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Kitchen Window
1:07 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Kitchen Window: A Guide to Grilling Beyond 'Dude Food'

Peter Ogburn for NPR

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 12:40 pm

I have vivid memories of my mom going out of town one weekend and my dad feeding me fried bologna sandwiches for three nights in a row. He didn't make the sandwiches because I liked them; he made them because he can't cook. He can't get around a kitchen. He doesn't know how to chop an onion. He has no idea how to roast a chicken. But the man can grill.

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Planet Money
12:55 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Planet Money: Myanmar Opens Up

Nay Aung, founder of a tech startup in Yangon, Myanmar, sits in Taste Cafe, which served as his unofficial office for his first few months in the country. (It was one of the few places in town with a stable Internet connection.)
Lam Thuy Vo NPR

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 8:34 pm

After decades of isolation, Myanmar is reconnecting with the rest of the world. On today's show, we meet two people who are trying to take advantage of the changes going on there.

One is launching a tiny startup. The other works for Coca-Cola — a company that left Myanmar decades ago, and only returned to the country last year.

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It's All Politics
12:55 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Conservative Groups Press House GOP To Adopt Hastert Rule

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 7:53 pm

A who's who of conservative groups is urging House Republicans to adopt a new rule. Well, actually, it's an old rule: the Hastert Rule. Dennis Hastert is the former Republican speaker who adopted the informal guideline that no bill should pass without the support of the majority of the majority.

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The Two-Way
12:54 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

China Launches Crew Into Space, Starting 15-Day Mission

China's Shenzhou-10 rocket blasts off from its launchpad in the Gobi Desert, as China started its longest manned space mission Tuesday.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 7:08 pm

China successfully launched its Shenzhou-10 spacecraft Tuesday, sending its three crew members into orbit on a Long March-2F carrier rocket. The astronauts are expected to dock with an orbiting lab, the Tiangong-1; their mission will last 15 days.

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Planet Money
12:53 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

NYT Excerpt: When Fancy Car Seats Make Babies Safer

Fernando Camino Cover/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 6:46 pm

In his New York Times Magazine column this week, Adam Davidson writes about the price of baby products. Here's an excerpt.

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NPR Story
12:52 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Answers: Test Your NPR IQ With Quizzes From 'Ask Me Another'

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 4:36 pm

Game #1: A Host of Hosts
The Answers

1) This fresh-sounding host is actually twelve dozen different people.
HINT: She's butted heads with Gene Simmons and Bill O'Reilly.
ANS: Terry Gross (a gross is twelve dozen)

2) This longtime NPR host sounds like a play by Chekhov, but he's strictly "for the birds."
ANS: Robert Siegel

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All Songs Considered
12:51 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Discussion: The Year In Music (So Far), 2013

Clockwise from upper left: Kacey Musgraves, Daft Punk, David Bowie, Valerie June, Chance The Rapper, Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 8:02 pm

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
12:50 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

A Brave New World: Big Data's Big Dangers

Big Data may not be much to look at, but it can be powerful stuff. For instance, this is what the new National Security Agency (NSA) data center in Bluffdale, Utah, looks like.
George Frey Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 3:12 pm

New technologies are not all equal. Some do nothing more than add a thin extra layer to the top-soil of human behavior (i.e., Teflon and the invention of non-stick frying pans). Some technologies, however, dig deeper, uprooting the norms of human behavior and replacing them with wholly new possibilities. For the last few months I have been arguing that Big Data — the machine-based collection and analysis of astronomical quantities of information — represents such a turn.

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The Picture Show
12:48 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

100 Words: On The Shadows Of The Disappeared

Mirta Clara and her husband were arrested in 1975 for involvement with the Montoneros political group. Once in custody, she was tortured while pregnant with her second son, who today suffers mental problems. Her husband was executed in what is known as the Margarita Belen Massacre. She was finally released in 1983 and today works as a human rights advocate and psychologist in Buenos Aires.
Joao Pina Courtesy of FotoVisura

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 10:38 am

In 1975, the right-wing dictatorships of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay embarked on a military plan called Operation Condor. The mission was to eliminate opponents to the regimes. Many of the victims came to be known as the "Disappeared," because the government would simply make its detractors vanish.

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Author Interviews
12:48 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

'One And Only': The Argument For Raising Just One

Lauren Sandler is a journalist, only child, and mother of one.
Justin Lane

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 2:03 pm

In 1907, the first president of the American Psychological Association called only children "sickly, selfish, strange, and stupid." He concluded that "being an only child is a disease in itself."

In her book One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child, and the Joy of Being One, journalist Lauren Sandler takes on these stereotypes and sifts through a huge body of research that debunks many of the worst myths about only children.

Sandler, an only child and mother of one, talks to NPR's Lynn Neary about the joys of raising just one.

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