Thu May 9, 2013
Radio Diaries

Teenage Diaries Revisited: Growing Up With Tourette's

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 9:19 am

In 1996, Josh Cutler took his tape recorder to high school, documenting his effort to live a normal life. Today, he also documents his efforts to live a normal life with a brain that often betrays him.
Radio Diaries (left), David Gilkey/NPR

Name: Josh Cutler

Hometown: New York, N.Y.

Current City: New York, N.Y.

Occupation: ESL teacher


"I look just like a normal person, except after a while you'd realize I don't act much like a normal person."

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Thu May 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Colorado Lawmakers Set Taxes And Rules For Marijuana Sales

Colorado lawmakers approved two taxes on marijuana ‚ÄĒ a 15 percent excise tax, and a 10 percent sales tax. A photo depicts a quarter of an ounce, left, and one ounce of marijuana, along with a handful of rolled joints at a Denver dispensary.
Ed Andrieski AP

Colorado is set to become the first U.S. state to regulate and tax sales of recreational marijuana, after lawmakers approved several bills that set business standards and rules. Legislators expect enforcement of the rules to be paid for by two taxes on marijuana ‚ÄĒ a 15 percent excise tax, and a 10 percent sales tax.

Other measures included in the package set limits on how much marijuana visitors to Colorado can buy (a quarter of an ounce), as well as a limit on how many cannabis plants a private citizen can grow (six).

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Thu May 9, 2013

Red River Radio Spotlight: River City Repertory Theatre - ART

Bill Beckett talks with Blayne Weaver, Partick Kirton and Jason Guy, the three cast members featured in the new production by the River City Repertory Theatre of "ART,'  a play by Yasmina Reza, which opens tonight at 7:30 at the East Bank Theatre in Bossier City. For show times and ticket information visit the River City Repertory Theatre or call 318-868-5888.

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Thu May 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Need A Lift? See Japan's New 'Branomics Bra'

Models from Triumph International display the new "Branomics Bra" on Wednesday in Tokyo.
Yoshikazu Tsuno AP

As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe focuses on boosting his country's bottom line, a lingerie company is hoping to give Japan a different type of lift.

The "Branomics Bra" from Triumph International is a play on Abe's economic policy known as "Abenomics." The company says the garment has a "growth strategy" to help bust Japan's persistent inflation problem, according to Reuters.

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Thu May 9, 2013


Thu May 9, 2013
Code Switch

On Behalf Of [BLANK] People Everywhere ...

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 2:23 pm

Cleveland prosecutor Victor Perez stepped into the familiar ethnic spokesman role when he distanced the city's Puerto Rican population from Ariel Castro, who is accused of kidnapping several women.
David Duprey AP

When Cleveland officials announced charges against Ariel Castro ‚ÄĒ the suspected kidnapper of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight ‚ÄĒ prosecutor Victor Perez wanted to make sure people knew where the city's "Puerto Rican community" stood.

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Thu May 9, 2013

Remembering Monster-Maker Ray Harryhausen

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 1:19 pm

Medusa from 1981's Clash of the Titans is among legendary animator Ray Harryhausen's many creations.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Ray Harryhausen, who died Tuesday in London at age 92, became fascinated with animation after seeing King Kong in 1933. He went on to create some of the most memorable monsters of old Hollywood, from dinosaurs to mythological creatures.

His monsters, however, were never completely divorced from the real world.

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Thu May 9, 2013
Around the Nation

Cleveland Hostage's Mom 'Died Of A Broken Heart'



I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart spoke out earlier this week about lessons she hopes others will learn from her ordeal, including how to talk to young women about sex. We'll speak with a writer and blogger who shares Smart's Mormon faith about this in just a few minutes.

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Thu May 9, 2013

Louisiana's digital encyclopedia gives QR codes to hundreds of artist entries

Credit Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities has added a new feature to its expanding digital encyclopedia of Louisiana history and culture -- KnowLA. The LEH is distributing downloadable QR codes to museums statewide. The barcode can be printed and mounted alongside artwork. By scanning it with a smartphone, it takes the viewer from the static piece of art into the rich, interconnected encyclopedia entry.¬†¬†LEH president Michael Sartisky said there are 276 artist entries in KnowLA -- all of them with QR codes ‚Äď from folk artist Clementine Hunter to Shreveport illustrator Bill Joyce.

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Thu May 9, 2013
Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Mormon Tabernacle Choir: A Mother's Joy & Songs for Mother

Airs Thursday, May 9 at 11 a.m. Join the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir as they Celebrate the Joys of Mother with glorious works such as Gently Raise the Sacred Strain, Morning Has Broken, the Evening Prayer from Hansel and Gretel, All Through the Night, Hush Little Baby, I Often Go Walking, You Raise Me Up, It's a Grand Night for Singing from State Fair, As the Dew from Heaven, and God Be with You 'Till We Meet.