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In NPR And AP Cosby Interviews, A 'No Comment' That Said Everything

npr.org — When Bill Cosby sat down on Nov. 6 to do interviews with several journalists inside the galleries of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, he may have felt he was in a safe space - there to talk only about an exhibit based on his own collection of art.
Nov 22, 2014

RT @davidfolkenflik: My NPR column: How the definition of news shifted on Cosby - and sent AP scrambling over a "no comment" npr.org/2014/11/21/365…

Nov 22, 2014

RT @davidfolkenflik: My NPR column: How the definition of news shifted on Cosby - and sent AP scrambling over a "no comment" npr.org/2014/11/21/365…

Nov 22, 2014

RT @NPRrussell: "The AP hid nothing in terms of content--and yet the full context wasn't present." Bill Cosby. npr.org/2014/11/21/365… by @davidfolkenflik

Nov 22, 2014

RT @davidfolkenflik: My NPR column: How the definition of news shifted on Cosby - and sent AP scrambling over a "no comment" npr.org/2014/11/21/365…

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After Backlash, Computer Engineer Barbie Gets New Set Of Skills

npr.org — Women in the technology field have faced all manner of insults, including, most recently, GamerGate, which highlighted sexism and harassment in video game culture. This week, another insult - from a seemingly more benign source - set off a loud online cry of: "Are you kidding me?"
Nov 22, 2014

RT @tessvigeland: RT @nprnews: With the help of some women programmers, Barbie learned how to be a computer engineer w/o help of boys. npr.org/2014/11/22/365…

Nov 22, 2014

RT @tessvigeland: RT @nprnews: With the help of some women programmers, Barbie learned how to be a computer engineer w/o help of boys. npr.org/2014/11/22/365…

Nov 22, 2014

RT @nprnews: With the help of some women programmers, Barbie learned how to be a computer engineer without the help of boys. npr.org/2014/11/22/365…

'If We Left, They Wouldn't Have Nobody'

npr.org — When an assisted living home in California shut down last fall, many of its residents were left behind, with nowhere to go. The staff at the Valley Springs Manor left when they stopped getting paid - except for cook Maurice Rowland and Miguel Alvarez, the janitor.
Nov 22, 2014

Cook & Janitor turn heroes when they stay & care for residents left behind when asst living facility shuts down ow.ly/EIlRy

Nov 22, 2014

it's getting a little dusty in here... RT @nprnews If We Left, They Wouldn't Have Nobody n.pr/1F4bcNH

Nov 22, 2014

Come on Haywar / California...you are better than this. 'If We Left, They Wouldn't Have Nobody' n.pr/1F4bcNH via @nprnews

Nov 22, 2014

RT @nprnews: Morning! @gohNPR tweeting for @NPRnews. Top trending story now: A cook and a janitor who stayed to help without pay: npr.org/2014/11/21/365…

Nov 22, 2014

Nursing home closed, staff left. The cook and janitor stayed Via @nprnews: 'If We Left, They Wouldn't Have Nobody' n.pr/1F4bcNH

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Wealthy Arabs Flock To Pakistan To Kill The Bustards

npr.org — Winter is creeping down on northern Pakistan from the Himalayan Mountains. The skies are cloudless and bright blue. The air is as cool and refreshing as champagne. This is the season for swaddling yourself in a big woolen shawl. And it's also the season when Pakistanis try not to ...
Nov 22, 2014

RT @sarahhandel: (awesome Yale Prize-winning limerick sent in by a listener after hearing this piece: npr.org/blogs/parallel…)

Nov 22, 2014

(awesome Yale Prize-winning limerick sent in by a listener after hearing this piece: npr.org/blogs/parallel…)

Nov 22, 2014

In Pakistan, they try not to let the bustards get them down. (Yep, you read that right.) Coming up on @NPRweekend & n.pr/1taDNv4

It's Crunch Time For The Iranian Nuclear Talks

npr.org — Can Iran and six world powers reach a historic deal over Iran's nuclear program by Monday? The negotiations are at a crucial phase. As the deadline nears, regional hopes and fears are rising in equal measure. A successful nuclear deal to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions could finally defuse one of the most dangerous crises in the Middle East.

Ferguson Grand Jury Will Reportedly Meet Again Monday

npr.org — As a grand jury considers whether Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson should face criminal charges over the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, many in the St. Louis suburb are calling for calm, even as they prepare for what could be a sharp public reaction to the jury's decision.

Remembering 'Comic Meteor' Mike Nichols

npr.org — There are just a few words in the last four minutes of Mike Nichols' 1967 film, The Graduate. "Elaine! Ben! It's too late! Not for me..." A lot of directors would have ended the film on the two young lovers in the back of the bus, giddy, giggly, and on the lam from square lives.
Nov 22, 2014

This week's essay remembers Mike Nichols: n.pr/1taUhDz who honed the beat of improv into art.

National Parks Look To Lock Out Wild Ginseng Diggers

npr.org — Digging for wild ginseng pays: It sells for thousands of dollars in overseas markets. But it is illegal to take ginseng from national parks, where authorities are working to thwart poachers. They come to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Jim Corbin, a plant protection specialist with North Carolina's agriculture department, is out to protect wild ginseng root from the poachers.

UVA Bans Fraternities Until January In Wake Of Campus Rape Article

npr.org — Citing "great sorrow, great rage" and "great determination," University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan says she's suspending all the school's fraternities until Jan. 9. The move comes days after a Rolling Stone article in which a woman described being gang-raped when she was a freshman in 2012.

Who Will Get The Biopic Treatment Next?

npr.org — Movie award season is upon us once again, which means that it's peak biopic season. You know what I mean - those big, sweeping epics about the life of a Very Important Person portrayed by a Very Serious Actor.
Nov 22, 2014

RT @staceyNYCDC: .@geedee215 one man crusade against the plague of biopics continues LOL// Who Will Get The Biopic Treatment Next? n.pr/1Faw0VE

Texas Hits The Books

npr.org — In the education world, all eyes were on Texas today. For the first time since 2002, the Texas State Board of Education voted to adopt a new generation of social studies products. That includes some 89 textbooks, workbooks and other classroom materials.
Nov 22, 2014

The @NPRNews national report on Texas' textbook adoption struggle at the #SBOE: Moses and the Founders n.pr/1FagOrL

Nov 21, 2014

RT @tlangford: Have no idea how I made it through college without knowing the Moses effect on the Founding Fathers. n.pr/1FagOrL

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House Panel Finds 'No Intelligence Failure' Before Benghazi Attack

npr.org — After a nearly two-year investigation, the final report by the House Intelligence Committee concludes that the CIA "ensured sufficient security for CIA facilities in Benghazi and... bravely assisted the State Department" on Sept. 11, 2012, during a deadly attack on U.S. facilities in Libya.
Nov 22, 2014

House Panel Finds 'No Intelligence Failure' Before Benghazi Attack n.pr/1tb1TG0

Nov 21, 2014

This was a big deal, what happened? "@nprnews: House Panel Finds 'No Intelligence Failure' Before #Benghazi Attack n.pr/1xe6wAH

Nov 21, 2014

RT @nprnews: House Panel Finds 'No Intelligence Failure' Before Benghazi Attack n.pr/1xe6wAH

First Thanksgiving Dinner: No Turkeys. No Ladies. No Pies.

npr.org — I did this last year. Here it is again, ever so slightly amended, in question/answer form. How long was the first Thanksgiving dinner? It wasn't just a dinner. It lasted three days. Who was there? About fifty Pilgrims came. Plus 90 Wampanoag Indians. Says the writer Andrew Beahrs: "About two of every three people there were Wampanoag."
Nov 22, 2014

The first Thanksgiving buffet: Roast duck, goose, venison, but no turkey—and only men at the dinner @RKrulwich @NPR npr.org/blogs/krulwich…

The Good Listener: Do Some Musicians Play Too Well?

npr.org — We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the Pokemon products whose arrival signals our kids' descent into video-game-induced catatonia is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives - and, this week, thoughts on whether superior technique can detract from music's quality.
Nov 22, 2014

New Good Listener column for the @allsongs blog: Do Some Musicians Play Too Well? npr.org/blogs/allsongs…

Tiny Texas Town Sees School's Record-Setting Football Season End

npr.org — A football dream ended in Texas last night, as the little town of Booker saw its high school team lose for the first time this year, eliminating them from the state playoffs. But Booker High School has plenty to celebrate - the 29 players on its team include the state's all-time leading passer and leading receiver.
Nov 22, 2014

Tiny Town Sees School's Record Football Season End - Texas' top passer, receiver n.pr/1FdFi3t via @nprnews pic.twitter.com/UwPK5Eq95S

Not My Job: We Ask 'Real Housewives' Producer Andy Cohen About House Flies

npr.org — Andy Cohen started out as a producer with CBS News, doing tough stories from tough places. But his secret dream was to choreograph elaborate cat fights between wealthy, underemployed women. He's the Bravo producer responsible for the Real Housewives franchise and host of Watch What Happens Live.

Benedict Cumberbatch: Code-Breaker Alan Turing Was A Puzzle Himself

npr.org — The Imitation Game is the story of Alan Turing: British mathematician, World War II code breaker and seminal theoretician of computer science. "It's a war thriller, it's a love story and a tragic testament to a genius wronged," the star of the film, Benedict Cumberbatch, tells NPR's Robert Siegel.
Nov 21, 2014

Cumberbatch - "It sounds like a fart in a bath. There's a whole lot of bubbles." n.pr/1ux0D2T

Nov 21, 2014

RT @nprnews: In which Cumberbatch @BenedictCumb tells Robert Siegel he thinks his own name sounds like a “faaaaaht in a baaaaath.” n.pr/1ux0D2T

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To Stay Energy Efficient As You Age, Keep On Running

npr.org — Walking is a simple thing that becomes really, really important as we age. Being able to get around on our feet for extended periods of time not only makes everyday life easier, it's linked to fewer hospitalizations and greater longevity. As we get older, though, the body takes about 15 to 20 percent more energy to cover the same terrain.

Episode 474: The North Korea Files

npr.org — U.S. citizens who want to buy stuff from North Korea have to write a letter to the U.S. government asking for special permission. As regular listeners know, we're sort of obsessed with North Korea. So we decided to try to get those letters. We filed a Freedom of Information Act request.
Nov 22, 2014

A former Swedish fashion company explains the challenges of making stuff in North Korea. n.pr/1FbkHMY pic.twitter.com/ViK04eQ2e0

Nov 21, 2014

Episode 474: The North Korea Files: We got a stack of letters from American citizens who wanted to buy stuff f... n.pr/1yB9CRx