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9:49 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Facebook Makes Us Sadder And Less Satisfied, Study Finds

Researchers say Facebook use can lead to a decline in happiness and satisfaction.
Joerg Koch AP

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 9:17 am

Facebook's mission "to make the world more open and connected" is a familiar refrain among company leaders. But the latest research shows connecting 1.1 billion users around the world may come at a psychological cost.

A new University of Michigan study on college-aged adults finds that the more they used Facebook, the worse they felt. The study, published in the journal PLOS One, found Facebook use led to declines in moment-to-moment happiness and overall life satisfaction.

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Monkey See
9:48 am
Wed August 21, 2013

When The Paints Go Marching In: Down The Well-Appointed Rabbit Hole Of Home Decor

Matthias Kulka iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 8:54 am

Okay, background information first.

As an apartment-dweller, I have lived for 20 years in a series of white-walled boxes with neutral carpets. I have assembled and eventually ripped apart the kind of furniture that comes with an Allen wrench. And I have had my adventures. When leaving an apartment in Brooklyn, I tore a sofa bed apart with my bare hands and feet — broke it and destroyed it — because it was old and I knew I'd never get it through the door again.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
9:48 am
Wed August 21, 2013

The Dangers Of Being Right

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 12:58 pm

We humans are a tribal lot. We can take the subtlest difference and drive it into a wedge seemingly worthy of anger, intolerance and violence. While there are situations where differences appear between people (or whole cultures) that demand lines be drawn, for the most part the fractures we create live in our heads.

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Book Reviews
9:48 am
Wed August 21, 2013

'Schindler' Author Returns With A Tale Of The Great War

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 11:08 am

Is there more to say about World War I nurses and their patients after Hemingway's uber-classic A Farewell to Arms? The saga of ambulance driver Frederic Henry and his beautiful English nurse Catherine Barkley is generally thought to be an unrivaled fictional treatment of what was called, at the time, the Great War. Could a different novelist squeeze additional juice from this particular grape?

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Movies
9:47 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Winona Ryder: With Smaller Roles, A Welcome Return From Exile

Winona Ryder in the 2010 thriller Black Swan
Niko Tavernise Fox Searchlight

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 2:23 pm

This summer, NPR has been looking at comebacks — from politicians reinventing themselves to the recovery of once-endangered species.

And there's a special place in comeback heaven for disgraced movie stars — like Winona Ryder, who more or less made everyone forget about her 2001 shoplifting arrest with her role in the movie Black Swan, where she played an aging ballerina in a jealous frenzy.

But then people root for Winona Ryder. Film critic Wesley Morris has, ever since the 1988 movie Beetlejuice, where she played the ultimate depressive goth chick.

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The Two-Way
9:46 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Bo No Longer Solo: Obamas Welcome New Puppy To Family

Obama family dogs Bo (left) and new addition Sunny, sit on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday.
Pete Souza AP

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 7:54 pm

The White House announced Monday that President Obama and his family have welcomed a new member to join them in their official duties: Sunny the puppy!

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NPR Story
9:43 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Shreveport nonprofit gets two coveted housing grants

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas has awarded 36 affordable housing grants in its service district -- Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and New Mexico -- that will assist in creating more than 1,600 new or remodeled homes. One nonprofit in Shreveport, Holy Angels, will be able to start on two remodeling projects this fall. A group home and a dormitory will be refurbished for its residents who have developmental and intellectual disabilities. Holy Angels received $441,000 in all. CEO Laurie Boswell said the grants will be used in part to make bathrooms handicap accessible.

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The Two-Way
9:32 am
Wed August 21, 2013

In Fort Hood, Hasan Rests His Case Without Calling Witnesses

Maj. Nidal Hasan faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder for the November 2009 shootings at Fort Hood, Texas.
Bell County Sheriff's Office Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 10:18 am

Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, who is accused of killing 13 people during a 2009 shooting rampage in Fort Hood, Texas, rested his case Wednesday without calling any witnesses during his military trial.

Reuters reports:

"Hasan is acting as his own defense attorney on charges stemming from the shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas.

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The Two-Way
9:17 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Tech Giants Launch Internet.org, A Global Plan To Widen Access

A new project announced by Facebook seeks to make it more affordable to access the Internet via cellphones around the world. In Africa, 16 percent of the population currently uses the Internet. Here, a man looks for a network signal in Somalia.
Roberto Schmidt AFP/Getty Images

Citing the billions of people worldwide who can't access the Internet, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the leaders of other technology firms are launching an ambitious project to narrow the digital divide Wednesday. The plan focuses on widening access via mobile phones.

"There are huge barriers in developing countries to connecting and joining the knowledge economy," Zuckerberg says. "Internet.org brings together a global partnership that will work to overcome these challenges, including making Internet access available to those who cannot currently afford it."

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The Two-Way
9:00 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Release Mubarak, Egyptian Court Orders

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak sits in the dock during a June 8 court hearing in Cairo.
Amr Abdallah Dalsh Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 9:57 am

An Egyptian court has ordered that former President Hosni Mubarak be released from custody while he awaits a retrial on charges related to the killing of protesters during the 2011 protests that led to the toppling of his government, NPR's Peter Kenyon reports from Cairo.

Peter adds that even though that case and others related to corruption charges are still active, Mubarak's release would "likely spark anxiety that the military-backed government now in charge is returning Egypt to the authoritarian state it was in before the Arab Spring."

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