4:20pm

Wed June 12, 2013
Research News

AAA Study Finds Hands-Free Tech Dangerously Distracting

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 6:20 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

The connected car promises voice-activated systems that let drivers dictate emails and texts, make a dinner reservation or update their Facebook page, all while behind the wheel. Some cars already have these options. Many more are on the way. Carmakers say it's safer than fiddling around with a smartphone.

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4:14pm

Wed June 12, 2013
The Two-Way

CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell Retires

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 6:46 pm

Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

The deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Michael Morell, has resigned.

"As much as I would selfishly like to keep Michael right where he is for as long as possible, he has decided to retire to spend more time with his family and to pursue other professional opportunities," CIA Director John Brennan said in a statement.

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3:44pm

Wed June 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Can The Patriots Groom Tebow To Be A Good NFL Quarterback?

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 6:07 am

New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow throws during practice in Foxborough, Mass., on Tuesday.
Charles Krupa AP

Tim Tebow, the polarizing quarterback everyone has come to know and love (or hate), found a new home this week in New England, when the Patriots signed him to a two-year, nonguaranteed contract, igniting yet another cycle of Tebowmania.

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3:09pm

Wed June 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Federal Defender Wants Out Of Terrorism Case Due To Budget Cuts

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 6:32 pm

Samuel Richard Rubin, head of the federal defender's office in Idaho, says his office "has an obligation to handle 75 percent of the [federal] indigent cases" in the state.
John Miller AP

A federal public defender in Idaho wants a judge to find another lawyer for an Uzbek national charged with aiding a terrorist group and training others in how to build and use a weapon of mass destruction.

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3:06pm

Wed June 12, 2013
All Tech Considered

A Guide To Tech Terms In The NSA Story

Peter Hoffman for NPR

2:45pm

Wed June 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Legos Are Getting Angrier And That's Not Funny, Study Says

Lego faces are more often looking like that guy on the left, researchers say.
Axel Heimken DPA/LANDOV

This is not from The Onion:

"The number of happy faces on Lego toy mini-figures is decreasing and the number of angry faces is increasing, a University of Canterbury robot expert says."

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2:39pm

Wed June 12, 2013
Movie Reviews

'This Is The End': The Apocalypse Is One Hot Party

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 6:20 pm

James Franco (left), Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel are all playing themselves in Rogen's apocalypse comedy This Is the End.
Sony Pictures

So far, the summer's end-of-the-world movies (After Earth, Oblivion) have mostly been provoking unintended yuks, so it's kind of a relief that this week's offerings include one that actually means to be funny.

That This Is the End actually is funny — well, that's even better, especially as it's playing cleverly enough with form to keep your brain occupied, too.

It opens with actor Seth Rogen waiting at the L.A. airport for his comedian buddy Jay Baruchel. And the first thing you hear is a passerby saying "Hey Seth Rogen, what up?"

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2:11pm

Wed June 12, 2013
Politics

The Legacy Of Watergate And The Semantics Of Scandals

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 2:34 pm

Forty years after the Senate committee hearings on the Watergate scandal, Political Junkie Ken Rudin talks with Lowell Weicker, who served on the Senate Watergate committee. Former White House speechwriters Paul Glastris and Peter Robinson talk about writing speeches amid scandal.

Ed Ward is the rock-and-roll historian on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

A co-author of Rock of Ages: The Rolling Stone History of Rock & Roll, Ward has also contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and countless music magazines.

Ward lives in Montpellier, France. He blogs at Ward in France.

1:38pm

Wed June 12, 2013
The Two-Way

With A Speech In Spanish, Tim Kaine Makes Senate History

Sen. Tim Kaine.
Patrick McDermott Getty Images

During Tuesday's debate on the Senate's immigration bill, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) took to the floor and launched into an almost 13-minute speech in support of the bill crafted by the bipartisan "Gang of Eight."

That's not the news. The fact that Kaine delivered it in Spanish is, because it's the first time a senator has delivered a full speech on the floor of the Senate in a language other than English.

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