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All Tech Considered
1:42 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

What's The Big Idea? Pentagon Agency Backs Student Tinkerers To Find Out

Students Blake Jamar (from left), Ryan Clifton and Gregory Gonzales take apart a bicycle that generates electricity at Analy High School in Sebastopol, Calif.
Jon Kalish for NPR

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 4:52 pm

At Analy High School in Sebastopol, Calif., three students are taking apart a bicycle that generates electricity. Another student is calibrating a laser cutter. They're all working in a cavernous building that once held the school's metal and electronics shop. Let's just say it has been updated.

"I'm thinking that I might make a quadrocopter and a tremolo. It's a type of guitar thing that uses light to change the volume. And a few other things; we'll see," says Gabe Cook-Spillane, a senior at Analy High.

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Music Reviews
12:40 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Bill Withers: The Everyman Singer With A Poet's Soul

Bill Withers onstage in 1973.
Fin Costello Redferns

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 10:38 am

Bill Withers' very first single became a breakout hit in 1971. He would go on to record nine albums over the next 14 years, and all of them are now available on a new box set, The Complete Sussex and Columbia Masters.

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Politics
4:25 pm
Sun November 18, 2012

Debt Talks A 'Roosevelt Moment' For Obama

President Obama leaves the White House Saturday for a trip to Southeast Asia.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 4:53 pm

President Obama is now about to enter into a series of difficult talks on the so-called debt ceiling and the impending fiscal cliff. Lawmakers have until Dec. 31 to come up with a deal to prevent $700 billion from being cut from the federal budget.

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Middle East
4:02 pm
Sun November 18, 2012

Few Signs Of Break In Mideast Flare-Up

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 8:47 am

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Guy Raz.

Israel is now warning of a possible significant expansion of its operation aimed at Palestinian militants in Gaza. Earlier today, an Israeli air strike on a suspected Hamas target killed at least 10 people, and Hamas fired dozens of missiles into Israel. We'll get to our cover story on legacy and the Obama White House in a few moments, but first to the Middle East and our reporter in Cairo, Leila Fadel.

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Music Interviews
3:33 pm
Sun November 18, 2012

Armed With Age And Experience, Soundgarden Returns

King Animal is Soundgarden's first studio album in 15 years.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 6:11 pm

When the Northwestern grunge-rock scene suddenly gained national attention in the early 1990s, Soundgarden had already been around for years. But by 1997, both the band and the musical movement it had helped to define had atomized.

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Author Interviews
3:06 pm
Sun November 18, 2012

A Far-Out And Forgotten Renaissance Man

A Man Of Misconceptions by John Glassie.
Riverhead Hardcover

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 9:29 am

Back in the 17th century, right around the time when the ideas of great thinkers like Descartes and Newton and Hobbes began to shape the world, a Jesuit priest named Athanasius Kircher also tried to make his mark.

Kircher was something of a jack-of-all-trades. He wrote more than 30 books; he was a philosopher, an inventor, a historian, a scientist. Back in his day, everyone knew about him. But it didn't help his reputation that many of his theories and inventions just couldn't hold water.

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Movies
12:56 pm
Sun November 18, 2012

Kids Prove They're No Pawns In 'Brooklyn Castle'

The pint-sized pros of I.S. 318 are kings of the chess board (and have the trophies to prove it).
Producers Distribution Agency

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 6:23 am

There's a public middle school in Brooklyn, N.Y., called Intermediate School 318, or I.S. 318. Like others in the area, it's a Title I school, which means it has a poverty level that's more than 65 percent. But unlike other schools, it's got the highest-ranked junior-high chess team in the nation. In fact, Brooklyn IS 3-18 has won more than 30 national chess titles.

I.S. 318 is the subject of a new documentary called Brooklyn Castle. The film has picked up audience awards at the SXSW and Hot Docs film festivals.

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Books News & Features
11:59 am
Sun November 18, 2012

Book-Vending Machine Dispenses Suspense

Craig Small via Vimeo

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 4:53 pm

Earlier this year, Stephen Fowler, owner of The Monkey's Paw used-book store in Toronto, had an idea.

He wanted a creative way to offload his more ill-favored books — "old and unusual" all, as the store's motto goes — that went further than a $1 bin by the register.

It came in a conversation with his wife: a vending machine.

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Around the Nation
3:49 pm
Sat November 17, 2012

The Rise And Fall Of David Petraeus

Should David Petraeus' extramarital affair be considered a disqualifying factor for his public position?
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 6:17 pm

Former CIA Director David Petraeus went through a spectacular public downfall, just over a week ago, when news of his affair spurred his resignation.

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Middle East
3:49 pm
Sat November 17, 2012

Israel Widens Air Assault On Gaza Rocket Operations

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 8:30 am

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Guy Raz.

Intensive diplomatic efforts are under way in the Middle East to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas. Those efforts haven't stopped the two sides from escalating their attacks. And if the diplomacy fails, Israel could decide to invade Gaza. NPR's Anthony Kuhn joins us now from Gaza with the latest. Anthony, what's been happening today so far?

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