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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
12:54 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Spaceship Earth: Who Is In Control?

Earthrise, seen from Apollo 8 as it circles the moon in 1968.
NASA

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 10:54 am

"In 1968, Apollo 8 went to the Moon," starts writer Frank White, who coined the expression "Overview Effect" to describe the deep changes that astronauts experience once they see Earth from space. "They didn't land but they did circle the Moon; I was watching it on television and at a certain point one of the astronauts casually said: we are going to turn the camera around and show you the Earth. And he did. And that was the first time I had ever seen the planet hanging in space like that. And it was profound," he continued.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:52 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Classical Lost and Found: The Lighter Side Of Vissarion Shebalin

Vissarion Shebalin's music, like that of his compatriots Shostakovich and Prokoviev, was denounced by Soviet officials.
Toccata Classics

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 9:38 am

Except perhaps for dedicated Russophiles, composer Vissarion Shebalin will most likely be a welcome new discovery. He was a student of Nikolay Myaskovsky, highly respected by Prokofiev and a close friend of Shostakovich.

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Political Junkie
12:52 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Ken Rudin collection

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 5:43 am

While you're gearing up for the Political Junkie D.C. Live Road Show on Wednesday evening — see below for details — why not try and solve this week's ScuttleButton puzzle first?

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Europe
12:52 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

French President's Bold Actions Transform His Image

French President Francois Hollande talks about the situation in Mali on Saturday at the presidential palace in Paris. Backed by French air power, Malian troops Friday unleashed an offensive against Islamist rebels.
Lionel Bonaventure AP

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 11:39 am

Since last weekend, France has been fighting Islamist radicals across Africa. In the west, it's sending troops to help overthrow rebels in its former colony, Mali; in the east, French special forces staged an unsuccessful but bold operation to free a French hostage in Somalia. While the fighting is far from over, French President Francois Hollande's show of force is producing some collateral benefits for him back home.

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Books News & Features
12:51 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Hold On To Your Tighty Whities, Captain Underpants Is Back!

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Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 3:22 am

Let's face it. When you're a kid, sometimes adults can be a real drag. The new Captain Underpants book puts it this way: "Did you ever notice how grown-ups hate it when kids are having fun?"

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The Two-Way
12:51 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

As Polls Show Support For Gun Control, Calif. Gun Show Is A Hit

Shotguns sit on display at a gun show in Stamford, Conn., last week. Demand has risen for firearms as the White House prepares its new plan for gun control measures. New surveys find that a majority of Americans support some measures.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 5:45 am

One month after the Newtown, Conn., school shootings, gun control is on the national agenda. The White House will outline its proposals this week, and national surveys find a majority of Americans support options such as requiring background checks for both private and gun-show sales.

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This Is NPR
12:50 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Reason #34.2 Million To Love NPR

NPR

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 1:36 pm

Each week, 34.2 million listeners tune into a station that carries NPR programming, and we're glad for each and every one of them. Thank you for taking it all in with us.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

The Record
12:49 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Justin Timberlake Suits Up And Steps Out

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 4:30 pm

Maybe it was an accident that Justin Timberlake's first single in six years hit the Internet less than an hour after the conclusion of the Golden Globes — the annual schmoozefest that features celebrities notoriously oiled up by an open bar, sharing what viewers are meant to think is a more than usually honest version of themselves.

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The Two-Way
12:49 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Report: Rape In Syria Is Driving Women To Leave

Clothes are hung to dry outside a tent housing Syrian refugees in Bab al-Salam refugee camp in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border, on Sunday.
Muzaffar Salman Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 5:47 am

Rape is forcing increasing numbers of Syrian women and girls to flee their homes, according to a new report by the International Rescue Committee.

Women and girls tell the IRC they were attacked in public and inside their homes, mainly by armed men. For many, the assaults occurred in front of their family members. The IRC says this is forcing increasing numbers of Syrians to flee, becoming refugees in neighboring Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
12:44 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Black Prairie: Tiny Desk Concert

Black Prairie performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Nov. 9, 2012.
Ryan Smith NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:44 pm

The charming roots-folk band Black Prairie got its start as an outlet for The Decemberists' Chris Funk and Nate Query, who wanted an outlet for some of their rootsy, mostly instrumental string-band wanderings.

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