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4:32 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Gay Service Members Taking Leave To Get Married

Air Force Major Jeff Mueller, second from right, is pictured with his mother, grandmother and partner Eric Gustafson, at Mueller's promotion ceremony to Major at the Peterson Air Force Base Museum in Colorado Springs, September 26, 2011. (Courtesy of Jeff Mueller)

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 4:10 pm

It’s been more than three months since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which recognized marriage only between a man and a woman.

Now the Pentagon says it’s time to honor that repeal of DOMA by extending benefits to legally married gay service members.

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NPR Story
4:32 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

'I Am Chelsea': Bradley Manning Wants To Live As A Woman

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Army shows Pfc. Bradley Manning wearing a wig and lipstick. (U.S. Army)

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 4:10 pm

Through his lawyer, Bradley Manning released a statement this morning explaining his plans to live the remainder of his life as a female.

Referring to himself as “Chelsea,” Manning wants to “begin hormone therapy as soon as possible.”

The statement comes one day after the Army private was sentenced to 35 years in prison for sending classified military and diplomatic documents, as well as battlefield footage, to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

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NPR Story
4:32 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

France Discusses Using Force In Syria

A Syrian military soldier holds his Ak-47 with a sticker of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Arabic that reads, "Syria is fine," as he stands guard at a check point in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. (Hassan Ammar/AP)

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 4:10 pm

France’s foreign minister is raising the possibility of the use of force in Syria if it’s proven that Bashir Assad’s regime used chemical weapons.

Syrian government forces pressed on with a military offensive in eastern Damascus on Thursday, bombing rebel-held suburbs where the opposition said the regime had killed over 100 people the day before in a chemical weapons attack.

The government has denied allegations it used chemical weapons in artillery barrages on the area known as eastern Ghouta on Wednesday as “absolutely baseless.”

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Movie Interviews
4:31 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

'Grandmaster' Ziyi Zhang: 'I Can Do Better Than Just Kicking Ass'

Ziyi Zhang plays martial artist Gong Er in the new film The Grandmaster.
The Weinstein Co.

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 1:21 pm

Actress Ziyi Zhang is probably best known for her roles in the Oscar-winning films Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Memoirs of a Geisha. Now she co-stars in a new film, The Grandmaster, where she plays a fierce martial artist who stops at nothing to protect her family's legacy. But she says she can "do better than just kicking ass." She can seriously act, too.

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All Songs Considered
4:31 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Hear Dan Casey's Restless Mind At Work On 'Empty City'

Dan Casey
Tue Nam Ton Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 10:53 am

It takes a bit longer than a full minute before Berkeley, California-based artist Dan Casey's song "Empty City" builds to its gorgeous swirl of vocal harmonies, drum machines and hook-laden guitar riffs, but the sonic pay off is worth every second. At the heart of the song lies a unique mix of bright guitar lines intertwining with up-tempo electronic production that illustrates Casey's mastery at layering the sounds from his head.

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The Protojournalist
4:31 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Haiku In The News: Chris Christie, Rock Star

Two New Jersey rock stars hang together — Jon Bon Jovi and Gov. Chris Christie — at a Hurricane Sandy relief fund press conference on July 8.
Michael Loccisano Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 12:29 pm

"He was swarmed as he

made his way through the lobby ...

He was a rock star."

New Jersey state Sen. Joe Kyrillos speaking to National Review Online about potential 2016 presidential candidate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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Krulwich Wonders...
4:30 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Human Made From Paper Eats Pepperoni Pizza — And Lives!

Courtesy of Kelli Anderson

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 1:03 pm

Remember those frog transparencies from biology class? The ones in the textbook where you could lay the circulatory system on top of the digestive system on top of the skeleton system? Here's that same idea, updated and gently presented for kids, from a company called Tinybop. This time, the layers are cut from colored paper, exquisitely designed by Kelli Anderson. And this time (unlike that sadly frozen frog) it moves! Watch it eat a pizza slice ...

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The Two-Way
4:30 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

NYC Lawmakers Override Bloomberg On Police Oversight

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a news conference with New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly last week.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 4:26 pm

New York's City Council has approved a new layer of oversight for the nation's largest police force, overriding Mayor Michael Bloomberg a week after the NYPD's stop-and-frisk tactics were deemed "indirect racial profiling" of blacks and Latinos.

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Favorite Sessions
4:29 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

KCRW Presents: The National

Matt Berninger of The National.
KCRW

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 2:24 pm

When The National came through the Morning Becomes Eclectic studios, the band was in the midst of a sizable tour, including two sold-out shows in Los Angeles. Drummer Bryan Devendorf opted out of the morning session to nurse a bad back, so we ended up with a pared-down and intimate performance, with Matt Berninger's emotive voice guiding the way. The result was a chance to hear songs like "I Should Live In Salt" through different angles — a must for any fan.

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Planet Money
4:29 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Wheels Down, Jakarta

The first thing everyone tells you about Jakarta is don't expect to get anywhere on time. This is the largest city in the world without a mass transit system. The roads are gridlocked all day long. Even the bikes don't move.
Robert Smith NPR

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 9:17 am

Jess Jiang and Robert Smith just got to Jakarta, where cotton is being spun into yarn for the Planet Money men's T-shirt. They'll be posting photos on our new T-shirt Tumblr — assuming they don't spend their whole trip stuck in traffic. #seedtoshirt

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