11:27am

Fri February 15, 2013
The Two-Way

It's Out Of Here: Asteroid Whizzes By

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 12:46 pm

An illustration of what asteroid 2012 DA 14 may look like as it approaches Earth.
NASA/JPL-CalTech EPA /LANDOV

Update at 2:25 p.m. ET. Asteroid Has Passed By:

According to NASA, asteroid 2012 DA14 — a rock thought to be about 150 feet across and the weight of about 318 fully loaded Boeing 747s — just flew past the planet.

So, we're all safe.

Update at 3:43 p.m. ET. A Photograph:

NASA has released this photograph of 2012 DA14:

Our original post and earlier updates:

If you haven't heard by now, then we've got some perhaps unsettling news:

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11:00am

Fri February 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Airbus Pulls Lithium-Ion Battery Out Of Its A350

A tail of an Airbus long-haul A350 XWB under construction at the European aircraft maker's assembly line in France.
AFP/Getty Images

Boeing's European rival Airbus announced a significant change to its A350-XWB airliner on Friday: It is abandoning plans to use a lithium-ion battery, the same kind that has caused Boeing so much trouble with its 787 Dreamliner.

The A350 is Airbus' version of the Dreamliner — a lighter, more fuel efficient plane made primarily out of a carbon fiber instead of aluminum and steel.

The New York Times explains:

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10:37am

Fri February 15, 2013
All Tech Considered

DIY Broadband Comes To The English Countryside

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In a fast-moving world, people from all over have demanded faster Internet speeds. But when you live out in the middle of nowhere, you can feel like you're in the Internet slow lane because broadband just isn't available.

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9:42am

Fri February 15, 2013
Movie Interviews

Wes Anderson, Creating A Singular 'Kingdom'

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 7:38 am

Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton and Bruce Willis star in the film — the story of a 12-year-old girl and boy who merge their imaginative worlds on an island off the coast of New England.
Focus Features

This interview was originally broadcast on May 29, 2012.

Director Wes Anderson has many credits to his name — The Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited, Bottle Rocket and Fantastic Mr. Fox among them — but Moonrise Kingdom was his first film to open the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

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9:42am

Fri February 15, 2013
Movie Interviews

Kushner's 'Lincoln' Is Strange, But Also Savvy

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 10:11 am

Tony Kushner based his screenplay for Lincoln in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin's biography of the president, Team of Rivals — but he read many other histories and biographies, in addition to Lincoln's own writings.
DreamWorks/Twentieth Century Fox

This interview was originally broadcast on Nov. 15, 2012.

Tony Kushner spent years writing the screenplay for Steven Spielberg's film Lincoln, but that wasn't the only heavy lifting he had to do. It also took some effort to overcome Daniel Day-Lewis' reluctance to play the title role.

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9:28am

Fri February 15, 2013
The Salt

One City's Love Affair With Processed Cheese

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 12:00 pm

Provel, as seen in its native habitat.
Jessica Stewart Allergic to Air

With 30 Rock off the air, Judah Friedlander has time to indulge other interests. Like processed cheese.

Friedlander, who played Frank on the sitcom (the guy with all the custom baseball caps), says he's been "obsessed" for the past several years with Provel, a processed blend of Swiss, provolone and cheddar rarely found outside its hometown of St. Louis.

"It's not even legally cheese," Friedlander tells The Salt. "It's melted plastic from the '80s."

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9:03am

Fri February 15, 2013
Religion

Keeping The Faith In The Catholic Church

Earlier this week, Pope Benedict XVI announced that he would be retiring from his position, but he's not the only prominent Catholic stepping down. Host Michel Martin speaks with top Catholic lobbyist and policy adviser, John Carr, about his own retirement and what's next for him and the Church.

8:59am

Fri February 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Venezuelan Government Releases Chávez Photos, Says He's On Breathing Tube

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 10:34 am

A handout picture made available Friday by the Venezuelan Ministry of Communications and Information shows Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his daughters Rosa Virginia (right) and Maria Gabriela reading an edition of Cuban daily Granma, as he recovers from cancer surgery. It was reportedly taken on Thursday.
EPA /LANDOV

The Venezuelan government has released photographs of ailing President Hugo Chávez, who has not made a public appearance since he left for Cuba in December.

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8:30am

Fri February 15, 2013
SOUND OPINIONS

Jimmy Cliff guides you through reggae history

Click to listen to this week's Sound Opinions, where Jimmy Cliff is your personal guide through reggae history.  Plus, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot review guitar great Richard Thompson's latest effort, and Jim sends the late Troggs singer Reg Presley off in style.

8:30am

Fri February 15, 2013
SOUND OPINIONS SUNDAY 2/17 @ 2PM

Jimmy Cliff is your guide through reggae history

Fresh off a Grammy win for Best Reggae Album, Jimmy Cliff is your personal guide through reggae history on this week's Sound Opinions.   Plus, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot review guitar great Richard Thompson's latest effort, and Jim sends the late Troggs singer Reg Presley off in style.

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