2:05pm

Wed February 13, 2013
Opinion

Uses For Latin (If You're Not The Pope)

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 3:07 pm

Annalisa Quinn writes about books for NPR.org.

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1:54pm

Wed February 13, 2013
Shots - Health News

SARS-Like Virus Spreads From One Person To Another

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 5:19 pm

Virologists discovered the new coronavirus after it killed a Saudi Arabian man last summer.
Elizabeth R. Fischer Rocky Mountain Labs/NIAID/NIH

A mysterious illness with a striking resemblance to the one caused by the SARS virus emerged in the Middle East last year.

But the new virus behind the latest cases didn't seem to be contagious – until now.

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1:51pm

Wed February 13, 2013
Author Interviews

'Dead Sea Scrolls' Live On In Debate And Discovery

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 4:42 pm

A part of the Isaiah Scroll, one of the Dead Sea Scrolls, is seen inside the vault of the Shrine of the Book building at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Lior Mizrahi Getty Images

The Dead Sea Scrolls are the ancient manuscripts dating back to the time of Jesus that were found between 1947 and 1956 in caves by the Dead Sea. Since they were first discovered, they have been a source of fascination and debate over what they can teach — and have taught — about Judeo-Christian history. In his new book, The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Biography, Yale professor John J. Collins tells the story of the scrolls, their discovery and the controversies surrounding the scholarship of them.

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1:41pm

Wed February 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Center for Public Integrity: EPA Unaware Of Industry Ties On Cancer Review Panel

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 5:44 pm

Our investigative reporting colleagues at the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) continue their look at the Environmental Protection Agency's regulation of toxic pollution with a new report scrutinizing the agency's delay in announcing that "even a small amount of a chemical compound commonly found in tap water may cause cancer."

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1:41pm

Wed February 13, 2013
Politics

Unpacking State of the Union Night Addresses

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. The president speaks, Marco Rubio gulps, and Lindsey Graham slaps a hold on Hagel. It's Wednesday and time for a...

SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: No confirmation without information...

CONAN: Edition of the political junkie.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDINGS)

PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: There you go again.

VICE PRESIDENT WALTER MONDALE: When I hear your new ideas, I'm reminded of that ad: Where's the beef?

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1:38pm

Wed February 13, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Kepler's Genius: Letting Nature Have The Last Word

Circa 1612, German astronomer Johannes Kepler (1571 - 1630)
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Of all the patriarchs of science, Johannes Kepler is the least known. We often talk of Isaac Newton and his law of universal gravity (and laws of motion, and the calculus, and laws of optics), of Galileo's impetuosity and his telescopic discoveries (and law of free fall and pendular motion), and of Copernicus, the man who put the sun in the center of the cosmos. But Kepler? Sounds familiar; but what was it again?

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1:34pm

Wed February 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Carnival Apologizes For Triumph Conditions, Cancels 14 Upcoming Cruises

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 3:49 pm

The Triumph cruise ship, set adrift in the Gulf of Mexico after an engine room fire Sunday, is being towed to Mobile, Alabama. The Carnival cruise ship line has cancelled the ship's next 14 voyages.
U.S. Coast Guard

1:21pm

Wed February 13, 2013
The Two-Way

From Desmond Tutu, A Scathing Rebuke Of U.S. Drone Program

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 3:28 pm

Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Daniel Berehulak Getty Images

Hidden in the "letters to the editor" section of The New York Times, this morning is a scathing rebuke of the United States' targeted killing program.

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12:59pm

Wed February 13, 2013
Monkey See

Rubio's Water Bottle And The Authenticity Craving

In this frame grab from video, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio takes a sip of water during his Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday.
AP

12:55pm

Wed February 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Behind The Mic: Here's Why The 11 A.M. Newscast Was All 'Live'

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 12:00 pm

How many NPR staffers can you fit in one booth? From left to right: Craig Windham, Dave Mattingly, Mark Memmott and Korva Coleman.
Dave Pignanelli
  • The all-live Newscast

We don't usually write about what happens in the NPR newsroom. That old line about not wanting to know how the sausage is made certainly applies in most cases.

But if you were tuned in at 11 a.m. ET and the newscast sounded a little different, it's because some technical gremlins got hold of the pre-recorded reports from NPR's correspondents and wouldn't let go. So, it was "live radio" time.

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