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9:08 am
Fri July 26, 2013

The 'Uncool' Passion of Jonathan Franzen

Best-selling novelist Jonathan Franzen has fallen in love...with birds. Writing for the July issue of National Geographic magazine, Franzen describes how migrating songbirds are being hunted in high numbers in Egypt, Albania, and other places along the Mediterranean. Franzen tells SciFri about the songbirds' plight and how his passion for birds has evolved.

NPR Story
9:08 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Uncovering the Mystery of J.K. Rowling's Latest Novel

One of the biggest mysteries of the new detective novel The Cuckoo's Calling was the identity of the author. It was written by Robert Galbraith, which was revealed to be the pseudonym of Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling. Patrick Juola, professor of computer science at Duquesne University, discusses how he used computerized text analysis to uncover the mystery.

NPR Story
9:08 am
Fri July 26, 2013

MERS Virus Update

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is an illness caused by a newly discovered virus in the same family as SARS. Most of the documented cases have come from Saudi Arabia, which has seen a 54 percent mortality rate in those patients. Martin Cetron, director of the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, discusses the emerging virus.

World
9:03 am
Fri July 26, 2013

The North Korea Files

Read letters sent by U.S. citizens and businesses, asking for special permission to do business with North Korea.

Interviews
8:59 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Michael Apted, Aging With The '7 Up' Crew

Jackie, Lynn and Sue — pictured here at age 7 — are three of the children featured in the landmark 1964 documentary 7 Up. The series returns this year with 56 Up, checking in with a group of 14 men and women whose lives have been documented since they were kids.
First Run Features

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 10:40 am

This interview was originally broadcast on Feb. 5, 2013.

Every seven years since 1964, in what's known as the Up series, Granada Television has caught us up on the lives of 14 everyday people. The subjects of the documentary series were 7 years old when it began; in the latest installment, 56 Up, they are well into middle age.

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Interviews
8:57 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Tig Notaro On Going 'Live' About Her Life

Comedian Tig Notaro dealt with a cancer diagnosis the best way she knew how — with humor.
tignation.com

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 10:40 am

This interview was originally broadcast on Oct. 8, 2012.

"Good evening, hello. I have cancer. How are you?"

That's how comedian Tig Notaro began her set at Largo in Los Angeles the day she was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. As she uttered those words to the audience, there was nervous laughter, weeping and total silence in response.

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Movie Reviews
8:57 am
Fri July 26, 2013

'Blue' Rhapsodies: Woody Allen, In Need Of New Tricks

Ginger's (Sally Hawkins) best moments happen while in the company of a persistent suitor named Al (Louis C.K.).
Merrick Morton Sony Classics

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 10:40 am

Another year, another Woody Allen picture, and few agree on whether that's a good thing. For some, he hasn't made an interesting film since Husbands and Wives, maybe even Hannah and Her Sisters. Others think more recent morality plays like Match Point and comic parables like Midnight in Paris prove the old dog still hunts.

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The Two-Way
8:43 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Egypt Opens Murder, Conspiracy Investigation Against Morsi

Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi attend a Friday rally in Cairo.
Ahmad Gharabli AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 5:54 pm

Egyptian prosecutors have opened an investigation into ousted President Mohammed Morsi, who they suspect of conspiracy and murder, raising tensions as both Islamists and supporters of newly installed military chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi turn out for street protests.

The surprise announcement of the investigation against Morsi, who was removed in a July 3 coup, stem from a 2011 prison break in which Morsi escaped and at least 14 guards were killed. Hamas gunmen are said to have led the attack at Wadi el-Natroun prison, an allegation the militant group has denied.

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The Two-Way
8:37 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Snowden Wouldn't Face Death Penalty, Holder Tells Russia

Edward Snowden, seen during a video interview with The Guardian.
Glenn Greenwald/Laura Poitras EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 9:00 am

"The United States would not seek the death penalty for Mr. Snowden should he return to the United States," Attorney General Eric Holder has told his Russian counterpart in a letter about the "NSA leaker" who remains in legal limbo at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport.

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All Tech Considered
8:17 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Tech Week That Was: Facebook Triumphs, Chromecast Launches

Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 10:29 am

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
7:59 am
Fri July 26, 2013

'Life Without Parole' Deal Struck For Cleveland Kidnapper

Ariel Castro in court on July 17, 2013.
Marvin Fong The Plain Dealer/Landov

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 12:48 pm

(We updated the top of this post at 12:40 p.m. ET.)

The man who held three young women against their will in his Cleveland home for about a decade, who fathered a child by one of them and forced another to have abortions, and who is the face of a horrific crime that shocked the nation, pleaded guilty Friday to hundreds of charges.

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Parallels
7:55 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Indian School Deaths: A Village's Pain Compounded By Poverty

Chandra Devi lost two of her children last week when they consumed a free school lunch in Gandaman village, India. They were among 23 children who died in the tragedy.
Anoo Bhuyan NPR

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 9:13 am

"We are small people. What can we really do about this?" asks Surendra Prasad, perched on the steps outside the Patna Medical College and Hospital in the state capital of Bihar in eastern India.

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The Two-Way
7:15 am
Fri July 26, 2013

If You Think The French President Is 'Stupide,' Just Say So

France's President Francois Hollande. His predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy, reportedly thinks he's "a ridiculous little fat man."
Pool AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 9:27 am

The French are famous for their insults, but traditionally they haven't taken it well when the target is the president of the republic.

A vote in parliament on Thursday has changed that. For the first time in 130 years, it's now legal to say how you really feel about the French leader.

So, if you think that French President Francois Hollande is "a ridiculous little fat man who dyes his hair," as Nicolas Sarkozy reportedly said (in private) of his successor, you're free to say so — in public.

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The Two-Way
7:13 am
Fri July 26, 2013

VIDEO: A Bear Walks Into A Bar ...

What will it be? (File photo of a black bear in Massachusetts, not the bar-hopping bruin in Colorado.)
Michael Beswick The Republican/Landov

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 10:53 am

Feel free to complete the joke in the comments thread (and we bet you can do better than this guy).

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TED Radio Hour
6:42 am
Fri July 26, 2013

What's It Take To Become A Polar Explorer?

frogdesignmind

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 10:39 am

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode To The Edge.

About Ben Saunders' TEDTalk

Explorer Ben Saunders wants you to go outside. Not because it's always pleasant and happy, but because that's where the meat of life is, "the juice that we can suck out of our hours and days." In 2004, Saunders skied solo to the North Pole. Saunders' next outdoor excursion? To try to be the first in the world to walk from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again.

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TED Radio Hour
6:42 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Are Earth's Deepest Caves The Last Frontier?

Robert Leslie TED

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 10:39 am

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode To The Edge.

About Bill Stone's TEDTalk

Bill Stone is a maverick cave explorer who has plumbed Earth's deepest abysses. In this talk, he explains what it's like to descend into the deepest caves in complete darkness for days on end — and why he keeps doing it.

About Bill Stone

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TED Radio Hour
6:41 am
Fri July 26, 2013

To The Edge

What motivates explorers to venture into the unknown?
TED

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 7:02 am

"Certainly to enter a world of terror, you should not be pushed by someone. You should be called. You should be curious. You should have the heart of an explorer." — Philippe Petit, high-wire artist

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The Two-Way
5:22 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Lincoln Memorial Closed After Being Splattered With Paint

A police officer stands near the statue of the 16th president at the Lincoln Memorial, which was splattered with paint Friday morning.
Shawn Thew EPA/LANDOV

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 10:38 am

"The chamber of the Lincoln Memorial is shut down Friday morning because of vandalism. U.S. Park Police tell WTOP the Lincoln statue and the floor inside the memorial was splattered with green paint," the radio station reported. "They think the vandalism occurred at about 1:30 a.m."

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The Two-Way
4:48 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Call Clouseau! 'Pink Panther' Thief Escapes From Swiss Jail

Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) would surely crack the case.
Keystone Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 9:01 am

David Niven's been dead for 30 years, so he can't be behind this:

"A Bosnian from the 'Pink Panther' gang of international jewel thieves escaped from a Swiss prison in a dramatic break-out involving a fellow inmate and two armed accomplices, police said Friday." (Agence France-Presse, via GlobalPost)

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The Two-Way
4:17 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Book News: Amazon Posts Loss As It Focuses On Long Game

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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