12:40pm

Mon March 25, 2013
The Two-Way

President's Pen Establishes New National Monuments

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 1:53 pm

Kayak at Sunset San Juan Islands.
Mark B. Gardner San Juan Islands Visitor Bureau

President Obama on Monday designated five new national monuments, including one in Maryland dedicated to anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman and another setting aside Washington state's San Juan Islands.

"These sites honor the pioneering heroes, spectacular landscapes and rich history that have shaped our extraordinary country," President Obama said in a statement. "By designating these national monuments today, we will ensure they will continue to inspire and be enjoyed by generations of Americans to come."

Here's a list of the new dedications:

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12:33pm

Mon March 25, 2013
Reinventing Radio

'This American Life' Host Ira Glass Visits Chattanooga April 7th

Ira Glass, host of This American Life, will be in Chattanooga on April 7th for the George T. Hunter Lecture Series.
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WUTC’s Michael Edward Miller interviews This American Life creator/host Ira Glass. They discuss creativity, failure, how the element of surprise is crucial in radio stories, and much more.

This American Life host & creator Ira Glass will visit Chattanooga and give an inside look at his popular radio show.  His presentation is part of the George T. Hunter Lecture Series, sponsored by the Benwood Foundation in partnership with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  The event is free and open to the public.  This American Life airs on WUTC 88.1 FM Sunday evenings at 7 p.m.

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12:26pm

Mon March 25, 2013
Fresh Air Interviews

How And Why The Hollywood Star Machine Made 'Gods Like Us'

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 2:25 pm

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As a film critic for The Boston Globe, Ty Burr has met a lot of movie stars and is often asked what they're really like. What he has realized is that often, the actor's image has little to do with their actual personality, but that's not what interests him; Burr is more curious about why we ask that question to begin with. Burr wants to know "why we respond to these people who we think are larger than life [and] that are — especially in the classic days — manufactured and all their irregularities sanded off and presented to us as some kind of perfection."

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12:25pm

Mon March 25, 2013
Fresh Air Interviews

Remembering Chinua Achebe And The Importance Of Struggle

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 12:39 pm

To remember Chinua Achebe who died last Thursday, Fresh Air listens back to an interview with the great African writer that originally aired on May 10, 1988. In it, Achebe talks about the literary trope of the white explorer or missionary living amongst the savages, and the importance of struggle.

11:57am

Mon March 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Anthony Lewis, Journalist Who Transformed Supreme Court Coverage, Dies

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 12:11 pm

Journalist Anthony Lewis in 2003.
Matthew Peyton Getty Images

Anthony Lewis, whose "thorough knowledge" of the Supreme Court's work "allowed him to write authoritatively and accessibly about difficult points," has died, The New York Times writes.

Lewis, twice a Pulitzer Prize winner, was 85.

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11:41am

Mon March 25, 2013
Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court

The Same-Sex Marriage Cases: A Primer

People wait through winter weather Monday outside the U.S. Supreme Court, in line hoping to attend oral arguments in the same-sex marriage cases being argued Tuesday and Wednesday.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters /Landov

California Gay Marriage Ban Challenge

The Case: Hollingsworth v. Perry, 12-144 (Argued Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET)

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11:02am

Mon March 25, 2013
National Security

As Qualified Men Dwindle, Military Looks For A Few Good Women

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 5:59 pm

Army recruits perform exercises as part of a demonstration for tourists in front of the military-recruiting station in New York's Times Square.
Mark Lennihan AP

When the Pentagon said earlier this year that it would open ground combat jobs to women, it was cast in terms of giving women equal opportunities in the workplace — the military workplace.

But the move has practical considerations, too. The military needs qualified people to fill its ranks, and it's increasingly harder to find them among men.

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10:55am

Mon March 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Ford Sorry For Mocked-up Ads In India Showing Bound And Gagged Women

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 11:33 am

The Ford Figo when it was introduced to India in 2009. A set of edgy illustrations about the car from Ford's ad agency in India have drawn fire.
Manan Vatsyayana AFP/Getty Images

Illustrations produced by an Indian ad agency showing scantily clad cartoon women bound, gagged and stuffed into the hatch of a Ford Figo have led both the car company and the ad agency's parent to issue apologies.

The images, according to FirstPost.Business, were "scam ads — ads that are created not to sell products and services, but to win awards at awards shows such as the Abby or at Cannes."

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10:36am

Mon March 25, 2013
Sailing

A Sailing Lesson

Sailing Lesson with Brian Holloway at Privateer Yacht Club
Credit Robin Higgins / WUTC

The Privateer Yacht Club was founded in 1940 with the mission of promoting sailing in the region. 

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10:27am

Mon March 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Russian Tycoon Berezovsky Reportedly Left No Suicide Note

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 6:58 pm

Berezovsky addresses the media outside a London court after losing his lawsuit against Roman Abramovich in August.
Warrick Page Getty Images

British police say exiled Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, whose body was found over the weekend, left no suicide note and that there was no evidence of third-party involvement in his death.

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