1:51am

Wed August 29, 2012
Monkey See

Nobody, Not Even Your Mom, Has Such Small Hands: 10 Other Products 'For Her'

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 3:04 am

iStockphoto.com

Okay, so Bic has been taking a lot of flack for selling this pen "for her." (As it says on its web site, it is "a ball pen essentially for women," although that seems to invite a caveat, such as, "although there may be certain men to whom it appeals and we don't judge.")

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11:49pm

Tue August 28, 2012
It's All Politics

Ann Romney Delivers: 'She May Have Privilege, But She Understands'

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 7:17 am

Supporters react during Ann Romney's speech on Tuesday at the Republican National Convention.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

A soft murmur of familiarity rippled through the packed GOP convention hall Tuesday night when Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, spoke not of their "storybook marriage" but of one touched by cancer, multiple sclerosis and the trials of raising five sometimes screaming children.

"A storybook marriage? Not at all," she said, during her much anticipated prime-time speech. "What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage."

It was that moment that encapsulated the job that Ann Romney had to do, and how well she managed it.

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11:07pm

Tue August 28, 2012
It's All Politics

Five Takeaways From Tuesday At The Republican Convention

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 5:38 am

Delegates showed their love for Ann Romney at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

If you missed some of Tuesday's action at the Republican National Convention, we were live blogging here and you can always read through it to see how the day and evening went.

But if you'd like to save some time, here are five things that struck us:

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7:52pm

Tue August 28, 2012
NPR Story

Speakers At The Republican Convention

Key speakers Tuesday include New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Ann Romney, the wife of the GOP presidential nominee.

6:11pm

Tue August 28, 2012
It's All Politics

For One Young Delegate, Social Issues Are Not A Litmus Test

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 6:40 pm

Alexander Reber, 21, a Virginia delegate and one of the youngest at the convention.
Liz Halloran NPR

Alexander Reber may not be the youngest delegate at the Republican convention — that honor goes to his fellow Virginia delegate, 17-year-old high school senior Evan Draim.

But Reber, 21, who is an alternate, is certainly doing his part to lower the average age in the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where the convention opened Tuesday.

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5:48pm

Tue August 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Computer Troubles Freeze United Airlines' System, Bringing A Cascade Of Delays

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 2:51 pm

Two United Airlines planes sit at a terminal at San Francisco International Airport Friday. The airport briefly refused to accept any domestic arrivals Tuesday, after a computer crash disrupted United's system.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Many travelers using United Airlines faced delays Tuesday, but they weren't connected to Hurricane Isaac. Instead, the airline's computer network crashed, leaving large parts of its system paralyzed Tuesday afternoon.

First noted around 2:15 p.m. EDT, the problems persisted until about 6:30 p.m. EDT, when the airline tweeted that it is "in the process of resuming operations and rebooking customers."

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5:04pm

Tue August 28, 2012
Participation Nation

Circles Of Friends In Cheyenne, Wyo.

A caring circle in Wyoming.
Courtesy of Connections Corner

The mission of Circles Wyoming, part of a national anti-poverty movement, is "to build intentional, diverse and long-term relationships as people move from barely surviving to thriving."

Trained "intentional friends" are matched with someone who is looking to escape poverty, explains Director Tim Thorson. They do everything "from having coffee once a month to talk about financial goals to going to the gym together ... things that any friends would do."

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4:44pm

Tue August 28, 2012
It's All Politics

Rubio Predicts Romney Will Begin To Dent Likeability Gap

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 6:40 pm

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio speaks Tuesday in Tampa.
John O'Connor StateImpact Florida

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says America will have a different view of Mitt Romney by the time he accepts the Republican nomination for president.

Rubio will introduce Romney on Thursday, the final night of the Republican National Convention. He may have provided a preview of his speech to a gathering of Florida delegates Tuesday.

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4:19pm

Tue August 28, 2012
NPR Cities: Urban Life In The 21st Century

Parks Vie For Space In Miami's Forest Of Condos

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 7:52 pm

The skyline of the northern Brickell neighborhood in downtown Miami. Its residential population has more than doubled in the past decade.
Marc Averette Wikimedia Commons

Many cities around the nation are trying to revive their downtowns, adding more apartments and condominiums — usually high-rises — to lure new residents.

But as urban dwellers grow in numbers, they need places to get outside. Yet, in many cities, like Miami, neighborhood parks can be hard to find. The Trust for Public Land ranks Miami 94 on a list of 100 cities when it comes to park acreage per 1,000 residents — just 2.8 acres per 1,000 residents, versus 4.5 in New York and 6.2 in Los Angeles.

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4:16pm

Tue August 28, 2012
Music Interviews

Dan Deacon On Computers, College And 'Electronic Music'

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 7:52 pm

Dan Deacon's latest project combines his signature electronic sound with live musicians and instruments.
Shawn Brackbrill Courtesy of Domino Records

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