Wed April 10, 2013
The Two-Way

New White House Budget Has Something For Everyone To Dislike

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 12:46 pm

Senate Budget Committee staffers unpack boxes of President Obama's 2014 budget proposal on Wednesday.
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UPDATE at 11:05 a.m. ET: Obama: Growing Economy, Shrinking Deficits Both Possible

President Obama unveiled his 2014 budget proposal Wednesday, calling it a "fiscally responsible blueprint" that can help grow the economy and shrink deficits.

The president said his plan addresses the debate about how to expand the economy while reducing government red ink: "This budget answers that argument because we can do both," he said at the Rose Garden.

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Wed April 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Anthony Weiner Is Eyeing A Return To Politics

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 11:50 am

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., at a Brooklyn Nets basketball game in November 2012.
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Just under two years after his once-rising political career went up in flames because of an extramarital sexting scandal, former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner is plotting a possible comeback.

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Wed April 10, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Our Dark Materials

Science has been working to shed light on the nature of the Universe for 400 years.
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The history of science is filled with obscure and bizarre substances. Despite all that we have learned in the past 400 years, the trend continues. Perhaps it's unavoidable, being the way we figure things out. We need to find some apparently weird stuff — playing a game of cat and mouse with Nature — in order to make sense of what's out there.

With time, most strange substances disappear as we understand what is going on. But, hard as we try, we always seem to be surrounded by some unknown material. It is a fog that doesn't ever seem to fully dissipate.

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Wed April 10, 2013
NPR's Backseat Book Club

Witches And Wizards: A Scrapbook From The Land Of Oz

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 2:33 pm

Middle and high school girls participate in the Dorothy's House and Land of Oz program in Liberal, Kan.
JoAnne Mansell

The Yellow Brick Road is a well-traveled one; generations of young readers have followed L. Frank Baum's path to the magical Land of Oz. This spring, as members of NPR's Backseat Book Club embarked on their own journeys to the Emerald City, we asked you to share your Oz memories and photos with us. Here's a sampling of what we received.

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Wed April 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Students Stopped The Stabbing Suspect At Texas College

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 1:19 pm

Dylan Quick, who is accused in the stabbings at Lone Star College, in a photo supplied to the news media Wednesday by the Harris County (Texas) Sheriff's Office.
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"My first thought was I need to go catch him."

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Wed April 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: New Editor Named At 'New York Times Book Review'

The New York Times sign is displayed in front of the newspaper's midtown headquarters in New York City.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Wed April 10, 2013
The Two-Way

8 For 8: Connecticut Wins Another Women's Hoops Title

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 11:28 am

Connecticut Huskies forward Breanna Stewart takes a shot during first-half action in the women's Division I NCAA championship game Tuesday night in New Orleans. She was the tournament's most outstanding player.
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  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Tom Goldman on the women's championship

For the University of Louisville's Lady Cardinals, it just wasn't meant to be.

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Wed April 10, 2013
Book Reviews

From Cincinnati To North Korea, We All Wake Up 'Lonely'

When Fiona Maazel published her first novel, Last Last Chance, in 2008, her frenetic imagination and sharply etched characters earned her a spot on the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 authors list. Her 29-year-old narrator, Lucy, was heading into her seventh stretch in rehab; Maazel filtered her addiction, grief, self-involvement and fear through a scrim of dark humor.

There's a comic overlay to her second, even more frenzied and inventive novel, Woke Up Lonely. But the tilt toward pathos is stronger.

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Wed April 10, 2013
The Two-Way

'Very High' Chance North Korea Will Soon Test Fire Missile

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 11:23 am

Japan is on full alert ahead of an expected mid-range missile launch by North Korea, its defense minister said as the U.N. warned of a potentially 'uncontrollable' situation. A Japanese soldier walks past a missile launcher deployed in Tokyo.
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North Korea's next provocative move — the test firing of a medium-range ballistic missile — could happen at any moment, according to South Korean officials.

Bloomberg Businessweek reports that "the possibility of a ballistic missile launch is 'very high' and 'may materialize anytime from now,' South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung Se told lawmakers in Seoul today."

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