8:14 am
Thu October 31, 2013

The Phone That Helped Andy Carvin Report the Arab Spring is Now in the Smithsonian

Lead in text: 
NPR's Andy Carvin used social media to confirm reports coming from the Arab Spring. The iPhone he used for his coverage is now a part of the American History Museum.
Andy Carvin is a man of many titles-"digital media anchor," "real-time news DJ" and "online community organizer," to name a few-but the one he is most comfortable with is "storyteller."
It's All Politics
7:40 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Thursday Political Mix: For Obama, Halloween Comes Everyday

Pumpkins with likenesses of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on display at Madame Tussauds in New York, October 22, 2013.

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 8:35 am

Happy Halloween, fellow political junkies.

It was predictable that President Obama would face more political tricks than treats as a re-elected president than he did as a new one if only because, unlike his first term, he started his second with a Republican House largely hostile to him and his agenda.

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The Two-Way
7:16 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Syria's Chemical Weapons Facilities Destroyed, Watchdog Says

In the northern Syrian city of Aleppo last month, there was a class about how to protect against chemical weapons attacks.
J.M. Lopez AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 9:15 am

A key deadline in the quest to rid Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime of its chemical weapons has been met, according to international observers.

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U.S. Commutes: The Way We Get To Work
7:14 am
Thu October 31, 2013

For A New Kind Of Commute, Some Eye The Sky

Orangutans can get exercise and look down their noses at zoo visitors, thanks to cables that stretch from one side of the primate habitat to the other.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 1:21 pm

This story is part of a series on commuting in America.

Orangutans Kiko, Iris and Batang have a short commute — only about 500 feet between the buildings at the National Zoo where they sleep and pass their days. But it's a tricky trip.

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The Salt
7:26 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Soylent: An Offbeat Food Idea Investors Are Taking Seriously

There are people who'd rather not eat food? Yes. And Silicon Valley investors are betting they'll buy Soylent.

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 2:18 pm

Back in April, we described Rob Rhinehart's experiment concocting something that could give him all the nutrition and none of the hassle of food.

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Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission
6:27 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Aerospace And Aviation Organizations Receive Grant Money

Plane Flown By Tuskegee Airmen In WWII
Credit Tony's Place / Flickr.com

The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission has awarded $57,500 to several organizations in the Oklahoma City metro area that teach youth about aerospace and aviation.

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School Report Cards
10:18 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Losing Confidence: A-F Grading System Dogs Oklahoma Education Dept.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi
Credit Oklahoma Department of Education

A state Department of Education spokeswoman says "sniping" over the controversial A-F school grading system needs to stop because parents deserve better.

Spokeswoman Tricia Pemberton's comments came in response to Broken Arrow Superintendent Jarod Mendenhall's recent call for school leaders statewide to move on a vote of "no confidence" in State Superintendent Janet Barresi.

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The Two-Way
9:41 am
Wed October 30, 2013

75 Years Ago, 'War Of The Worlds' Started A Panic. Or Did It?

Invader? No, it's a man dressed as one in 1988. He was in Grovers Mill, N.J., at a 50th anniversary celebration of The War of the Worlds broadcast.
Chris Lischy AP

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 10:18 am

We interrupt this blog to bring you a special bulletin:

Martians have invaded New Jersey!

OK, as far as we know that hasn't happened.

But we wanted to issue that faux alert because 75 years ago tonight, as our friend Korva Coleman pointed out on the NPR Newscast, Orson Welles and his troupe of radio actors interrupted the Columbia Broadcasting System's programming to "report" that our planet had been invaded.

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Native American
9:30 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Osage Government Panel Recommends Removal Of Chief

Credit Osage Nation

Findings to support seven allegations of wrongdoing against Osage Nation Principal Chief John D. Red Eagle have been presented in a report by an Osage Congress committee that recommended his removal from office.

The Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise reports that eight other allegations were deemed insufficient and no criminal matters are involved.

The tribe's Select Committee of Inquiry ruled that six of the charges were serious enough to warrant removal from office for the chief, who was elected in 2010.

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The Two-Way
7:12 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Sebelius: 'Hold Me Accountable For The Debacle'

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as she was sworn in prior to the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Wednesday.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 3:28 pm

  • Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Secretary Sebelius on who's responsible for 'this debacle'

(We last added to this post at 4:10 p.m. ET.)

"You deserve better. ... I apologize. ... I'm accountable to you."

That's what Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Americans on Wednesday morning during a Congressional hearing into problems with the Obama administration's HealthCare.gov website and Republicans' concerns about the Affordable Care Act.

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