Mark Stencel http://wcbe.org en A Facebook Phone? Who Else Wants To Be In Your Pocket? http://wcbe.org/post/facebook-phone-who-else-wants-be-your-pocket <em>Yes, April Fools' Day is SO three days ago, but we couldn't resist ...</em><p>Now that <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/04/04/176246660/facebook-phone-is-a-family-of-apps-zuckerberg-says">Facebook is following</a> Apple, Microsoft and Google into the mobile device business, the team here in NPR's corporate R&D division is discussing what our own branded phone experience might offer. Fri, 05 Apr 2013 19:23:08 +0000 Mark Stencel 33530 at http://wcbe.org A Facebook Phone? Who Else Wants To Be In Your Pocket? Retell Politics: Story About Obama's Mother Gets Another Look http://wcbe.org/post/retell-politics-story-about-obamas-mother-gets-another-look Were last night's convention references to Barack Obama's mother and her struggles with an insurance company before her death a powerful argument for health care reform? Or were they a well-worn misrepresentation of history?<p>The answer appears to be in the wording.<p>The story came up twice — in Vice President Joe Biden's speech and in a seven-minute video preceding President Obama's address. Fri, 07 Sep 2012 10:48:00 +0000 Mark Stencel 22273 at http://wcbe.org Mars Rover Pulls Off High-Wire Landing http://wcbe.org/post/live-now-mars-rovers-high-wire-landing The best place to stand in the entire solar system at 1:14 a.m. ET Monday was about 150 million miles away, at the bottom of Gale Crater near the equator of the Red Planet.<p>Looking west around mid-afternoon local time, a Martian bystander would have seen a rocket-powered alien spacecraft approach and then hover about 60 feet over the rock-strewn plain between the crater walls and the towering slopes of nearby Mount Sharp.<p>A gangly vehicle, about the size of a small car on Earth, descended from the spacecraft on nylon cords amid blowing crimson dust. Mon, 06 Aug 2012 04:02:00 +0000 Mark Stencel 20196 at http://wcbe.org Mars Rover Pulls Off High-Wire Landing