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11:03 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Big Money And The Ballot Box

Charles Mann Photography iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 3:31 pm

You wouldn't think politicians would have any trouble raising enough money these days. The presidential race is expected to be a billion-dollar affair, and spending records have been shattered at the congressional level.

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The Two-Way
11:00 am
Mon June 4, 2012

As Venus Transits The Face Of The Sun, Here's How To Safely Watch

Safety over style: In 2006, a Palestinian man and boy were careful to protect their eyes while watching a partial eclipse of the sun. The same cautions are in order for Venus' transit of the sun on Tuesday.
Saif Dahlah AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 2:53 pm

DO NOT STARE AT THE SUN.

Is that clear enough?

As we looked this morning for good guides about how to safely watch on Tuesday as Venus passes across the face of the sun, there was no escaping the stern warnings about what NOT to do.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:56 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Kept From Playing Piano, Vanessa Perez Pushes Through To Success

Pianist Vanessa Perez performs at NPR in Washington, D.C.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:50 pm

There are stories both famous and infamous of children pushed into performing careers by their parents (Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Judy Garland ... the list goes on and on). But Vanessa Perez has become a fine young pianist despite her mother's best efforts to keep her away from the performing arts.

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Monkey See
9:58 am
Mon June 4, 2012

'Push Girls': A Fresh Take On Women Riding On '26-Inch Rims'

Angela Rockwood has a photography shoot as she tries to get back into modeling on Sundance's Push Girls.
Diane Bondareff Sundance

Let's say this first: Popular television is bad at lots of things, and one of them is representations of people with disabilities. Even where they're present – Artie on Glee, or Walter, Jr. on Breaking Bad – they tend to be in isolation. When there's more than one person in a wheelchair, for instance, like when Jason Street was in rehab on Friday Night Lights, the story is usually about the disability itself.

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The Two-Way
9:35 am
Mon June 4, 2012

U.S., Vietnam Exchange Pieces Of History: Two Soldiers' Last Writings

Vietnamese Minister of Defense Phuong Quang Thanh (right) presents the personal letters of U.S. Army Sgt. Steve Flaherty to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
Jim Watson Pool/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 9:37 am

(NPR's Larry Abramson is among the correspondents traveling with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in Asia this week. In Vietnam earlier today, the government there told Panetta it will open three new sites for excavation — in the hope of finding U.S. troops' remains.

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Krulwich Wonders...
9:07 am
Mon June 4, 2012

The Chumbawamba Principle: A Commencement Address

Robert Krulwich delivers the commencement address at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, on June 2.
Jason P. Smith College of the Atlantic

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 1:22 pm

This is a commencement address I gave this weekend at the College of the Atlantic, in Bar Harbor, Maine. It's a small, highly interdisciplinary liberal arts college that I much admire. This is my talk to the graduating class.


OK. Finally you are at the door.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
9:03 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Kelly Hogan: Tiny Desk Concert

Michael Katzif NPR

The reliable backup singer who seizes the spotlight is the stuff of entertainment-industry fairy tales, but Kelly Hogan hasn't actually had to labor in obscurity.

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The Two-Way
8:32 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Tiger Woods' Incredible Chip: You Can Do It Too (Yeah, Right)

And then he roared: Tiger Woods celebrating after his chip-in at the 16th hole Sunday in the Memorial Tournament.
Andy Lyons Getty Images

If you haven't seen it by now, check out the chip shot that Tiger Woods rolled into the cup Sunday on the 16th hole at the Memorial Tournament. It put him on the way to winning the tournament.

According to golf legend Jack Nicklaus, it was "the gutsiest and best shot I've ever seen in my life."

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Monkey See
8:17 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Morning Shots: What's In A Preview? And Who Retires At 20, Anyway?

It turns out that Off-Broadway plays, in particular, are so reliant on the feedback they get (and the revenue they get) from preview performances that they sometimes schedule a longer period of previews than regular perfomances. [The New York Times]

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