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12:48 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

100 Words: On The Shadows Of The Disappeared

Mirta Clara and her husband were arrested in 1975 for involvement with the Montoneros political group. Once in custody, she was tortured while pregnant with her second son, who today suffers mental problems. Her husband was executed in what is known as the Margarita Belen Massacre. She was finally released in 1983 and today works as a human rights advocate and psychologist in Buenos Aires.
Joao Pina Courtesy of FotoVisura

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 10:38 am

In 1975, the right-wing dictatorships of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay embarked on a military plan called Operation Condor. The mission was to eliminate opponents to the regimes. Many of the victims came to be known as the "Disappeared," because the government would simply make its detractors vanish.

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Author Interviews
12:48 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

'One And Only': The Argument For Raising Just One

Lauren Sandler is a journalist, only child, and mother of one.
Justin Lane

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 2:03 pm

In 1907, the first president of the American Psychological Association called only children "sickly, selfish, strange, and stupid." He concluded that "being an only child is a disease in itself."

In her book One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child, and the Joy of Being One, journalist Lauren Sandler takes on these stereotypes and sifts through a huge body of research that debunks many of the worst myths about only children.

Sandler, an only child and mother of one, talks to NPR's Lynn Neary about the joys of raising just one.

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Political Junkie
12:48 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Ken Rudin collection

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 3:16 pm

The sad thing about this week's ScuttleButton puzzle is that Edward Snowden has already revealed the answer.

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The Two-Way
12:46 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

South Korea Says Talks With The North Are Off

Delegates from South Korea (left) and North Korea wrap up a working-group meeting in the border village of Panmunjom in advance of talks that were scheduled for Wednesday in Seoul.
South Korean Unification Ministry AP

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 10:45 am

Delicate preparations for talks between North and South Korea collapsed like a souffle Tuesday, after both sides objected over who was going to show up to do the talking.

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Krulwich Wonders...
12:46 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

The Most Dangerous Traffic Circle In The World?

Rob Whitworth Vimeo

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 10:22 am

I've been to New Delhi where traffic is frightening. I've seen pictures of Nairobi and Bangkok, where it's even scarier. But Ho Chi Minh City? The town we used to call Saigon? I don't think I'd put myself in a truck, car, bike or even a Sherman tank in that town. This video opens in the scariest traffic circle I could imagine — actually, it's beyond imagining — where bikes, cars and people seem simultaneously, collectively and individually heading straight at each other (when you look, just count the vehicles and people on collision course; there are at least two or three in every frame).

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The Two-Way
12:45 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Booz Allen Says It Fired NSA Leaker Snowden On Monday

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In a 12-minute video on The Guardian's website, Edward Snowden talks about how American surveillance systems work and why he decided to reveal that information to the public.
The Guardian

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 9:52 am

The defense contractor that most recently employed self-proclaimed NSA leaker Edward Snowden says it fired him on Monday, one day after the 29-year-old went public about his claims and the classified information he says he gave to news outlets:

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Monkey See
12:44 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Theater Of The Absurd: Have Audiences Lost Their Manners?

Scott Griessel - Creatista iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 8:58 am

If you woke up this morning thinking, "I really need to hear NPR's Linda Wertheimer say the words 'noisily unwrapping her Twizzlers,'" have I got good news for you.

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Book Reviews
12:44 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

'Taipei' Is Lifelike — But That's Not Necessarily A Compliment

Igor Stevanovic iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 6:03 am

The novelist Tao Lin, because he is young, narcissistic and computer literate, gets the "voice of Generation Y" treatment a lot. It's a safe way of pinning down the uncontainable paradox that is Tao Lin: On the one hand, he's meek, cripplingly shy and unusually talented. But on the other, he can be remarkably alienating.

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Wednesdays Become Eclectic
12:44 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

KCRW Presents: The Olms

Members of The Olms hang out before their show at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio in Santa Monica, Calif.
Justin Wise KCRW

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 6:06 am

Pete Yorn has been collaborating quietly with fellow Los Angeles musician J.D. King on a new project called The Olms. The band was born in a studio, but has recently taken to the stage to perform live, including its L.A. debut for friends, family and fans at KCRW. Referencing jangly folk and '60s-era Britpop, King and Yorn dive headfirst into a charmingly retro sound with this performance of "Wanna Feel It" at Apogee Studios.

Watch the entire session by The Olms at KCRW.com.

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The Two-Way
12:38 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

With A Speech In Spanish, Tim Kaine Makes Senate History

Sen. Tim Kaine.
Patrick McDermott Getty Images

During Tuesday's debate on the Senate's immigration bill, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) took to the floor and launched into an almost 13-minute speech in support of the bill crafted by the bipartisan "Gang of Eight."

That's not the news. The fact that Kaine delivered it in Spanish is, because it's the first time a senator has delivered a full speech on the floor of the Senate in a language other than English.

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