Books
4:08 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Kesey's 'Cuckoo's Nest' Still Flying At 50

Originally published on Wed February 1, 2012 1:23 pm

Fifty years ago — on Feb. 1, 1962 — a first novel appeared that would make its author a literary celebrity, inspire a movie that won the Best Picture Oscar, and help change the way we think about mental health institutions.

There's no question that Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has become an American classic, but its author said in 1992 that his own favorite novel was another fiction landmark — Herman Melville's Moby Dick.

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It's All Politics
4:07 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Obama Hits Romney, GOP Congress On Housing (Without Naming Them)

President Obama holds a proposed mortgage application in Falls Church, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012.
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Wed February 1, 2012 12:31 pm

When President Obama on Wednesday said at an event to promote an administration proposal to help pinched homeowners: "But it is wrong for anybody to suggest that the only option for struggling, responsible homeowners is to sit and wait for the housing market to hit bottom," he clearly had someone in mind.

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Business
4:05 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Investors will get to friend Facebook by late spring

A giant "like" icon made popular by Facebook is seen at the company's new headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.
Robert Galbraith Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed February 1, 2012 2:58 pm

Facebook is about to find out just how many people like it.

The wildly popular social networking media company decided Wednesday to begin allowing its many "friends" in the public to buy its stock — likely in late spring.

The company, which has more than 800 million users, filed documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission saying it is going forward with an initial public offering. The company set the price to bring in $5 billion with those initial shares, making this one of the biggest market debuts in history.

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Marilyn Geewax is a senior editor, assigning and editing business radio stories. She also serves as the national economics correspondent for the NPR web site, and regularly discusses economic issues on NPR's mid-day show Here & Now.

Her work contributed to NPR's 2011 Edward R. Murrow Award for hard news for "The Foreclosure Nightmare." Geewax also worked on the foreclosure-crisis coverage that was recognized with a 2009 Heywood Broun Award.

NPR Science
4:02 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

New video sheds more light on dark side of the moon

The south pole of the far side of the moon as seen from the GRAIL mission's Ebb spacecraft.
NASA/JPL-Caltech

Originally published on Wed February 1, 2012 3:35 pm

New video from NASA gives us a fresh view of the far side of the moon (or the technically incorrect but way cooler sounding "dark side").

It's from NASA's Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) lunar spacecraft.

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Tourism and poverty
3:55 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Gates Foundation opens the doors, a crack, with new vistor center

During the tour of the Gates Foundation's new visitor center.
Keith Seinfeld KPLU

If you’ve ever been past the huge new Gates Foundation campus near Seattle Center and wondered what goes on inside – your time has come.

The foundation is opening up its doors, at least a little bit. This weekend, a new visitor center opens to the public.

Read more at KPLU's Humanosphere.

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Internet controversy
2:25 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Dustup over porn at Seattle library puts issue back in limelight

Internet users at libraries across the nation face many temptations ... and those walking behind them could see the results.
The Associated Press

“Mommy, what’s that?” Normally an innocent question from a child … unless you’re at a Seattle Public Library!

Libraries around the country are frequently troubled by the conflict of your First Amendment right to view “protected speech” and others who just have to watch pornography in a public library setting.

The most recent publicly exposed incident in Seattle occurred at the Lake City branch of the Seattle library system. Julie Howe said in a public email that her 10-year-old daughter was disturbed after looking over the shoulder of a man last month as he watched pornography at the branch.

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Humanosphere
1:18 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Jimmy Carter - serpent slayer and global health pioneer - hits Seattle

President Jimmy Carter speaks at World Affairs Council 60th Anniversary event in Seattle on Tuesday.
Tom Paulson KPLU

Former President Jimmy Carter is in Seattle, having spoken last night at the World Affairs Council’s 60th anniversary celebration and speaking today at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation about Guinea worm.

Guinea worm is a human parasite that eats its way through the human body and emerges a year later, incapacitating people with the pain of completing its life cycle. It’s horrible.

Jimmy Carter and his team at the Carter Center are close now to completely ridding the world of this horrific disease. It’s a great story, and perhaps of much broader significance to global health than many might realize.

Read more on Humanosphere.

Business
1:03 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Layoffs at Microsoft

Several news outlets, including the Seattle Times and ZDNet, are reporting layoff notices are going out at Microsoft today.

Ad Age is reporting 200 layoffs in marketing, including Chief Creative Officer Gayle Troberman.

The Two-Way
12:23 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Tech world abuzz with word of Facebook's imminent IPO filing

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a special event in 2010.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 1, 2012 5:18 am

The tech and business world are buzzing this morning with the expectation that Facebook, the world's largest social network, will take the first step toward going public today.

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