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3:43pm

Tue August 4, 2015
The Salt

How Percy Shelley Stirred His Politics Into His Tea Cup

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 5:39 pm

Joseph Severn's portrait of Percy Bysshe Shelley. The radical 19th century poet practiced the politics of the plate. For Shelley and other liberals of his day, keeping sugar out of tea was a political statement against slavery.
Joseph Severn Wikimedia

Born this day 223 years ago, the great Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley is celebrated for such works as his sublime odes to the skylark and West Wind. But he was also a radical thinker - and his revolutionary politics stormed in his teacup.

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3:22pm

Tue August 4, 2015
The Two-Way

Family Of Sandra Bland Files Wrongful-Death Lawsuit

Sandra Bland's family announced Tuesday that they have filed a lawsuit in federal court in Houston.
Pat Sullivan AP

The family of Sandra Bland, who was arrested in Prairie View, Texas, and was later found dead in her jail cell, announced Tuesday that they're suing authorities in Texas.

NPR's Wade Goodwyn reported for our Newscast unit that the wrongful-death lawsuit names the Texas state trooper who arrested Bland, the sheriff of Waller County, the Texas Department of Public Safety and two guards at the jail. "Among other things, the lawsuit accuses the state trooper of depriving Bland of her constitutional rights," Wade says.

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3:06pm

Tue August 4, 2015
Book Reviews

'Dragonfish' Offers A Noir Vision Of An 'American Dream Gone Rancid'

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A just-published literary noir called "Dragonfish" puts a new spin on the old formula. Our book critic Maureen Corrigan has fallen hard for this tale of gamblers, dark alleys and dangerous dames. Here's her review.

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2:50pm

Tue August 4, 2015
It's All Politics

Just How Arbitrary Is Fox's 10-Person GOP Debate Cutoff?

All five of these people are running for president, but it looks like only one will make it into the first Republican debate.
Darren McCollester Getty Images

Welcome to the most exciting fight for tenth place you've ever seen.

It also just might be a meaningless fight.

With the major contenders for the GOP nomination now numbering 17, Fox News will only allow the top 10 candidates into the first GOP debate on Thursday. To determine the participants, Fox will be averaging together five national polls.

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2:24pm

Tue August 4, 2015
The Two-Way

Sexist Reactions To An Ad Spark #ILookLikeAnEngineer Campaign

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 3:38 pm

Isis Wenger, an engineer at OneLogin, responded to critics and Internet pundits with a hashtag campaign that shows the diversity of tech.
Isis Wenger

After being surprised by online responses to her appearance in a recruiting ad, software engineer Isis Wenger wanted to see if there anyone else felt like they didn't fit a "cookie-cutter mold." The response to her #ILookLikeAnEngineer campaign dwarfs those initial reactions.

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2:24pm

Tue August 4, 2015
Monkey See

A Pig, A Frog And Two Producers: 'The Muppets' Talk About Returning To Prime Time

Kermit the Frog and Gonzo return to television in ABC's The Muppets.
Eric McCandless ABC

Most of the panel discussions that happen at the Television Critics Association press tour currently underway in Beverly Hills have something critical in common: the panelists are humans. (Please hold your jokes about Hollywood. The critics in attendance have made them all.)

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2:00pm

Tue August 4, 2015
Shots - Health News

Straighten Your Hair Without Frying It? Engineers Are On The Case

It's the heat that straightens the hair. But too much, and hair can be permanently limp, or burned.
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Heated tools like flat irons can make hair waterfall straight. But there's always that worry of burning the hair, or yourself.

That can make hair straightening a miserable process, as Marita Golden wrote in her essay "My Black Hair:"

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1:04pm

Tue August 4, 2015
It's All Politics

Planned Parenthood Opponents Talk Government Shutdown After Bill Fails

"I don't like a government shutdown, but this is a clear case of totally improper use of taxpayers' dollars. I have an obligation to the taxpayers of Arizona," said Sen. John McCain. He had scolded his Republican colleagues in 2013 for shutting down the government over the Affordable Care Act. He says this issue is different.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

The uproar over sting videos alleging Planned Parenthood illegally profits from selling aborted fetal tissue has only just begun on Capitol Hill.

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12:18pm

Tue August 4, 2015
NPR History Dept.

The Strangest Presidential Campaign Ever

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 1:07 pm

Perot speaks at the U.S. Capitol in the spring after the 1992 election.
Maureen Keating via Library of Congress

12:16pm

Tue August 4, 2015
The Two-Way

Families Of Newtown Massacre Victims Reach $1.5 Million Settlement

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 2:13 pm

A small memorial lined a road near Sandy Hook Elementary School about a month after the Dec. 14, 2012, shootings in Newtown, Conn.
John Moore Getty Images

The relatives of 16 victims of the 2012 elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., reached a proposed $1.5 million settlement Monday against the estate of the shooter's mother.

According to the Hartford Courant, each family will receive $93,750 apiece from a homeowners insurance policy that Nancy Lanza had on a Newtown home she shared with her son Adam.

The lawsuits were filed by the families of 14 victims who died in the school shooting and two who survived.

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