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4:08 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Olympic Torch (But Not Olympic Flame) Headed To Space

Former cosmonaut Alexey Leonov, left, the first man to perform a spacewalk, passed an Olympic torch to Mikhail Tyurin, who will lead the mission to the International Space Station in November.
DChernyshenko Twitter

The president of Russia's Sochi 2014 Olympic Committee could hardly contain himself — although Twitter contained him to 140 characters at a time:

"Our ambition to conquer Space 1st time ever in the Olympic history becomes reality," Dmitry Chernyshenko tweeted Monday. "#Sochi2014's Torch Relay will reach the open space!"

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NPR's Backseat Book Club
4:05 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

The Best Books For Kids Age 9-14? You Tell Us

Emily Davis for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 8:56 am

Nominations are now closed, but check back in a few weeks to see the titles that made it onto NPR's Ultimate Kids' Bookself.

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It's All Politics
3:10 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

IRS Chief: No Evidence Of 'Intentional Wrongdoing' So Far

Acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel testifies before the House Financial and General Government subcommittee in early June.
Win McNamee Getty Images

That "be on the lookout list" used to flag Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny of their tax-exemption applications?

It turns out it wasn't the only one the Internal Revenue Service had been using.

There were also other lists, covering a "broad spectrum" of categories and cases, according to a preliminary IRS report released Monday.

"Once we came to that conclusion, we took immediate action to suspend the use of these lists in the Exempt Organizations unit within IRS," said Danny Werfel, the new acting chief of the IRS, in a conference call with reporters.

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Author Interviews
2:55 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Questlove's Roots: A 'Meta' Memoir Of A Lifetime In Music

In his new memoir, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson describes his life in music — and how he mimicked beats at just 10 months old.
Danny Clinch Grand Central Publishing

About 25 years ago, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter were students in a Philadelphia high school and they wanted to impress a girl. So they formed a band ... which would go on to become the Grammy Award-winning hip-hop band The Roots. Questlove, the drummer for The Roots, says that for him, a musical future was preordained. As he recounts in a new memoir, Mo' Meta Blues, his father, Lee Andrews — a member of the successful 1950s doo-wop group Lee Andrews and the Hearts — groomed Questlove for show business from an early age.

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The Two-Way
2:44 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Rafael Nadal Loses In First-Round Upset At Wimbledon

Steve Darcis of Belgium, left, shakes hands with Rafael Nadal of Spain Monday, after winning their first-round match at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
Mike Hewitt Getty Images

Rafael Nadal has been bounced from Wimbledon, after being dismissed in three sets by Belgium's Steve Darcis, who is ranked No. 135 in the world. Nadal's upset loss by 7-6(4), 7-6(8), 6-4 stunned tennis fans, shook up the men's bracket, and raised questions about the Spanish star's health.

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Economy
1:57 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Op-Ed: Emerging Labor Movement Is A Presidential Opportunity

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

And now, time for the Opinion Page. There's a new kind of labor movement in the United States led by those who are not in unions, primarily retail and fast-food workers. These workers are protesting before they unionize. And in a column for the Chicago Tribune, columnist Clarence Page compares this new labor movement to Occupy Wall Street.

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The Two-Way
12:47 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Update: 'Rusty The Panda' Has Been Found, National Zoo Says

"Rusty the Panda" spent part of Monday on the loose in D.C. He was spotted by residents in a neighborhood next to the National Zoo's grounds.
National Zoo

Update At 2:27 p.m. ET. Panda Is Safe And Sound

"Rusty the red panda has been recovered, crated & is headed safely back to the National Zoo!"

That's the breathless update from the National Zoo, announcing Rusty's return to safe hands Monday afternoon. The zoo followed that tweet with a note of appreciation: "Thank you so much to everyone who helped us look for and find him!"

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Sports
12:44 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

New Pro League Tosses Its Disc Into The Frisbee Game

Major Ultimate Frisbee team the DC Current faced the New York Rumble on Sunday. The rule changes in Ultimate, such as including referees, give the players the opportunity to concentrate on playing.
Chloe Coleman NPR

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 3:56 pm

You know that flying disc you threw around in college or use to play fetch with your dog? Well, now people are being paid to throw that same disc professionally. They aren't paid much, around $25 a game, but all of the expenses — travel, lodging, uniforms and insurance — are covered by Major League Ultimate.

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Art & Design
12:30 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

'The Will To Adorn': What We Wear And What It Says About Us

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 1:57 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. When you looked in the closet this morning, what did you pick out, and why? The power suit, the blouse that fits just right, the jeans and the boots? Even if you wear a uniform or overalls, we all make decisions about what we look like and why. Hair says a lot. So do accessories. But any message is also open to misinterpretation. What we hope to say doesn't always come across that way.

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Economy
12:25 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

The Number Of U.S. Children In Poverty Continues To Grow

According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual Kids Count survey, children in the U.S. are experiencing a setback in their economic well-being due to the lingering effects of the recession. However, there have been some improvements.

Parallels
12:14 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Why Would Ecuador Want Edward Snowden?

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (left) and Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino appear on a window of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on June 16. Assange has been living at the embassy for the past year. Patino announced Sunday that Ecuador would consider giving asylum to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Frank Augstein AP

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 1:06 pm

Ecuador says it is considering Edward Snowden's request for asylum.

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All Songs Considered
12:09 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Question Of The Week: What's Your Stereo?

We asked readers what system they listen on, here is reader Andrew Limpic's music listening set up.
NPR Audience

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 6:55 pm

My first stereo had a built-in 8-track player, a turntable and a radio. My parents bought it at a local discount store for what probably seemed like a fortune to them at the time, and I used it for years. My mom eventually sold it at a garage sale. It wasn't that nice of course, but I'd love to have it back.

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The Two-Way
12:08 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Twinkies, Ho Hos, Other Hostess Cakes To Return On July 15

Scott Olson Getty Images

According to the countdown clock, at 2 p.m. ET Monday we were just 490 hours away from fresh Twinkies.

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The Salt
12:03 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Sandwich Monday: Zombie Burger

The menu at Zombie Burger is printed on the other side of a post-zombie-apocalypse newspaper.
NPR

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 12:57 pm

It's a testament to the food at Zombie Burger that it's named the place after a species best known for eating human brains — and yet, still trusts that you'll keep your appetite.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:59 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Meet The 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer Of The World

Mezzo soprano Jamie Barton, who won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition Sunday night.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 8:45 am

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The Two-Way
11:55 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Saudi Arabia Shifts Weekends To Friday And Saturday

Saudis visit the Flowers' Festival in Riyadh.
Hassan Ammar AFP/Getty Images

By royal decree, Saudi Arabia's weekend is shifting to Friday and Saturday as opposed to Thursday and Friday.

As our friend Ahmed Al Omran explains at Riyadh Bureau, King Abdullah ordered the change "for the sake of putting an end to the negative effects and the lost economic opportunities" that emerge from being on a different schedule as your neighbors.

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Law
11:50 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Race And Admissions: The University Of Texas' Long History

Students walk through the University of Texas, Austin, campus near the school's iconic tower.
Eric Gay AP

The U.S. Supreme Court sent a case involving the use of race in the University of Texas' admissions process back to a lower court for stricter scrutiny on Monday. It's one more chapter in the university's long struggle with how it chooses who gets in.

Here's a brief look at some key moments:

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Music Interviews
11:40 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Macy Gray: 'I Still See My Voice As Odd'

Macy Gray says being an artist means not having any limits or constraints.
Courtesy of the artist

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The Two-Way
11:23 am
Mon June 24, 2013

White House: We Expect Russia To Expel Snowden

After expressing "frustration and disappointment" because Hong Kong and China did not block "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden from flying to Moscow, the White House said Monday that it expects Russia will decide "to expel Mr. Snowden for his return to the United States."

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The Two-Way
10:54 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Justice Thomas Says Court Should Have Gutted Affirmative Action

Justice Clarence Thomas.
Tim Sloan AFP/Getty Images

In a fiery concurring opinion (pdf), Justice Clarence Thomas made it clear that the Supreme Court did not go far enough, when it decided Fisher v. University of Texas this morning.

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Shots - Health News
10:54 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Doctors Say Wait Longer Before Treating Kids' Sinus Infections

Colds can easily turn into sinus infections in children.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 2:40 pm

Children often get sinus infections after they've had a cold.

It can be hard for parents and doctors to tell when those infections need treatment with antibiotics, and when they should be left to get better on their own.

The nation's pediatricians are trying to make that call a bit easier. In new guidelines released today, they say that it's OK to wait a while longer to see if a child gets better before treating a sinus infection with antibiotics. Now parents can wait and see what happens for 13 days instead of 10 days, the pediatricians recommend.

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The Two-Way
10:00 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Silvio Berlusconi Found Guilty In Sex-For-Hire Case

Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in May of 2013.
Filippo Monteforte AFP/Getty Images

A court in Milan found former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi guilty Monday in a sex-for-hire case, La Repubblica reports.

The court sentenced Berlusconi to seven years in prison and barred him from public office indefinitely.

The AP has a bit of background on the charges:

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Law
9:55 am
Mon June 24, 2013

What Does Supreme Court Ruling Mean For Affirmative Action?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. My thanks to my colleague Celeste Headlee for sitting in for a few days while I was away last week.

Later on today, we'll talk about that controversial decision by the American Medical Association to classify obesity as a disease. We'll speak with a group of healthcare professionals about what that could mean.

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Health Care
9:55 am
Mon June 24, 2013

The Unease Over Classifying Obesity As A Disease

More than 1 in 3 Americans are obese, and the problem isn't shrinking. The American Medical Association recently voted to classify obesity as a disease, but not everyone likes the decision. Host Michel Martin talks to a roundtable of medical experts about the pros and cons.

The Two-Way
9:24 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Supreme Court Sends Affirmative Action Case Back To Lower Court

Abigail Noel Fisher, who challenged a racial component to University of Texas at Austin's admissions policy, speaks to the media outside the U.S. Supreme Court building during oral in the case in October.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 6:39 pm

One of the Supreme Court's most anticipated cases of its current term — a challenge to the University of Texas' affirmative action admissions process — has ended with a ruling that does not revisit the fundamental issue of whether such programs discriminate against whites.

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Law
9:19 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Supreme Court Justices Rule On Affirmative Action Case

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 9:55 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. The U.S. Supreme Court sent back to an appeals court, a high-profile affirmative action case this morning. In a seven to one decision, the country's highest court effectively told the lower court to go back and do it right. For more, we have NPR's legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg at the Supreme Court. And, Nina, what exactly did the court say?

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Law
9:00 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Read The Ruling: Inside The Affirmative Action Decision

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered a lower court to reconsider its decision upholding a race-based admissions program at the University of Texas. Explore the ruling.

The Salt
8:53 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Not Local Food, And Not Afraid To Say It

These organically farmed ingredients travel the world to join forces in a Boloco burrito.
Heather Rousseau NPR

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 11:17 am

A burrito is a thing of beauty. Swathed in tortilla, clad in foil, simple ingredients come together and something magical happens.

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Law
8:52 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Supreme Court Sends Affirmative Action Case Back To Lower Court

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 9:55 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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National Security
8:43 am
Mon June 24, 2013

For Edward Snowden, A Convoluted Path To Possible Asylum

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 9:55 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Russia's decision to allow Edward Snowden into the country was just one more step in what appears to be a convoluted path to possible asylum. As we've just heard, Snowden is not on the flight to Cuba he was scheduled to take from Moscow. But more on the latest we are looking at, we are joined in the studio by NPR's Dina Temple-Raston. Good morning.

DINA TEMPLE-RASTON, BYLINE: Good morning.

MONTAGNE: OK. Do we know where Snowden is at this minute?

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