6:02am

Thu June 13, 2013
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 6:48 am

The museum in Paris has unveiled new, sophisticated LED lighting for the painting. They want to bring out her colors — the way Leonardo da Vinci might have seen them.

6:02am

Thu June 13, 2013
Business

Gamers Converge On L.A. For Electronic Entertainment Expo

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 1:18 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The biggest players in the video gaming are gathered here in Los Angeles this week for E3, the industry's annual trade show. Gamers have been anticipating the unveiling of new products from Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo and other companies.

NPR's Laura Sydell has spent the past few days with zombies, assassins and one little plumber. Good morning.

LAURA SYDELL, BYLINE: Good morning.

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6:02am

Thu June 13, 2013
Race

Economic Improvement Remains Stagnant For Poor Blacks

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 6:52 am

In 1965, sociologist Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who would later become a U.S. senator from New York, authored a controversial report. It concluded the decline of the black nuclear family was a major component to black poverty. Nearly 50 years later, the Urban Institute has released a follow-up to Moynihan's study that looks at the current barriers poor black families continue to face, and compares those findings to the country's other ethnic groups.

6:02am

Thu June 13, 2013
Business

Business News

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 6:43 am

Just three weeks ago, Japanese stocks were at a multi-year high — raising hopes for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to revitalize the world's third-largest economy. Since then, the market has dropped more than 20 percent.

6:02am

Thu June 13, 2013
Sports

NHL Finals: After 3 OTs, Chicago Beats Boston In Game 1

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 6:16 am

The Chicago Blackhawks have beaten the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals. Chicago won 4-3 in a game that went into triple overtimes. It was the fifth-longest Stanley Cup finals game in history.

4:34am

Thu June 13, 2013
Animals

Fancy Feet: Wild Cheetahs Excel At Acceleration

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 6:02 am

Moyo, a 3-year-old male cheetah from South Africa, chases a lure during the Cheetah Dash event at the Animal Ark in Reno, Nev.
Kevin Clifford AP

Nature documentaries always go on and on about how fast a cheetah can run. Cats in captivity have been clocked at 65 miles an hour, the highest speed recorded for any land animal.

And yet, scientists know very little about how the animal runs in the wild, especially when on the hunt.

"You can look at it and say, 'Oh that's fast,' " says Alan Wilson, a veterinarian at the Royal Veterinary College, London. "But you can't actually describe what route it follows, or how quickly it's gone, or the details of [the] forces it has to exert to do that."

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4:33am

Thu June 13, 2013
Digital Life

From Seinfeld, A Second Season Of 'Coffee' Talk

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 11:01 am

Jerry Seinfeld won a 2013 Webby Award for Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
Bryan Bedder Getty Images

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is exactly what it sounds like — a show about three things Jerry Seinfeld loves.

Each individual episode of the stand-up comic's Web series features him talking to a fellow comedian while driving across town to get a cup of coffee.

While the premise is simple enough, and the celebrity interview as familiar as any late-night talk-show, the format of C3 allows for a more relaxed and personal tone than the typical sofa-chat format.

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4:28am

Thu June 13, 2013
Parallels

Once Home To A Dreaded Drug Lord, Medellin Remakes Itself

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 5:03 pm

Colombian army soldiers patrol Medellin's Loma de Cristobal neighborhood after warring gangs forced dozens of families to flee. Medellin used to be the most dangerous city in the world, but officials embarked on innovative projects designed to make life better in tough neighborhoods.
Paul Smith for NPR

Of all the violent cities of Latin America, one stands out as a great success story: Medellin, a metropolis nestled in the mountains of northwest Colombia.

Once the home of the cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar, it recorded more than 6,300 homicides in 1991, making it the world's murder capital. Then, one city government after another built schools and libraries, parks and infrastructure. The police also received an overhaul and became more adept at going after violent trafficking groups.

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4:27am

Thu June 13, 2013
Monkey See

How To Introduce Kids To Tough Topics? Art And TV Can Help

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 6:31 am

Sue Glader wrote Nowhere Hair after finding many children's books about cancer that were too depressing or scary.
Courtesy Sue Glader

Parents steer their kids to media for all kinds of things: as a distraction so they can make dinner, to teach letters and numbers, and for pure entertainment. There are also times when parents rely on books, TV, museums and other media when they aren't quite sure how to approach a difficult topic by themselves.

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4:26am

Thu June 13, 2013
Dollar For Dollar: Adventures In Investing

How To Invest In Real Estate Without Being A Landlord

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 6:32 am

NPR's Uri Berliner discovers that among his REIT holdings is one that owns the Washington, D.C., site where, until recently, NPR had its headquarters. The building is being torn down and a new building with law offices will go up in its place.
Marie McGrory NPR

NPR's Uri Berliner is taking $5,000 of his own savings and putting it to work. Though he's no financial whiz or guru, he's exploring different types of investments — alternatives that may fare better than staying in a savings account that's not keeping up with inflation.

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