11:05am

Mon November 19, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

Why Not Say It Simply? How About Very Simply?

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 11:27 am

xkcd: "Another thing that is a bad problem is if you're flying toward space and the parts start to fall off your space car in the wrong order. If that happens, it means you won't go to space today, or maybe ever."
xkcd

There are people (and I hear from them constantly) who think if a subject is sophisticated, like science, the language that describes it should be sophisticated, too.

If smart people say torque, ribosome, limbic, stochastic and kinase, then the rest of us should knuckle down, concentrate and figure out what those words mean. That's how we'll know when we've learned something: when we've mastered the technical words.

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11:03am

Mon November 19, 2012
Digital Life

Post-Election Racist Tweets Raise Questions

After the president's re-election, a slew of racist comments appeared on Twitter and Facebook. Guest host Celeste Headlee discusses some of the legal and privacy issues raised when people vent online. She speaks with Rey Junco of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society and The Root's Political Correspondent Keli Goff.

11:00am

Mon November 19, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Summer Stages: Spoleto Festival USA

Airs Monday, November 19 at 11:00 a.m.  This week on Summer Stages, we're headed to Charleston, South Carolina, rich in history, architecture and music! Join us for a visit to the Spoleto Festival USA where the Westminster Choir provides heavenly choral masterpieces and pianist Stephen Prutsman stops by to perform Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.1 with the festival orchestra. That and more on SummerStages from Classical Public Radio.

10:42am

Mon November 19, 2012
Governing

Federal Workers Keep Eye On Looming Fiscal Cliff

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, the reelection of President Obama triggered a huge amount of racism on social media, particularly on Twitter. We'll talk about the psychology behind those tweets.

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10:42am

Mon November 19, 2012
Asia

President Makes History, Stirs Controversy In Asia

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, the fiscal cliff is seen as a serious threat to the nation's financial health but for federal workers the impact could be even more immediate and devastating. We'll take a closer look at that in a moment.

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10:04am

Mon November 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Will San Francisco Tell Its Nudists To Cover Up?

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 11:30 am

Woody Miller, a "naturist," was among the men out on Market Street in San Francisco this day.
Kimhiro Hoshino AFP/Getty Images

San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener (yes, that's his name) says last year's law ordering those who bare everything in public to put a towel between their bottoms and public benches or restaurant seats hasn't stopped the complaints he gets about men who prefer to go without (clothes, that is) in the city's Castro District.

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9:25am

Mon November 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Good Signs: Home Sales Are Up; Builders' Confidence Is Also Higher

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 1:39 pm

This home sold last month in Miami.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Two positive economic indicators:

-- "Sales of existing homes increased in October, even with some regional impact from Hurricane Sandy, while home prices continued to rise due to lower levels of inventory supply," the National Association of Realtors reports.

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9:04am

Mon November 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Outrage In India Over Woman's Arrest For Facebook Post

Bal Thackeray's funeral cortege made its way through a sea of supporters in Mumbai on Sunday.
Indranil Mukherjee AFP/Getty Images

There was no violence, as had been feared, when hundreds of thousands of people gathered Sunday in Mumbai, India, to express their grief over the death of Bal Thackeray, "a Hindu extremist leader linked to waves of mob violence against Muslims and migrant workers in India."

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7:56am

Mon November 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Israel, Hamas Trade More Fire; Obama Visits Cambodia

In New York City's Rockaway neighborhood, a sign asking for help in the clean-up.
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7:23am

Mon November 19, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. Policy Is To Say 'Burma'; Obama Also Uses 'Myanmar'

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 11:31 am

President Obama and President Thein Sein of Myanmar (also known as Burma) earlier today in Yangon.
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  • NPR's Scott Horsley, reporting on 'Morning Edition'

We've noted before that whether you call the Southeast Asian nation Burma or Myanmar has mattered to many for many years.

It's official U.S. policy, out of support for the opposition that has pressed for democratic reform in that country, to call it Burma. That's the name the nation was known by before a military regime took power in 1989 and started using Myanmar.

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