PG-13: Risky Reads
4:32 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Teenage Tales: Sneaking Looks In Sexy Books

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

Emily Danforth is the author of The Miseducation of Cameron Post.

I was at a garage sale with my grandmother when I found a paperback copy of Rita Mae Brown's Rubyfruit Jungle.

I was, without much enthusiasm, rummaging through a pile of books. And then I turned over a small paperback. There, on the back, was a reviewer praising this "account of what it's like growing up lesbian ..." I flinched — such a private word to place in such prominence on a book cover.

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The Two-Way
4:08 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Justice Department Is Dropping Case Against Edwards

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 4:49 pm

The Justice Department is walking away from its case against John Edwards.

Federal prosecutors have announced they will not retry the former Democratic presidential candidate on campaign finance charges. The decision comes soon after jury was unable to reach a verdict.

Government lawyers asked Judge Catherine Eagles to dismiss the case with prejudice, meaning they will not take another bite at the apple and try to resurrect their high profile case.

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Live Fridays From XPN
4:00 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Live Friday: Michael Kiwanuka In Concert

Michael Kiwanuka performs at World Cafe Live.
Joe Del Tufo WXPN

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 8:42 pm

Born in London to Ugandan parents, Michael Kiwanuka was brought up in a home from which music was largely absent. His first introduction to rock — Nirvana, Radiohead — arrived as he began to hang with the skater kids in his north London suburb during his early teenage years.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:48 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Finally, A Map Of All The Microbes On Your Body

Ayodhya Ouditt NPR

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 10:30 am

Scientists Wednesday unveiled the first catalog of the bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that populate every nook and cranny of the human body.

Researchers hope the advance marks an important step towards understanding how microbes help make humans human.

The human body contains about 100 trillion cells, but only maybe one in 10 of those cells is actually — human. The rest are from bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms.

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Mountain Stage
3:38 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Sylvie Lewis On Mountain Stage

Sylvie Lewis.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:51 am

Singer-songwriter Sylvie Lewis makes her third appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Lewis is English by birth, but has made her home in Switzerland, Los Angeles, Boston and, lately, Rome. Her wanderlust imparts a worldly sophistication to her lyrics and voice, which call to mind sounds from another era.

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The Two-Way
3:31 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

'That's A Clown Question, Bro' Or The Rhetorical Comeback Rounding Twitter

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper prepares to bat during a baseball game with the New York Mets on June 5 in Washington.
Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 8:04 pm

If Twitter has its way, "That's a clown question, bro" will join "Don't tase me, bro" in the annals of popular rhetorical comebacks.

"That's a clown question, bro" comes from 19-year-old baseball phenom Bryce Harper. That's what he told a Canadian journalist yesterday, following his second three-hit game in a row.

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It's All Politics
3:31 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Hate The Latest Political Ads? Don't Blame Citizens United

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 11:10 am

As the presidential race slogs into the summer, there has come to be understood this one great truth: SuperPACs are dominating the landscape, and it's all because of the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling that opened the floodgates to big money.

This truth, alas, is no longer so.

At least in the terms of the presidential race: SuperPACs are out, and Republican-leaning "social welfare" organizations are in.

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Planet Money
3:14 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Why Germany Keeps Saying No

Sean Gallup Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 3:45 pm

The euro zone's largest economies all seem to agree that their currency union needs "more Europe, not less," as IMF chief Christine LaGarde recently put it.

Spain, Italy and France have been pushing for Europe-wide bank guarantees, and bonds backed by all eurozone countries.

But so far, Germany isn't on board.

Most articles on the subject contain phrases like this:

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The Two-Way
2:56 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

From Our Readers: Keep The Heat Down When Talking Politics

This morning's post about the special election to fill the House seat left vacant by the retirement of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., has readers from both sides of the political divide warning about extremism.

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NPR Story
2:04 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

June Primaries Set Stage For Senate Control

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 2:49 pm



This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Cornyn calls for Holder's head. Giffords hands off to Barber. And the president trips over unemployment. It's Wednesday and time for a...


CONAN: ...edition of the political junkie.

PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: There you go again.

VICE PRESIDENT WALTER MONDALE: When I hear your new ideas, I'm reminded of that ad: Where's the beef?

SENATOR BARRY GOLDWATER: Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.

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