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8:54 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Theater Of The Absurd: Have Audiences Lost Their Manners?

Scott Griessel - Creatista iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 8:58 am

If you woke up this morning thinking, "I really need to hear NPR's Linda Wertheimer say the words 'noisily unwrapping her Twizzlers,'" have I got good news for you.

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8:53 am
Tue June 11, 2013

A Delay In Relief From Copays For Costly Drugs

Expensive prescriptions drugs can stretch people's finances, even if they have insurance.
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Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 8:40 am

For people with a chronic or serious illness, drugs that can help slow or cure the disease often put a financial strain on even the best insurance coverage.

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8:53 am
Tue June 11, 2013

WATCH: An Orca Steals A Fisherman's Catch

An orca steals a halibut from a fisherman's line.
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Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 9:46 am

In the past, we've brought you: bull shark versus an angler on a dock and tiger shark versus fisherman on a kayak.

Both of those videos showed a shark swooping in and quickly stealing a fish caught on a line. Today, we bring you a more refined version of this genre.

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7:53 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Pew: Majority Of Americans Support NSA Phone Tracking

A table showing how the public feels about the balance of privacy and security.
Pew

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 9:05 am

We're a little late noting this poll, but it's important so we're backing up a bit: A Pew poll released Monday finds a majority of Americans — 56 percent — think the National Security Agency's tracking of phone records "is an acceptable way for the government to investigate terrorism."

Forty-one percent say it is unacceptable.

Pew adds:

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7:39 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

The Gamma Delphinids Are Coming: 'Elusive' Meteor Shower Tonight

Tonight might bring the best chance to view the gamma Delphinid meteor shower in the United States since 1930, according to NASA. Here, astronomers watch the night sky for the Perseid meteor shower, in a file photo.
Petar Petrov AP

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 7:32 pm

The gamma Delphinids are coming to Earth tonight, NASA says, as it predicts that the early hours of Tuesday, June 11, will bring the best visibility of the meteors since they were first observed in 1930. People in North and South America may be able to spot them in areas with dark skies, the agency says.

Because no viewing of the gamma Delphinids has been strongly confirmed since a group of Maryland sky watchers reported seeing them in 1930, the meteor shower has retained an air of mystery.

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7:38 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

A Giant, Secret Vault Where Rich People Store Their Stuff Tax-Free

Singapore Freeport
Singapore Freeport

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 4:22 pm

Freeports are the safe-deposit boxes of the offshore tax-haven world — fancy vaults where rich people store their Picassos and gold bars with maximal safety, minimal scrutiny and special tax exemptions.

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7:38 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Census: Smartphones Bridging Digital Divide

The U.S. Census Bureau reported Monday that the proliferation of smartphones is reducing historic Internet use disparities among different race and ethnic groups.
Kiyoshi Ota Getty

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 4:14 pm

Smartphones appear to be increasing the rates in which blacks and Hispanics access the Internet, helping reduce disparities with whites and Asians, a government report said Monday.

The U.S. Census Bureau survey was the first time the agency asked respondents about whether they used smartphones to go online, allowing a comparison of each racial and ethnic group's overall digital activity. The bureau said that whites and Asians were more likely to have access to a home Internet connection.

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7:37 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Watts For Lunch? (Or Why Humans Are Like Light Bulbs)

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 12:06 pm

There's a new lunch place down the block, so like you do when the menu looks interesting, I walked in and ordered something mysterious, which for me was the "Red Lentil and Edamame Salad," mostly because I can never remember what edamame is, and because that word suggests doing something slightly frightening, like munching accidentally on one's mother.

How Much Energy Am I Eating? Enough To Power A Flashlight?

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4:39 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

What You Need To Know About Changes Coming From Apple

Apple unveiled its new mobile operating system, iOS 7.
Apple

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 5:54 pm

If you opt for the upgrade, changes are coming to your iPhone experience this fall. And if you want to shell out some cash right away, the latest line of MacBook Air computers boasts a lot more power and battery life, and the machines are available to ship today.

Apple chiefs announced their latest products and improvements Monday as part of the keynote at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

We kept an eye on the two-hour presentation so you didn't have to. The highlights:

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8:46 am
Mon June 10, 2013

'Now Go And Change The World': Advice From NPR Journalists To The Class Of 2013

Dan Charles delivers the commencement address at Goshen College.
Brian Yoder Schlabach Goshen College

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 7:33 am

It's that time of year when graduating seniors don their caps and gowns and say so long to memories of the past four (or so) years. Now that those late nights studying for final exams are behind them, some well-rested graduating classes across the country got to hear parting words of wisdom from a few NPR journalists.

You know your favorite voices at NPR have book smarts, but read on to hear their advice about life beyond the mic.

'Blind Old Lady Justice'

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