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9:46 am
Fri July 19, 2013

For Online Ranters, Anger Begets Anger

Researchers examined how people feel after reading and writing online rants.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 10:25 am

It's no secret that angry online ranters have become a real scourge of the Internet. The equation goes something like this: Normal person + anonymity + audience = terrible person.

If people hiding behind their angry rants with anonymous identities have ever made you feel bad, know this: Research shows the commenters feel worse.

"Frequent venting leads to subsequent increases in anger rather than decreases," write the researchers behind "Anger on the Internet: The Perceived Value of Rant-Sites."

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Book Reviews
9:46 am
Fri July 19, 2013

A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young, Self-Engrossed Brooklynite

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 6:03 am

Adelle Waldman's debut novel, The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., is fiction — but only just. It's a detailed, realistic depiction of the lives of the literary 30-somethings who frequent the "faux-dives and mysteriously hip restaurants" currently gentrifying Brooklyn, written from the perspective of Nate, a young Brooklyn writer with a book deal who dates mostly editorial assistants and Barnard graduates. So of course, I — as a recent Barnard graduate, now editorial assistant — read this book in four hours, hoping to discover all my boyfriend's secret thoughts.

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The Two-Way
9:42 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Court: 'Baby Veronica' To Live With White Adoptive Parents

This October 2011 photo of "Baby Veronica," provided by her adoptive mother, Melanie Capobianco, shows Veronica trick-or-treating.
Melanie Capobianco AP

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 10:55 pm

South Carolina's highest court on Wednesday ruled that "Baby Veronica," the 3-year-old central figure in a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Indian Child Welfare Act, should be returned to the white couple that agreed to adopt her before her birth, and not her Native American father, who later claimed his parental rights.

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The Two-Way
9:42 am
Fri July 19, 2013

'American Journalism Review' To Quit Printing; Go Online-Only

A printed copy of American Journalism Review. Soon, there will be no more.
AJR.org

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 8:00 pm

Newspapers have done it.

Magazines too.

Now there's another very symbolic sign of how numbered the days seem to be for much of the "print" media:

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The Two-Way
9:41 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Reports: Deal Reached To Lower Rates On Student Loans

Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 7:19 pm

"Senators have reached a bipartisan deal to restore lower interest rates on student borrowers," The Associated Press reports, citing "Republican and Democratic aides who insist on anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the ongoing negotiations by name."

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Monkey See
9:41 am
Fri July 19, 2013

A Comic-Con Diary, Day Zero: A Nervous Man Ponders A Bag Of Sharp Objects

This is actually a picture of some Power Rangers from last year's Comic-Con, for reference. Dear Glen: Just pretend all these people are hugging you at once. Sincerely, your editor.
Chelsea Lauren Getty Images for Saban Brands

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 7:14 pm

Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon is headed to San Diego Comic-Con. He's filing periodic updates from one of the largest media events in the world.

Glen and F's Apartment, Washington, DC.

4:00 a.m. ET: Alarm goes off.

4:05 a.m. ET: Alarm goes off.

4:10 a.m. ET: Alarm is like, "Hey. HEY. HEY JERK."

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Code Switch
9:40 am
Fri July 19, 2013

The 40-Year-Old Photo That Gives Us A Reason To Smile

This 1973 photo of five children playing in a Detroit suburb has gone viral on the Internet. The children were Rhonda Shelly, 3 (from left), Kathy Macool, 7, Lisa Shelly, 5, Chris Macool, 9, and Robert Shelly, 6.
Joe Crachiola Courtesy of The Macomb Daily

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 1:57 pm

In late July 1973, Joseph Crachiola was wandering the streets of Mount Clemens, Mich., a suburb of Detroit, with his camera. As a staff photographer for the Macomb Daily, he was expected to keep an eye out for good feature images — "those little slices of life that can stand on their own."

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This Is NPR
9:40 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Cover Story: The 2014 NPR Wall Calendar

Artist Rich Tu designed this cover art for the 2014 NPR Wall Calendar.
Rich Tu NPR

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 5:23 pm

We know. It's hard to admit that 2014 is on the horizon. The good news, however, is that mid summer brings with it the new NPR Wall Calendar, which is now available in the NPR Shop. Every year, we ask artists and illustrators to channel their NPR listening (and love) into art for the calendar, and starting today, we're sharing these designs with you. So without further adieu, the cover, by artist Rich Tu.

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A Blog Supreme
9:40 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Remembering Laurie Frink, The 'Trumpet Mother' Of The Jazz Scene

Laurie Frink takes a moment to practice during a recording session for Darcy James Argue's Secret Society.
Lindsay Beyerstein

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 3:15 pm

Sometimes, the most important musicians are the ones farthest away from the spotlight.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
9:39 am
Fri July 19, 2013

'Blackfish' Takes Aim At SeaWorld

In a photo released by SeaWorld San Diego, Kasatka, a killer whale who is approximately 37 years old, swims with her newborn calf in February 2013.
Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 2:19 pm

Blackfish, a movie opening Friday in New York and Los Angeles, takes aim squarely at theme parks like SeaWorld where captive dolphins, including orcas or killer whales, perform in entertainment shows for the public.

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