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The Two-Way
1:17 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

No Smoking Outside Starbucks Shops Starting Saturday

Don't sit down here and have a smoke with your coffee, Starbucks says.
Mark Memmott NPR

Starbucks is moving its smoking ban outdoors.

Starting Saturday, according to signs posted in its more than 7,000 shops across the U.S. and Canada, "the no-smoking policy ... will include outdoor areas."

"Smoking will be restricted within 25 feet of the store and within outdoor seating areas," the notices read.

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Parallels
1:14 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Rio Goes High-Tech, With An Eye Toward Olympics, World Cup

Rio's Operations Center brings together more than 30 agencies and allows them to coordinate on daily issues such as traffic, as well as on emergencies such as the frequent flash floods in hillside slums.
Raphael Lima Courtesy of the Operations Center, City of Rio De Janeiro

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 10:27 am

We are standing in front of a huge bank of screens, in the middle of which is a glowing map that changes focus depending on what the dozens of controllers are looking at.

The room looks like something straight out of a NASA shuttle launch. The men and women manning the floor are dressed in identical white jumpsuits. With a flick of a mouse, they scroll through dozens of streaming video images coming into the center.

This is Rio de Janeiro in real time.

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Code Switch
1:14 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Puerto Ricans Find Coors' Toast In Poor Taste

The Coors Light can created to celebrate this year's National Puerto Rican Day parade sparked controversy over its logo.
Courtesy of PIX11

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 4:51 pm

Community activists in New York are angry after MillerCoors placed a Puerto Rican flag on a special edition, 24-ounce beer can. The can was designed to promote the annual Puerto Rican Day parade.

Parade organizers approved a commemorative Coors Light can adorned with a Puerto Rican flag in the shape of a big apple. The phrase "National Puerto Rican Day Parade, Inc." was also emblazoned on the can.

Organizers insisted on Friday that the can does not feature the Puerto Rican flag.

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The Two-Way
1:04 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Calmly, From Portland, It's The Quiet Music Festival

The show Portlandia recently featured a skit titled "The Battle Of The Gentle Bands." Portland will host the Quiet Music Festival this weekend.
IFC/YouTube

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 3:05 pm

Not all music festivals are carnivals of noise, propelled by thudding drums and screeching guitars. In fact, for the annual Quiet Music Festival of Portland, which begins today, the goal is to experience calming sounds.

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World Cafe
12:12 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Jamie Lidell On World Cafe

Jamie Lidell.
Lindsey Rome Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 11:17 am

British producer and singer Jamie Lidell is one of electronic music's funkiest solo practitioners. When Lidell visited World Cafe in 2006 to support his successful album Multiply, he told host David Dye that he had been called the "one-man human funk tornado" — a moniker he earns yet again in this session.

In this installment of World Cafe, Lidell plays songs from his latest self-titled album and discusses the process of making the record at his new home studio in Nashville.

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Movies
11:47 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Yes, Your Cat Can Get A Movie Deal

This is a cat who appears in a perfectly lovely piece of stock photography but who, as far as we know, lacks a movie deal. Get on it, Wet Cat!
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 11:54 am

"Mr. Lashes, 34 years old, is an agent for Internet cats."

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Arts + Life
11:46 am
Fri May 31, 2013

My Favorite Superman Story: When Jimmy Olsen Created Beatlemania

From the Author's Collection

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 12:43 pm

Hey, Monkey See readers. It's me, your old pal Glen. Look, I know you haven't seen me around these parts very much over the last year or so, but ...

Mm? What's that?

Why, yes, I have "put on a few," as you say. How nice of you to notice. And just ... blurt out. Free as you please. Like that. Gosh I've missed us.

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Arts + Life
11:44 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Cartoonist Lynda Barry Helps College Students Tap Innate Creativity

Angela Richardson

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 11:50 am

Like most of her work, cartoonist Lynda Barry's class at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is unorthodox. "No artistic talent required," the course description states. The course is described as a "writing and picture-making class with focus on the basic physical structure of the brain."

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The Two-Way
11:42 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Video Shows Truck's Cab Crossing Tracks, Just Before Train

A still image from a video posted by Eastern Truck and Trailer captures a moment just before a commercial truck's trailer was struck by a freight train Tuesday.
ETT Corp/YouTube

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 1:00 pm

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Music
11:40 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Five Musicians Who Make Borrowing Sound Original

Valerie June's first album, Pushin' Against A Stone, will be out in August.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 10:35 am

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Music
11:38 am
Fri May 31, 2013

The Good Listener: What's More Important, Lyrics Or Music?

Which is more important: The word "Hallelujah" or music that says "Hallelujah" on its own?
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 2:05 pm

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The Two-Way
11:34 am
Fri May 31, 2013

2 Years Added To Expected Life Of Medicare Trust Fund

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 9:23 pm

"The trust fund that finances Medicare's hospital insurance coverage will remain solvent until 2026, two years beyond what was projected in last year's report," the program's trustees reported Friday.

In a statement, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services gives some of the credit to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

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Business
11:14 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Can A Huge Hog Deal Pose A National Security Risk?

Smithfield hams hang outside the Taste of Smithfield restaurant and gourmet market in Smithfield, Va. Shuanghui International Holdings plans to buy Smithfield Foods, the world's biggest hog producer.
Rich-Joseph Facun Reuters/Landov

Americans do love their bacon, but is that romance a national security issue?

Maybe.

This week, China's biggest pork producer announced plans to buy Virginia-based Smithfield Foods Inc. Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa wants a national security review by an interagency panel known as the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., or CFIUS.

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BackTalk
11:10 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Should Art Sale Help Save Detroit?

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 12:37 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now it's time for BackTalk. That's where we hear from you. Editor Ammad Omar is with me once again. What's going on today, Ammad?

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Barbershop
11:10 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Should Journalists Attend Holder's Off-The-Record Meeting?

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 12:37 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Politics
11:10 am
Fri May 31, 2013

How Will Bachmann's Departure Affect Politics?

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 12:37 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Later in the program, we will meet with actress and producer Rita Wilson. She says passing the big 5-0 has liberated her from her creative rut and is editor-at-large of the Huff/Post50 website. She's now launching a new literary section and inviting other 50-somethings to get those creative juices flowing. She'll tell you more about that in just a few minutes.

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Arts & Life
11:10 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Rita Wilson Says Fifty Is Fabulous

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 9:26 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, we'll head into the Barber Shop to get the buzz on some hot topics in the news. But first we want to hear about another place to hang out to find out about what's going on in the world. That would be the Internet. And while a lot of people might think that that's the domain of the younger set, it turns out that there is a thriving online world catering to 40 and 50-somethings.

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The Two-Way
10:54 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Two More Days Of Severe Weather Warnings For Hard-Hit States

This ominous-looking wall of clouds formed near Purcell, Okla., on Thursday. There were more tornadoes in Oklahoma and Arkansas as severe weather continued to pummel those states.
Alonzo Adams AP

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 12:24 am

Update at 12:22 a.m. ET. Medical Examiner Confirms 5 Killed

The Associated Press is reporting that the Oklahoma medical examiner's office says 5 people have been killed in the tornado outbreak in the Oklahoma suburbs.

Update at 9:55 p.m. ET. Highway Patrol Says Two Killed:

A mother and baby were killed in the Oklahoma City area during the storm, the Associated Press reports, citing the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

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Author Interviews
10:47 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Whitey Bulger Bio Profiles Boston's Most Notorious Gangster

FBI AP

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 1:29 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on Feb. 25, 2013.

The remarkable story of gangster Whitey Bulger begins in the housing projects of South Boston and ends with his capture by the FBI in 2011 after his 16 years on the lam. By then, Bulger was wanted for 19 murders, extortion and loan sharking for leading a criminal enterprise in Boston from the 1970s until 1995. During much of that time he was also an informant and being protected by the FBI.

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Science + Technology
10:08 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Huge Asteroid Makes Its Closest Pass To Earth Today

Radar images of asteroid 1998 QE2, taken when the cosmic traveler was about 3.75 million miles from Earth, revealed that the asteroid, with a 1.7-mile diameter, has a moon or satellite revolving around it.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSSR

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 11:29 am

An asteroid nine times the size of a cruise ship is dropping by Earth on Friday, and it's not coming alone. Asteroid 1998 QE2 will be about 3.6 million miles from our planet at its closest approach. And its proximity has already given scientists a surprise: It has its own moon, measured at about 2,000 feet wide.

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