1:40pm

Thu May 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Syrian Security Forces Attack Aleppo University

A handout picture released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network shows anti-regime graffiti sprayed on the walls of Aleppo University.
AFP/Getty Images

Syrian security forces stormed Aleppo University today, killing at least four. The incident underlines the continued violence in the country and signals that the unrest is spreading to cities that had remained peaceful.

Reuters reports that security personelle were joined by students wielding knives to attack a protest calling for the ouster of President Bashar Assad. Reuters reports:

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1:35pm

Thu May 3, 2012
-Tuned To Yesterday

Tuned To Yesterday

#561 - Comedy: Red Skelton 6/11/50, Martin And Lewis 4/10/49

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

1:24pm

Thu May 3, 2012
-Tuned To Yesterday

Tuned To Yesterday

#560 - Horror: Inner Sanctum "Devil's Fortune" 1/31/49, Mysterious Traveler "The Locomotive Ghost" 7/6/47

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier. 

1:23pm

Thu May 3, 2012
The Two-Way

With Chen's Fate Uncertain, Online 'Dark Glasses' Campaign Continues

The Dark Glasses blog.
ichenguangcheng.blogspot.com

Before his escape from house arrest, his stay at the U.S. embassy in Beijing and now his plea that he be allowed to go to the U.S., Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng was the focus of a "Dark Glasses" campaign aimed at drawing attention to his plight.

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1:21pm

Thu May 3, 2012
-Tuned To Yesterday

Tuned To Yesterday

#559 - Quiz: Take It Or Leave It: 4/4/48, Information, Please 7/4/41 

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier. 

1:12pm

Thu May 3, 2012
On Aging

Confronting Your Crown: Male Pattern Baldness

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 10:33 am

"Macho types are inspired by the likes of Jason Statham," pictured here, writes Daniel Jones.
Max Nash AFP/Getty Images

Men dealing with male pattern baldness have decisions to make — go with a comb over, take medication, get hair plugs or a toupee, or do nothing at all.

When New York Times contributing editor Daniel Jones started losing his hair, he chose what he considers a "cooler alternative" — head shaving.

"Losing your hair," he tells NPR's Neal Conan, "is a little bit like a girlfriend who's sort of drifting away, and you're clinging to her as she goes off and sees other people. ... It gets worse and worse. So it's better to take some sort of pre-emptive move."

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1:12pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Around the Nation

OWS: A Case Study In Social Movements

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 2:16 pm

On May Day, the Occupy Wall Street movement re-emerged to try to reestablish its message and place in the national conversation. Thousands marched in New York City, Oakland and other cities, then quickly faded from national view. Guests consider what sustains social movements, and why some fail.

1:12pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Around the Nation

What's So Compelling About Skyscrapers

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 1:56 pm

Rising above the Manhattan skyline: 1 World Trade Center.
Don Emmert AFP/Getty Images

After the terrorist attacks that brought down the twin towers in Manhattan, many said it was the end of an era for skyscrapers. New York City proved them wrong. The building constructed to replace the towers, 1 World Trade Center, has risen above 1,250 feet and surpassed the Empire State Building as the tallest in New York.

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12:40pm

Thu May 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Congressman Calls For Hearing On Google Street View Data Collection

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 12:59 pm

The camera mounted on a Google Street View car used to photograph whole streets obscures part of the U.S. Internet giant's logo.
Daniel Mihailescu AFP/Getty Images

Google may be facing new investigations into its Street View program, which collected 600 gigabytes of personal data including e-mails, passwords, pictures and web searches while its vehicles roamed the streets.

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11:54am

Thu May 3, 2012
Movie Reviews

'The Avengers': A Marvel-ous Whedonesque Ride

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 6:29 pm

Thor (Chris Hemsworth, left) and Captain America (Chris Evans) join up with Iron Man and the Hulk to save the Earth in The Avengers.
Walt Disney Pictures

Two spheres merge in The Avengers: the Marvel Comics universe and the Whedonverse, fans' name for the nerdy wisecracking existentialist superhero world of writer-director Joss Whedon.

The Whedon cult is smaller but maybe more fervent, inspiring academic conferences on such subjects as free will vs. determinism in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I find a lot of Whedon's banter self-consciously smart-alecky, but I love how he can spoof his subjects without robbing them of stature.

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