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4:21pm

Wed August 7, 2013
U.S.

For One-Time Tech Exec, Leading D.C. Charity Is No Small Job

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 5:43 pm

Patty Stonesifer once watched Martha's Table serve food to the homeless outside the Washington, D.C., offices of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. When the top post at the charity came open, she knew it was the job for her.
John W. Poole NPR

On a recent morning, Patty Stonesifer sat cross-legged on the floor of a day care classroom, laughing as pre-schoolers clambered into a fire truck made out of a cardboard carton.

This is a far cry from Stonesifer's old life. She made her fortune in the tech world, where she rose through the ranks at Microsoft to become its highest-ranking female executive.

Later, she became the founding CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — the largest philanthropic organization in the world, with huge, global goals and an endowment of $34 billion when she left in 2008.

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4:13pm

Wed August 7, 2013
It's All Politics

4 Years After Fiery Town Halls, Activists Try To Revive Spark

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 11:24 am

Members of the audience argue before a town hall forum on the health care overhaul hosted by Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, in Reston, Va., on Aug. 25, 2009.
Charles Dharapak AP

4:13pm

Wed August 7, 2013
Business

The History — And Future — Of Cable's Bundling

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 5:13 pm

Though you'd never see it listed on your monthly cable bill, nearly every channel you get has a secret price.
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3:31pm

Wed August 7, 2013
Arts & Life

Libraries' Leading Roles: On Stage, On Screen And In Song

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 3:04 pm

Poor Donna Reed: Her Mary would have ended up working in a library — shudder — if not for the matrimonial intervention of Jimmy Stewart's George Bailey. Happily, 1946's It's a Wonderful Life isn't the only lens through which pop culture assesses the worth of the institution and those who make it tick.
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When I was 9, I spent a lot of time at a public library just down the street; I was already a theater nerd, and it had a well-stocked theater section. Not just books, but original cast albums for Broadway shows old and new. One day, an addition: The Music Man, about a salesman who was crazy about a girl named, as one song put it, "Marrrrrrrion, madam librarian."

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3:31pm

Wed August 7, 2013
History

'Renaissance Garden' Highlights Medicinal Plants

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 4:48 pm

This summer, the New York Botanical Garden is featuring an exhibit called Wild Medicine: Healing Plants around the World. The most beautiful and interesting part is a small scale recreation of the 16th century Italian Renaissance Garden at Padua, the site of one of the earliest and most important medical schools. (This piece originally aired on Weekend Edition on July 6, 2013.)

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