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9:31 am
Wed July 31, 2013

What If The X-Men Were Real? Q&A With Marcus Sakey, Author Of 'Brilliance'

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 5:30 am

What if the X-Men were real? And what if they weren't mutants in spandex, but people like you and me and Bob in accounting, just endowed with superhuman talents for things like pattern recognition, programming and strategy?

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NPR Story
9:28 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Who's Next In Line For The Federal Reserve?

The two top contenders to head the Federal Reserve are Lawrence Summers (left) and Janet Yellen. (AP)

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 4:25 pm

It’s widely thought that Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke will step down when his appointment expires next January.

Two well-known economists are considered top contenders for the position: Larry Summers and Janet Yellen.

Summers, who previously served as the president of Harvard University and Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton administration from 1999 to 2001, has close ties to President Obama.

But Summers received flak for his support of financial deregulation in the 1990s.

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NPR Story
9:28 am
Wed July 31, 2013

The Ad-Woman Who Made Diamonds 'Forever'

(bookgrl/Flickr)

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 2:04 pm

The Engagements,” the new novel by J. Courtney Sullivan interweaves four tales about the significance of diamonds with the real-life story of Frances Gerety, who was a copywriter with the Philadelphia ad agency N.W. Ayer and Son beginning in the 1940s.

Advertising Age magazine named “A Diamond is Forever,” the phrase that Gerety penned to help promote the De Beers company’s products, the slogan of the 20th century.

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NPR Story
9:26 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Journalist And Iraqi Interpreter Unite

Omar Fekeiki is pictured in a screenshot from a Washington Post video.

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 4:25 pm

Rajiv Chandrasekaran was Baghdad bureau chief for the Washington Post in 2003 and 2004. During that time, he hired several Iraqis to work as interpreters or drivers.

Many of them eventually came to the U.S.

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NPR Story
9:26 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Juror Says Zimmerman 'Got Away With Murder'

ABC host Robin Roberts, left, interviews Juror B29 from the George Zimmerman trial on "Good Morning America," in New York on Thursday, July 25, 2013. Portions of Roberts' interview with the only minority juror from the Zimmerman trial, aired on "World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer," and "Nightline" on Thursday and the full interview aired on "Good Morning America," on Friday. (Donna Svennevik/ABC via AP)

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 4:25 pm

The second juror to speak publicly told ABC News that she feels George Zimmerman got away with murder for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, but that there wasn’t enough evidence at trial to convict him under Florida law.

Juror B29 told Robin Roberts that she favored convicting Zimmerman of second-degree murder when deliberations began by the six-member, all-women jury.

“I was the juror that was going to give them a hung jury,” she said. “I fought to the end.”

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TED Radio Hour
9:25 am
Wed July 31, 2013

What's It Take To Become A Polar Explorer?

frogdesignmind

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 12:39 pm

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode To The Edge.

About Ben Saunders' TEDTalk

Explorer Ben Saunders wants you to go outside. Not because it's always pleasant and happy, but because that's where the meat of life is, "the juice that we can suck out of our hours and days." In 2004, Saunders skied solo to the North Pole. Saunders' next outdoor excursion? To try to be the first in the world to walk from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again.

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TED Radio Hour
9:25 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Are Earth's Deepest Caves The Last Frontier?

Robert Leslie TED

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 12:39 pm

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode To The Edge.

About Bill Stone's TEDTalk

Bill Stone is a maverick cave explorer who has plumbed Earth's deepest abysses. In this talk, he explains what it's like to descend into the deepest caves in complete darkness for days on end — and why he keeps doing it.

About Bill Stone

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TED Radio Hour
9:24 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Why Row Across The Oceans?

James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 12:39 pm

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode To The Edge.

About Roz Savage's TEDTalk

Roz Savage hated her high-powered London job. So she made the obvious next move: She quit to become an ocean rower. Now she's crossed the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans — solo.

About Roz Savage

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TED Radio Hour
9:24 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Why Is The High Wire Impossible To Resist?

Ryan Lash TED

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 12:39 pm

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode To The Edge.

About Philippe Petit's TEDTalk

High-wire artist Philippe Petit tells the story of his 1974 tightrope walk between the Twin Towers and explains his lifelong fascination with pushing himself to the limit.

About Philippe Petit

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This Is NPR
9:24 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Reza Aslan Hearts NPR

Melissa Kuypers NPR

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 11:17 pm

Author and religious scholar Reza Aslan is one of those people who's at NPR West so often that he blurs the line between guest and employee. We always joke with our regulars that they should have a punch card, and when it's full, they get their own cubicle.

Recently, Aslan has been in and out of our studios a lot to talk about his new book, a biography called Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Aslan's focus for this biography was of Jesus Christ, the man.

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