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8:56 am
Sun February 5, 2012

The 'other' thing you may not know about Facebook

Did you know Facebook had this "Other" folder?

Originally published on Sun February 5, 2012 3:57 am

Now that Facebook has filed to go public, there's a lot of reflection on how the social media site became the mammoth it is today. The site has gone through a lot of changes in its eight years. Remember when you had to have a college email address to join? Remember when you had to type ""?

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All Songs Considered Blog
5:57 pm
Sat February 4, 2012

Bjork As Music Teacher At The New York Hall Of Science

Bjork performs during the Biophilia Live Show at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, N.Y., Feb. 3, 2012.
Julieta Cervantes

Originally published on Sat February 4, 2012 10:52 am

Bjork told a journalist recently that she'd always wanted to be a music teacher. And so she was, in her own dazzling style, during the first show of a six-night residency at the New York Hall of Science. A variation on her innovative performance at the Manchester Festival in England last summer, it presented the music from her 2011 LP Biophilia for the first time in the U.S.

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Around the Nation
5:55 pm
Sat February 4, 2012

Lost Malcolm X speech heard again 50 years later

Richard Holbrooke and Katharine Pierce as students in 1961 at Brown University.
Katharine Pierce

Originally published on Sat February 4, 2012 2:57 pm

Last semester, Brown senior Malcolm Burnley took a narrative writing course. One of the assignments was to write a fictional story based on something true — and that true event had to be found inside the university archives.

"So I went to the archives and started flipping through dusty compilations of student newspapers, and there was this old black-and-white photo of when Malcolm X came to speak," Burnley says. "There was one short article that corresponded to it, and very little else."

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Author Interviews
7:57 am
Sat February 4, 2012

Media 'miracle': The 'big' story of three whales in Barrow, Alaska

Big Miracle by Tom Rose

Originally published on Sat February 4, 2012 3:08 am

In October 1988, the big news was presidential politics — the race between George H.W. Bush and Michael Dukakis was in its final weeks — but a dramatic whale rescue was about to captivate the world. This story is the focus of a movie now in theaters starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski.

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The Picture Show
7:53 am
Sat February 4, 2012

Vintage view: 1920s Pacific Northwest in color

Mt. Saint Helens from Spirit Lake
Asahel Curtis Washington State Archives

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:03 am

When Johnson and Ellen Sheriff Curtis moved their family from Minnesota to Seattle in 1887, two of their teenage sons developed a burgeoning interest in photography.

One of them, Edward Curtis, would go on to become famous for his photographs of Native Americans. But his brother, Asahel Curtis, who worked to less acclaim as a commercial photographer in Seattle, also left behind a remarkable body of work.

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The Salt
1:32 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

The surprising story of a Super Bowl snack

Presented on a gourmet plate or eaten out of the bag the chips came in, Frito Pie is an American standard.

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 6:12 am

This Super Bowl Sunday, millions of Americans will watch the game with bowls of corn-based snacks at their side. Whether you prefer Doritos, Cheetos, or even Funyuns, you owe the pleasure of that crunchy munchy to the humble corn curl that started it all: the Frito.

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The Two-Way
8:35 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Will blue laws make for a melancholy Super Bowl Sunday?

Indiana laws bar all carryout alcohol sales on Sundays, leaving Super Bowl revelers in the lurch in their quest for any 11th-hour 12-pack the day of the big game. At Kahn's Fine Wines and Spirits in Indianapolis earlier this week, Bill Cheek was putting labels on cases of beer.
Darron Cummings AP

Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 7:35 am

Fans lucky enough to toast a Giants or a Patriots Super Bowl win in Indianapolis this weekend will need to stock up early on their champagne supplies. Indiana is one of just two states that ban the sale of beer, wine and liquor at stores statewide on Sundays.

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A Blog Supreme
3:02 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

NPR: A list of things which are more 'jazz' than bad jazz music

Pickup basketball, for one.

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:12 pm

For non-playing participants, jam sessions can be difficult musical experiences. As "hangs," or social gatherings, they aren't so bad — sometimes you learn a lot by talking to the musicians there. But the quality of the music itself often varies. It only takes a mediocre performance to sour the mood, and a poor showing can turn you off altogether, especially if you've paid money to see it.

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The Two-Way
1:44 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

New Donations Help Planned Parenthood Make Up Most Of Komen's Funding

Originally published on Thu February 2, 2012 1:08 pm

Planned Parenthood says a flurry of new donations over the past couple of days has essentially made up the funding gap left by Susan G. Komen for the Cure's decision to discontinue funding for the organization.

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Shots - Health Blog
1:42 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Komen Says Efficiency, Not Politics, Drove Planned Parenthood Change

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Originally published on Thu February 2, 2012 2:06 pm

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation has rejected charges that its decision to discontinue funding for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America was politically motivated.

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The Two-Way
9:48 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Same-Sex Marriage Bill Easily Clears Key Hurdle In Washington State

Sen. Ed Murray, D,, left, and his partner Michael Shiosaka wave at spectators in the upper gallery after the Washington state Senate voted for a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Thu February 2, 2012 5:20 am

"In the end, it wasn't even close," The Seattle Times writes this morning.

By a 28-21 vote early Wednesday evening, the Washington State Senate approved a bill legalizing gay marriage in the state.

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4:09 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Abortion Debate Likely To Heat Up In 2012

Activists on both sides of the abortion issue attend a vigil outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 23. The vigil was held to mark the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Anti-abortion groups plan to push several bills this year that would restrict abortions.
Brendan Hoffman Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 8:38 am

Last year was a pivotal one for abortion laws. Dozens of restrictions were passed in the states — nearly a record since the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion.

This year, anti-abortion groups say they'll focus on passing more restrictions, and on a state-by-state campaign to grant constitutional rights to embryos.

The anti-abortion strategy this year is to pass bills that would ban abortions earlier, and to change the legal definition of personhood — an effort that would outlaw abortions.

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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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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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