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Monkey See
4:59 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Can Online Shows Be Habit-Forming? Soaps May Provide Some Clues

Debbi Morgan and Darnell Williams in a scene from the online-only premiere of All My Children.
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Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 9:23 am

In the world of television, there's nothing quite like a soap habit. People watch characters evolve not over the 10 or 15 seasons that might mark a long run in prime time, but over 30 or 40 years, until they have kids and grandkids — sometimes played by the same actors the entire time.

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The Record
4:59 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

This Creature That I Am: The Mysteries Of George Jones

George Jones around 1975.
Gems Redferns

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 11:09 am

"And I will be changed from this creature that I am." — Peace in the Valley

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Planet Money
4:57 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

The Hottest Thing To Smuggle Out Of Hong Kong: Baby Formula

You can't take it with you.
Vincent Yu AP

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 8:47 am

In the last two months, authorities in Hong Kong have arrested more than 800 people for trying to smuggle powdered baby formula out of the country. As Quartz points out, that's more people than Hong Kong arrested for smuggling "dangerous drugs" in all of 2012.

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Monkey See
4:57 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Everywhere But Here, 'Iron Man 3' Is Already Huge

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 7:31 am

Iron Man 3 doesn't open in North America until this Friday (May 3), but this weekend, it's already up and whomping The Avengers at the international box office. The new adventures of Tony Stark, directed and co-written by Lethal Weapon screenwriter Shane Black, brought in $195.3 million. That beat a mere $185.1 million when The Avengers opened internationally to make it the biggest opening weekend ever in a bunch of countries, including Argentina and Indonesia.

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Poetry
4:56 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

From Dissections To Depositions, Poets' Second Jobs

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Monica Youn, who joined NPR as a NewsPoet last year, works as a lawyer. She says that poetry appears in law more often than you might think — but nobody calls it poetry.
Doriane Raiman NPR

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 1:00 pm

"No man but a blockhead," Samuel Johnson famously observed, "ever wrote, except for money." This is tough news for poets, since the writing they do is often less immediately profitable than a second-grader's math homework (the kid gets a cookie or a hug; the poet gets a rejection letter from The Kenyon Review). Poetry itself is tremendously valuable, of course, but that value is often realized many years after a poem's composition, and sometimes long after the end of its author's life.

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Architecture
4:55 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

How One Family Built America's Public Palaces

The elaborately tiled City Hall subway station in New York City — still extant but now closed to the public, alas — used the Guastavino touch to convince wary city dwellers to head underground for a train trip.
Michael Freeman National Buildling Museum

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 10:52 am

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The Two-Way
4:53 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Obama To Nominate Charlotte Mayor For Transportation Post

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 4. President Obama on Monday will nominate Foxx as his new transportation secretary.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Sun April 28, 2013 8:58 pm

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The Two-Way
4:53 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Boeing 787 Returns To The Skies With A Fix For Battery Issue

Originally published on Sun April 28, 2013 11:50 am

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, the passenger jet that was grounded around the world after flaws in its battery compartment were found to pose a fire risk, is back in the skies. Airlines in Japan and Ethiopia report no problems after sending the 787 into the sky this weekend. The FAA approved a new design for the 787's lithium-ion battery system on April 19.

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The Two-Way
4:52 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

FAA Ends Furlough Program, Returns To Normal Staffing Sunday

Originally published on Sat April 27, 2013 2:33 pm

Less than a week after mandatory furloughs began that idled as much as 10 percent of U.S. air traffic controllers, the Federal Aviation Administration has ended its furlough program. The move comes after Congress voted to let the FAA move money around in its budget — a quick response that came after several days of travel delays that were either caused by or worsened by the furloughs.

In a statement released Saturday, the FAA said that it is suspending furloughs for all its employees.

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The Two-Way
4:52 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Iraq's Sunnis Form Tribal Army, As Sectarian Violence Builds

Iraqi anti-government gunmen from Sunni tribes in western Anbar province march during a protest in Ramadi, west of Baghdad, Friday.
Azhar Shallal AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 27, 2013 12:19 pm

Sectarian tensions are fueling violence and protests in Iraq, where more than 170 people have been killed since Tuesday, when government forces clashed with Sunni Muslim protesters at a demonstration camp in Hawija, near Kirkuk.

That incident left at least 23 dead, outraged Iraq's Sunni minority, and stoked fears among some Iraqis that their country is heading for a new civil war. Several deadly attacks have been staged on Iraqi soldiers and police this week.

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