12:08pm

Mon May 6, 2013
Radio Diaries

Teenage Diaries Revisited: A Gay Teen's Family, 'Evolved'

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

Amanda as a teenager (left). She now lives in Manhattan and works as a massage therapist.
Radio Diaries (left), David Gilkey/NPR

Name: Amanda Brand

Hometown: Queens, N.Y.

Current city: New York, N.Y.

Occupation: Massage therapist

Then:

"My mother's always yelling at me, 'How are you supposed to find a man?'... I tell her, I'm like, 'I'm not interested in men.' "

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11:56am

Mon May 6, 2013
Book Reviews

Godwin's 'Flora': A Tale Of Remorse That Creeps Under Your Skin

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 2:20 pm

Gail Godwin, whose latest novel is Flora, has been a finalist for the National Book Award and a Guggenheim fellow.
David Hermon Bloomsbury Press

Gail Godwin says one of the inspirations for her new novel, called Flora, is Henry James' ghost story The Turn of the Screw. Both stories take place in isolated old houses, and both revolve around mental contests between a governess character and her young charge. There are ghosts in Flora, too: specters that arise out of what our narrator calls her "remorse." Godwin had me at that word, "remorse": It's such a great, old-fashioned word, and it suggests that there'll be a lot of awful things going on in this novel that will need to be atoned for.

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11:11am

Mon May 6, 2013
Shots - Health News

Pfizer Goes Direct With Online Viagra Sales To Men

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 11:23 am

The ubiquitous blue-toned TV ads for Viagra look downright tame compared with Pfizer's latest gambit for the impotence remedy.

Pfizer is now selling the drug directly from the official Viagra website.

Men still need a prescription for the diamond-shaped blue pills. But instead of going to the pharmacy in person, or taking their chances buying from an online pharmacy of unknown repute, men will be able to buy Viagra from the maker of the drug itself and have it shipped to their homes.

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11:00am

Mon May 6, 2013
Pittsburgh Symphony

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Airs Monday, May 6 at 11 a.m. This week on the Pittsburgh Symphony concert Manfred Honeck takes the podium with pianists Lars Vogt for a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 16. Maestro Honeck will also lead the orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 and Respighi’s The Fountains of Rome and the Pines of Rome. 

10:52am

Mon May 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Prisoner Points To Quran Search For Gitmo Hunger Strike

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 11:42 am

This image reviewed by the U.S. military shows the front gate of "Camp Six" detention facility of the Joint Detention Group at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

The Miami Herald's Carol Rosenberg reports that for the first time, we have a sworn statement from a Guantanamo prisoner who talks about what sparked the massive hunger strike at the U.S. prison camp.

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10:39am

Mon May 6, 2013
Music Reviews

Caitlin Rose: A Singer Grounded In The Details Of Yearning

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 2:20 pm

Caitlin Rose's newest album is titled The Stand-In.

"Pink Champagne," a song on Caitlin Rose's second album The Stand-In, presents Rose's voice in its sparest purity and veiled shrewdness. She sends her voice skyward, the notes as buoyant and light as the bubbles of the pink champagne she's singing about. Her high trills could, with only a slight shift in tone and attitude, become self-conscious with a Betty Boop coyness, as they do once or twice on The Stand-In. But most of the time, Rose keeps her music grounded in the details of yearning, heartache and a welcome sense of gratefulness and enthused energy.

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10:25am

Mon May 6, 2013
The Two-Way

PHOTO: The Six-Story Rubber Ducky That's Gracing Hong Kong

That's one big duck floating in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor this month.
Li Peng Xinhua /Landov

At least one YouTube prankster has posted video of the big yellow guy blowing up. (Rest easy, that hasn't really happened.)

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10:20am

Mon May 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Wal-Mart Reclaims No. 1 Spot On 'Fortune' 500 List

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 2:40 pm

A shopping cart at a Wal-Mart store in Los Angeles.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Wal-Mart has reclaimed the lead spot on the Fortune 500 list released today. For the past few years, the giant retailer has been battling it out with Exxon for top billing.

This year, Exxon Mobil dropped to No. 2.

Fortune writes about Wal-Mart:

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10:17am

Mon May 6, 2013
Economy

Black And Latino Wealth Falls Further Behind

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We're talking about the effects of those across the board budget cuts caused by the sequester. We've been particularly interested in education, and today we're going to hear about the effect on Head Start. That's a program that helps low income kids get ready for school. That conversation is later in the program.

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10:17am

Mon May 6, 2013
Education

Failed Promises For Early Education Programs

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

It turns out that the budget cuts that are affecting Head Start come at a time when spending on early childhood education is shrinking across the country. From 2011 to 2012, state funding for pre-kindergarten dropped by half a billion dollars - that according to her recent report from the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University.

The director of the institute, Steve Barnett, is with us now. Welcome to you. Thank you so much for joining us.

STEVE BARNETT: Thank you, happy to be here.

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