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11:02 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Conservative Justices Skeptical Of Key Part Of Voting Law

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 7:43 pm

A majority of Supreme Court justices seemed prepared on Wednesday to invalidate a key section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The law is considered the most effective piece of civil rights legislation in the nation's history.

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Space
11:02 am
Fri March 1, 2013

First Space Tourist Sets Sights On A Mars Mission

Space tourist Dennis Tito celebrates after his landing near the Kazakh town of Arkalyk on May 6, 2001.
Alexander Nemenov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 5:23 pm

The world's first space tourist is financing a project that aims to launch an American man and woman on a mission to fly by Mars in 2018.

Back in 2001, businessman Dennis Tito shelled out about $20 million to ride a Russian spaceship up to the International Space Station. Now he's unveiled a new nonprofit group called the Inspiration Mars Foundation.

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Law
11:02 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Weighing The Future Of The Voting Rights Act

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, you've heard the pundits and the politicians give their take on the new S-word - sequestration. We'll ask the Barber Shop guys for their perspective on this later in the program. But first we want to talk about another big topic in Washington this week. That is the challenge to the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965. That's before the Supreme Court, specifically section five of the act.

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Religion
11:01 am
Fri March 1, 2013

As Pope Resigns, Clergy Abuse Survivors Remember 2008 Meeting

Bernie McDaid keeps a framed photo of his meeting with Pope Benedict by his front door. "It was a tough moment," McDaid says.
Tovia Smith NPR

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 5:09 pm

Among those watching the papal transition closely are survivors of clergy sexual abuse, including a handful who were selected to meet with Pope Benedict XVI five years ago as the crisis raged.

The group left the meeting hopeful that that Benedict would make significant changes in how the church handled both past and current cases. Among those at the meeting were Olan Horne and Bernie McDaid.

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All Songs Considered
11:01 am
Fri March 1, 2013

We Get Mail: With Kids In The Car, Who Controls The Stereo?

This little scamp has no say over the car stereo.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 1:14 pm

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:01 am
Fri March 1, 2013

The End Of The Universe, The Higgs And All The 'Ifs'

Don't panic! The end of the Universe (as we know it) isn't likely to hit us for billions of years, if it comes at all. Pictured: the Milky Way rises above the ESO's ALMA facility in Chile.
José Francisco Salgado ESO

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 1:23 pm

As if calling the Higgs particle "the God particle" didn't cause enough confusion and misinformation, here we go again, with the Higgs hitting the spotlight once more, but now as prophet of doom.

Yes, dear readers, it seems that the destiny of the Universe is in the hands of this particle or, more precisely, of the value of its mass.

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This Is NPR
11:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Give Them A Hand: Gracie Awards For NPR

Screen Shot, NPR.org

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 10:10 am

Yesterday, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) announced that it is honoring NPR with three national Gracie Awards for "exemplary programming created for women, by women and about women." In naming its annual winners, the AWMF considers outstanding female-driven programming in all aspects of media – placing NPR winners on the same stage as high-profile, female trailblazers like producer and writer Lena Dunham, Good Morning Americ

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Planet Money
11:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

A Hidden Safety Net, Made Visible By A Storm (Cont'd)

Days after Sandy, carting out stuff destroyed by flooding.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 12:56 pm

Last fall, we wrote:

The Fairway supermarket in Red Hook, Brooklyn is the sort of place New Yorkers, accustomed to cramped spaces, talk about with amazement. It's an actual, full-size supermarket, right at the edge of New York Harbor.

It's a beautiful setting, but one that was diastrous last week, when Sandy came through.

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The Two-Way
10:59 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Rosa Parks 'Helped Change America,' Obama Says At Statue Dedication

President Obama reached out to touch the statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks during Wednesday's dedication ceremony in the U.S. Capitol. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was behind the president.
Jason Reed Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 11:09 am

With words of high praise from Republicans and Democrats, the nation's leaders on Wednesday dedicated a statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks — a statue that now stands in the U.S. Capitol "where many fought to prevent a day like this," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said.

President Obama said of Parks that she was "a seamstress slight in stature but mighty in courage" who lived a life "of dignity and grace."

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The Two-Way
10:57 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Virginia Gov. Restores Scooter Libby's Voting Rights

Former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby in 2007.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 5:56 pm

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has restored the voting rights of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

If you remember Libby was former Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff. As the AP explains, "he was convicted in 2007 of perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements in a case involving leaked information that compromised the covert identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame. Libby's 2½-year prison sentence was commuted by then-President George W. Bush."

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