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12:58 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Girls, Boys And Toys: Rethinking Stereotypes In What Kids Play With

Hasbro's pink Easy-Bake Oven is under fire for reinforcing gender stereotypes.
Peggy Turbett The Plain Dealer/Landov

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 5:50 am

We've been focusing on some serious news today. Here's something on the lighter side.

A New Jersey teenager who launched a campaign to get Hasbro to make a gender-neutral Easy-Bake Oven is expected to meet with the toy company Monday afternoon.

Update at 5:40 p.m. ET. Easy-Bake Oven goes gender-neutral:

After meeting with Pope, Hasbro now says it plans to introduce a new black, silver, and blue model of the oven, and to feature boys in ads for the product. Our original post continues:

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Monkey See
11:54 am
Mon December 17, 2012

2012 In Review: 10 Films Worth Going Out Of Your Way For

Dreama Walker in Compliance.
Magnolia Pictures

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 11:31 am

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The Picture Show
11:53 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Young Stars In Formation

"Thousands of sparkling young stars are nestled within the giant nebula NGC 3603, one of the most massive young star clusters in the Milky Way Galaxy."
NASA

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 11:15 am

Somehow, it still doesn't feel right to move on with daily business. Does anyone else share the feeling that nothing feels appropriate after Friday's events? I know I spent much of this weekend away from my news feed, looking to the sky for answers. I did listen to one podcast, in which an astrophysicist discussed the old notion that we come from stars. And maybe that's where we eventually return.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:51 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Climate Change Revisited: It Isn't Just For Natural Scientists Anymore

Wind generators at Pacific Hydro's Cape Bridgewater wind farm in Warrnambool, Australia, in May 2012. Each generator produces roughly enough energy to meet the annual needs of 12,000 households.
Mark Dadswell Getty Images

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 8:41 am

Last week I shared an interview with Stephan Lewandowsky, a cognitive psychologist and Winthrop Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Western Australia. Lewandowsky's recent research investigates why people do or don't accept the lessons of contemporary climate science, and in my post we discussed the provocative new finding that rejecting anthropogenic climate change is associated with conspiratorial thinking.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:51 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Whatever Happened To The Classical Christmas Album?

A sampling of one listener's cherished classical Christmas albums from a few years back.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 1:38 pm

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NPR Story
11:51 am
Mon December 17, 2012

See The Show Live

iStockPhoto.com

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 9:55 am

Wait Wait will provide links to any available online ticket sales here, but all ticket sales for road shows are handled by local venues.

July 24 and 31: The Nourse Theatre in San Francisco, Calif. Tickets and info

Aug. 28: Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass. Tickets and info

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The Two-Way
11:30 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Schools Across Nation Step Up Or Assess Security After Newtown Killings

Friday afternoon: As a bus took some students home in Newtown, Conn., the flag was already at half-staff to honor the first-graders and school staff killed that morning.
Shannon Stapleton Reuters /Landov

Schools across the nation are adding security or assessing their safety procedures after the shooting deaths of 20 first-graders and six teachers or administrators at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., on Friday.

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It's All Politics
11:29 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Open-Government Watchdogs OK With Closed-Door Fiscal Cliff Talks

House Speaker John Boehner arrives at the White House on Thursday for a meeting with President Obama. The two men met again in private on Monday in an effort to reach a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff."
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 11:48 am

If President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner's closed-door meetings aimed at solving the fiscal cliff crisis trouble anyone, you'd expect it to be the open-government watchdogs who routinely bark their outrage at public officials who work overtime to avoid public scrutiny.

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Krulwich Wonders...
10:52 am
Mon December 17, 2012

This Should Be A Hit In Texas: Puddle Of Oil Turns Into A Christmas Tree

YouTube

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 8:41 am

We start with a pool of oil. We turn on a magnet. The oil travels up a superstructure and blossoms into a tree. Turn off the magnet, the branches, the needles, the tree melt away. It's a puddle again.

The perfect tree for an oil billionaire, no?

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News
10:44 am
Mon December 17, 2012

The Politics And Psychology Of Gun Culture

Host Michel Martin continues the conversation on America's gun culture. She speaks with author Paul Barrett, journalist Craig Whitney and psychiatrist Carl Bell.

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