Fri March 1, 2013
NPR Story

The Unquiet Mind

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 2:21 pm

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"Being not normal is the new normal." — Jon Ronson

We've all had that moment where you might see or hear something and you wonder: am I going crazy? In this hour, TED speakers share their experiences straddling that line between madness and sanity — and question if we're all in the gray area between the two.

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Fri March 1, 2013
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The City of Selma's population will double in size over the weekend as thousands of people converge on the west Alabama city for this year's Bridge Crossing Jubilee Celebration.  Vice President Joe Biden and other nationally-known figures and celebrities will be in Selma for Sunday's march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.  Senator Hank Sanders said this weekend's events are a stark reminder about this week's court fight over the Voting Rights Act.  The Bridge Crossing Jubilee will be held Sunday afternoon. 

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Fri March 1, 2013
Shots - Health News

A Mother's Death Tested Reporter's Thinking About End-of-Life Care

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 10:42 am

Charles Ornstein with his mother, Harriet Ornstein, on his wedding day, weeks after she was mugged in a parking lot and knocked to the pavement with a broken nose.
Randall Stewart Courtesy of Charles Ornstein

My father, sister and I sat in the near-empty Chinese restaurant, picking at our plates, unable to avoid the question that we'd gathered to discuss: When was it time to let Mom die?

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Fri March 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Woodward: White House Dislikes Being 'Challenged Or Crossed'

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 11:08 am

Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward speaks at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., in June.
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On a day when we're in the final countdown for sequestration, Washington is still abuzz over whether or not White House economic adviser Gene Sperling threatened journalist Bob Woodward.

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Fri March 1, 2013
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup

It's All Politics, Feb. 28, 2013

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The sequester is upon us, and NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving try to explain how it all affects them. But it's a good week for Chuck Hagel, who finally gets the votes he needs to become Defense Secretary, and Robin Kelly, who wins the Democratic primary in Illinois' 2nd district and is likely to succeed Jesse Jackson Jr. in the House.

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Fri March 1, 2013
The Two-Way

'Harlem Shake' On A Plane Has FAA Investigating; See The Video

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 9:32 am

Doing the Harlem Shake aboard a Frontier Airlines flight has the FAA asking questions.

Shakes on a plane aren't all that funny to the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Fri March 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Sinkhole Swallows Sleeping Man In Florida

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 2:39 pm

An engineer surveys in front of the home where a sinkhole opened up late Thursday near Tampa, Fla. A man who had been in one of the home's bedrooms screamed for help and disappeared. It's feared he died.
Chris O'Meara AP

Update at 2:30 p.m. ET. Rescue Hopes Dim Further:

"Hopes for the rescue of a man sucked into a sinkhole were dimming Friday as authorities tried to determine whether the ground nearby was stable enough for a rescue operation," the Tampa Bay Times writes.

The Times also has a harrowing account from Jeremy Bush, who survived, of his brother Jeffrey's disappearance into the sinkhole:

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Fri March 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Deja Vu All Over Again As 'Sequester' Deadline Looms

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 11:55 am

The White House: When night falls, it looks like the "sequester" will arrive.
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  • From 'Morning Edition': Ari Shapiro reports

Update at 11:55 a.m. ET. As Expected, No Deal:

President Obama and Congressional leaders met at the White House Friday morning and, just as pundits predicted, they could not reach a deal to avert the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts set to begin at the end of the day. We've posted on that news:

Decrying 'Dumb, Arbitrary Cuts,' Obama Says 'We Will Get Through This'

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Fri March 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Caro Wins His Third National Book Critics Circle Award

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 7:38 am

Robert Caro, who won the National Book Critics Circle Award in biography, at a gala at the Norman Mailer Center in New York.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Fri March 1, 2013

Spanish-Language Network Univision Ranks 3rd In U.S. Ratings

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 5:41 am

The latest TV ratings are out and CBS captured the top spot with help from its Super Bowl broadcast. Last fall, NBC was No. 1 but now it's fourth. What's surprising is that Spanish-language network Univision has surpassed NBC's ratings.