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6:18 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Summer Books 2012: Cool Reads For Hot Days

Harriett Russell

Summer is glorious and far too short to waste on the wrong book. Let the NPR critics you know and trust help you find the year's best fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, cookbooks and more.

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PG-13: Risky Reads
6:18 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Ready For Romance: Reading Gone With The Wind

Margaret Mitchell's novel Gone With the Wind was published 75 years ago this month. A 1936 promotional poster for the book shows heroine Scarlett O'Hara running through the streets as Atlanta burns.
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Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 1:14 pm

Jodi Picoult's latest novel is Between the Lines.

One of my first childhood memories is of the moment I got my own library card, so it's clear that I grew up in a family of readers. I always had a book in my hand, and as I grew into my preteen years I began to veer away from the All-Of-A-Kind Family series to more modern Judy Blume novels, whose heroines held a mirror up to my own life. You can imagine my shock, then, when one day I came home from the library with Forever by Judy Blume — and was told by my mother that I wasn't allowed to read it.

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This Is NPR
6:17 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

A Sticky Situation: Baking the Tapes

A reel-to-reel tape player
Lauren Sin NPR

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 1:20 pm

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With more than 40 years of audio, preserving and archiving the hundreds of interviews, reports, specials, and programs produced by NPR is no small task. It gets even more complicated when old reel-to-reel tape starts sticking together. Fortunately the NPR librarians know just the trick to get them unstuck: bake 'em.

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This Is NPR
6:10 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Pics from Robert Siegel's Colin Powell Interview

Robert Siegel and Colin Powell during a light moment of the evening.
Emily Hellewell NPR

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 1:19 pm

Yesterday evening, All Things Considered host Robert Siegel lent his interview skills to an event sponsored by the Washington, D.C.'s Politics and Prose bookstore, the 6th & I Historic Synagogue, and NPR.

In front of a capacity crowd, Siegel talked to former Secretary of State Colin Powell about his life, career and new book, It Worked for Me.

Here are a few shots from the event:

The Two-Way
5:59 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Ambassador Susan Rice: The Best Solution In Syria Is Still Political

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice speaks to the media after a U.N. Security Council meeting on Syria on Wednesday.
Mario Tama Getty Images

The situation in Syria is obviously at a crossroads. After the massacre in Houla that killed more than 100 people — many of them women and children — the diplomatic engine has picked up steam.

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Middle East
5:47 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Weighing The 'Yemen Option' For Syria

In this photo from 2009, Syrian President Bashar Assad (left) stands with then-Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh during a welcoming ceremony for Saleh at the presidential palace in Damascus. As the violence continues in Syria, the U.S. and other countries are hoping to convince Assad to step down from power, as Saleh did.
Louai Beshara AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 6:56 pm

The Obama administration says that Syrian President Bashar Assad has forfeited his right to lead Syria, and grisly murders in the town of Houla over the weekend reinforce that argument.

But despite mounting pressure, Assad isn't budging. The U.S is now trying to enlist Russia to use its influence with the Syrian leader to follow the so-called Yemen model and move out of the way.

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5:36 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Introducing the Planet Money iPhone App


Today we're proud to announce the launch of our Planet Money iPhone app, which represents a new direction in our mobile strategy.

You can find many of the features of the app in Caitlin Kenny's blog post this morning or you can download it for free from iTunes and try if for yourself.

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Shots - Health Blog
5:31 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Old People Smell Different, Not Worse

I'd know that smell anywhere.

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 11:12 am

If you've ever spent time where the elderly congregate, you may have wondered: Do old people smell different?

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It's All Politics
5:17 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

CEO In Chief? A Business Background Is Rare For Presidents

Mitt Romney addresses the Latino Coalition's 2012 Small Business Summit in Washington earlier this month.
Mary Altaffer AP

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 12:17 pm

Republican Mitt Romney is running on the strength of his business background. He says he knows how to fix the economy, in part because of his success at Bain Capital. But history is not necessarily on Romney's side. Very few businesspeople have made it to the White House.

The transition from business to politics isn't necessarily an easy one.

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The Salt
5:13 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

FDA Rules Corn Syrup Can't Change It's Name To Corn Sugar

A sweetener by any other name ...

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 6:41 pm

Corn-based-sweetener manufacturers may be singing a sour tune today. The Food and Drug Administration just ruled that the ubiquitous high fructose corn syrup that sweetens many of our candies, sodas and snacks cannot be called "corn sugar." But much like Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator character, they'll probably be baaack.

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