4:30pm

Sat June 8, 2013
National Security

Week In News: Spying Suspicions Come To Light

Originally published on Sat June 8, 2013 5:03 pm

Revelations this week that the National Security Agency has been running an extensive domestic surveillance program involving companies like Google, Facebook and Apple has caused many Americans to ask what's left of their privacy. Guest host Tess Vigeland speaks with James Fallows, national correspondent with The Atlantic.

4:19pm

Sat June 8, 2013
The Two-Way

DNI Calls Reporting On Government Surveillance 'Reckless'

Originally published on Sat June 8, 2013 8:08 pm

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee in April.
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Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Saturday said media reporting this week about government surveillance activities amounted to "reckless disclosures" that could hand terrorists a playbook to foil detection.

He said the surveillance measures are legal and said the reporting lacked full context:

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3:58pm

Sat June 8, 2013
Music Interviews

A Rock Star, A Novelist And A Super-Producer Write A Musical

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 7:04 am

T-Bone Burnett, John Mellencamp and Stephen King are the creative team behind Ghosts of Darkland County, a stage show based on a true story of small-town tragedy.
Kevin Mazur Courtesy of the artist

Comedian George Carlin liked to say that art doesn't have a finish line. The trio behind Ghost Brothers of Darkland County are the embodiment of that idea. Each is a superstar in his chosen field: rock music legend, best-selling novelist, record producer — trades they could have been content to pursue to the grave. Instead, they went and wrote a musical together, 13 years in the making.

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3:00pm

Sat June 8, 2013
The Two-Way

For London Zoo Patrons, It's A Case Of Once Bitten, Twice Shy

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 5:02 am

A squirrel monkey at the London Zoo, photographed in December.
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A "walk-through" enclosure at the London Zoo apparently allows visitors to get a little too close to resident squirrel monkeys and several people have the bite marks to prove it, according to details of a report published in a U.K. newspaper.

The Camden New Journal says 15 people suffered bites from the black-and-tan monkeys over a 12-month period last year.

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2:31pm

Sat June 8, 2013
Politics

Our Surveillance Society: What Orwell And Kafka Might Say

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 12:48 pm

News about data collection by the government sounds uncomfortably like prophetic novels of the past.
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President Obama says he's not Big Brother. The author who created the concept might disagree.

Addressing the controversy over widespread government surveillance of telephone records and Internet traffic Friday, Obama said, "In the abstract, you can complain about Big Brother and how this is a potential program run amok, but when you actually look at the details, then I think we've struck the right balance."

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1:41pm

Sat June 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Serena Williams Wins French Open, Clenches 16th Grand Slam

Originally published on Sat June 8, 2013 2:18 pm

Serena Williams celebrates match point Saturday against Russian Maria Sharapova at Roland Garros in Paris.
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Serena Williams has won her 16th Grand Slam title and her first French Open championship in more than a decade.

Williams beat Maria Sharapova at Roland Garros on Saturday, 6-4, 6-4.

The Daily Mail writes:

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12:30pm

Sat June 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Authorities: China Bus Fire That Killed 47 Was Arson-Suicide

Photo taken Friday of the burned-out bus in Xiamen, China, where 47 people were killed in an apparent arson-suicide.
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Police in China said Saturday that a suicidal man was responsible for a fire that swept through a commuter bus in the country's eastern coastal city of Xiamen, killing 47 people including the arsonist and injuring dozens more.

Authorities say 59-year-old Chen Shuizong left a suicide note at his home before setting the fire aboard the bus during Friday's rush hour. The official Xinhua news agency says he was "unhappy and pessimistic about his life, and planned the arson to vent personal grievances."

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12:02pm

Sat June 8, 2013
Remembrances

The Time Esther Williams Taught Scott Simon To Swim

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 4:39 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

It's not often that you get to take a swimming lesson from a box office idol.

ESTHER WILLIAMS: See if you can lift your elbow until you stretch that arm out straight. Oh, you're going to improve your stroke so much just this afternoon. You'll see.

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12:00pm

Sat June 8, 2013
Lyric Opera of Chicago

Lyric Opera of Chicago: Elektra and Hansel & Gretel

Airs Saturday, June 8 at 12 noon.  Join us this Saturday at noon for an operatic double feature with Richard Strauss' Elektra sung in German and Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel & Gretel also sung in German. Elektra features in the title roll, Emily Magee as Chrysothemis, Jill Grove as Clytemnestra with Alan Held as Orestes and Roger Honeywell as Aegisthus. Sir Andrew Davis conducts this production directed by David McVicar.      In Hansel & Gretel Elizabeth DeShong plays Hansel and Maria Kanyova plays Gretel with Jill Grove as the Witch, Julie Makerov as the Mother and Brian Mulligan as the father. Eric Einhorn directs this production with Ward Stare conducting.

11:28am

Sat June 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Pakistan's New Government Protests U.S. Drone Strike

Newly elected Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (right) during a swearing in ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Islamabad on Wednesday. Sharif has vowed to end U.S. drone strikes in the country.
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Pakistan's new government wasted no time on Saturday in lodging a formal diplomatic complaint with Washington over a U.S. drone strike that reportedly killed seven militants near the Afghan border.

U.S. Charges D'Affaires Richard Hoagland was summoned to Pakistan's Foreign Office to receive the government's official protest. U.S. Ambassador Richard Olson was out of the country at the time of Friday's attack.

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