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6:28 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Even Balzac Had To Intern

Before he became a founder of realism and an unlikely literary sex icon, the young Honoré de Balzac was proofreading legal filings.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 12:01 pm

A young man graduates from college. At his father's insistence, he begins interning at a law firm. But when it comes time to pursue the profession, he refuses: He wants to do something more meaningful. He wants to write.

Sound like your son/cousin/roommate/best friend? It was Honoré de Balzac.

That's right – before he became a founder of realism and an unlikely literary sex icon ("Do not suppose," an Italian count wrote to his wife, "that the ugliness of his face will protect you from his irresistible power"), the young Balzac was proofreading legal filings.

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The Two-Way
6:28 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Tuareg Fighters In Mali Arrest Fleeing Islamist Militant Leaders

Malian troops near Hambori, northern Mali are driving toward Gao on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013.
Jerome Delay AP

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 9:15 am

Here's a turnabout in Mali: ethnic Tuareg rebels once allied with Islamist militants have captured two militant leaders in the northwestern part of the country as they tried to escape into Algeria.

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The Two-Way
6:27 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Top Story: Targeting Americans Who Join Al-Qaida; Alabama Hostage Freed

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 7:37 am

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Book Reviews
6:27 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Writing Well Is The Wronged Wife's Revenge In 'See Now Then'

Jamaica Kincaid, author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, lives in Vermont.
Kenneth Noland Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 7:42 am

On one level, See Now Then, Jamaica Kincaid's first novel in a decade, is a lyrical, interior meditation on time and memory by a devoted but no longer cherished wife and mother going about the daily business of taking care of her home and family in a small New England town. But it is also one of the most damning retaliations by a jilted wife since Nora Ephron's Heartburn. See Now Then reads as if Gertrude Stein and Virginia Woolf had collaborated on a heartbroken housewife's lament that reveals an impossible familiarity with Heartburn and Evan S.

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The Two-Way
6:27 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Gas Buildup Caused Blast At Mexican Oil Company Headquarters

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 9:42 pm

Last week's deadly explosion at the headquarters of Mexico's national oil company was caused by a buildup of gas in the building's basement, the country's attorney general said Monday.

Here's more from The Associated Press:

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Education
6:27 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Judge Rules Texas' School-Funding Method Unconstitutional

Attorney Rick Gray, representing more than 400 districts mostly in poorer areas of the state, is congratulated Monday in Austin following a ruling in a consolidated six-lawsuit case contending the school finance system violates the Texas Constitution.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 7:32 am

A state district court in Texas has ruled that the way the state funds its public schools is unconstitutional, both because the money is insufficient and because it is not distributed fairly.

After a 12-week trial, Judge John Dietz took only moments to agree with schools that the current funding mechanism violates the state Constitution.

"It was a great relief," said Wayne Pierce, executive director of the Equity Center, an organization of some 675 of the school districts arguing that the system is "hopelessly broken."

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It's All Politics
6:27 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Critics Question Witness List Ahead Of Immigration Hearing

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 7:23 pm

The new Congress will hold its first hearing on overhauling immigration laws on Tuesday, and some pro-immigrant groups and Democrats already are grumbling that the makeup of witnesses scheduled to testify before a House panel is weighted toward conservatives who oppose citizenship for illegal immigrants and support a limited flow of newcomers.

Critics are concerned that the witness list signals that Republican lawmakers' post-election embrace of immigration reform may not materialize. None of the pro-immigrant groups is represented among the speakers.

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This Is NPR
6:26 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Want To Join Our Upcoming Promo Campaign? Then Tell Us Where You Listen To NPR

NPR

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 12:40 pm

For many of us, NPR isn't just about a daily drive to work. It's part of our lives, our work and a big part of our conversations. The great thing about modern radio is that it can fit into your life, where ever your day takes you.

Tell Us: Where are the unique places you listen to NPR programming?

Do you tune-in to your Member Station from a work bench in the garage? Maybe you carry a portable radio while hiking through the Redwoods in Northern California? Or how about stream a favorite podcast from an NPR mobile app during your morning subway commute?

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
6:26 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Speaking Out About Women And Power

After decades in the public spotlight, Hillary Clinton gets the last laugh as a master of public speaking.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 4:20 pm

Last week Hillary Clinton stepped down from her position as secretary of state amidst speculation about whether she'll consider a 2016 bid for the presidency. For decades Clinton has embodied the conflicted status of women in power, with very public roles as a wife, mother and first lady, two terms in the Senate and four years as secretary of state.

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The Record
6:25 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Listening To My Bloody Valentine Three Ways

My Bloody Valentine's Bilinda Butcher during the band's set at Coachella in 2009.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 3:29 pm

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