3:15pm

Sat June 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Atlantic Hurricane Season Kicks Off Quietly

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 3:20 pm

Satellite image of Hurricane Sandy in October of last year.
NOAA

Today marks the beginning of the six-month Atlantic hurricane season. Maybe it's a good sign, then, that it's pretty quiet out there. The National Hurricane Center is watching only a small wave near Mexico that has a low possibility of developing into a tropical system.

NPR's Debbie Elliott, however, reports the season is expected to be pretty busy. She filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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12:15pm

Sat June 1, 2013
The Two-Way

UN: Iraq Records 1,045 Deaths In May; Highest In Years

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq has this grim piece of news today:

"According to casualty figures released today by UNAMI, a total of 1,045 Iraqis were killed and another 2,397 were wounded in acts of terrorism and acts of violence in May.

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10:41am

Sat June 1, 2013
Code Switch

Haters Gonna Hate, As Shown On A Map

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 2:36 pm

Note: This post contains strong language, including racial and ethnic slurs.

Geography professor Monica Stephens has spent a lot of time putting haters on the map. Over at Humboldt State University in California where she is a professor, Stephens and a team of undergraduate students spent a year sorting through racial slurs on Twitter by location. And then she mapped them.

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10:04am

Sat June 1, 2013
The Two-Way

The Case For Vegetarianism, Delivered By A Toddler

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 3:29 pm

Luiz Antonio.
YouTube

This blogger will admit that he has struggled off and on with his decision to eat meat. He'll also admit that explaining the food chain to his 3-year-old daughter has produced more soul-searching.

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9:11am

Sat June 1, 2013
The Two-Way

On Second Day, Anti-Government Protests Swell In Turkey

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 1:04 pm

Turkish protestors and riot policemen clash on Saturday, during a protest against the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park, in Taksim Square in Istanbul.
Bulent Kilic AFP/Getty Images

What started as a small protest against the redevelopment of a park in Istanbul, Turkey, has spread to other cities and turned into one of the largest government protests in recent memory. While numbers are hard to come by, Al Jazeera reports that about 10,000 people gathered in Ankara chanting "government resign" and "unite against fascism."

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7:41am

Sat June 1, 2013
The Two-Way

New Round Of Tornadoes Kill 5 People In Oklahoma

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 12:29 pm

A tornado forms over I-40 as seen looking west from Indian Meridian Road in Midwest City, Okla. on Friday.
Alonzo Adams AP

Still recovering from a monster EF-5 tornado that leveled parts of the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, the area was hit hard again Friday night. At least nine people — including a mother and child — were reported dead by Canadian County Under Sheriff Chris West in the wake of multiple violent tornadoes.

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7:03am

Sat June 1, 2013
Code Switch

If This Cute Cheerios Ad Causes Drama, What Won't?

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 12:13 pm

Cheerios via YouTube

6:39am

Sat June 1, 2013
Sports

Week In Sports: Who Will Face The Spurs For The NBA Title?

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

From politics to sports.

(SOUNDBITE OF THEME MUSIC)

SIMON: We've got conference championships going on in basketball and hockey. Can the Heat burn off the Pacers? Will this be the last rodeo for a great Spurs franchise or another gold ring? And four former champions are on ice in the NHL. Howard Bryant of ESPN The Magazine, the TV network and the website and the virgin cold-pressed olive oil joins us from the studios of New England Public Radio in Amherst. Howard, thank so much for being with us.

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6:39am

Sat June 1, 2013
Around the Nation

Many Agree Bridges Are Unsafe, But Few Agree On Fixes

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 2:04 pm

The Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River in Mount Vernon, Wash., collapsed last week.
Elaine Thompson AP

As you head out for summer vacation, ponder this: There's a 1 in 9 chance that the bridge you're crossing has been deemed structurally deficient or basically in bad shape by the federal government.

The collapse of the I-5 bridge in Washington last week has once again raised questions about the state of the nation's infrastructure. But there is no consensus on how to tackle the problem or how to pay for proposed solutions.

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6:39am

Sat June 1, 2013
Author Interviews

Pulp Fiction's Bad Boy Mike Hammer Returns In 'Complex 90'

Mickey Spillane, pictured here in 1963, wrote his first Mike Hammer novel in three fevered weeks after returning from World War II.
AP

The late Mickey Spillane wrote mysteries that practically created the American paperback industry — more than 225 million copies of his books have been sold since he was first published in 1947. Spillane was the best-selling mystery writer of the 20th century — not Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler or other signature writers whose works were sometimes judged to have moved from detective mystery to work of literature.

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