NPR Blogs

The Two-Way
12:18 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

'I Didn't Want To Be Pope,' Francis Tells Group Of Children

Pope Francis speaks with Jesuit school students Friday at the Vatican.
Andreas Solaro AFP/Getty Images

Speaking to a huge group of children Friday at the Vatican, Pope Francis pushed aside a set of prepared remarks to talk directly to them and answer some of their questions.

One of his frank responses to a girl named Teresa was this: "Anyone who wants to be Pope doesn't care much for themselves, God doesn't bless them. I didn't want to be Pope," reports Reuters.

Read more
The Two-Way
12:05 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Flooding Threatens Hungary As Central Europe Reels From Rain

An aerial view of the flooded Danube River in Deggendorf, Germany, on Friday.
Armin Weigel AP

Surging rivers in central Europe are threatening more people downstream, following heavy rains this week and a very sodden spring. After inundating Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland and Slovakia, the next area of danger appears to be Hungary.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban warned Friday that "it is now certain that we must face the largest-ever flood on the Danube, so we must be prepared for the worst," The Associated Press reported.

Read more
The Two-Way
12:03 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

As Tropical Storm Andrea Heads North, East Coast Is Drenched

A map showing the amount of rainfall forecast during the next 24 hours.
National Weather Service

The Eastern Seaboard is getting drenched this morning, as Tropical Storm Andrea moves north along the coast.

Check out this rainfall map put out by the Weather Prediction Center:

It shows that in the next 24 hours, a wide swath of the Mid-Atlantic will get hammered with about 3 inches of rain and New York may see close to 4 inches.

Read more
Monkey See
11:36 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Funny Moms And Funny Pages

NPR
  • Listen to Pop Culture Happy Hour

This week's show pauses to appreciate the truly awesome Jean Stapleton, who recently died at 90 years old. We recall her work as Edith Bunker and connect her to many other sitcom moms, from Mrs. Cunningham to Mrs. Cleaver to Jill Taylor and Claire Dunphy. Glen manages to connect Julia Sugarbaker and Tyler Perry (just go with it), and Trey figures out who the real "scoldy wife" on Modern Family is.

Read more
13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:27 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Seeing Indifference To Art And Science At The 2013 Biennale

A visitor walks past an exhibit in the Encyclopedic Palace.
Gabriel Bouys AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 5:52 pm

Two things jumped out at me when I visited the show "Encyclopedic Palace" at the Central Pavilion at this year's Venice Biennale.

Read more
Shots - Health News
11:24 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Can Ketamine Keep Depression At Bay?

Ketamine, used as a tranquilizer for animals and as an anesthetic in humans, is also being tested as a treatment for depression.
Victoria Arocho AP

When it comes to profound depression, many people just can't get relief from current treatments.

Now there's more evidence that the anesthetic ketamine, sometimes abused as a club drug, has potential as a fast-acting treatment for the condition.

Doctors at the Mayo Clinic gave 10 patients ketamine twice a week as an infusion that lasted 100 minutes. All the people had depression that had resisted other treatments. The patients got ketamine until their symptoms abated or they'd had four infusions of the drug.

Read more
The Two-Way
11:21 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Koreas Agree To Talks But Can't Decide What Kind Or Where

Tents at the Korean armistice conference in June 1951. Pyongyang stalled the talks by arguing over such minutiae as the height of chair legs.
AP

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 1:50 pm

The two Koreas have agreed in principle to talks aimed at mending their almost nonexistent relations, but they are stalled on the question of where to meet.

South Korea has suggested that high-level talks take place in its capital, Seoul, but North Korea has countered that only lower-level negotiations should take place and they should be held in its border city of Kaesong.

The rival Koreas have not met face to face for such negotiations since February 2011.

Read more
The Two-Way
11:18 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Shhh! World's Powerful People Are Meeting In Secret Again

What goes on up the road is only for those in the know to know: Police stood guard Thursday near the Grove Hotel in Watford, England, where "The Bilderberg" group is meeting this year.
Nick Ansell PA Photos /Landov

There's "no detailed agenda, no resolutions are proposed, no votes are taken, and no policy statements are issued."

And as The Associated Press says, "what happens at Bilderberg, stays at Bilderberg."

Read more
Krulwich Wonders...
11:16 am
Fri June 7, 2013

The Boomerang Graffito (Or Bad, Bad, Luther B!)

Francis Frith Library of Congress

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 2:30 pm

I was standing in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art the other day, where there's a full-sized Egyptian temple, called Dendur. It's housed under a glass roof ...

Read more
The Two-Way
9:17 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Oops! France's François Hollande Confuses China And Japan

French President François Hollande is welcomed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prior to their meeting at Abe's official residence in Tokyo.
Toru Tamanaka AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 4:32 pm

It is as embarrassing a diplomatic gaffe as you can make: French President François Hollande was in the same room as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, this morning, when he offered the "Chinese people" condolences for the 10 citizens it lost during the Algerian hostage crisis in January.

The Guardian reports:

Read more
Monkey See
8:56 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Jon Stewart Signs Off For The Summer With A Shove From John Oliver

Comedy Central

As you may have heard, Jon Stewart is taking a hiatus from The Daily Show to, among other things, work on his first feature film, Rosewater. He'll be gone 12 weeks, and eight of those weeks will include new episodes of the show hosted by correspondent John Oliver.

Last night was Stewart's sendoff for the summer — the math suggests you'll see him again in early September — and Oliver wasted no time in making it clear that he's in charge now.

Read more
The Two-Way
8:18 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Top Stories: Privacy Questions Mount; Latest Jobless Numbers

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 10:25 am

Read more
The Two-Way
8:14 am
Fri June 7, 2013

What Will Jobs Report Say? Slow Growth Is Best Bet

Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 10:41 am

There was modest job growth once again in May even as the nation's unemployment rate ticked up, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.

According to BLS:

-- 175,000 jobs were added to public and private payrolls last month, slightly more than economists had expected.

-- The jobless rate rose to 7.6 percent from April's 7.5 percent. That rate can rise even as more jobs are added because the size of the labor force has also gone up.

Read more
The Two-Way
7:46 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Spurs Beat The Heat In Game 1 Of NBA Finals

Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs during Thursday night's first game of the NBA finals in Miami. The Spurs beat the Miami Heat, 92-88.
Mike Segar Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 8:38 am

So much for a Heat sweep:

"Tim Duncan overcame a slow start to finish with 20 points and 14 rebounds, Tony Parker banked in a desperation jumper on a broken play with 5.2 seconds left and the San Antonio Spurs withstood LeBron James' triple-double to beat the Miami Heat 92-88 on Thursday night in a thrilling Game 1 of the NBA finals." (The Associated Press)

Read more
The Two-Way
7:29 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Book News: The Bible An Unexpected Best-Seller In Norway

Actors on Oslo, Norway, rehearse a scene from Bibelen, a six-hour play based on a nontraditional interpretation of the Bible. Interest in the Bible and biblical stories has surged in secularized Norway.
AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

Read more

Pages