3:06pm

Wed July 17, 2013
Parallels

China's Internet Growth In Two Charts

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 4:38 pm

China has by far the most Internet users in the world, and it appears that soon half the country will be on the Web, thanks largely to cellphones and other mobile devices.

In percentage terms, Iceland, Norway and Sweden have the highest Internet penetration, with more than 90 percent of residents online. The U.S. is 27th, with 78 percent of Americans online.

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2:51pm

Wed July 17, 2013
All Tech Considered

Clever Hacks Give Google Glass Many Unintended Powers

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 8:55 pm

Stephen Balaban has re-engineered his Google Glass to allow for facial recognition.
Courtesy of Stephen Balaban

At Philz Coffee in Palo Alto, Calif., a kid who looks like he should still be in high school is sitting across from me. He's wearing Google Glass. As I stare into the device's cyborg eye, I'm waiting for its tiny screen to light up.

Then, I wait for a signal that Google Glass has recognized my face.

It isn't supposed to do that, but Stephen Balaban has hacked it.

"Essentially what I am building is an alternative operating system that runs on Glass but is not controlled by Google," he said.

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2:25pm

Wed July 17, 2013
Music Interviews

Jason Isbell Locates His Musical Compass On 'Southeastern'

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 10:38 am

Jason Isbell was previously a member of Drive-By Truckers. His solo albums include Sirens of the Ditch and Here We Rest.
Eric England Courtesy of the artist

When singer-songwriter Jason Isbell used to get drunk, he'd sometimes tell his then-girlfriend, the musician Amanda Shires, that he needed to quit the bottle — and that if it was going to take, he'd have to go to rehab. Eventually, she said the next time he told her that, she'd hold him to it. And she did. And he went. And, he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross, "The jury is still out on whether or not it worked, but it worked today and all the days leading up to this."

Initially, he says he was scared about what sobriety would do to his personality and his creativity.

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2:25pm

Wed July 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Rolling Stone's Tsarnaev Cover: What's Stirring Such Passion?

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 10:42 am

Rolling Stone's latest cover.
Rolling Stone

(Click here to see an excerpt from the Rolling Stone story.)

Even before it hit newsstands, Rolling Stone's latest cover caused controversy: It features a full-page photograph of alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sulking, his curly hair messily tossed in front of his eyes.

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2:19pm

Wed July 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Economy's Growing At 'Modest To Moderate Pace,' Fed Says

Part I of the news from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday was Chairman Ben Bernanke's signal to the financial markets that the central bank won't be shifting away from its "easy money" policy just yet.

Part II was just released. In its latest "Beige Book" review of economic conditions around the nation the Fed says that:

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1:59pm

Wed July 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Mandela Has Made 'Remarkable Progress,' Daughter Says

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 2:42 pm

On the eve of Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday, street vendors in Pretoria, South Africa, were selling T-shirts to mark the occasion. Madiba is Mandela's tribal name.
Christopher Furlong Getty Images

Nelson Mandela is making "remarkable progress" and could be released from a Pretoria hospital soon, his daughter tells Sky News on the eve of the anti-apartheid icon's 95th birthday.

Zindzi Mandela, 52, also says her father is communicating with his eyes and hands, watching television and that "you can see he is there in his eyes; the same energy and strength."

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1:25pm

Wed July 17, 2013
The Salt

Your Love Of Quinoa Is Good News For Andean Farmers

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 6:15 pm

Farmer Geronimo Blanco shows his quinoa plants in Patamanta, Bolivia, in February. A burgeoning global demand for quinoa has led to a threefold price increase since 2006.
Juan Karita AP

Quinoa lovers have been put on a bit of a guilt trip with stories suggesting that the increased demand in the U.S. has put the superfood out of reach for those living closest to where it's grown.

How can poor Bolivians in La Paz afford to pay three times more for quinoa than they would pay for rice, critics have asked?

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1:22pm

Wed July 17, 2013
Shots - Health News

Weight Loss Is Worth Gold In Dubai

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 10:43 am

Lose pounds and gain grams of gold in Dubai.
iStockphoto.com

If you want people to slim down, why not reward them with gold? That's the tack being taken in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Alarmed at ballooning waistlines in a region where fast food is common and comfortable outdoor exercise is not, the local government is offering to give citizens a gram of gold for each kilogram lost by Aug. 16, according to news reports.

That's about $41 for a little over two pounds of pudge, based on today's market rate.

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12:45pm

Wed July 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Asiana Decides Not To Sue San Francisco TV Station

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 12:34 pm

Passengers move away from the wreckage of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 after the plane's July 6 crash-landing in San Francisco. This photo was taken by a passenger.
Eugene Anthony Rah Reuters/Landov

Asiana Airlines has decided not sue the Oakland television station that aired the bogus names of the flight crew piloting Flight 214, a Boeing 777 that crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport earlier this month.

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11:48am

Wed July 17, 2013
Politics

The Politics Of Abortion Rights And Restrictions

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 1:55 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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