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The Protojournalist
10:21 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Microscholarships: An Instant Conversation

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 3:45 pm

Starter: Yeah, have you heard of this new group in San Francisco called Raise Labs?

Explainer: It's all about microfunding for scholarships. High-schoolers sign up and if they make good grades and participate in certain school and community activities, they earn college-scholarship money along the way.

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The Two-Way
10:20 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Welcome, Summer! Revelers Celebrate The Solstice

In Macedonia, people look at the horizon from a rocky crest filled with astronomical markers at the megalithic observatory Kokino, which NASA ranks as the fourth oldest observatory in the world.
Robert Atanasovki AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 11:42 am

Whether you like it or not, the day will be bright. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, today is the summer solstice, which marks the longest daylight period of the year and the official start of summer.

As The Weather Channel explains, it's also a little more special this year, because the solstice occurred on different days for different time zones.

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Monkey See
10:20 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Superman And What Gets Better With Age

NPR

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 9:37 am

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On this week's show, the absolutely positively inevitable happens: we invite our pal Chris Klimek in to talk about Man Of Steel, the Superman movie for people who don't think summer blockbusters need to have smiling in them. As many of you know, Glen is, as he puts it, the "unauthor" of Superman: The Unauthorized Biography, and as such, he is full of opinions, but he really allows us to get it out of our systems before jumping in and explaining how this all actually relates to history and stuff.

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'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup
10:19 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

It's All Politics, June 20, 2013

Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 8:33 am

NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin weigh in on President Obama leaving controversies like the IRS and the NSA behind as he attended the G-8 summit in Europe. Back in Washington, the House OKs a far-reaching 20-week abortion ban bill. And former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) raises eyebrows saying immigrants are "more fertile" than U.S.-born citizens.

Movie Reviews
10:18 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

For Pixar's 'Monsters,' A Sophomore Slump

For Billy Crystal's Mike, the big green eyeball of Monsters University, scaring hardly comes naturally.
Pixar

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 11:27 am

It's a big month for origin stories: first the Man of Steel, now the Eye of Green and the Abominable Furball of Blue β€” aka Mike and Sully, top scarers at Monsters, Inc. How did they become the best of the best, you ask? You didn't ask? Well, Pixar's got the answer anyway: They trained at Monsters U.

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Movie Reviews
10:18 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

'World War Z': When Going Viral Isn't Such A Good Thing

Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) puts his past as a U.N. investigator to work again when he and his family β€” not to mention the rest of the planet β€” are threatened by a zombie apocalypse.
Paramount Pictures

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 10:09 am

World War Z is clearly out to make a buck β€” and needs to, since with its well-publicized overruns, rewrites and production delays, it looks to have cost gazillions in screenwriter salaries alone β€” but for its first hour or so, you'd never guess this sprawling contagion epic had anything on its mind but action storytelling.

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The Two-Way
10:17 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Soccer: Tahiti Loses, 10-0, And Keeps Celebrating In Brazil

Players from Tahiti (in white) and Spain shake hands after their FIFA Confederations Cup Γ‚ match Thursday. Spain won, 10-0, but the Tahiti team, ranked 138th in the world, remains a fan favorite.
Ronald Martinez Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 9:04 pm

There were no miracles for Tahiti at the Confederations Cup Thursday. After all, they were facing Spain, currently the No. 1 soccer team in the world. But even a stark 10-0 loss, a record result this late in a FIFA tournament, didn't dampen the enthusiasm the Tahitians have brought to Brazil.

The game was played in a stadium that held a crowd reported at 71,000 people β€” equal to a bit more than a quarter of the total population of Tahiti, which different estimates place at between 267,000 and 277,000.

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The Salt
10:17 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Paula Deen: Child Of Dixie, Meet The Internet Age

Will Paula Deen's admission of using a racial slur crumble her empire?
Courtesy of Food Network AP

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 10:57 am

Paula Deen may be famous for her deep-fried Southern cooking, but the Internet isn't buying her defense that she used a racial slur because of her deep Dixie roots.

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The Two-Way
10:16 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

U.S. Army To Scrap $7 Billion In Equipment In Afghanistan

Mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles β€” MRAPs β€” like these are some of the more than $7 billion in equipment the U.S. Army is dismantling and selling as scrap in Afghanistan.
Lucas Jackson AP

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 8:18 pm

In preparation for a complete exit from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, the U.S. military has destroyed more than 170 million pounds' worth of military equipment, The Washington Post reported.

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The Two-Way
10:14 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Gandolfini Suffered Cardiac Arrest On Family Trip, Reports Say

James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano and Edie Falco as his wife, Carmella, in a scene from The Sopranos. Gandolfini died of cardiac arrest in Italy, according to reports citing a doctor at the hospital where was admitted.
Barry Wetcher HBO

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 5:45 pm

Actor James Gandolfini died of cardiac arrest, The Los Angeles Times reports, citing the doctor in charge of the emergency department at the hospital in Rome where the Sopranos star was admitted.

Dr. Claudio Modini told the Times that Gandolfini, 51, was already in cardiac arrest when he arrived at Policlinico Umberto I Hospital Wednesday night.

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