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All Tech Considered
4:19 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Does Your Smartphone Go Next To The Salad Fork Or The Soup Spoon?

Nearly everyone has a smartphone or tablet these days, but what should you do when it comes time to sit down for dinner?
Sean Locke iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 5:22 pm

As part of a new tech segment, we're starting a social media advice column in which we'll ask experts your questions about how to behave online. This week's experts are Baratunde Thurston, former digital director of The Onion and author of How to Be Black; and Deanna Zandt, author of Share This!

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All Tech Considered
4:18 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

You Know You Want One: Personal Robots Not Ready For You Yet

Research scientist Leila Takayama poses with a PR2 robot at Willow Garage, a robotics company in Menlo Park, Calif., that produces programmable robots.
Melissa Block NPR

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 11:06 pm

Meet Jake. At 500 pounds, he stands 4 feet 4 four inches tall, with a spine that stretches another foot. He has white urethane skin, a flat head sporting an array of camera lenses, and a laser scanner in his throat.

And he may be coming to a home near you.

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The Two-Way
4:00 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Obama Nominee As Ambassador To Iraq Withdraws

Brett H. McGurk.
Harvard Institute of Politics

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 5:08 pm

Revelations that President Obama's nominee for ambassador to Iraq had an extramarital affair with a reporter have cost Brett H. McGurk his nomination.

As The New York Times reports, a series of leaked racy e-mails between McGurk and Gina Chon, who was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, caused Republican opposition to his nomination as ambassador.

The Times reports:

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The Two-Way
3:34 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Venezuela Demands Return Of Mythical Boulder From Germany

The Global Stone Project in Berlin.
Frank M. Rafik via Flickr

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 3:42 pm

The 35-ton boulder commands attention. The whale-shaped rock was brought to Berlin from Venezuela in 1998 by German artist Wolfgang von Schwarzenfeld who inscribed it with the word love written in seven languages. It's a work of art that sits in Tiergarten park.

But during the past few weeks, the boulder has become the subject of an international dispute.

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The Two-Way
3:17 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Ban The Buckeye For Being Bisexual? We Now Have Hoax No. 3

Brutus Buckeye, the Ohio State mascot. Does he know?
Jamie Sabau Getty Images

Heard about the letter to the editor of a newspaper in Ohio demanding that the state find another tree to serve at its symbol because buckeyes are bisexual? It's starting to get some attention on the Web.

Well, it's a real letter to The Courier in Findlay.

But it's also our third hoax in as many blogging weekdays — or in this case, more accurately, a piece of social satire.

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Middle East
2:00 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

After 30 Years In Syria, Outspoken Priest Is Expelled

The Italian Jesuit priest Paolo Dall'Oglio, shown here at the Syrian Maronite monastery of Deir Mar Musa in 2007, lived in Syria for 30 years before he was expelled Saturday. Dall'Oglio has spoken out in support of protesters who oppose President Bashar Assad.
Louai Beshara AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 11:05 pm

Syria has expelled an Italian Jesuit priest for his outspoken criticism of the government's crackdown on a popular uprising. The Rev. Paolo Dall'Oglio has lived in Syria for 30 years, helping to restore a 1,000-year-old monastery that became a center for Muslim and Christian understanding.

Dall'Oglio's departure from Damascus on Saturday was sudden. More than a year ago, the government ordered him out, but a campaign on Facebook — "No to the Exile of Father Paolo" — delayed his expulsion.

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The Two-Way
1:32 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

U.S. Charges Former Colombian General With Helping Major Drug Traffickers

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 1:39 pm

The United States has indicted a former police general who worked as a security chief for former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe.

Ex-Gen. Mauricio Santoyo Velasco is charged with helping major drug traffickers evade the law to import cocaine into the United States. The AP reports Velasco was also on the traffickers' payroll.

The wire service adds:

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NPR Music Essentials
1:05 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Heavy Rotation: 5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Lianne La Havas
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 6:19 pm

There's no clear formula for why a new song catches fire at one of our partner radio stations. Sometimes it's a hook you can't get out of your head, and sometimes it's a tune's ability to distill a station's overall vibe into three sublime minutes.

We asked five stations to select a song currently blowing up on their airwaves and tell us why. For a limited time, you can download their answers — the results include new music from the smart Canadian pop band Metric, U.K. singer Lianne La Havas, folk newbie John Fullbright, funk collective Brownout and British pop group alt-J.

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The Two-Way
1:01 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Trayvon Martin Case: Jailhouse Calls From Zimmerman To Wife Released

George Zimmerman, in a handout image provided by the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.
Getty Images

"In a half dozen phone calls between a locked-up George Zimmerman and his wife, the couple talk about their love for each other, their confidence in the future and how to move around money," the Orlando Sentinel writes.

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It's All Politics
12:55 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Romney's Bus Tour Drives VP Speculation

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigns with Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio (left) and House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday in Troy, Ohio.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is riding through small towns in six states on his "Every Town Counts" bus tour. As NPR's Mara Liasson reported for Morning Edition, he's focusing on areas of GOP support in the battlegrounds of New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan — all states President Obama won in 2008.

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Author Interviews
12:41 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's A New Superman Bio!

Christopher Reeve played Superman in Richard Donner's 1978 film. Larry Tye has written a new biography of the Man of Steel.
Anonymous AP

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 10:15 am

Eighty years ago, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created the iconic comic book character Superman, but it took several years of rejections before they finally sold him to Detective Comics Inc. in 1938. The distinctive superhero made his first appearance in the comics in June 1938 — and since then has appeared in radio dramas, TV shows, video games, newspaper comics and countless films.

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The Two-Way
12:38 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Microsoft Promises A 'Major' Announcement; What Will It Be?

Microsoft's Surface.
Microsoft

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 9:01 pm

Update at 7:23 p.m. ET. The Surface:

Saying that Microsoft wanted to give its new operating system "its own hardware," CEO Steve Ballmer announced "Surface," Microsoft's foray into the tablet world.

The Verge reports:

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Book Reviews
12:14 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

'Beautiful Ruins,' Both Human And Architectural

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 12:41 pm

In Jess Walter's new novel, Beautiful Ruins, there's a beaten-down character named Claire who works in Hollywood reading scripts for a living. Claire is inundated with reality TV show pitches, many of them featuring drunk models or drunk sex addicts — in short, scripts so offensive that, Claire thinks, to give them the green light for production would be akin to "singlehandedly hastening the apocalypse."

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Governing
11:53 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Will New Policy Reopen Immigration Debate?

Immigration lawyers are moving quickly in response to President Obama's decision to let certain illegal immigrants stay in the country. Host Michel Martin discusses the latest changes with immigration attorney Sarah Moshe and two undocumented immigrants: journalist Jose Antonio Vargas and immigration rights advocate Gaby Pacheco.

Governing
11:53 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Undocumented Immigrants React To Obama Decision

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 12:58 pm

President Obama announced Friday to let certain illegal immigrants stay in the U.S. Host Michel Martin continues to discuss the latest changes to immigration policy with lawyer Sarah Moshe and undocumented immigrants Gaby Pacheco and Jose Antonio Vargas. He wrote the latest Time magazine cover story about his life as an illegal immigrant.

The Salt
11:23 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Desert Plant's Potent Chemical Cocktail Makes Mice Go 'Ptooey'

Spiny mice eat the fruit of the mignonette bush but spit out the seeds
Michal Samuni-Blank Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

Next time you're in the Negev Desert and you come across a sweet mignonette bush, stop and listen. You might hear a tiny "Ptooey" from somewhere underneath.

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The Two-Way
11:20 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Obama's Played 100 Rounds Of Golf; Which Presidents Beat That?

Presidents Clinton and Obama during a round of golf last September.
Chris Kleponis-Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 1:04 pm

On Sunday, President Obama played his 100th round of golf since taking office, according to CBS News' Mark Knoller — the White House press corps' keeper of all sorts of presidential factoids.

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The Two-Way
9:41 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Rodney King: 'What I Had To Do Was Make It Better'

Rodney King. (April 13, 2012 file photo.)
Matt Sayles AP

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 10:38 am

The death Sunday of Rodney King, the victim of a 1991 police beating in Los Angeles who became a "reluctant symbol of race relations," as the Los Angeles Times says, is prompting many looks back at what happened to him and the Los Angeles riots that followed the 1992 acquittal of the officers involved.

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The Two-Way
8:24 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Reminder: Supreme Court's Decision On Health Care Law Due

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 10:19 am

Update at 10:20 a.m. ET. No Decision Yet:

The court just finished issuing its opinions and other orders for the day. Neither the health care nor campaign finance cases were among them.

So we'll repeat this process on Thursday.

Our original post; "Reminder: Supreme Court's Decision On Health Care Law Due":

What we said last Monday applies again today:

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