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6:06 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

What We Hear When NPR Refers To 'Obamacare'

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) speaks during a town hall meeting hosted by Heritage Action For America on Aug. 20 in Dallas. Cruz is staging events across Texas sharing his plan to defund President Obama's Affordable Care Act.
Brandon Wade Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 9:38 am

Three years ago, as ombudsman for The Miami Herald, I wrote a column criticizing use of the term "Obamacare" in a headline because it had pejorative implications.

But I added this kicker at the end:

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This Is NPR
6:05 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Host ProFile: 'I Look At The World With Awe And Wonder And Feel Re-Invigorated'

Latino USA Host Maria Hinojosa.
www.santiagostudio.com

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 4:07 pm

This week, NPR reported that "nearly a quarter of all elementary students in the country are now Latino." This is just one more reflection of the changes contributed by this growing population in countless industries across the United States.

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Code Switch
6:05 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Who Can Use The N-Word? That's The Wrong Question

The actress Gwyneth Paltrow tweeted the N-word while at a Jay Z/Kanye West concert. Her music industry friends shrugged it off. Twitter did not.
Joel Ryan AP

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 4:27 pm

Editor's Note: This a post about a racial slur, and there's no way around using it. Just a heads up.

The impulse to make the world neat and simple, with hard and fast guidelines, bumps up against the messiness of real life all the time.

Earlier this week, a New York City man named Rob Carmona was being sued by a former employee named Brandi Johnson, who said that Carmona harassed her and other employees. The story gained national attention because of what Carmona was heard saying on a recording Johnson made to document the abuse at the office.

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NPR Ombudsman
6:05 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Open Forum

istockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 3:49 pm

You're invited to use this space to discuss media, policy and NPR's journalism. We'll follow the conversation and share it with the newsroom.

Please stay within the community discussion rules, among them:

  • If you can't be polite, don't say it: ...please try to disagree without being disagreeable. Focus your remarks on positions, not personalities.

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The Picture Show
6:04 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Go Big Or Go Homecoming: Supersized Corsages

Nancy Newberry

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 2:55 pm

Somewhere in my parents' house, I think I still have a corsage from some dance in high school. A little rose on a sparkly elastic band, which I wore awkwardly around my wrist. You know the drill.

In Texas, though, they have a different drill. Photographer Nancy Newberry recalls her first "mum" — short for chrysanthemum — which her mom made for her in high school. The uniquely Texan homecoming tradition of sporting an "explosion of a corsage," as Newberry describes it, goes back decades.

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Theater
6:04 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

'Mr. Burns' And Friends, Surviving Long Past The End Times

Who's That Masked Marge? Jennifer R. Morris (left), with Sam Breslin Wright, Gibson Frazier, Colleen Werthmann and Susannah Flood, in the third act of Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, a Simpsons-inspired fantasia of loss and remembrance by Anne Washburn.
Joan Marcus Playwrights Horizons

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 5:11 pm

If the world as we know it comes to an end, will art survive? And if it does, what kinds of stories will be told after the apocalypse? The answer might surprise you.

The lights come up on a group of people around a campfire in the woods, trying to recall all the details of the hilarious Simpsons episode "Cape Feare," a parody of the Robert Mitchum and Robert De Niro movies, in which Bart Simpson is stalked by the evil but incompetent Sideshow Bob.

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The Two-Way
6:04 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Job Applicants Made To Dance: 'Like A Scene Out Of The Office'

Ricky Gervais, who played the role of boss David Brent in the original British version of The Office.
Associated Press

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 5:36 pm

It sounds like something out of a sitcom; in this case, the original British television version of The Office: job seekers being compelled to dance for a chance at a sales position at a U.K. electronics retailer.

Applicant Alan Bacon, who hoped for a position at a Currys Megastore in Cardiff, was made to do "rubbish robotics in my suit in front of a group of strangers" to the French electronic duo Daft Punk's "Around the World."

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Alt.Latino
6:03 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Menéalo: New Music From Chile, Mexico And Beyond

Colombian singer Lido Pimienta.
Hector Vasquez Hector Vasquez

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 12:30 pm

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TED Radio Hour
6:03 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

What Does It Mean To Be A Teenage Feminist Today?

courtesy of TED

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 12:55 pm

Part 6 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Next Greatest Generation?

About Tavi Gevinson's TEDTalk

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TED Radio Hour
6:03 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Is There A Better Way To Find Work?

courtesy of TED

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 12:55 pm

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Next Greatest Generation?

About Charlie Hoehn's TEDTalk

Charlie Hoehn graduated college during a recession, constantly hearing the mantra, "You've got to take what you can get." But after months of rejection, he stopped following that advice. He describes how he built a career by working for free.

About Charlie Hoehn

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