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4:37 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Ken Rudin collection

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 5:48 am

It's time to solve this week's ScuttleButton puzzle.

ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Tuesday or Wednesday I put up a vertical display of buttons on this site. Your job is to simply take one word (or concept) per button, add 'em up, and, hopefully, you will arrive at a famous name or a familiar expression. (And seriously, by familiar, I mean it's something that more than one person on Earth would recognize.)

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Politics
4:37 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Sunnylands: Where Movie Stars And Presidents Play (And Work)

President Bill Clinton with Walter and Leonore Annenberg at the entrance of the historic estate on Feb. 14, 1995.
White House The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 4:38 pm

President Obama arrives in Rancho Mirage, Calif., on Friday to spend two days with China's new president, Xi Jinping, at a 200-acre estate called Sunnylands.

The house at Sunnylands is built of lava stone. The private golf course includes a pink pagoda. And if the presidents feel like fishing in one of the property's 11 lakes, they will hardly be the first world leaders to dip a line in the water.

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Critics' Lists: Summer 2013
4:36 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Start Storing Up: Indie Booksellers Pick Summer's Best Reads

Andrew Bannecker

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 3:06 pm

NPR's Susan Stamberg asked three of our go-to independent booksellers — Rona Brinlee of The BookMark in Neptune Beach, Fla.; Daniel Goldin of Boswell Book Co. in Milwaukee; and Lucia Silva, former book buyer at the now-closed Portrait of a Bookstore in Studio City, Calif. — to help fill our beach bags with good reads. What they came up with is a summer book list that's full of youth and ritual.

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The Two-Way
4:36 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

IRS Chief Tells Panel 'Primary Mission' Is Restoring Trust

Acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel, left, testifies before the House Financial and General Government subcommittee, alongside Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 7:50 pm

The Internal Revenue Service must earn the trust of the American people, the tax agency's new leader said on Capitol Hill Monday, as he promised to hold employees accountable for targeting the tax-exempt applications of conservative groups for extra scrutiny.

A recent report by the Treasury Department's Inspector General faulted the IRS for using "inappropriate criteria" to identify groups for further review.

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Planet Money
4:35 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

The Haiti School Project Responds To Our Show "It's Hard To Do Good"

Tim Myers, founder of the Haiti School Project, talks with his construction foreman, Gilberte, and his translator, Matt.
Caitlin Kenney NPR

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 9:53 am

The folks over at the Haiti School Project recently sent us this letter in response to our show on their project, Episode 460: It's Hard To Do Good.

Two questions were discussed in the podcast that interest us greatly.

First, was donated money used effectively and efficiently to help people in Haiti?

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Monkey See
4:35 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Why Yes, I Did Watch A Movie Called 'Deadly Spa'

Amy Pietz and Tracey Fairaway as Dawn and Kayla.
Lifetime

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 4:31 pm

[Caution: Contains Deadly Spoilers.]

A couple of weeks ago, I noticed that Lifetime had a movie coming up that was about a spa where things get deadly. It was called Deadly Spa.

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The Picture Show
4:34 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Seeing The Psychotropic, Photographing The Phantasmagoric

Holly Wilmeth

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 5:46 pm

I'm sitting in my neighborhood bakery, the Upper Crust in Austin, Texas, trying to read my newspaper and enjoy an oatmeal muffin, but I can't stop staring at the photographs on the wall. A native man, his face painted weirdly, holds a great scowling iguana on his head; a boy lies on palm fronds with a colony of giant silk moth caterpillars ornamenting his neck; small brown hands hold a luminous blue morpho butterfly up to the camera. Put down your Danish rolls, people! How can anyone finish breakfast under the spell of these bizarre tropical photos? Who is this photographer anyway?

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The Two-Way
4:31 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Big Brother And Your Phone: Where To Draw The Line?

A woman uses her cellphone outside a Verizon Store in Manhattan on Thursday.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Shortly after the Boston Marathon bombings, President Obama described the work being done by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security to unravel the plot as "hard stuff."

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The Two-Way
4:10 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Gatlin Beats Bolt In 100 Meters For The First Time

American sprinter Justin Gatlin celebrates winning the 100m men's race at the IAAF Golden Gala at Stadio Olimpico in Rome Thursday. He defeated world record-holder Usain Bolt in the event.
Paolo Bruno Getty Images

American sprinter Justin Gatlin has beaten Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt in the 100 meters, edging Bolt by one hundredth of a second at a meet in Rome. It's Gatlin's first win over Bolt in the four times the two have raced each other.

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Shots - Health News
4:07 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Even A Small Change In Habits Helps Fend Off Stroke

Your brain will appreciate even a modest improvement in stroke risk factors.
iStockphoto.com

This is not one of those posts that is going to beat you up for doing a crummy job exercising, eating better and all the other things you're failing to do to ward off death.

Instead, this post is here to say that if you improve one thing just one teeny bit, it's going to lower your risk of having a stroke. So pick something, and stick to it.

Stroke, which happens when a blood vessel bursts or is blocked in the brain, is a leading cause of death and disability.

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