President Obama has held a lead over Mitt Romney in the polls for several weeks now, and that's prompted a conservative reaction. Some are charging that big media outlets are intentionally designing their polling to make it look like the president is getting the kind of voter surge he had in 2008. NPR's David Folkenflik has the story.
1962: The tagline across the top confidently announces that Dr. No will be the first in a series of Bond films. Adding to the "passionate" colors of red and yellow, the simple graphics of a bullet and lipstick are clear signs that violence and sex are on the menu.
1963: Painted by renowned, Russian-born poster artist Boris Grinsson, this tropical fantasy conveys the tension of Bond and Honey's arrival on Crab Key — Dr. No's Island. Grinsson worked from photographs and his distinctive, painterly style distinguished hundreds of posters for French, American and Italian films. Title translation: James Bond Versus Dr. No.
1963: Instead of a Walther PPK, Bond holds a more impressive-looking, long-barreled Walther LP-53 air pistol, which belonged to the photographer. This pose became a famous, instantly recognizable Bond image. The poster was designed by Eddie Paul, with art by Italian film poster artist Renato Fratini.
1970s: An arresting, hand-tinted image of Bond with a silenced Walther PPK, accompanies stirring action scenes. The usual image of Bond in the center of a target, is positioned over Tatiana's laughing mouth. The tagline translation reads: "A film of unparalleled intrigue, Bond returns with this sequel."
1977: This poster is more stylized and darker in tone than previous Bond film campaigns, creating an image that attracts with mystery rather than an all-guns-blazing action approach. Main campaign artwork by innovative American poster artist Bob Peak.
1989: During the 1980s, photography was at the forefront of the new realism in art. The aim with the License to Kill poster campaign was to produce images that were real but at the cutting edge of what was artistically possible. Art director: Robin Behling. Photography by Keith Hamshere and Douglas Kirkland.
2008: The poster for the 22nd Bond film reflects Bond's single-minded vengeful agenda. It is striking in its minimalism — there are no background action scenes, no exotic locations. Design: Empire Design. Art Director: Capo. Creative director: Tommy Gogota. Photography: Greg Williams.
There is something deliciously enticing about the advance poster for the 1962 movie Dr. No. It featured a bright yellow Technicolor background, lipstick, a gun and the numeral 007 — all teasing the audience about what was to come. "The First James Bond Film!" (Their exclamation point, not mine.) It was part of a campaign that launched the celluloid franchise that today, half a century later, is still one of the biggest draws of the big screen.
Richard Lapointe confessed in 1989 that he stabbed, raped and killed his wife's 88-year-old grandmother two years earlier. But in the 23 years since, experts in criminal justice have come to better understand how sometimes people make false confessions — especially someone with brain damage, like Lapointe. On Monday, Connecticut's state Appellate Court ordered a new trial, saying prosecutors wrongly withheld potentially important evidence.
In this year's presidential campaign, $11 million has been spent so far on ads targeting Hispanics, according to ad-tracking firm Kantar Media/CMAG.
That's eight times the amount spent four years ago on Spanish-language ads, and it's focused in just a handful of battleground states: Florida, Nevada, Colorado and, perhaps most surprisingly, North Carolina.
Housing continues to be a big issue for the economy, and for many voters. But so far it hasn't been a major issue in the presidential campaign. Perhaps that's because both sides agree that there's no easy fix for the problem of millions of troubled mortgages.
Cathy Busby and her husband co-owned a realty office in Denver when they bought their house in 2006. The next year, the market for houses dried up, leaving them with little income as their house lost value.
Now, she says, she considers herself "poverty level."
Then-candidate Barack Obama speaks at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Mason City, Iowa, in 2007. Religious messages were a more prominent part of Obama's first presidential campaign.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Wolfeboro, N.H. The candidate regularly attends church, but he rarely invokes religion on the campaign trail.
Religion used to be everywhere in the presidential elections. George W. Bush courted conservative believers in 2004. In 2008, Sarah Palin excited evangelicals and — unexpectedly — so did Barack Obama.
What a difference a few years make. In 2007, then-candidate Obama used evangelical language to describe his Christian conversion: He was a young, secular community organizer who occasionally visited the local Chicago church, when one day he walked to the front of the sanctuary and knelt before the cross.
Beau Gunderson's fascinated by what he might learn from his DNA.
"I'm curious about what makes me tick, essentially," says Gunderson, 29, who writes code for a Silicon Valley startup.
So Gunderson has signed up for every genetic test he's been able to afford. And he can't wait for the price of getting his entire genetic code — his genome — to drop to about $1,000, as many are predicting is imminent.
"Yeah, if the price does drop — to a thousand bucks for example — I might pay that. That's a good personal price point for me," Gunderson said.
This Friday marks 50 years since the release of the first James Bond film, Dr. No. Ian Fleming's Cold War-era MI6 agent has endured through 22 movies, evolving all the while to stay relevant to new audiences. The next installment is Skyfall, due out Nov. 9.
Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson are the franchise's current producers and children of the original producer, Albert "Cubby" Broccoli. NPR's David Greene spoke to them about the family business.
Here's how the new novel from crime writer Dennis Lehane begins: "Some years later, on a tugboat in the Gulf of Mexico, Joe Coughlin's feet were placed in a tub of cement."
Pretty hard to stop reading after an opening line like that — at least you'd think. "It was funny, a guy came up to me the other night, and he said, 'I really loved this book once it got going,' " Lehane tells NPR's Steve Inskeep. "I thought, 'Jesus Christ, read the first sentence! How much more "getting going" is it going to get?' "