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Monkey See
3:12 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Don't Like Hamlet? Now's Your Chance To Rewrite It

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 9:44 am

To be or not to be? You decide.

Shakespeare's most famous question appears in Hamlet, but now readers will get to answer it themselves with Ryan North's To Be Or Not To Be: That Is The Adventure, a "Choose Your Own Adventure"-style rewrite of Shakespeare's classic play.

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Monkey See
3:11 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Grief And Community In 'Broadchurch'

Olivia Colman and David Tennant in Broadchurch.
Colin Hutton BBC America

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 9:14 am

It's hard to import a European murder mystery without importing baggage along with it — expectations of a gray chill, of relentless and austere severity.

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The Protojournalist
3:11 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Haiku In The News: The News

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 10:40 am

"On the Web, people

don't pay for news and it's too

late for that to change ..."

– Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, new owner of The Washington Post, speaking in 2012 to German paper Berliner Zeitung, and reported by TechCrunch


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Planet Money
3:11 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

NYT Excerpt: The Case For Simple Bank Rules

"It was extremely hard, though, to know how Citi was faring."
Mark Lennihan ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 10:40 am

In his New York Times Magazine column this week, Adam Davidson writes that, five years after the financial crisis, it's as hard as ever to figure out whether the financial industry is healthy. Here's an excerpt.

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NPR Story
3:11 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

The Anatomy Of A Reddit Rumor

Sunil Tripathi went missing in March 2013. (Image courtesy of the family)

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 6:57 am

On Thursday, April 18th, three days after the Boston Marathon bombings, the FBI released photos of two suspects.

Very early Friday morning, on the website Reddit, someone posted side-by-side photos of the second suspect and Sunil Tripathi, a 22-year-old Brown University student who had been missing since March 16.

Reddit users speculated that Tripathi might be the younger bomber.

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NPR Story
3:10 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Immigration Reform Could Mean Windfall For Private Prisons

Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) detention center in Elizabeth, N.J., that the private prison contractor runs for the government, is seen Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008. Inside, immigrants are detained indefinitely, some for months and years, while the government decides what to do with them. (Mel Evans/AP)

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 4:05 pm

Members of Congress are in their home districts until later this fall, but that doesn’t mean they’re able to escape the issues on Capitol Hill.

Immigration reform is one of those issues following them back home. Advocacy groups and their opponents around the country are staging protests and events to highlight the issue.

But one potential side effect of immigration reform is getting overlooked: private prisons stand to make a lot of money.

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NPR Story
3:10 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Controversial 'Tent City' Prison In Phoenix Turns 20

One of the units at the Phoenix, Arizona, outdoor detention center known as Tent City. Temperatures in the bunks can reach 130 degrees in the summer (Jude Joffe-Block/Fronteras Desk)

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 4:05 pm

This month, an unorthodox and controversial outdoor jail in Phoenix, Arizona, known as “Tent City” marks its 20th anniversary.

The facility was originally set up as a solution to jail overcrowding, but it has since become a symbol of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s get-tough law enforcement regime.

And the publicity the jail generates may be one of Arpaio’s biggest legacies.

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NPR's Backseat Book Club
3:10 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

'Dork Diaries' Reveal Secrets Of 'Not-So-Fabulous' Teen Life

Aladdin

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 6:13 pm

This month, NPR's Backseat Book Club goes snooping in Nikki Maxwell's "private and confidential" Dork Diaries. But the secret's already gotten out; the series launched four years ago, and there are already 12 million books in print in 34 different languages. The sixth in the series — Tales From a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker — was just published in June.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
3:09 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

The Nature Of Consciousness: A Question Without An Answer?

How does our subjective reality emerge from the physical structures of the brain and body?
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 11:08 am

Today I'd like to go back to a topic that leaves most people perplexed, me included: the nature of consciousness and how it "emerges" in our brains. I wrote about this a few months ago, promising to get back to it. At this point, no scientist or philosopher in the world knows how to answer it. If you think you know the answer, you probably don't understand the question:

Are you all matter?

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Code Switch
3:09 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Who, Exactly, Is A Gringo?

A man walks past anti-U.S. graffiti that reads "Gringos out" in Spanish.
Howard Yanes AP

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 7:14 am

A college classmate asked me, "Where are you from?"

I gave him the long answer: I was born in Guatemala, but my mother is from Nicaragua, and I have lived in the U.S. my whole life.

"So, you're Guatemalan," he said. No, I'm not.

I may have been born in Guatemala, but I was raised in Florida. Regardless of the fact that I have lived in the U.S. since I was 2 years old, most Americans would find it strange to hear my grandma occasionally call me media gringa -- a half-gringa.

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