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It's All Politics
5:05 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Former IRS Head To Senate: It Wasn't My Fault

Former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman testifies Tuesday on Capitol Hill, before a Senate Finance Committee hearing.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 6:13 pm

It was the Senate's turn Tuesday to grill the Internal Revenue Service, or more accurately, former agency officials, about its handling of the scandal involving the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

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Reporter's Notebook
4:41 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Discovering A Family Member's Lost Time In Amsterdam

Suzanne Hoogendijk, shown here in 2009, hid for two years with her mother in Amsterdam to escape the Nazis.
Margot Adler NPR

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 5:43 pm

When I found out that one of my cousins — now 88 — had hidden from the Nazis in Amsterdam, just like Anne Frank, it was a revelation. It made me want to know more about my cousin's life and story.

"I like to analyze what happens and to put it in writing; that gives you neatness in your head, and that is what I'm after," says my cousin, retired Judge Suzanne Hoogendijk. She was 87 at the time, and was talking about why she loved being a judge. But delving into her personal past was another matter.

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Europe
4:41 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Far-Right Historian Commits Suicide In Notre Dame Cathedral

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 5:43 pm

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There was a dramatic scene today at Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral. A far-right historian and activist shot himself to death after calling for action to - in his words - protect France's identity. He was 78-year-old Dominique Venner. And as NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports, he was vehemently opposed to France's new law authorizing gay marriage and adoption.

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Shots - Health News
4:38 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

A Catch For Insurers That Cut Deductibles For Healthy People

How much is my deductible?
iStockphoto.com

Health insurance deductibles typically only go one direction: up.

It's not unusual for people these days to be responsible for paying thousands of dollars in medical claims before most plan benefits kick in.

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The Two-Way
4:32 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Microsoft Reveals New Xbox One Game System

The new Xbox One entertainment and gaming system was unveiled Tuesday by Microsoft. The console includes live TV and advanced voice commands.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 10:51 am

Microsoft unveiled its new Xbox One Tuesday, displaying a device that takes new steps in game consoles' journey to becoming all-purpose entertainment and communication devices. The new console replaces the Xbox 360, which has been on the market for nearly eight years.

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Mountain Stage
4:23 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Paula Cole On Mountain Stage

Paula Cole.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 4:06 pm

Paula Cole makes her second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. When Cole first appeared on Mountain Stage in the fall of 1996, she was still a relative unknown to the public at large, despite earning high praise from peers for her work as a backing vocalist for Peter Gabriel, as well as her debut album Harbinger.

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The Two-Way
4:12 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Gandhi Artifacts Could Fetch Steep Prices At Auction

A picture of Gandhi taken on July 24, 1931 in New Delhi.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 4:13 pm

Artifacts that once belonged to Mohandas K. Gandhi, the Indian independence leader who took a vow of poverty, could fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction.

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The Record
3:23 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Kanye West Stands Alone

Kanye West performing "Black Skinhead" on Saturday Night Live last weekend.
Dana Edelson NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 1:13 pm

  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley on Kanye West

What happened over the weekend? At 8:34 on Friday night, Kanye West tweeted. He said he'd be premiering a song in a half hour and we'd have to do what he said to hear it – we'd have to go to a particular address and stand outside with other people and watch a video projected onto the side of a building. Of course, the first video of the video was up within minutes, so most people didn't have to do any such thing.

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Code Switch
3:20 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Obama Shout-Out To A 'Morehouse Man'

Morehouse graduate Leland Shelton is congratulated as he is acknowledged by President Obama.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 5:00 pm

When President Obama stepped to the lectern on Sunday to address Morehouse College's graduating class, he gave exactly the kind of speech that you give at Morehouse. The president told the graduating students that they had been trained and nurtured to be leaders. He linked their personal and professional successes to the well-being of their communities. This is part of the obligation of being a "Morehouse Man," he said.

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The Salt
3:16 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Vertical 'Pinkhouses:' The Future Of Urban Farming?

This "pinkhouse" at Caliber Biotherapeutics in Bryan, Texas, grows 2.2 million plants under the glow of blue and red LEDs.
Courtesy of Caliber Therapeutics

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 5:58 pm

The idea of vertical farming is all the rage right now. Architects and engineers have come up with spectacular concepts for lofty buildings that could function as urban food centers of the future.

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The Two-Way
3:13 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Court Backs Withholding 'Potent' Images Of Bin Laden's Body

Pakistanis, along with international and local media, gather outside Osama bin Laden's compound, a day after the successful raid by U.S. Special Forces in May 2011.
Getty Images

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in favor of the government's decision to keep photos and video of the May 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden a secret, rebuffing a conservative watchdog group that had sought their release.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington accepted a White House assertion that releasing the images, including death photos of bin Laden, could spark violence and risk the lives of Americans abroad.

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The Two-Way
3:01 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Overturned: Former Guatemalan Dictator's Genocide Conviction

Guatemala's former dictator Efrain Rios Montt arrives in court Jan. 31 in Guatemala City to stand trial on genocide charges. On Monday, his conviction was overturned.
Moises Castillo AP

A federal court in Guatemala has thrown out the genocide conviction of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt, which had been called a breakthrough in the region's human rights.

NPR's Carrie Kahn reports that "all trial evidence and testimony as of April 19th, the date a trial judge was removed from the case, must be re-entered."

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The Two-Way
2:57 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Oklahoma's GOP Senators Find Themselves In Tornado Aid Bind

An aerial view shows an entire neighborhood destroyed by Monday's tornado in Moore, Okla.
Tony Gutierrez AP

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 5:07 pm

Even as President Obama was declaring that tornado-devastated Oklahoma would get "everything it needs right away," the state's most vociferous critic of federal emergency aid vowed that he, too, would push for assistance "without delay."

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
2:56 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Let's Get Creative And Redefine The Meaning Of Religion

Must religion be embodied in a god or gods, such as Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture?
Hulton Archive Getty Images

We all know how the battle lines shake out: evangelical vs. scientist, believer vs. atheist. The culture war defined as science vs. religion is so overheated that it seems to be more of a caricature than a coherent, useful discussion. Unless, that is, someone is trying to stretch beyond the usual polarities.

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The Two-Way
2:43 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Dolphins Find 19th Century Navy Torpedo In Pacific Ocean

A rare piece of America's military history was located this spring, when dolphins from the Navy's Marine Mammal Program located an unusual artifact: a torpedo from the 19th century. Discovered during a training exercise in the ocean near San Diego, the torpedo will eventually make its way to a museum.

The bottlenose dolphins were honing their ability to find underwater mines when the discovery was made. The torpedo did not have a warhead, Navy officials say.

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Parallels
1:58 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

China Builds Museums ... But Will The Visitors Come?

One of the highlights of the new China Art Palace in Shanghai is a giant digital rendering of a famous ancient scroll, "Along the River During Qingming Festival," which includes figures that walk and talk. The work was first presented at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.
Frank Langfitt NPR

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 5:43 pm

Shanghai did something last fall that few other cities on the planet could have even considered. It opened two massive art museums right across the river from one another on the same day.

The grand openings put an exclamation point on China's staggering museum building boom. In recent years, about 100 museums have opened annually here, peaking at nearly 400 in 2011, according to the Chinese Society of Museums.

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Shots - Health News
1:53 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

A Mother And Daughter Confront Their Breast Cancer Risk

Regina Brett
Courtesy of Regina Brett

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 8:07 am

Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie has been in the headlines, by her own choice for a change.

Genetic testing showed she was at high risk for breast cancer, so she decided to have a double mastectomy to improve her odds. She revealed her choice, and the thinking behind it, in a recent op-ed in The New York Times.

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The Picture Show
1:28 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

'Nanogardens' Sprout Up On The Surface Of A Penny

Nanoflowers, each smaller than the thickness of a dollar bill, sprout up spontaneously on a surface dipped in salts and silicon.
Courtesy of Wim Noorduin/Harvard University

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 5:36 pm

April showers bring May flowers. But in this case, the blossoms are too small for even a bumblebee to see.

Engineers at Harvard University have figured out a way to make microscopic sculptures of roses, tulips and violets, each smaller than a strand of hair.

To get a sense of just how small these flower sculptures are, grab a penny and flip it on its back. Right in the middle of the Lincoln Memorial, you'll see a faint impression of Abraham Lincoln. These roses would make a perfect corsage for the president's jacket lapel.

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The Two-Way
12:46 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

JPMorgan Shareholders Vote To Keep Dimon As Chairman, CEO

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon during testimony on Capitol Hill.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 12:47 pm

JPMorgan Chase shareholders voted on Tuesday to allow Jamie Dimon to continue being their chairman and CEO.

The AP reports:

"At the bank's annual meeting, 32 percent of shareholders voted for a measure that would have required the bank to split the roles. Had the measure succeeded, Dimon would have had to relinquish the role of chairman.

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Code Switch
12:42 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Who Becomes The Face Of A Horrific Attack?

A possible shooting suspect in a white shirt (bottom center) shoots into a crowd of people on Mother's Day 2013 in New Orleans.
New Orleans Police Department AP

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 12:48 pm

The spate of headlines that drew them to our attention has died down. Yet I still find myself thinking about the faces of a certain 19-year-old man and his elder brother, accused by police of bringing about a tragic end to what should have been a day of joy and celebration.

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