4:05pm

Fri March 16, 2012
Three Books...

Pioneers Of The Sky: 3 Books That Take Flight

Originally published on Sat March 17, 2012 6:44 am

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Today, flying is like riding a bus. But it wasn't always that way. Vaulted from the sands of Kitty Hawk and freed from military exigencies by the end of World War I, aviation soared into the 1920s and '30s on a direct course to tomorrow. Here are three flyers who not only helped open the skies, but also brought literary gems back from the cutting edge of progress, from a time when flying was the most exciting thing in the world.

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3:55pm

Fri March 16, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama Spreads (Tele)Phony Story About Long-Dead President

President Rutherford B. Hayes actually was a big fan of the telephone, despite President Obama's assertion otherwise.
AP

Poor Rutherford B. Hayes. It wasn't bad enough that the 19th president, a Republican, was called "His Fraudulency" by Democrats during his one term in office (1877-1881) because of the unusual circumstances of how he "won."

Now, the current occupant of the White House, President Obama, was spreading a most assuredly inaccurate story, according to experts, about Hayes' reaction to an early telephone.

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3:02pm

Fri March 16, 2012
The Salt

Drunk On Biology For St. Patrick's Day

Originally published on Sat March 17, 2012 8:15 am

Adam Cole NPR

Have you ever wondered what would happen if Louis Pasteur joined The Clancy Brothers? Or if The Chieftains were more nerdy and less talented? Well, wonder no longer!

I wrote this song about the science of beer last year and the folks at The Salt asked me to dust it off in celebration of St. Patrick's Day.

In a vaguely Irish style, the song salutes that hero of beer production, the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and explains the biochemistry of inebriation.

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3:00pm

Fri March 16, 2012
Religion

Archbishop Of Canterbury To Resign Post

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

Over the centuries, 104 men have led the Worldwide Anglican Communion and soon it will be time for one more. Today, the current Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams made the surprise announcement that he's stepping down at the end of the year. He'll take a post at Cambridge University.

NPR's Philip Reeves has this story on his challenging tenure.

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3:00pm

Fri March 16, 2012
NPR Story

Soldier Accused Of Killing 16 Afghans Headed To U.S.

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3:00pm

Fri March 16, 2012
NPR Story

'Edith Can Shoot' Centers On Precocious Young Girl

Isabella Dawis plays the protective 12-year-old Edith in the Mu Performing Arts production of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, by Rey Pamatmat.
Michal Daniel Mu Performing Arts

Edith is "too old to be talking to a stuffed frog and too young to be carrying a gun."

That's how Rey Pamatmat describes the main character — who carries both items — in his play Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them.

Pamatmat's play premiered at the prestigious Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, Kentucky last year. Since then, it's been playing at regional theaters around the country.

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2:51pm

Fri March 16, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Supreme Court Will Release Same-Day Audio Of Health Care Arguments

The U.S. Supreme Court has announced that it will make available same-day audio of upcoming oral arguments later this month, arguments that could determine the fate of the Obama health care overhaul.

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2:42pm

Fri March 16, 2012
NPR Story

David Edestein Reviews 'Casa De Mi Padre'

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DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:

At age 44, Will Ferrell has played an anchorman, championship NASCAR driver, ice skater, an elf, and George W. Bush. What's his next challenge? Making a movie in which he speaks nothing but Spanish. The Mexican-set action comedy "Casa de mi Padre" is directed by Matt Piedmont, who collaborated with Ferrell on his website Funny Or Die. Film critic David Edelstein has a review.

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2:21pm

Fri March 16, 2012
The Two-Way

'This American Life' Retracts Mike Daisey's Apple Factory Story

Originally published on Fri March 16, 2012 4:16 pm

Mike Daisey in a scene from "The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs."
Stan Barouh AP

A highly popular episode of This American Life in which monologuist Mike Daisey tells of the abuses at factories that make Apple products in China contained "significant fabrications," the show said today.

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1:32pm

Fri March 16, 2012
It's All Politics

What Ails Illinois Could Be Romney's Tonic

Originally published on Mon March 19, 2012 12:42 pm

Union members rally outside of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's office on Feb. 2, demanding pay raises he withheld. Quinn said the state doesn't have the money to cover the raises.
Seth Perlman AP

Illinois is in the worst fiscal shape of any state in the country.

Its pension system is $85 billion short of what it will need to pay promised retirement benefits, while it's already $8 billion behind on its everyday bills — money for schools, hospitals and private vendors for work already done and approved.

All of that could be good news next week — at least politically — says Illinois state Treasurer Dan Rutherford.

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