2:18pm

Thu August 8, 2013
Wisdom Watch

Spike Lee: Doing The Right Thing For Himself

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 3:59 pm

Legendary filmmaker Spike Lee is using the website Kickstarter to raise money for his latest project.
Richard Drew AP

Spike Lee is known for film classics like Do the Right Thing, She's Gotta Have It and Jungle Fever. Now, he's taking the funding of his next movie — currently known only as The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint — to the crowd, using Kickstarter.

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2:16pm

Thu August 8, 2013
Books

Author Tells of Trinidad's Beauty And Grit

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. It is summer; and maybe you've already had your dash to the beach, or maybe you're just getting ready to go. If you're looking for something to pick up while you're lounging at the shore, you are in luck. We are kicking off our summer reading series. We're calling it "Island Reads." And for the next few weeks, we will be speaking with authors of Caribbean descent.

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2:16pm

Thu August 8, 2013
Music

Summer Songs: New Music Takes On Old Favorites

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now we continue our summer song series. We're talking to Gwen Thompkins, host of the program "Music Inside Out," which is heard on member station WWNO in New Orleans. She's introducing us to a handful of contemporary artists who've offered a new take on some old classics. Allen Toussaint has been writing songs and shaping the New Orleans rhythm and blues and rock sound since he was a teenager. Now he's in his 70s and he's experimenting with jazz. And Gwen Thompkins is back with us. Hi, Gwen.

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2:16pm

Thu August 8, 2013
National Security

Nidal Hasan: Radicalized, Unstable, Or Both?

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2:16pm

Thu August 8, 2013
Sports

Dominican Players And PED Use: Coincidence?

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2:01pm

Thu August 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Al-Qaida Conference Call? It Wasn't On Phone, Reporters Say

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 6:16 am

"Dial 1 if you're the conference host."
Mark Memmott NPR

One of this week's most-talked-about stories is The Daily Beast's report that "the crucial intercept that prompted the U.S. government to close embassies in 22 countries was a conference call between al Qaeda's senior leaders and representatives of several of the group's affiliates throughout the region."

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2:00pm

Thu August 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Kazakh Students Indicted In Boston Bombing Probe

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 4:07 pm

A courtroom sketch shows defendants Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov at the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston on May 1.
Jane Flavell Collins AP

This post last updated at 3:55 p.m. ET:

A federal grand jury has indicted two men on charges of obstruction of justice related to the Boston Marathon bombing investigation.

The U.S. Attorney's office for Massachusetts made the announcement on Thursday against two students from Kazakhstan, Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, both 19 at the time of the bombing. If convicted, they face up to 20 years in prison.

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1:27pm

Thu August 8, 2013
The Salt

Can Chocolate Boost Brain Health? Don't Binge Just Yet

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 2:10 pm

Researchers say one particular flavanol, (-)-epicatechin, may be the source of the brain benefits seen from consuming cocoa.
Philippe Huguen AFP/Getty Images

Wouldn't it be grand (and delicious) if we could boost our brain power with a daily dose of chocolate?

At first blush, a study published in the journal Neurology this week appears to offer tantalizing evidence that this may be the case, at least when it comes to seniors.

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12:44pm

Thu August 8, 2013
The Two-Way

NASA: Sun Getting Ready For A 'Field Flip'

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 3:05 pm

NASA/SDO

Our nearest star is about to pull a once-in-11-years move by swapping its north and south magnetic poles.

The sun's polarity switch is a natural part of "solar max" — the period of peak activity during what averages out to be roughly an 11-year cycle. According to NASA, this year will mark the fourth time since 1976 that scientists have observed the 180-degree pole flip.

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12:29pm

Thu August 8, 2013
The Two-Way

'Dream 9' Activists Released From Immigration Detention

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 12:41 pm

Nine young activists who have come to be known as the "Dream 9" were released from an immigration detention center on Wednesday, while their asylum cases come before a court.

The Los Angeles Times has the background:

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