4:18pm

Mon June 18, 2012
All Tech Considered

You Know You Want One: Personal Robots Not Ready For You Yet

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 11:06 pm

Research scientist Leila Takayama poses with a PR2 robot at Willow Garage, a robotics company in Menlo Park, Calif., that produces programmable robots.
Melissa Block NPR

4:08pm

Mon June 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama Nominee As Ambassador To Iraq Withdraws

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 5:08 pm

Brett H. McGurk.
Harvard Institute of Politics

Revelations that President Obama's nominee for ambassador to Iraq had an extramarital affair with a reporter have cost Brett H. McGurk his nomination.

As The New York Times reports, a series of leaked racy e-mails between McGurk and Gina Chon, who was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, caused Republican opposition to his nomination as ambassador.

The Times reports:

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4:06pm

Mon June 18, 2012
Regional Coverage

Destiny USA's expansion will net Syracuse just $210,000 a year

Syracuse will collect just $210,000 more per year on the expansion of Destiny USA.
Destiny USA

Syracuse will be getting just a $210,000 increase in annual tax break payments from the expanded Destiny USA mega-mall.

That compares to several million dollars the mall would pay in property taxes if it didn't have a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) deal.

Syracuse common councilors learned the payment amount when they pressed the chairman of the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (SIDA) Bill Ryan along with an attorney for SIDA this morning.

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3:38pm

Mon June 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Venezuela Demands Return Of Mythical Boulder From Germany

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 3:42 pm

The Global Stone Project in Berlin.
Frank M. Rafik via Flickr

The 35-ton boulder commands attention. The whale-shaped rock was brought to Berlin from Venezuela in 1998 by German artist Wolfgang von Schwarzenfeld who inscribed it with the word love written in seven languages. It's a work of art that sits in Tiergarten park.

But during the past few weeks, the boulder has become the subject of an international dispute.

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3:17pm

Mon June 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Ban The Buckeye For Being Bisexual? We Now Have Hoax No. 3

Brutus Buckeye, the Ohio State mascot. Does he know?
Jamie Sabau Getty Images

Heard about the letter to the editor of a newspaper in Ohio demanding that the state find another tree to serve at its symbol because buckeyes are bisexual? It's starting to get some attention on the Web.

Well, it's a real letter to The Courier in Findlay.

But it's also our third hoax in as many blogging weekdays — or in this case, more accurately, a piece of social satire.

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2:36pm

Mon June 18, 2012
-Nature of Things

The Melting Pot of Nature

John Weeks discusses  the many unique and beautiful local plants that are not native to U.S. soil. Weeks explains the multitude of ways these plants arrived in the Americas. Some came to be used for food (Dandelion), while some came because of their pretty appearance (the Daisy). Others weren't actually meant to be brought here at all.

Originally aired on Jun 22, 1984.

2:26pm

Mon June 18, 2012
Europe

Personal Stories Behind Europe's Fiscal Instability

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan.

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2:08pm

Mon June 18, 2012
NPR Story

The Ins And Outs Of Obama's Immigration Shift

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 2:19 pm

The Obama administration estimates its new immigration enforcement policy will allow some 800,000 young illegal immigrants to avoid deportation and work legally in the U.S. Some critics say it oversteps executive authority, others say that it doesn't go far enough.

2:08pm

Mon June 18, 2012
NPR Story

The Lessons We Learned From Rodney King

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 4:06 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

Two decades after his videotaped beating by four Los Angeles police officers, Rodney King died yesterday at the age of 47. His beating sparked outrage over police brutality. And after a jury acquitted the four police officers, that outrage erupted into riots that left some 55 dead; more than 1,000 injured; and more than $800 million in damage in the City of Los Angeles. King then posed the unanswerable question, can we all get along? which started new and sometimes painful conversations across the country.

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2:08pm

Mon June 18, 2012
NPR Story

Another Detour On Egypt's Path To Democracy

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 2:14 pm

Even before votes were counted in Egypt's first competitive presidential election, military leaders effectively seized control of the country. The ruling military council granted itself broad powers over the government, including budget control, immunity from oversight and the power to declare war.

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