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3:08 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

This Week's Survey: Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love

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Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 7:05 pm

We're a few weeks into our search for the albums everyone can agree on, and some of the results of our surveys so far have been surprising. Most of you haven't even heard the Once soundtrack or The Band's Music From Big Pink? How is that possible?

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The Salt
2:39 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

The Storied History Of A Tunisian Tuna Pastry Called Bric

Steve Inskeep displays his "bric," a fried pastry containing runny egg and canned tuna.
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 4:25 pm

Over the next couple of weeks, NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep is taking a Revolutionary Road trip across North Africa to see how the countries of the Arab Spring are remaking themselves after revolutions last year.

Steve and his team are traveling some 2,000 miles from Tunisia's ancient city of Carthage, across the deserts of Libya and on to Egypt's megacity of Cairo.

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The Two-Way
2:21 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Herb Reed, Last Of 'The Platters,' Dies

One of the early versions of The Platters (in 1955), with Herb Reed at far left.
Frank Driggs Collection Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 6:49 am

  • Two samples of The Platters

"Herb Reed, the last surviving original member of 1950s vocal group the Platters who sang on hits like 'Only You' and 'The Great Pretender,' " has died at a Boston area hospice, The Associated Press reports. He was 84 and had been in declining health, according to his manager, Fred Balboni.

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The Picture Show
1:32 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

In Mexico, Mixed Genders And 'Muxes'

Neil Rivas

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 3:26 pm

Alex Hernandez was born in Oaxaca, Mexico. By age 4, he had immigrated to the United States with his family. By age 12, he had asked his mother if he could sew. She refused, he recalls, saying sewing was for girls.

So he chose a different creative route. By high school, Hernandez was painting; in college, embroidering.

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Shots - Health Blog
1:22 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Summertime And Healthy Kids Are Never Easy

Dr. Robert Block, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, makes his opinion about the group crystal clear on his Twitter feed.
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Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 1:23 pm

Join us today at 3:30 p.m. EDT for a chat on Twitter with pediatrician Robert Block, the current president of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Search for the hashtag #nprkids. We'll be tweeting from @NPRHealth with @DrBobBlock for about a half-hour.

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Political Junkie
12:57 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Ken Rudin's ScuttleButton 060512

Yes, today is the gubernatorial recall in Wisconsin.

But you may also recall that it's been two weeks since the last ScuttleButton puzzle. And that is far worse than simply limiting collective bargaining rights.

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The Two-Way
12:50 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Disney To Put Limits On Food Ads In Bid To Nudge Kids To Eat Healthier

Mickey thinks kids should eat better.
Yoshikazu Tsuno AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 7:53 pm

With an endorsement from first lady Michelle Obama for its effort, Walt Disney Co. confirmed this morning that it is going to apply new standards to food ads aimed at children and their families during programming for kids. The entertainment giant says it will try "to inspire kids to lead healthier lifestyles."

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The Two-Way
12:49 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

How The Transit Of Venus Helped Unlock The Universe

The planet Venus is seen crossing the sun in June 2004 as photographed through a telescope at Planetarium Urania in Hove, Belgium. The earliest known observation of such a transit was in 1639 by English astronomer Jeremiah Horrocks.
Geert Vanden Wijngaert AP

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 9:46 am

In an age when the size of the observable universe is known to a few decimal places, today's Transit of Venus offers a good opportunity to reflect on just how far we've come.

(For viewing information, click here.)

Less than 250 years ago, the brightest minds of the Enlightenment were stumped over how far the Earth is from the sun. The transits of the 1760s helped answer that question, providing a virtual yardstick for the universe.

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The Two-Way
12:38 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

In Poll, Facebook Users Say They Are Not Swayed By Its Advertisements

Facebook's logo.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

It's more bad news for Facebook today. A poll by Reuters/Ipsos found that most of its users are not swayed by its advertisements.

Four out of five users surveyed said they had never bought a product based on advertising they saw on the network. What's more, the online poll revealed that "34 percent of Facebook users surveyed were spending less time on the website than six months ago, whereas only 20 percent were spending more."

Reuters reports:

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The Two-Way
12:05 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

From Our Readers: Unpacking Pew's Data On American Polarization

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 12:17 pm

Starting today, we're trying something different. We've enlisted Marissa Alioto, an intern on NPR's social media desk, to comb through your comments and highlight those that are smart and insightful and can teach us all something. We know there is a wealth of knowledge there. We expect some of them to be opinion, but we hope others just point out something that moves a story forward. With that here is Marissa:

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