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The Two-Way
11:35 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Romney, Republicans Pulled In More Money In May Than Obama, Democrats

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in California last week.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his fellow Republicans report raising more than $76 million last month, topping the $60 million collected by President Obama and the Democratic Party.

The Associated Press points out that "it's the first month that the former Massachusetts governor has collected more money than Obama, who is known for his fundraising prowess."

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Mountain Stage
11:30 am
Thu June 7, 2012

The Pines On Mountain Stage

The Pines.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 10:20 am

Led by Benson Ramsey and David Huckfelt, ethereal folk-rock group The Pines makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Paramount Theater in Bristol, Tenn./Va. As a young boy growing up Iowa, Ramsey watched as his father — producer and guitarist Bo Ramsey — helped craft the definitive alt-country sound alongside Lucinda Williams.

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The Picture Show
11:05 am
Thu June 7, 2012

What Lies Beneath The New York Times? A Lively Morgue And Its Lonely Keeper

Jeff Roth unlocks the doors to the "morgue" of The New York Times.
Claire O'Neill NPR

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 11:15 am

If you want to venture into New York City's subterranean nether circles, let Jeff Roth be your Virgil. To a basement two levels below the bustling streets near Times Square, for example. Just past some leaky pipes, a hole in the ground and through some heavy metal doors, he led me to an unexpected morgue.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:03 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Barefoot Running: Paleo-Fact Or Paleo-Fad?

Ryan Pierse Getty Images

This week I'm reading Lone Survivors, a new book in which British anthropologist Christopher Stringer reports that some Homo sapiens wore shoes as early as 40,000 years ago.

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The Two-Way
10:58 am
Thu June 7, 2012

U.N. Monitors Were Shot At Today In Syria, Secretary General Says

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 7:18 pm

United Nations monitors in Syria were shot at with small arms fire today as they tried to reach the scene of another alleged massacre, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said this morning.

At the U.N. General Assembly, Ban also condemned today's "shocking and sickening" reports about the killings of dozens. And, NPR's Michele Kelemen reports, he called this yet another "pivotal moment" that could see Syria fall into a full-blown civil war.

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The Two-Way
10:58 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Zimmerman Gets New Bond Hearing

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara (left) stands with his client, George Zimmerman, at a hearing related to second-degree murder charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.
Pool Getty Images

The accused killer of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin goes back to court June 29. That's when a judge will review whether to increase the bail amount for George Zimmerman. He returned to prison over the weekend after his bond was revoked last week. The judge determined Zimmerman and his wife hadn't told the full truth about how much money they had, and were able to pay a lower bail.

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Life in Berlin
10:52 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Inspired By Twitter, Filmmaker Records Stories In 140 Seconds

Inspired by the Twitter format of 140 characters per message, filmmaker Mia Meyer and a colleague started 140 Seconds, a website that films Twitter users telling their stories in 140 seconds. So far, 44 video's have been uploaded.
Courtesy of Mia Meyer

Every day, approximately 340 million Tweets are posted on the social networking service, Twitter.

Inspired by the Twitter format of 140 characters per message, filmmaker and editor Mia Meyer and her colleague, Tim Klimes, started a website that films Twitter users telling their stories in 140 seconds.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
10:31 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom: Tiny Desk Concert

Emily Bogle NPR

If you drive northwest on New Hampshire Avenue out of Washington, D.C., you'll pass a few shopping plazas, a freeway or two, a house of worship for nearly every imaginable denomination. Around the point where the suburban sprawl begins to thin out, there's a one-block-long dead-end street on the right called Spotswood Drive. That's where a man named Walter Salb once lived; he was a beloved and respected drummer, and by most accounts a larger-than-life character.

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The Two-Way
10:28 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Economy Is Poised For More Growth, But 'Fiscal Cliff' Looms, Bernanke Says

A word cloud of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's prepared testimony to the congressional Joint Economic Committee.
wordle.net

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 12:37 pm

"Economic growth appears poised to continue at a moderate pace over coming quarters," Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress this hour, and will be supported in part by additional "accommodative monetary policy" from the central bank.

While there's been a slowing in job growth, Bernanke says that Fed policymakers believe household spending has been "relatively well sustained" and are encouraged by "consumer spentiment [that is] ... up noticeably from its levels late last year."

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Live in Concert
10:23 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Willie Nelson In Concert

Willie Nelson performs during WXPN's Non-Commvention at World Cafe Live.
Joe Del Tufo/WXPN

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 4:36 pm

Willie Nelson is an American icon. Born during the Great Depression, he's lived and sung about many of the changes the U.S. has experienced since. As one of the progenitors of outlaw country, he's pushed boundaries in music and politics, and he hasn't been one to take it easy — since his recording debut in 1956, Nelson has released 60 studio albums, 10 live records, 37 compilations and 27 album-length collaborations.

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