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NewsPoet: Writing The Day In Verse
4:46 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

NewsPoet: Tess Taylor Writes The Day In Verse

Tess Taylor visits NPR headquarters in Washington on Monday.
Emily Bogle NPR

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 5:38 pm

Today at All Things Considered, we continue a project we're calling NewsPoet. Each month, we bring in a poet to spend time in the newsroom — and at the end of the day, to compose a poem reflecting on the day's stories.

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It's All Politics
4:29 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Issue Of Abortion Back In Spotlight In Swing States

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 6:15 pm

With women's issues front and center again in the presidential campaign, a bus tour through several swing states kicked off Monday in opposition to President Obama's views on abortion.

At the same time, the Obama campaign launched a new TV ad — aimed at some of the same voters in some of the same key states — criticizing Republican Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, on the issue.

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All Tech Considered
4:25 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Smartphone Apps Help More Singles Find The Boy (Or Girl) Next Door

A growing number of smartphone apps use internal GPS to help singles locate potential mates nearby. While men are enthusiastic about the apps, women have been slower to adopt them.
Sean Locke iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 5:02 pm

Pretty much every smartphone on the market today offers GPS. Apps of all kinds use that geo-locating ability to offer you the local weather forecast or help you find nearby restaurants.

There are also apps designed to help singles look for love, and the concept has been a hit — with men. The app Grindr, for gay men, has more than 4 million users worldwide. And straight guys are signing up for a bunch of dating apps, as well.

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Participation Nation
3:33 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

A Simple Gesture In Paradise, Calif.

Cool green bags of food for the hungry from A Simple Gesture.
Courtesy of A Simple Gesture

In 2010, my wife Karen and I — inspired by the Ashland Food Project in Oregon — founded A Simple Gesture in Paradise, a small northern California town.

Simply stated: We give a donor a cool green shopping bag. Every time she goes shopping for her own groceries she buys one extra non-perishable item and puts it in the cool green bag. Every two months a volunteer picks up the bag at the home and gives her another.

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Remembrances
3:29 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Remembering 'Top Gun' Director Tony Scott

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 5:02 pm

Film director Tony Scott died Sunday after jumping off a Los Angeles bridge. Scott was known for a distinct visual style. Host Audi Cornish talks with Entertainment Weekly senior editor Thom Geier about Scott's work, which includes Top Gun and Days of Thunder.

Sports
3:28 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Augusta National to Add First Two Female Members

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 5:02 pm

For the first time in its 80-year history, the Augusta National Gold Club has admitted women to become members. The home of the Masters says former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be one of two women admitted.

Science
3:27 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Examining The Truth About Rape And Pregnancy

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 5:02 pm

All Things Considered host Melissa Block talks with Nick Baumann of Mother Jones magazine about the belief at the core of Missouri state Rep. Todd Akin's furor-raising statement over the weekend: that "legitimate rape" rarely leads to pregnancy. The belief that hormones or adrenaline protect women from conception during rape has been perpetuated for decades in American political discourse, without scientific basis. Studies have found approximately 5 percent of rapes result in pregnancy.

Environment
3:20 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Wood Energy Not 'Green' Enough, Says Mass.

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 5:02 pm

Wind and solar get lots of attention, but another kind of renewable power actually creates more energy in our country --wood. The state of Massachusetts on Friday decided that these plants aren't green enough to get some special breaks.

Sports
3:20 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Giant Cabrera Used Fake Website To Bolster Defense

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 5:02 pm

San Francisco Giant Melky Cabrera is serving a 50-game suspension after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Over the weekend, the New York Daily News reported that Cabrera had set up a fake website to bolster a story that he didn't know what he was taking. All Things Considered host Audie Cornish talks with NPR's Mike Pesca about the story.

The Two-Way
2:48 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Phyllis Diller, Legendary Comedian, Is Dead

In this May 20, 1966 file photo, comedian Phyllis Diller appears in character in the ABC-TV comedy series "The Pruitts of Southampton."
AP

Phyllis Diller, who was known for her trademark self-deprecating humor and laugh, has died at 95.

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