5:23pm

Fri June 14, 2013
Code Switch

11-Year-Old Keeps Singing In Face Of Hate

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 7:59 pm

Sebastien de la Cruz gave an encore performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the NBA Finals game on Thursday.
David J. Phillip AP

It's not often an 11-year-old boy gets to sing the national anthem twice during the NBA Finals.

But, as our friends at The Two-Way reported, it's been a surprising week for Sebastien de la Cruz of San Antonio.

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4:56pm

Fri June 14, 2013
NPR Story

U.S. Supplies For Syrian Rebels May Be Too Little, Too Late

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 6:12 pm

After determining that the Syrian government has crossed a red line by using chemical weapons, the White House has agreed to start sending military aid to the rebels. Some analysts think it may be too late to tip the balance in Syria, where Assad's forces backed by Hezbollah, Iran and Russia have been gaining ground.

4:56pm

Fri June 14, 2013
NPR Story

Spurs And Heat Tied Going Into Game 5 Of NBA Finals

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 6:12 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Now, to last night's spectacular performance in San Antonio.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPORTSCAST)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Green, bad pass stolen by Wade. Gets in and throws it down. He avoided two Spurs after the steal. What a performance from Dwyane Wade.

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4:42pm

Fri June 14, 2013
It's All Politics

Think Your Job's Hard? Try Being A Congressional Spy Watcher

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 5:32 pm

Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky arrives in Chicago with President Obama in March.
Paul Beaty AP

As the controversy over the National Security Agency's phone and Internet data gathering reminds us, one of Congress' most challenging assignments is oversight of the nation's intelligence community.

Keeping tabs on the part of the federal government that constantly invokes national security to justify its opaqueness has its obvious difficulties and frustrations.

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4:30pm

Fri June 14, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. Navy Approves Use Of Lowercase Letters

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 6:33 pm

Teletype operators relay U.S. military communications in North Africa during World War II.
AP

A recent directive issued by the U.S. Navy was transmitted in the customary format, using all uppercase letters. Sailors, it said, are:

"AUTHORIZED TO USE STANDARD, MIXED-CASE CHARACTERS IN THE BODY OF NAVY ORGANIZATIONAL MESSAGES."

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4:27pm

Fri June 14, 2013
The Two-Way

Australian General's Frank Talk On Sexual Abuse Wins Fans

Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Australia's army chief, has simple advice for those who don't want women in the service: "Get out."
YouTube

The growing problem of sexual assaults in the U.S. military has led to arguments in Congress, where lawmakers disagree over how to confront the issue. Top military officers have also weighed in on the topic. But in Australia, where the military has its own sexual assault problem, the army chief has a simple solution: "Show moral courage and take a stand."

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3:52pm

Fri June 14, 2013
Riverbend 2013

Slideshow: Strung Like A Horse Storms the Side Stage

The group of Southern gothic strummers played one of Riverbend 2013's most energetic sets on the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union stage.

3:31pm

Fri June 14, 2013
Deceptive Cadence

Playing Mozart — On Mozart's Violin

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 1:21 pm

Violinist Amandine Beyer holds Mozart's own violin backstage at Boston's Jordan Hall on Monday.
Kathy Wittman Courtesy of the Boston Early Music Festival

The violin and viola that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played himself are in the United States for the first time ever. The instruments come out of storage only about once a year at the Salzburg Mozarteum in Austria. The rest of the time, they're kept under serious lockup.

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3:15pm

Fri June 14, 2013
Planet Money

When People Make Their Own Banks

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 6:12 pm

Harlem funeral directors Tamara Bullock and Patricia Hamilton are going to spend their next savings-club payout on a sky-diving trip (unless Bullock can get out of it).
Marianne McCune NPR

Miguelo Rada doesn't seem like the kind of guy who'd have extra cash. He just spent 32 years in prison, he lives in a halfway house in West Harlem, and his current income comes only from public assistance.

He uses food stamps for food, wears hand-me-down clothes and buys almost nothing. He is also an unofficial bank.

"If somebody asks me, 'Can I borrow $20?' If I have it I'll say, 'Here!' " he says.

This kind of borrowing is one way people do what economists call "consumption smoothing" – basically making spending more regular, even when income is not.

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2:43pm

Fri June 14, 2013
Riverbend 2013

Richard Winham & Jeff Styles Preview Riverbend's Final Nights

Richard and Jeff talk Riverbend.

  Jeff Styles and Richard Winham play selections from bands performing Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15  as Chattanooga's annual Riverbend Festival wraps up.

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