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9:40 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Australian PM Changes Carbon Tax Ahead Of Election

Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd speaks to the media on June 26, 2013. (Rick Rycroft/AP)

Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Tuesday a deeply unpopular carbon tax will be replaced by a less-severe emissions trading scheme a year ahead of schedule, in a bid to lower power bills for households as a tight national election looms.

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10:55 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Fighting Words From Minnesota Rapper Dessa

Dessa's latest album is "Parts of Speech." (Doomtree)

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 12:48 pm

Stephen Thompson, NPR Music writer and editor, brings us a new single from Minnesota rapper Dessa.

“Fighting Fish,” from her new album Parts of Speech, includes lyrics about Greek philosophy and emotional turmoil.

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10:50 am
Mon July 15, 2013

How TV Shows Cope With An Actor's Death

Cory Monteith at the Los Angeles premiere of "Glee" on May 11, 2009, in Santa Monica, California. (Todd Williamson/Invision via AP)

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 2:02 pm

Cory Monteith, the 31-year-old actor most famous for playing the high school jock turned glee club singer on the Fox show “Glee,” was found dead on Saturday night in his Vancouver hotel room.

The cause of death has not yet been made public. Monteith had struggled in the past with substance abuse.

It’s unclear how Glee producers will address Monteith’s death as the show ramps up for its new season.

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10:40 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Head Start Programs Try To Deal With Sequester Cuts

Students pose for a picture at a Head Start program run by the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency. (CHC Community Action Agency)

Up to 70,000 children could lose access to Head Start and Early Head Start programs as a result of the federal budget cuts known as the sequester, according to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Local programs are trying to compensate for the cuts by trimming other areas of their budgets, in an attempt to keep the Head Start slots in the program open for children.

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10:15 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Will The Latest Abortion Laws Hold Up In Court?

Sen. Wendy Davis, D-FortWorth, right, stands with fellow senators as Texas Senate debates abortion bill HB2, Friday, July 12, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (Eric Gay/AP)

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 2:02 pm

Slate legal affairs editor Emily Bazelon writes that Texas joins 11 other states where abortions are banned at some point in the second trimester of pregnancy such as after 20 weeks, but it’s unlikely that those kinds of laws will pass muster at the Supreme Court.

It’s also unclear where courts will come down on new laws in 12 states, including Texas, that restrict access to abortion-inducing medication.

And 26 states now have laws that increase regulations on abortion clinics, such as requiring providers to have hospital admitting privileges.

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10:06 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Zimmerman's Legal Fight May Continue

Activists on Union Square stand with a cut out photo of Trayvon Martin, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, during a protest against the acquittal of volunteer neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. (Craig Ruttle/AP)

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 2:02 pm

Thousands of demonstrators from across the country – chanting, praying and even fighting tears – protested a jury’s decision to clear neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager while the Justice Department considered whether to file criminal civil rights charges.

Rallies on Sunday were largely peaceful as demonstrators voiced their support for 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s family and decried Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict as a miscarriage of justice.

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9:50 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Why We Lose Weight When We Sleep

(JuditK/Flickr)

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 2:02 pm

Why do we weigh less in the morning than we do at night?

NPR’s Robert Krulwich decided to find out and he shares his findings with us.

It turns out that much of it has to do with breathing.

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9:45 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Pittsburgh Pirates Get Creative With Money

Pittsburgh Pirates All-Stars pose for a photo before a baseball game at PNC Park against the New York Mets in Pittsburgh Sunday, July 14, 2013. From left they are; relief pitcher Mark Melancon (35), center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22), starting pitcher Jeff Locke (49), relief pitcher Jason Grilli (39), and third baseman Pedro Alvarez (24). (Gene J. PuskarAP)

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 2:02 pm

Fans of baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates have endured 20 straight losing seasons, the longest stretch of futility among the four professional sports teams.

But as they head into the All-Star break, the Pirates have one of the best records of all the Major League Baseball teams. And the case can be made they did it by smart investing.

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9:40 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Top Runners Test Positive For Banned Substances

Tyson Gay of the United States, left, and Asafa Powell of Jamaica, right, during their 100 meter race at the 2009 Shanghai Golden Grand Prix, an international track and field event. (Eugene Hoshiko/AP)

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 2:02 pm

Tyson Gay, a former Olympic champion, and Asafa Powell, a world record holder in the 100 meters, confirmed on Sunday they have tested positive for banned substances.

There were also reports that Powell was among five Olympic gold medalists from Jamaica who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs at that country’s national championships last month.

These revelations cast a shadow over next month’s world championships in Moscow.

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10:55 am
Fri July 12, 2013

The Business Plan Behind 'Sharknado'

Detail of a promotional poster for "Sharknado." (Sharknado/SyFy)

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 12:45 pm

The campy movie “Sharknado” about killer sharks caught in a tornado and dumped in Southern California, premiered yesterday on SyFy and unleashed a storm on Twitter.

At its peak, it produced 84 tweets per second. So what is the secret to this low budget film’s rabid success?

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10:50 am
Fri July 12, 2013

'Under the Dome' Part Of New TV Trend

This publicity image released by CBS shows a general view from the series "Under the Dome," about a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by a massive transparent dome. (CBS Entertainment)

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 12:45 pm

The new CBS show “Under the Dome,” about a small town that is suddenly and mysteriously enclosed by a barrier, has been a hit with 13.5 million viewers on its first night.

In the age of streaming TV and Netflix, Linda Holmes of NPR’s Monkey See blog explains why these new “event series” are becoming a summer trend.

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10:40 am
Fri July 12, 2013

What's Really Holding Republicans Back on Immigration

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, and GOP leaders, pauses while meeting with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, following a Republican strategy session. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 12:45 pm

As debate over the immigration bill continues in the House, NPR’s Mara Liasson explains the political calculations House Republicans are making as they delay a full immigration overhaul.

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9:55 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Listener Letters: Politicians And Australian Bands

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 12:45 pm

Today we read and listen to several comments about our interviews with Congressman Mo Brooks and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, and our stories about Bangladesh factory safety and Australian bands.

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9:50 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Plans Underway For 'American Writers Museum'

The museum's design plan says "we will utilize large touch-wall technology at the entrance of each of the themed galleries." (American Writers Museum Foundation)

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 3:11 pm

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There are estimated to be well over 17,000 museums in the United States. Philadelphia has the Mutter Museum of Medical History, there's a Spam museum in Austin, Minnesota, and La Crosse, Kansas, has a museum devoted to barbed wire — to name a few.

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9:45 am
Fri July 12, 2013

New Evidence May Give 'Boston Strangler' A Name

Albert DeSalvo, 35, is surrounded by police after his capture in Lynn on Feb. 25, 1967. DeSalvo was nabbed in a store a day after he escaped from Bridgewater State Hospital for the criminally insane. (AP)

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 12:45 pm

After almost 50 years, law enforcement officials say they have new evidence proving who killed the last victim in the infamous Boston Strangler case, a string of murders in the 1960s.

But questions are being asked about the new evidence and the way it was obtained.

WBUR’s Bruce Gellerman reports on the latest developments in this cold case.

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10:50 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Beyond AC/DC -- New Music Out Of Australia

Travis Holcombe is a DJ at KCRW. (KCRW)

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 7:30 am

KCRW, the public radio station in Santa Monica, California, is well known for setting tastes in music and discovering unknown talent.

Travis Holcombe, who DJs there, has been hearing a lot of interesting music out of Australia — from the group Jagwar Ma to Tame Impala.

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10:40 am
Thu July 11, 2013

New Jersey Takes Up Same-Sex Marriage Fight

Advocates for gay marriage in New Jersey gather outside the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J., June 27, 2013. (Mel Evans/AP)

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 2:44 pm

New Jersey is the center of the next battle for gay marriage. The state is one of seven that offers same-sex couples civil unions or domestic partnerships.

Buoyed by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage act, advocates will argue that the current law denies couples equal protection under the law.

Meanwhile, Democrats in the Garden State legislature are pushing for an override of Governor Christie’s veto of gay marriage legislation last year.

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10:35 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Happy 85th Birthday, Sliced Bread

(SliceOfChic/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 2:44 pm

Sliced bread turns 85 years old this month. The Chillicothe Baking Company sold the first wrapped package of sliced bread in history on July 7, 1928.

So what can sliced bread teach us about business?

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9:50 am
Thu July 11, 2013

John Singer Sargent And The Painting That Made His Reputation

"The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit" by John Singer Sargent, American, 1882. (Museum of Fine Arts Boston)

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 2:44 pm

John Singer Sargent painted “The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit” more than 130 years ago, but his depiction of four little girls in white pinafores is still a favorite attraction at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

Erica Hirshler, senior curator at the MFA says the youngest daughter holds a particular pull.

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9:45 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Rookie Player Stirs Uproar In MLB All-Star Voting

Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig during warmups to play against the Philadelphia Phillies in a baseball game Thursday, June 27, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Alex Gallardo/AP)

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 2:44 pm

Yasiel Puig, a rookie baseball player for the Los Angeles Dodgers, has generated buzz and controversy as fans vote for the last players to be named to the MLB All-Star teams. The game is next Tuesday.

Puig, 22-year-old Cuban defector, has only played in the major leagues for a little over a month and has impressed people with his stats and athleticism.

However, some people think his short tenure with the Dodgers makes him undeserving of being an All-Star. The only way he can make the All-Star team is if baseball fans vote him in, and voting ends today at 4 p.m.

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