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Krulwich Wonders...
9:30 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Our Very Normal Solar System Isn't Normal Anymore

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 7:53 am

Some things you just count on. Like if we ever meet a space alien, it should have eyes (and maybe a head). Like somewhere out there, there are planets like ours. Like we have an ordinary solar system β€” "ordinary" because you know what it looks like ...

It's got a sun in the middle, little planets on the inside, bigger ones farther out. That's what most of them should look like, no?

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The Two-Way
9:29 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Top Stories: Kidnapped Women Free; Bombing Suspect Burial Site?

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 7:54 am

Good morning, here are our early stories:

-- Cry For Help Led To Freedom For Missing Women In Cleveland.

-- Many Offers, But No OK's For Burial Of Boston Bombing Suspect.

And here are more early headlines:

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Monkey See
9:27 am
Wed May 8, 2013

MTV's Musical Legacy: How 'Unplugged' Sold The Radio Star

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana during the taping of MTV Unplugged at Sony Studios in New York City in November 1993.
Frank Micelotta Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 7:30 am

It's generally understood that something about MTV was revolutionary. Perhaps it was the music video, perhaps it was the short attention span, perhaps it was The Real World, but something about MTV had enough cultural permanency that it made for a fine oral history from Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum, called I Want My MTV, in late 2011.

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Book Reviews
9:19 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Postgraduate Post-Mortem In A Smart, Literary Mystery

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 6:03 am

There are many things to savor about Elanor Dymott's debut suspense novel, Every Contact Leaves a Trace -- among them, its baroque narrative structure and its clever manipulation of the stock, husband-who-hasn't-got-a-clue character. But Dymott really won me over when she pulled Robert Browning out of her crime kit. Nobody reads Robert Browning anymore, do they? As far as I can tell, high schools have thrown in the towel when it comes to teaching Victorian poetry; dissertations on Browning's dramatic monologues have all but dried up.

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Political Junkie
9:15 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Joe Biden Has History On His Side But Little Else If Hillary Clinton Runs

Ken Rudin collection

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 9:46 am

It's pretty much a truism in American political history: If the president is not running again and the vice president wants his party's nomination, it's his for the asking.

That was the case in 1960, with President Eisenhower term-limited and Vice President Richard Nixon's path to the GOP nomination unimpeded.

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The Two-Way
9:14 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Three Women Found In Ohio Years After Disappearing

Cleveland police and FBI agents search a yard on the west side of Cleveland in July 2012 for evidence of Amanda Berry's disappearance. It turned out to be a false lead.
Mark Duncan Associated Press

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 7:45 am

Three women, at least two of whom had been missing since they were teenagers a decade ago, were found alive in a residential area near Cleveland, news agencies reported.

Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus were found alive Monday a few miles from where they disappeared in 2003 and 2004 respectively, along with a third woman, whose identity has not yet been confirmed.

CNN is reporting that a suspect in their apparent abduction has been taken into custody, but NPR has not confirmed this.

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The Two-Way
9:13 am
Wed May 8, 2013

North Korea Reportedly Moves Missiles Off Launch Status

A 2009 image released by Korean Central News Agency of a medium-range Musudan missile.
Associated Press

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 7:25 pm

North Korea has reportedly moved two medium-range missiles away from a launch site in the country's east in an apparent ratcheting down of tensions in the region.

Reuters and the BBC quoted unnamed U.S. officials as saying that two Musudan missiles that were in launch-ready status have been moved after being on standby for weeks.

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The Two-Way
9:12 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Singer Lauryn Hill Sentenced To Three Months For Tax Evasion

Lauryn Hill departs the court on Monday in Newark, New Jersey.
Dave Kotinsky Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 6:35 pm

Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill will spend three months in jail for failing to pay income tax on about $1.8 million in earnings.

Hill, 37, pleaded guilty last year to three counts of tax evasion. She was sentenced on Monday.

The Associated Press reports:

"During a forceful statement to the judge, Hill explained she had always meant to eventually pay the taxes but was unable to during a period of time when she dropped out of the music business.

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The Two-Way
9:11 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Stolen Dinosaur Heads Back To Mongolia

The skull of the Tyrannosaurus bataar skeleton is displayed during a ceremony to repatriate the bones to Mongolia.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 7:30 pm

A 70 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus skeleton that was looted from Mongolia and smuggled into the U.S. is on its way home after nearly being sold at auction in New York last year.

NPR's Margot Adler reports that the skeleton was seized by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement after a Florida fossils dealer pleaded guilty to smuggling charges in December and agreed to surrender the dinosaur bones.

The nearly complete Tyrannosaurus bataar skeleton, measuring 8 feet high by 24 feet long, was handed over to the Mongolian government in a special ceremony on Monday.

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Europe
9:08 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Crowd Funding Effort Seeks To Save Venice's Everyday Gondolas

Nicolo Zen, director of Traditional Boat Museum of Venice, launched a crowd funding project to save one of the last traghetto gondolas β€” everyday boats used by the city's locals.
Christopher Livesay

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 8:00 pm

Even if you haven't been to Venice, you're probably familiar with the city's famous tourist gondolas: With baroque silver ornaments, shiny black lacquer, and sumptuous red seat cushions, they're unabashedly fancy, not to mention ubiquitous. A ride with a gondolier costs at least 80 euros (about $105), rain or shine (and it's 110 β€” $144 β€” more to be serenaded).

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