12:01 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Charter schools backers still want vote in Wash. Legislature

Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 3:16 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Forty one states allow charter schools. But not Washington. Opponents in the legislature recently killed a bipartisan proposal to allow a limited number of under-performing schools to convert. But supporters of the idea haven't given up.

For the legislature it was high drama. A stand-off in the Senate Education Committee. A coalition of five Republicans and two Democrats had the votes to advance the charter school bill.

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Author Interviews
11:55 pm
Sun February 12, 2012

When The Bankers Plotted To Overthrow FDR

The Plots Against the President

Originally published on Mon February 13, 2012 5:08 am

It was a dangerous time in America: The economy was staggering, unemployment was rampant and a banking crisis threatened the entire monetary system.

The newly elected president pursued an ambitious legislative program aimed at easing some of the troubles. But he faced vitriolic opposition from both sides of the political spectrum.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
9:46 am
Sun February 12, 2012

NPR Science: A Darwinian against Darwin Day

Originally published on Sun February 12, 2012 9:36 am

Personally I plan on celebrating Darwin Day because when I contemplate the enormity of his insight into the physical world I am awed. But it's interesting to note that not everyone who feels that awe thinks there should be a "Darwin Day".

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8:27 am
Sun February 12, 2012

At the Frye Art Museum, a very quiet, very human work of art

Susie J. Lee. Still Lives: Exposure, 2010. HD video portrait in framed, matted LED monitor. Courtesy of the artist and Lawrimore Project.
Photo by Ryan K. Adams

What does 30 minutes in a person's life look like?

Artist Susie Lee asked and answered that question while spending time at the Washington Care Center, a long-term nursing facility and rehab unit.

What she created is a series of  highly-composed video portraits that are sometimes so quiet, you think they're still photos. The videos are silent. They last 30 minutes long -- real-time; there is no editing. And they feel so intimate, it can make viewers uncomfortable to watch.

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The Salt
7:56 am
Sun February 12, 2012

Battling the bottle: Students and industry face off over water

Humbolt State University

Originally published on Sun February 12, 2012 3:55 am

Bottled water is trickling away from college campuses nationwide, thanks to the efforts of student activists and the non-profit groups that support them with campaigns like Ban the Bottle.

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10:56 pm
Sat February 11, 2012

Music superstar Whitney Houston dies

Whitney Houston performs at Mediolanum Forum in 2010 in Milan, Italy. The Beverly Hills police said Saturday that the singer has died. She was 48.
Vittorio Zunino Celotto Getty Images

Originally published on Sat February 11, 2012 5:28 pm

Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, died Saturday. She was 48.

The Beverly Hills Police Department say Houston was found dead Saturday afternoon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The cause of death has not been reported. Her body remained in the hotel and Beverly Hills detectives were investigating.

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The Record
10:56 pm
Sat February 11, 2012

Whitney Houston: Her Life Played Out Like An Opera

Whitney Houston performs in 1988.
David Corio Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 1:32 pm

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Ann Powers is NPR Music's critic and correspondent. She writes for NPR's music news blog, The Record, and she can be heard on NPR's newsmagazines and music programs.

One of the nation's most notable music critics, Powers has been writing for The Record, NPR's blog about finding, making, buying, sharing and talking about music, since April 2011.

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Digital Life
6:11 pm
Sat February 11, 2012

Project funded online at Kickstarter hits $1 million milestone

Casey Hopkins offered supporters who funded the project exclusive colors for the Elevation Dock.
Casey Hopkins

Originally published on Sat February 11, 2012 7:37 am

Kickstarter, a website designed to fund creative projects through the support of small online donations, crowned its first millionaire this week: Casey Hopkins, an engineer based in Portland, Ore.

It all started when Hopkins got fed up with the iPhone docks he kept buying in stores.

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Cheerleaders sickened
9:28 am
Sat February 11, 2012

Wintertime vomiting disease strikes 229 cheerleaders

State public health authorities have confirmed that the norovirus – also known as the bug that causes wintertime vomiting disease – sickened more than 200 attendees of a cheerleading and dance event in Everett.

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