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That's the message and the title of a combination art installation/holiday experience.
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The Curtis Hotel in Denver is offering the following accommodations: A 5-by-7-foot inflatable chamber - kind of like a kids' bouncy house - set on top of a lift, which is on top of a van. The price tag: $50,000.
NPR's business news starts with Sony plugged into profits.
Sony reports that it's making money again. The Japanese company announced its second quarter earnings today. Most of its success though comes thanks to a favorable currency rate - a weak yen was key for Sony. Still, the company did see a little improvement in its smartphone sales and entertainment business. Net income for Sony's latest quarter was $35 million. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.
OK, start paying attention to golf if you want to witness some potential history. Over the next four days, golf fans will certainly be glued to the women's British Open. But even if you don't usually follow golf, there is a name that you should know. If South Korean golfer extraordinaire Inbee Park raises the winner's trophy, she will become the first person, man or woman, to win four major professional titles in a single calendar year.
To talk about this, NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman is on the line. Hey, Tom.
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In this case, what happens in Vegas does not stay in Vegas. A standing room only crowd packed a ballroom at Caesar's Palace yesterday to hear General Keith Alexander. The director of the National Security Agency delivered a keynote address to a hacker conference. And given the recent NSA leak, he ended up in front of a very tough crowd.
A side view of the new ant species <em>Eurhopalothrix zipacna</em>. Mounting glue and paper appear beneath the ant, one of 33 new species discovered in Central America by Jack Longino, a biologist at the University of Utah.
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The face of ant species <em>Eurhopalothrix semicapillum</em>, named for the hairy patches on its face.
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Note the sideways-moving jaws on the face of this queen of the ant species <em>Octostruma convallis.</em>
Bob Moses works with Jennifer Augustine, Guitoscard Denize, Darius Collins and other students who are part of this Algebra Project classroom. It's one of several student cohorts across the country where students who've struggled with math get to college-level by the end of high school.
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Rose Pierre, the regular classroom teacher who works with the students year round, talks with student Tanavia Thompson at the end of the day. Moses is working with the students on a summer intensive.
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Moses shows students how to measure slopes using a ruler made by the students. His Algebra Project classroom model uses a lot of hands-on tools to help kids make math less abstract.
Bob Moses is 78, but he has the same probing eyes you see behind thick black glasses in photos from 50 years ago when he worked as a civil rights activist in Mississippi. The son of a janitor, Moses was born and raised in Harlem. He's a Harvard-trained philosopher and a veteran teacher.
He started a math training program — the Algebra Project — with a MacArthur "Genius Grant" 30 years ago. The goal is simple: Take students who score the worst on state math tests, double up on the subject for four years and get them ready to do college-level math by the end of high school.
When writer Chris Grabenstein plots his mysteries, the murders happen in the corny nooks of New Jersey's Jersey shore. After all, there's something delightfully cheesy about a beach town.
"I guess I'm a cheesy guy. I like this kind of stuff," Grabenstein says. "Ever since I was a kid I loved tourist towns."
The author points out shop names as we walk along his stretch of the shore. There's the Sunglass Menagerie, an ice cream shop called Do Me A Flavor, Shore Good Donuts and How You Brewin' coffee. I'll spare you the rest — Long Beach Island has 18 miles of this stuff.
Suffixes like .org, .net and .com are the most common on the Internet today. But the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which governs Web names, plans to add some 1,400 more, some ending in Arabic or Chinese characters.
Starting this fall, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, will begin rolling out 20 new suffixes, or top-level domains, every week. This will create new entrepreneurial opportunities, says ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade.
"Diversity to the domain name system is coming," he says.
Carnegie ultimately gave away $60 million to fund a system of 1,689 public libraries across the country. "In bestowing charity the main consideration should be to help those who help themselves," he wrote.
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The Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C., dates back to 1903. Paul Dickson, author of <em>The Library in America,</em> says this library was "one of the first really beautiful public buildings" in the city.
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Patrons in the reading room of the Carnegie Library of Homestead in Munhall, Pa., circa 1900. The Carnegie Steel Co.fought back against striking steel workers in Homestead in 1892. <a href="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2013/07/31/15412v_archive.jpg">Click here</a> to see a larger view of this image.
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As a teen, Andrew Carnegie worked as a bobbin boy in a textile mill and was determined to improve his lot in life. Above, Carnegie as a young man in 1868.
Andrew Carnegie was once the richest man in the world. Coming as a dirt poor kid from Scotland to the U.S., by the 1880s he'd built an empire in steel — and then gave it all away: $60 million to fund a system of 1,689 public libraries across the country.
Carnegie donated $300,000 to build Washington, D.C.'s oldest library — a beautiful beaux arts building that dates back to 1903. Inscribed above the doorway are the words: Science, Poetry, History. The building was "dedicated to the diffusion of knowledge."
(left picture) Don Gonyea, Brian Naylor and Scott Horsley on day 1 of the RAGBRAI ride, team No Pie Refused is all smiles in anticipation of the infinite varieties of peach pie (a group favorite) to be tasted on the road ahead.
Musing from the last RAGBRAI stop before ending at the Mississippi River: "Is this Heaven?" "No, it's Iowa."
Mt. Ragbrai: A mountain of bicycles in West Point, IA. On the phenomenon of stretching "short rides" across a full day's time (on account of good conversation), one woman smiled and said: "That's RAGBRAI."
Breaking camp, day 3: (l-r) Don Gonyea, Scott Horsley, and Brian Naylor. Rumors have started swirling that Horsley ties the tightest do rag. Remains to be seen.
Horsley (l) and Gonyea (r) reach the half-way point and reflect on the trip, thus far. Window puppet muses, "Why do the cute ones always ride so fast?"
From tumblr: "Chatting with <a href="https://twitter.com/claytonmasters" target="_blank">@claytonmasters</a> of <a href="https://twitter.com/iowapublicradio" target="_blank">@iowapublicradio</a> at the Des Moines camp. Then heading to the hotel."
<p>"We're getting a street-level view, and we're talking about other things. Like Pie." - No Pie Refused</p><p></p>
All smiles Gonyea notes, "This chop has its own zip code."
Taking a breather from pork chops and peach pies in favor of some good old mid-western tacos.
From tumblr: "BREAKING NEWS. Horsley flat tire. Happening now! Bussey, IA." But what caused the mishap? A witness swears that Horsley twitched ever-so-slightly during discussions surrounding the 'lovely bass' that Gonyea contributed to the 'symphony of snoring from surrounding RAGBRAI tents.' Details unconfirmed.
From tumblr: "Novelty helmets are a common sight. The Corn Sharks. Team Spam. The Bone Heads. Humor aside, they have a practical function, making it easier to spot one's teammates among the spandexed multitudes."
<p>No Pie Refused took great joy in pulling 'I (Heart) NPR' buttons from fanny-packs, and 'making it rain' over the crowds along the route. That is, until a ubiquitous 'Condom King' made a power play for the RAGBRAI spotlight. This sign says it all: 'We Love NPR!'</p><p>No Pie Refused: 1. Condom King: 0.</p>
From tumblr: "There's a joke that White House photographers like to play on newbie reporters. After flying into a foreign capital on Air Force One, they'll tell first timers, 'Just leave your bags in the overhead bin. They'll be delivered to your hotel room.' This is not true. But the crack team at Pork Belly Ventures... deliver[s] gear for hundreds of RAGBRAI riders to our tents each afternoon."
Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 10:14 am
The NPR newsroom was recently abuzz with rumors that three political correspondents had fallen prey to certain nostalgia for the Hawkeye State, after murmurs of slow summer news cycle amidst a grid-locked Congress began percolating around the coffee machine.
U.S. Army Gen. Keith Alexander, commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, director of the National Security Agency (NSA), testifies during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, on Wednesday.
Seventh-grader Senicka Arciaga-Spears wants to be a Boy Scout. Over a homemade Sunday evening dinner, he tells his two moms, Eliza and Kelly, that he wants to learn survival skills — including fishing and "dangerous hiking."
Eliza would like her son to join the Scouts, too. "They teach discipline and obedience and respect and self-sufficiency. I want that for him," she says. "I want him to learn those things and be surrounded by those things."
"What I love most about NPR is learning about different cultures, food, music and people's stories from around the world. I get a connection to experiences that I would not have otherwise. So until I can get around the globe and witness for myself, it's all about NPR," said Vidhya Nagarajan, who contributed this art for the 2014 NPR Wall Calendar.
Hundreds of thousands of people crowd Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday as Pope Francis celebrates the final Mass of his visit to Brazil. Security lapses, traffic chaos and other logistical snafus marred the visit.
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People sleep while others wait in line by Copacabana Beach before sunrise Sunday, ahead of Pope Francis' final Mass on his trip to Brazil.
While the recent World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro were a success for Pope Francis, they certainly weren't for the city government. Accusations of disorganization and transport failures have left residents wondering if Rio is really ready to host both the World Cup and the Olympics.
Back in the day, when Anthony Weiner was still a youthful Democratic representative from Brooklyn, before the dirty texts and the penis photos chased him from Washington, before his scrabbling, sinking campaign for New York City mayor, he strove to emulate his predecessor.