8:17am

Fri March 15, 2013
World Cafe

The Lone Bellow On World Cafe

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 1:02 pm

The Lone Bellow.
Courtesy of the artist

Zach Williams, Kanene Pipkin and Brian Elmquist are The Lone Bellow. Although Williams, the principal songwriter and lead singer, is a native Georgian, the group found its soulful folk-rock sound in Brooklyn. The group recorded its self-titled debut album on the Lower East Side, yet the lyrical, foot-stomping songs could have easily come from the heart of Nashville.

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8:16am

Fri March 15, 2013
World Cafe

Allah-Las On World Cafe

Los Angeles garage rockers Allah-Las.
Courtesy of the artist

The hazy garage rockers in Allah-Las are distinctly Californian, a group of guys whose lo-fi sound is a direct result of their low-key surroundings. Cool piece of trivia: three of the four men met while working at L.A.'s legendary Amoeba Records.

On today's studio session from World Cafe, the band performs three songs from its self-titled album, which was produced by retro-soul fetishist Nick Waterhouse.

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7:53am

Fri March 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Gasoline Pushed Consumer Prices Up Sharply In February

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 9:05 am

Handles on a gas pump in Brooklyn.
Jonathan Fickies Landov

Consumer prices jumped 0.7 percent in February from January, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. The increase was fueled by a 9.1 percent surge in gasoline prices. Gas prices alone accounted for about two-thirds of the overall rise, MarketWatch says.

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7:37am

Fri March 15, 2013
The Two-Way

More Problems Aboard Carnival Cruise Ships

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 12:53 pm

The Carnival Dream docked in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, in December 2010.
Andy Newman AP

For the past month, management at Carnival Cruise Lines has been in a nearly constant state of damage control.

In the past week alone, three of the cruise line's giant floating playgrounds have experienced embarrassing malfunctions that have at least inconvenienced, if not angered, many passengers.

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7:35am

Fri March 15, 2013
Commentary

Gary Borders: Sam the dog doesn't realize his good fortune

How can you deny Sam?
Credit Gary Borders

Commentator Gary Borders introduces us to the newest member of his family who is occasionally trying to fit in. Sam won over hearts, though he eyes an escape route whenever the door opens.

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7:06am

Fri March 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Son's Coming Out Leads Sen. Portman To Reverse On Same-Sex Marriage

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 12:40 pm

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio.
Justin Lane EPA /Landov

Saying that he has reconsidered the issue in the two years since learning that his son is gay, Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio announced Thursday that he no longer opposes same-sex marriage.

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6:48am

Fri March 15, 2013
The Picture Show

It's Called 'De-Extinction' — It's Like 'Jurassic Park,' Except It's Real

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 8:30 am

The bucardo, or Pyrenean ibex, lived high in the Pyrenees until its extinction in 2000. Three years later, researchers attempted to clone Celia, the last bucardo. The clone died minutes after birth. Taxidermic specimen, Regional Government of Aragon, Spain
Robb Kendrick National Geographic

Sorry to disappoint, but science writer Carl Zimmer says we're not going to bring back dinosaurs. But, he says, "science has developed to the point where we can actually talk seriously about possibly bringing back more recently extinct species."

It's called "de-extinction" — and it's Zimmer's cover story for National Geographic's April issue.

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6:45am

Fri March 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Geithner Writing 'Behind The Scenes' Story Of The Financial Crisis

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 8:56 am

Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's new book promises to give us the inside dope about reaction to the financial crisis.
Win McNamee Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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6:28am

Fri March 15, 2013
The Two-Way

'Over A Year Or So' Before Iran Could Develop Nuclear Weapon, Obama Says

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 6:36 am

President Obama on Wednesday at the Organizing for Action dinner in Washington, D.C.
Aude Guerrucci DPA /LANDOV

Putting a more specific estimate that he has in the past on the issue of how long it might take Iran to develop a nuclear weapon, President Obama has told Israel's Channel 2 TV that it could happen in "over a year or so" if efforts to dissuade Iran do not succeed.

The president also said that while he wants to resolve the issue diplomatically, he is keeping "all options on the table."

For its part, Iran has long said its nuclear program is only aimed a peaceful uses for that energy source.

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5:50am

Fri March 15, 2013
Author Interviews

'Bankers' New Clothes' Leave Too Little Skin In The Game

At a hearing in Washington on March 6, Attorney General Eric Holder admitted to senators why it has been hard to go after big bank executives:

"It does become difficult for us to prosecute them when we are hit with indications that if you do prosecute, if you do bring a criminal charge, it will have a negative impact on the national economy, perhaps even the world economy. And I think that is a function of the fact that some of these institutions have become too large."

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