Mark Stencel http://nhpr.org en Retell Politics: Story About Obama's Mother Gets Another Look http://nhpr.org/post/retell-politics-story-about-obamas-mother-gets-another-look Were last night's convention references to Barack Obama's mother and her struggles with an insurance company before her death a powerful argument for health care reform? Or were they a well-worn misrepresentation of history?<p>The answer appears to be in the wording.<p>The story came up twice — in Vice President Joe Biden's speech and in a seven-minute video preceding President Obama's address. Fri, 07 Sep 2012 10:44:00 +0000 Mark Stencel 12427 at http://nhpr.org Mars Rover Pulls Off High-Wire Landing http://nhpr.org/post/live-now-mars-rovers-high-wire-landing The best place to stand in the entire solar system at 1:14 a.m. ET Monday was about 150 million miles away, at the bottom of Gale Crater near the equator of the Red Planet.<p>Looking west around mid-afternoon local time, a Martian bystander would have seen a rocket-powered alien spacecraft approach and then hover about 60 feet over the rock-strewn plain between the crater walls and the towering slopes of nearby Mount Sharp.<p>A gangly vehicle, about the size of a small car on Earth, descended from the spacecraft on nylon cords amid blowing crimson dust. Mon, 06 Aug 2012 04:02:00 +0000 Mark Stencel 10164 at http://nhpr.org Mars Rover Pulls Off High-Wire Landing Too Hot? No Cooler Time To Honor The Steve Jobs of A.C. http://nhpr.org/post/too-hot-no-cooler-time-honor-steve-jobs-ac With triple-digit heat across the country and places from Denver (105 degrees) to Farmville, Va. (106), setting or tying <a href="http://www.weather.com/news/weather-forecast/record-heat-all-time-monthly-20120628">all-time record highs</a>, let's set down our lemonades and iced teas long enough to show our appreciation for Willis H. Carrier.<p>Carrier was the wunderkind of modern air conditioning, a Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg of cold air. Sun, 01 Jul 2012 20:02:00 +0000 Mark Stencel 7950 at http://nhpr.org Too Hot? No Cooler Time To Honor The Steve Jobs of A.C.