 30 years old, was last seen in a local bookstore browsing through magazines about World War Two, adding he had identified himself in a local bar as “Harald Hitler.

On at least one occasion, he was photographed in front of the house where Hitler was born.

Austria’s parliament voted in December to buy the three-storey house where Hitler was born, which the government has rented since 1972 to control how it is used.

Glorifying Hitler or the Nazis is a crime in Austria, which Nazi Germany annexed in 1938.

(Reporting by Michael Shields Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Tower'; 'Lincoln In The Bardo'; Author Bharati Mukherjee

Tower uses archival film, new interviews and animation to re-create the mass shooting that occurred at the University of Texas, Austin, in 1966. Courtesy of Kino Lorbrer hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

‘Tower’ Pays Tribute To A 1966 Campus Shooting That Was ‘Pushed Aside’: Fourteen people were killed by a sniper at the University of Texas on Aug. 1, 1966. But director Keith Maitland says people were “encouraged to move forward and not linger in the terrible tragedy.”

George Saunders Re-Imagines A President’s Grief With ‘Lincoln In The Bardo’: The acclaimed short-story writer sets his first novel in the cemetery where 11-year-old Willie Lincoln was buried. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Lincoln in the Bardo “searing, inventive and bizarre.”

Remembering Bharati Mukherjee, An Indian-Born American Writer: Mukherjee, who died Saturday in Manhattan, grew up in India, Switzerland and England. Her work explores the thoughts and experiences of immigrants from many countries. Originally broadcast in 2002.

You can listen to the original interviews here:

‘Tower’ Pays Tribute To A 1966 Campus Shooting That Was ‘Pushed Aside’

George Saunders Re-Imagines A President’s Grief With ‘Lincoln In The Bardo’

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NPR News Nuggets: Terrorizing Pig, (Sort Of) Flying Pig & Wigs

This pig looks more like Wilbur and is probably nicer than Piggy Smalls, the pig that terrorized an Oregon town since last November. Armin Weigel/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Here’s a quick roundup of some of the mini-moments you may have missed on this week’s Morning Edition.

Pig of terror

Since November, the townspeople of Forest Grove, Ore. have been singing “Piggy, piggy, piggy can’t you see, sometimes your antics just terrorize me.” OK, maybe they haven’t been singing that, but there has been a pig, dubbed by the locals as “Piggy Smalls” or the “Notorious P.I.G., that has been disrupting the peace. As Morning Edition host David Greene said on Monday, Piggy’s trail of terror can be traced through the Forest Grove police blog starting on Nov. 18, 2016 when a citizen reported a pig in the bushes near 17th Avenue. That day Piggy eluded capture and then continued to harass residents — until now. A joint task force apprehended the little hog and released him to animal rescue.

Get wiggy with it

I doubt anyone is wigging out over this decision, but the official word is that the wigs are out. As Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep said on Tuesday, clerks no longer have to wear wigs in Britain’s parliament. The members have worn wigs for more than 300 years, but with this change, the arliament speaker says the body will seem “marginally less stuffy.” Clerks have said the change will also cut down on itchy scalps. Oh, and if you didn’t hear this news earlier, it’s probably because it got buried when the Parliament speaker said President Donald Trump may not address lawmakers.

Obama’s return to the water

Barack Obama Goes Kitesurfing

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There are perks to being president, and there are perks to not being president. Former President Barack Obama knows these perks well. One of the perks of not being president anymore is that Obama can jump back in and enjoy his favorite water sports. As Morning Edition host Rachel Martin said on Wednesday, these sports were too risky when he was president. From the look of the photos, and the video, Obama’s visit to the British Virgin Islands with Richard Branson was a success. Obama looks as if he’s is having a blast while getting the hang of kitesurfing. The Hawaii native is all smiles.

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Pigs Fly … Almost

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This little piggy went to the airport. Her name is LiLou and while she may not fly, she helps those who do. As Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep said on Thursday, LiLou works as a therapy animal at the San Francisco airport and offers relief to stressed out travelers. Can you imagine? Trying to get all your bags through security, finding out your gate changed and your flight is actually leaving from a different terminal and then this little pig shows up? Yeah, that’d brighten my day, too. LiLou isn’t the only animal working at the airport, but she sure is working her blue tutu.

Traveling this week? Keep an eye out for Lilou, the airport therapy pig!

— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) December 26, 2016

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