The Two-Way
2:42 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Venezuela Demands Return Of Mythical Boulder From Germany

The Global Stone Project in Berlin.
Frank M. Rafik via Flickr

The 35-ton boulder commands attention. The whale-shaped rock was brought to Berlin from Venezuela in 1998 by German artist Wolfgang von Schwarzenfeld who inscribed it with the word love written in seven languages. It's a work of art that sits in Tiergarten park.

But during the past few weeks, the boulder has become the subject of an international dispute.

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The Two-Way
2:17 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Ban The Buckeye For Being Bisexual? We Now Have Hoax No. 3

Brutus Buckeye, the Ohio State mascot. Does he know?
Jamie Sabau Getty Images

Heard about the letter to the editor of a newspaper in Ohio demanding that the state find another tree to serve at its symbol because buckeyes are bisexual? It's starting to get some attention on the Web.

Well, it's a real letter to The Courier in Findlay.

But it's also our third hoax in as many blogging weekdays — or in this case, more accurately, a piece of social satire.

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Mountain Stage
1:39 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Ollabelle On Mountain Stage

Members of Ollabelle perform songs from their recent album, Neon Blue Bird.

Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

The New York City roots band Ollabelle makes its third appearance on Mountain Stage with songs from its first new studio album in five years, Neon Blue Bird. Formed in 2001 in a small bar on the Lower East Side, the group quickly became one of the most popular acts on the Americana music and festival circuit.

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Race
1:38 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

The Lessons We Learned From Rodney King

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 3:06 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

Two decades after his videotaped beating by four Los Angeles police officers, Rodney King died yesterday at the age of 47. His beating sparked outrage over police brutality. And after a jury acquitted the four police officers, that outrage erupted into riots that left some 55 dead; more than 1,000 injured; and more than $800 million in damage in the City of Los Angeles. King then posed the unanswerable question, can we all get along? which started new and sometimes painful conversations across the country.

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All Songs Considered Blog
1:27 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Absent For Years, Cat Power Takes A Long Road To 'Ruin'

Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 7:09 am

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Europe
1:26 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Personal Stories Behind Europe's Fiscal Instability

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan.

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Architecture
1:19 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

The Ins And Outs Of Obama's Immigration Shift

The Obama administration estimates its new immigration enforcement policy will allow some 800,000 young illegal immigrants to avoid deportation and work legally in the U.S. Some critics say it oversteps executive authority, others say that it doesn't go far enough.

Middle East
1:14 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Another Detour On Egypt's Path To Democracy

Even before votes were counted in Egypt's first competitive presidential election, military leaders effectively seized control of the country. The ruling military council granted itself broad powers over the government, including budget control, immunity from oversight and the power to declare war.

The Record
1:14 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

How Rock Ballads Brought My Father's American Dream To Life

Paul Young onstage in London, 1983.
Michael Putland Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 7:15 pm

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A Blog Supreme
12:40 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: June 18, 2012

The reinstatement of the Best Latin Jazz Album Grammy award was celebrated by many in the jazz community recently.
Luisa Fernanda iStockPhoto

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 7:54 pm

Sorry for the wait. Big roundup this time:

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