12:09pm

Wed June 19, 2013
The Two-Way

It's Beach Time... In Alaska, Where Heat Wave Breaks Records

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 1:44 pm

In this photo taken on Monday, people swim and sunbathe at Goose Lake in Anchorage, Alaska.
Rachel D'Oro AP

Taking advantage of an intense heat wave that broke long-standing records yesterday, residents of Anchorage, Alaska, headed to the beach at Goose Lake.

As the Anchorage Daily News reports, the National Weather Service recorded a high temperature of 81 degrees in the city, beating the previous record of 80 degrees set in June of 1926.

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11:55am

Wed June 19, 2013
History

Exhibit Explores U.S. History of 'Rights' Versus 'Privileges'

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 12:02 pm

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, we'll glimpse into the mind of a sociopath. We'll hear from an author who says she is a sociopath, but your assumptions about people like her might be completely off-base. That's in a few minutes.

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11:55am

Wed June 19, 2013
Middle East

To Arm, Or Not To Arm The Syrian Rebels?

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 12:02 pm

The White House says the United States will arm Syrian rebels, but a new poll shows most Americans don't like the idea. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Shadi Hamid of The Brookings Institution, about America's current and future involvement in Syria.

11:50am

Wed June 19, 2013
The Salt

The Martini: This American Cocktail May Have An International Twist

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 2:15 pm

The martini: international drink of mystery?
iStockphoto.com

There's no cocktail more distinctly American than the martini. It's strong, sophisticated and sexy. It's everything we hope to project while ordering one.

Baltimore-born satirist H.L. Mencken is said to have called the martini "the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet." But is the martini perfectly American? Maybe not entirely.

So in honor of National Martini Day on Wednesday, we decided to dig into the drink's muddled past.

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11:04am

Wed June 19, 2013
Shots - Health News

AMA Says It's Time To Call Obesity A Disease

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 9:15 am

NPR

While the American Medical Association may not have the clout it once did, it's still the largest single group of doctors making waves about health and the practice of medicine.

So it's not nothing when the AMA's House of Delegates approves a measure to label obesity a disease. The group's deliberative democratic body passed a measure in Chicago Tuesday that broadly, if vaguely, says obesity is a medical condition:

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9:34am

Wed June 19, 2013
It's All Politics

IRS Staffer: 'What I Did Was Not Targeting'

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 11:18 am

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (right) speaks with the committee's ranking Democrat, Elijah Cummings, earlier this month, during a hearing on IRS conference spending.
Charles Dharapak AP

Another interview with a key IRS employee, another oblique connection to Washington, D.C., and yet still no explosive revelations in the scandal surrounding the agency's targeting of Tea Party groups.

That, it seems, was precisely the point of Rep. Elijah Cummings' decision to release 205 pages of redacted interview transcripts Tuesday (here and here).

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9:13am

Wed June 19, 2013
The Two-Way

In Germany, Obama Defends NSA Surveillance Programs

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 12:45 pm

President Obama speaks on the Pariser Platz in front of the Brandenburg Gate on Wednesday in Berlin.
Timur Emek Getty Images

Update at 10:20 a.m. ET. 'Peace With Justice':

Speaking at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin — near the spot where John F. Kennedy made his famous speech almost 50 years ago — President Obama on Wednesday called on the global community to fight for democracy and freedom everywhere.

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8:49am

Wed June 19, 2013
The Two-Way

In Brazil, Protests Continue As Some Cities Cut Bus Fares

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 11:33 am

Students block an avenue in São Paulo, Brazil, on Tuesday night, during a protest against a recent rise in public bus and subway fare.
Daniel Guimaraen AFP/Getty Images

For a second night in a row, tens of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets to protest everything from the cost of living to government corruption.

The AP reports that during Tuesday's demonstrations:

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7:58am

Wed June 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Kim Jong Un Reportedly Gave 'Mein Kampf' As Gifts

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 9:52 am

Kim Jong Un (center) watched a performance celebrating the anniversary of the Workers' Party of Korea, in Pyongyang, North Korea.
Yao Dawei Associated Press

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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7:12am

Wed June 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Heat, Spurs Headed To Game 7 After Stunning Game 6

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 10:14 am

LeBron James (right) of the Miami Heat snatches the ball from Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs during overtime in Game 6 of the NBA Finals at the American Airlines Arena in Miami.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

We'll let LeBron James do the talking. He said about the sixth game of the NBA finals between the Heat and Spurs:

"It's by far the best game I've ever been a part of."

And it certainly was a stunner: The Heat's Ray Allen hit a three-pointer with just 5.2 seconds on the clock to tie the game, denying the Spurs their fifth NBA title. The game went into overtime and remained airtight, but eventually the Heat prevailed 103 to 100.

ESPN has highlights:

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