12:12pm

Thu February 21, 2013
The Salt

This Music Is Bananas (Really)

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 11:26 am

Making a banana piano is easy with the MaKey MaKey.
Jay Silver/Flickr

Fresh produce has never been hipper.

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12:06pm

Thu February 21, 2013
The Two-Way

In Wal-Mart's Earnings Report, A Lesson On The Tax Code

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 12:31 pm

A Walmart store in Paramount, Calif. in November of 2012.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

The New York Times points out something rather interesting about an otherwise mundane business story. Wal-Mart's fourth-quarter earnings report tells the tale of how changes in the tax code has both helped corporations and hurt them.

As the Times puts it, during the fourth quarter of last year, "the tax code gave and the tax code took away."

The paper explains:

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11:30am

Thu February 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Sen. Graham Says 4,700 Killed In U.S. Drone Strikes

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 1:09 pm

U.S. "Predator" drone over Afghanistan in Jan. 2009.
Joel Saget AFP/Getty Images

We've all heard that drone strikes directed against al-Qaida and other militants have been on the rise, but now Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has put a number on deaths by U.S. unmanned aerial vehicle: 4,700.

Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, rattled off the death toll during a talk he gave to the Easley Rotary Club in Easley, S.C., Tuesday afternoon.

"We've killed 4,700," Graham said.

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11:07am

Thu February 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Pew: U.S. Catholics Divided On Future Of The Church

A silhouette of St. Peter's statue in front of St. Peter's Basilica is seen from the Vatican Gardens.
Franco Origlia Getty Images

Catholics in the United States are divided over what they want from their next pontiff, a new poll from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life finds.

While a majority (58 percent) say it would be "good" if the next pope allows priests to marry and 60 percent said it would be good if the new pope is from the "developing world," that majority narrows when they asked a broader question.

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10:54am

Thu February 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Want To Be In The Dark? Death Valley Is Among 20 Recommended Places

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 11:29 am

The Racetrack area in Death Valley National Park, which boasts one of the darkest night skies in the U.S.
Dan Duriscoe National Park Service

Hearing that the International Dark Sky Association has declared that Death Valley National Park is now the world's largest "international dark sky park" sent us in search of other places that the organization recommends if you really like "star-filled nights."

The association, which tries to "call attention to the hazards of light pollution," has recognized:

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10:26am

Thu February 21, 2013
Shots - Health News

Hospitals Clamp Down On Early Elective Births

Waiting may be hard, but it's worth it.
iStockphoto.com

For decades, doctors have been warned about the dangers of delivering babies early without a medical reason. But the practice remained stubbornly persistent.

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10:19am

Thu February 21, 2013
It's All Politics

Failure To Ratify: During Amendment Battles, Some States Opt To Watch

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 10:37 am

George Washington is depicted addressing the Constitutional Convention of 1787 in this painting by Junius Brutus Stearns. Presumably, no representative from Rhode Island is in the picture; Rhode Island boycotted the gathering and originally rejected the Constitution.
AP

Mississippi has received lots of attention this week for finally having ratified the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery. But the state is hardly alone in being slow about blessing some long-established national principle.

After a sufficient number of states have ratified an amendment, it can feel like a moot point for legislatures to give belated approval to laws that are already in effect.

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10:13am

Thu February 21, 2013
Music

More Than Pretty Views Behind Puerto Rico's Music

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 1:55 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now we are going to turn our attention to Puerto Rico. That's where our colleagues at MORNING EDITION went recently for an in-depth reporting trip. They talked about the island's difficult economy, the many people leaving the island looking for opportunities elsewhere, and how all of that is affecting day-to-day life in the U.S. commonwealth.

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10:13am

Thu February 21, 2013
Politics

Former Social Security Boss On The Real Problem

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 1:55 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, another family is grieving in Chicago after another young person was killed by gun violence this past weekend. Today we're going to bring you some very blunt, powerful perspectives from young people affected by the violence that you might not have heard. This from our colleagues with the public radio program "This American Life." And that's coming up later in the program.

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10:13am

Thu February 21, 2013
Around the Nation

Chicago Kids Say They're Assigned To Gangs

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 1:55 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we'll take a trip to Puerto Rico. The economy is struggling, but the music there is thriving. We'll hear more about that in just a few minutes.

But first, we turn to Chicago, where the recent shooting death of honor student Hadiya Pendleton has put that city's battle with gun violence, especially affecting the youngest victims, back into the national headlines.

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