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Krulwich Wonders...
9:30 am
Wed February 20, 2013

The Filibuster Solution, Or 'What If Honeybees Ran The U.S. Senate?'

Adam Cole NPR

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 9:08 am

Bees are democrats. They vote. When a community of bees has to make a choice, like where to build a new hive, they meet, debate and decide. But here's what they don't do: they don't filibuster. No single bee (or small band of bees) will stand against the majority, insisting and insisting for hours. They can't.

Bee biology prevents it.

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Monkey See
9:30 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Morning Shots: When They Said 'Have It Your Way,' This Is Not What They Meant

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 7:55 am

I normally wouldn't call to your attention the fact that Fergie and Josh Duhamel are having a baby, but come on: her hashtag is adorable. [VH1.com]

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First Reads
9:30 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Exclusive First Read: 'Wave' By Sonali Deraniyagala

Sonali Deraniyagala was born and raised in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She now lives in New York and North London.
Ann Billingsley

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 7:28 am

  • Listen to the Excerpt

Economist Sonali Deraniyagala lost her husband, parents and two young sons in the terrifying Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004. They had been vacationing on the southern coast of her home country Sri Lanka when the wave struck. Wave is her brutal but lyrically written account of the awful moment and the grief-crazed months after, as she learned to live with her almost unbearable losses — and allow herself to remember details of her previous life.

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Book Reviews
9:28 am
Wed February 20, 2013

A Bona Fide American Tragedy In 'The Terror Courts'

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 9:53 am

The torture of alleged terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay — first reported by the Red Cross in 2004 and since attested in thousands of declassified memos and acknowledged by a top official in the administration of George W. Bush — has never been far from the headlines, and rightly so. But another breach of human rights and American values at the Cuban prison camp gets far less attention: the secretive military commissions that prosecute these suspects away from the American justice system.

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The Two-Way
9:28 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Book News: New Bond, James Bond, Novel; Jane Austen's Love Lessons

Sean Connery during the making of the James Bond film "Never Say Never Again."
AFP Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 8:51 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • A new James Bond novel by William Boyd will come out in the U.S. in October. The novel will be a return to the "classic" Bond, and will be set in the 1960s. Ian Fleming, the original Bond author, died in 1964.
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Political Junkie
9:28 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Nebraska Sen. Johanns Won't Run Again; Was Support For Hagel Nomination A Factor?

Nebraska governors have often moved on to the Senate. Will Heineman be next?
Ken Rudin collection

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 11:25 am

Nobody saw this one coming.

Sen. Mike Johanns, a reliably conservative Republican from Nebraska, announced yesterday (Feb. 18) he would retire rather than seek a second term in 2014 ... one where he was considered the overwhelming favorite. A former two-term governor and agriculture secretary under President George W. Bush, Johanns wrote his constituents an open letter that was also signed by his wife Stephanie:

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Asia
9:27 am
Wed February 20, 2013

U.S. Security Company Tracks Hacking To Chinese Army Unit

The building housing Unit 61398 of the People's Liberation Army is on the outskirts of Shanghai. A U.S. security firm claims that cyberattacks against more than 140 targets in the U.S. and other countries have been traced to the Chinese military unit in the building.
AP

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 7:17 pm

Cyberattacks on dozens of American companies have been traced to an area on the outskirts of Shanghai that houses a Chinese military unit, according to a report out Tuesday by Mandiant, a U.S. cybersecurity company.

The 60-page document, first reported by The New York Times, says the group behind the attacks — nicknamed "Comment Crew" — is the most prolific the company has ever tracked and has been hacking U.S. companies since at least 2006.

Mandiant says the hackers' real identity is Unit 61398 of China's People's Liberation Army, or PLA.

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The Two-Way
9:27 am
Wed February 20, 2013

EU Says No To Arming Syrian Rebels

Originally published on Mon February 18, 2013 7:32 pm

Syrian rebels won't be getting arms from the European Union – at least for now.

EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels rejected a bid to alter an arms embargo on Syria that would have allowed them to send arms to rebels fighting the regime of President Bashar Assad. Here's more from the meeting:

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First Listen
9:26 am
Wed February 20, 2013

First Listen: Atoms For Peace, 'Amok'

Atoms For Peace's debut album, Amok, comes out Feb. 26.
Eliot Lee Hazel Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 10:52 am

Audio for this feature is no longer available.

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The Two-Way
9:26 am
Wed February 20, 2013

'Reader's Digest' Parent Company Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Reader's Digest's parent company has filed for bankruptcy protection.
PR NEWSWIRE

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 5:42 am

Reader's Digest, the venerable magazine that has battled declining readership, may be in trouble: Its parent company has filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time in less than four years.

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