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11:23 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Czech Parliament Impeaches Outgoing President Over Amnesty

President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus.
Ferenc Isza AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 11:06 am

Czech President Vaclav Klaus is due to leave office this week. But, today, the country's upper house of Parliament handed him quite a going-away gift: They impeached him for treason and referred his case to the Constitutional Court.

Reuters reports that his left-wing opponents are angry because he granted amnesty to thousands of prisoners. The court will decide whether those pardons violated the constitution

Reuters adds:

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Monkey See
11:23 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Are Romantic Comedies Dead?

Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in Bringing Up Baby.
AP

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 7:45 am

The March issue of The Atlantic features an essay from Christopher Orr called "Why Are Romantic Comedies So Bad?"* In it, Orr asserts that romantic comedies have been "lackluster for decades." Decades.

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Planet Money
11:22 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Circus Clowns Offended By Comparison To Politicians

Clowns aren't amused.
via the Economist

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 8:57 am

Of course:

Three days after Peer Steinbrück, the Social Democratic candidate to challenge Chancellor Angela Merkel in elections this autumn, referred to Italian political leaders Silvio Berlusconi and Beppe Grillo as "clowns," the head of Germany's most famous circus has expressed his displeasure at being compared to the former Italian prime minister.

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Mountain Stage
11:22 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Dar Williams On Mountain Stage

Dar Williams.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 2:21 pm

Singer-songwriter Dar Williams makes her seventh appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.V. A veteran of the New England folk scene, Williams emerged nationally in the mid-1990s, winning fans (including folk heavyweights like Joan Baez) with her idiosyncratic songwriting, acerbic wit and lovely soprano voice.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:21 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Can We Ever Explain Human Tragedy?

Cousin Kyle Balcom (L) and brother Dustin Bush console each other after the disappearance of Jeffrey Bush into a Seffner, Florida, sinkhole.
Edward Linsmier Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 12:43 pm

Sinkholes can occur when porous limestone or other soluble bedrock dissolves in water, creating underground caverns that collapse.

Last Thursday evening, a man was in the bedroom of his home in Seffner, Florida.

These are typical narratives — one about scientific facts, the other about everyday life. We accept each narrative as neither shocking nor mysterious. Water and rock interact in particular ways. People go about their daily lives. This is familiar.

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The Two-Way
11:21 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Top Stories: Fla. Sinkhole; Obama Nominates New Heads For Agencies

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 7:09 am

Good morning - here are our early stories:

At Florida Sinkhole, Demolition Continues.

President Obama To Nominate New EPA, Budget And Energy Heads.

And here are more early headlines:

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First Listen
11:18 am
Mon March 4, 2013

First Listen: The Delfonics, 'Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics'

Adrian Younge (left) and William Hart. Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics comes out March 12.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 4:48 pm

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Political Junkie
11:17 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Who's 'Right' — CPAC Or Chris Christie?

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gives details on his 2014 state budget in Trenton, N.J., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.
Rich Schultz AP

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 1:38 pm

For a city that thrives on huge controversies and breathtaking tremors, perhaps last week's mini-squabble over whether or not to invite Chris Christie to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) later this month is not what you would call a big deal. But the decision — not to invite him — says something about the conservative movement ... and what defines a conservative.

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The Record
11:17 am
Mon March 4, 2013

How One Band Turned A Ghost Town Into A Giant Recording Studio

Part of the abandoned mining apparatus in the town of Piramida.
Courtesy of Efterklang

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 12:02 pm

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First Listen
11:16 am
Mon March 4, 2013

First Listen: Dave Grohl & Friends, 'Sound City: Real To Reel'

Sound City: Real to Reel, the soundtrack to a new documentary directed by Dave Grohl, comes out March 12.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 1:23 pm

Audio for this feature is no longer available.

A documentary directed by Foo Fighters frontman, Nirvana drummer and musical everyman Dave Grohl, Sound City: Real to Reel is an exuberant ode to rock 'n' roll, told through the story of Sound City Studios and its custom analog console.

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