4:54pm

Sat May 11, 2013
Author Interviews

The 'Curious' Story Of Robert 'Believe It Or Not!' Ripley

Originally published on Sat May 11, 2013 6:26 pm

Robert Ripley traveled the world collecting souvenirs like this Balinese lion mask.
Courtesy Ripley Entertainment

Before there was YouTube or Mythbusters or The Amazing Race, there was Robert "Believe It or Not!" Ripley.

Ripley's pioneering mix of the strange, the shocking and the barely believable grabbed Americans' attention and grew his newspaper cartoon into a media empire.

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2:47pm

Sat May 11, 2013
Shots - Health News

Dramatically Different Medicare Bills Set Hospitals Thinking

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 12:41 pm

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For the first time, the federal government has publicly shared what hospitals bill Medicare for the 100 most common diagnoses and treatments.

The information shows hospitals across the country — and across Alaska — bill dramatically different prices for the same things.

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11:55am

Sat May 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Experts Marvel At How Cyber Thieves Stole $45 Million

Originally published on Sat May 11, 2013 7:00 pm

This week's massive cyber-heist was facilitated by the ease with which criminals have learned to hack the magnetic stripe on the back of ATM, debit and credit cards.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

With a haul of $45 million, it's being billed as possibly the biggest cyber-heist in history. But in reality, experts and authorities say, it was thousands of small but highly coordinated thefts.

As we reported on Thursday, federal prosecutors charged eight people with being the just New York cell of an operation that allegedly encompassed criminal cohorts in 26 countries.

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11:43am

Sat May 11, 2013
The Two-Way

In Cleveland, 30 Minutes Of Bravery Ended 10-Year Nightmare

It took neighbors' help for Amanda Berry to escape through the bolted storm door of the Cleveland home where authorities say she and two other women were held captive for nearly a decade. After she emerged, the women and Berry's daughter were rescued.
David Maxwell EPA /LANDOV

Until today, there's been a rush of news related to the kidnapping of three young women in Cleveland, their rescue after a decade in captivity and the chilling details that have emerged about what they went through. Now, the news has slowed. We suspect there will be less to report in coming days, but we'll watch for important developments.

There is a story to recommend, though:

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10:49am

Sat May 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Emotions Run High After Boston Bombing Suspect's Burial

Originally published on Sat May 11, 2013 1:04 pm

Some of the graves at the Al-Barzakh Islamic Cemetery in Doswell, Va., where the body of Boston Marathon bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been buried. His grave was not identified to journalists.
Yuri Gripas Reuters /Landov

The news that Boston Marathon bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been buried in a rural cemetery just north of Richmond, Va., is causing controversy there.

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9:47am

Sat May 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Pakistanis 'Defy Violence' To Vote In Landmark Election

Originally published on Sat May 11, 2013 11:17 pm

Pakistani men lined up to vote in Rawalpindi on Saturday. Men and women cast ballots separately as millions went to the poll.
T. Mughal EPA /LANDOV

Despite attacks in the days and weeks leading up to Saturday's voting — and deadly bombings and other attacks on the very day they're going to the polls — Pakistanis are showing they're willing to "defy the violence," NPR's Julie McCarthy reports from Lahore.

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9:22am

Sat May 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Schools? How About A Science Laureate At The Super Bowl?

Originally published on Sat May 11, 2013 10:11 am

Beyonce took the stage at this year's Super Bowl halftime show. Imagine a scientist instead. Perhaps dressed differently.
Michael DeMocker The Times-Picayune /Landov

The same scientist who famously "killed Pluto" (as a planet, that is) says it's "brilliant" that there's an effort underway in Congress to name a science laureate.

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9:03am

Sat May 11, 2013
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Messud, Volk And Scorsese

Originally published on Sat May 11, 2013 11:12 am

Animated as ever when it comes to the topic of film, director Martin Scorsese delivers the 2013 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities at the Kennedy Center on April 1.
NIcholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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8:54am

Sat May 11, 2013
Simon Says

The X-ray Vision Of Mothers

Originally published on Sat May 11, 2013 2:10 pm

Mothers somehow know when we've been bad, but when times are tough, they also have our back.
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Mothers have eyes in the back of their heads. They may not show up on X-rays, but they're there.

Like a lot of youngsters, I used to get my mother to turn her head so I could search through her hair for the eyeballs she claimed to have back there, telling her, "No you don't! No you don't!" But when I'd scamper off to another part of the apartment and pick up an ashtray or fiddle with the window blinds, I'd hear my mother's voice ring out, "I can see you! I know what you're up to!"

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8:34am

Sat May 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Astronauts Go On Spacewalk To Fix Ammonia Leak

Originally published on Sat May 11, 2013 5:11 pm

NASA.gov

Two astronauts went on a last-minute spacewalk Saturday to replace a pump suspected of being the source of a serious ammonia leak.

It was unclear what caused the ammonia leak, NASA spokesman Rob Navias said, "but the installation of this spare pump package — at least at the moment — seems to have done the trick."

NASA officials called the spacewalk a success, but said it would take time to see if the leak was indeed stopped. Engineers will review photos the astronauts took at the site.

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