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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:21 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Bob Freer Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat August 17, 2013 11:27 am

Animal expert Bob Freer answers three questions about Liberace.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:21 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Kevin Fitzgerald Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat August 17, 2013 11:27 am

Veterinarian and former bouncer for the Rolling Stones Kevin Fitzgerald answers questions about the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO), which provided steroids and growth hormones to athletes.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:21 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Reptilian Personalities

Originally published on Sat August 17, 2013 11:27 am

Godzilla was gregarious.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:21 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Knitters' Revenge

Originally published on Sat August 17, 2013 12:03 pm

Hitting a Snag, Explicit Fossil, Special Delivery.

The Salt
4:20 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Fight Food Waste: Drink Rum, Matey

Captain Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, is said to have tucked slow-burning fuses into his beard and lit them on fire before plundering towns for gold and rum.
Hulton Archive Circa Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 11:40 am

The story of William McCoy sounds almost like a Prohibition-era version of Breaking Bad.

A mild-mannered shipbuilder, McCoy started smuggling booze along the Eastern seaboard during the early 1920s, only to become the top rum runner around.

He never touched his merchandise, never cut it with water, and shipped only the top-shelf liquors. In other words, he sold "the Real McCoy."

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The Picture Show
3:52 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

A Serengeti Safari From The Safety Of Your Desk

Cubs of the Simba East pride: too young to kill but old enough to crave meat. Adult females, and sometimes males, do the hunting. Zebras and wildebeests rank high as chosen prey in the rainy season.
Michael Nichols National Geographic

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This Is NPR
3:48 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

The Curious Listener: Balance Of The Species

Katie Burk NPR

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 12:52 pm

If we've learned one thing this summer it is that NPR listeners sure love their dogs. But what about our feline friends? Aren't they equally deserving of the limelight?

One Curious Listener thinks so. And he wrote us to say that he hasn't heard enough positive cat stories on NPR.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
3:44 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Lee Konitz On Piano Jazz

Lee Konitz.
Bob Travis Courtesy of the artist

On this episode of Piano Jazz, alto saxophonist Lee Konitz stops by to present a master class in improvisation on the standards. Konitz and host Marian McPartland get together for a set that includes "Stella By Starlight," "Body & Soul" and "All the Things You Are."

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The Two-Way
3:38 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Hell With The Lid Off: Coffee Drinkers' Plight Exposed In Canada

"Is this coffee, or is this Fight Club?" That's the question Bryan Hansen of Calgary, Canada, says he asked himself after his coffee lid betrayed him — yet again — leading him to fire off a letter of complaint to the Tim Hortons café chain, sending it to the attention of its "Lid Manager."

Hansen's fiercely funny note won fans on Reddit and elsewhere, as fellow customers stood up to say they, too, had been suffering in (scalded) silence because of the coffee and pastry stores' flip-top lids.

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Song Travels
2:28 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Hunter Hayes On 'Song Travels'

Hunter Hayes.
Courtesy of the artist

Rising young country star Hunter Hayes performed at age 4 with Hank Williams Jr. and led his first band a year later. Hayes is now a versatile instrumentalist, writer, producer and performer, with hits including "Storm Warning" and "Somebody's Heartbreak." His self-titled debut album received three Grammy nominations.

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The Two-Way
2:11 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Republicans To CNN And NBC: No Debates For You

During the 2012 campaign cycle, CNN was among several news networks that hosted Republican debates. Now, the GOP says it doesn't want to be on either that network or NBC.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 2:24 pm

Following through on an earlier warning, the Republican National Committee on Friday "unanimously passed a resolution preventing the committee from partnering with CNN and NBC for debates if they don't drop their Hillary Clinton productions ahead of the 2016 presidential election."

"CNN and NBC have shown clear favoritism, and they won't be hosting a single Republican primary debate," said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

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Alt.Latino
1:57 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Play It Again: Latin Bands Reinterpret The Classics

Las Cafeteras' members embrace Son Jarocho — the traditional music of Veracruz, Mexico — and use it to create political protest songs.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 10:45 am

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World Cafe
1:12 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Camera Obscura On World Cafe

Camera Obscura.
Anna Isola Crolla Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 5:22 pm

Heartbreak has long resided at the center of Tracyanne Campbell's songs for Camera Obscura. Remember, she's the one who wrote a song responding to Lloyd Cole's "Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken?" — naturally, it's titled "Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken."

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All Tech Considered
1:12 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Tech Week That Was: Hyperloop, The Next Blackout, Sites Down

A rendering of the proposed Hyperloop's passenger transport capsule.
Courtesy of Elon Musk

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 3:24 pm

Each Friday we round up the big conversations in tech and culture during the week that was. We also revisit the work that appeared on this blog, and highlight what we're reading from our fellow technology writers and observers at other organizations.

ICYMI

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The Two-Way
12:50 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

So Baaad It's Good: 'Sheep Protest' Video

YouTube.com/haywiredigital

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 2:16 pm

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Shots - Health News
12:26 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Strange Bedfellows Among Groups Helping Insurance Buyers

He'll be right back. He's inside buying insurance.
iStockphoto.com

If you thought the doldrums of August meant a lower boil for controversy over the rollout of the federal health law, you're mostly right.

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The Two-Way
12:12 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

A 'Dilemma Zone' For Red-Light Cameras: Safety Vs. Cash

Traffic engineers face "a new conundrum" in dealing with red-light cameras such as this one in New Mexico, according to a recent study looking at how cameras are operated and the perception that they are used to generate revenue.
Susan Montoya Bryan AP

What's the point of a red-light camera — to make intersections safer or to generate revenue? That's the question prompted by researchers at the University of Tennessee, who say the cameras are sometimes used in ways that are more likely to make money than to improve safety.

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Monkey See
12:00 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Jodie Foster's Accent, Fall TV, And Other Masterpieces

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I am very happy to be back this week after being gone for two episodes (thank you to Audie Cornish, Gene Demby and Kat Chow for being great while I was gone).

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NPR Story
11:56 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Experimenting on Consciousness, Through Art

Performance artist Marina Abramovic's piece Measuring the Magic of Mutual Gaze is both art installation and science experiment, in which volunteers sit facing one another while having their brain waves measured. Abramovic discusses these arts and science experiments with neuroscientist Christof Koch, an expert in consciousness.

NPR Story
11:56 am
Fri August 16, 2013

For a Greener Yard, Lose the Lawn

Across the Southwest, cities are banning water-thirsty front lawns. Cado Daily of the University of Arizona's Water Wise Program views that as an opportunity to plant a "rainscape" — a yard with drought-friendly native plants that she says can look as lush as a lawn, and lure wildlife back, too.

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