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5:56 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Winfrey Gives Millions To New African-American Museum In D.C.

Oprah Winfrey gave $12 million Tuesday to help build the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture, seen here in a scale model (lower center). The facility is expected to open in 2015.
Allison Keyes NPR

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey is giving a multimillion-dollar boost to the Smithsonian's new facility, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). She gave the museum, which is being built in Washington, D.C., $12 million Tuesday, in addition to a previous $1 million donation.

"I am so proud of African-American history and its contributions to our nation as a whole," says Winfrey, chairman and CEO of the Oprah Winfrey Network. "I am deeply appreciative of those who paved the path for me and all who follow in their footsteps."

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Shots - Health News
5:44 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Feds Cave On Emergency Contraception Age Restrictions

The administration won't try to restrict prescription-free access to this morning-after pill by age anymore.
AP

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 9:05 am

The Obama administration has gone to Plan C on Plan B.

Backed into a legal corner, the Justice Department said Monday it would drop its appeal of Judge Edward Korman's ruling last April that it make the morning-after birth control pill available over the counter with no age restrictions.

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The Two-Way
5:44 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Feds Drop Opposition To OTC Sales Of Morning-After Pill

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 9:38 pm

The federal government says it will withdraw its appeal of a court order allowing girls of any age to buy emergency contraception, as U.S. agencies move to comply with U.S. District Court Judge Edward Korman's order that "morning-after" pills be made available for purchase without an age restriction, and without a prescription.

The development is the latest in an extended process of shifting emergency contraception to being over-the-counter medication instead of requiring a prescription and being restricted by age.

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This Is NPR
5:44 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Chrisette Michele Loves NPR

Katie Burk NPR

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 4:49 pm

It's been six years since Grammy Award-winning recording artist Chrisette Michele came out with her hit single "Be Okay," and she's back on the scene with a new record out this week.

Better is her fourth studio album, and the title alone says a lot about the R&B artist's renewed attitude towards her life and music. In an interview with Tell Me More, Michele discusses these changes, overcoming her shyness and her new vegan cookbook, Fat Vegan.

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Planet Money
5:43 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

A Giant, Secret Vault Where Rich People Store Their Stuff Tax-Free

Singapore Freeport
Singapore Freeport

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 4:22 pm

Freeports are the safe-deposit boxes of the offshore tax-haven world — fancy vaults where rich people store their Picassos and gold bars with maximal safety, minimal scrutiny and special tax exemptions.

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Code Switch
5:43 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Census: Smartphones Bridging Digital Divide

The U.S. Census Bureau reported Monday that the proliferation of smartphones is reducing historic Internet use disparities among different race and ethnic groups.
Kiyoshi Ota Getty

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 4:14 pm

Smartphones appear to be increasing the rates in which blacks and Hispanics access the Internet, helping reduce disparities with whites and Asians, a government report said Monday.

The U.S. Census Bureau survey was the first time the agency asked respondents about whether they used smartphones to go online, allowing a comparison of each racial and ethnic group's overall digital activity. The bureau said that whites and Asians were more likely to have access to a home Internet connection.

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Monkey See
5:42 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Shoes, Romance, And Art: A Reader Walks With The Books She Loves

Rudi's shoes.
@rudi_bee

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 3:57 pm

Longtime readers know that one of my favorite pop-culture blogs ever invented is Smart Bitches Trashy Books, which offers a home for romance readers (who are legion) to both love their books and laugh at their books.

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It's All Politics
4:58 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

What Did Congress Really Know About NSA Tracking?

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is among the lawmakers who say they were never briefed about the government's surveillance programs.
T.J. Kirkpatrick Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 5:20 pm

If you're a member of Congress and you didn't know about the National Security Agency's phone records program before it was disclosed last week, President Obama has this to say to you: Where have you been?

"When it comes to telephone calls, every member of Congress has been briefed on this program," Obama said to reporters last Friday.

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Book Reviews
4:55 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Jeannette Walls' 'Silver Star' Lacks Spunk And Direction

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 7:11 am

"You've got spunk," Lou Grant says to Mary Richards on the very first episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. And then he adds, famously, "I hate spunk." The year is 1970, the same year in which Jeannette Walls set her new novel, The Silver Star. In the book, someone tells the 12-year-old narrator, Bean Holladay, that she's got spunk too. Maybe it's no coincidence. 1970, after all, was situated squarely in the middle of second-wave feminism. It was an era when women and girls were asserting themselves and finding their voices, which weren't always met with approval.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
4:55 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

The National: Tiny Desk Concert

Hayley Bartels for NPR

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 9:43 am

The first thing you might notice about this video is the change in surroundings: NPR recently moved to a new building, and though we worked to make the Tiny Desk as visually similar as possible to the old space — a process we recently documented with the help of OK Go — the ceilings are higher, the square footage more generous and the surfaces lavishly unsullied.

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