9:40am

Wed January 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Kickstarter Pledges Topped $320 Million In 2012; Site Names Year's Top Projects

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 12:54 pm

The MaKey MaKey invention kit includes a plan for making a "banana piano," helping the Kickstarter project make it to the site's best-of-2012 list. Kickstarter says 2.2 million people pledged nearly $320 million in 2012.
Kickstarter

Kickstarter, the crowd-funding site that pairs indie-minded inventors and entrepreneurs with online investors, fully funded more than 18,000 projects in 2012, according to its end-of-year analysis. The site says that in total, more than 2.2 million people pledged a total of nearly $320 million. For the year, 17 projects raised more than $1 million.

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9:34am

Wed January 9, 2013
Around the Nation

The Second Amendment: 27 Words, Endless Interpretations

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 10:00 am

The Second Amendment is short on words but long on dispute.
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The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is like:

  • an Etch A Sketch. You can make it into pretty much whatever you want.
  • an optical-illusory M.C. Escher staircase that climbs back into itself.
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9:13am

Wed January 9, 2013
Beauty Shop

Beauty Shop Fodder: Cabinet Picks And Reality TV

The Beauty Shop ladies weigh in on President Obama's national security nominations. They also talk about whether reality television has sunk to a new low this season with shows about rural partying and baby mamas.

9:11am

Wed January 9, 2013
History

What The Emancipation Proclamation Didn't Do

The Emancipation Proclamation celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. But not everyone knows the real story behind the document. Host Michel Martin speaks with historian Lonnie Bunch, about what the Emancipation Proclamation did - and didn't do.

9:11am

Wed January 9, 2013
The Salt

Kids Who Play Food Product Games May Eat More Junk Food

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 10:02 am

Many popular food games for computers and devices like tablets are actually "advergames", created by food manufacturers to market their products to kids.
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Some kids can't get enough of online games where they can pretend to run a candy factory or decorate cakes. But children who play with these games may eat more, and eat more junk food, even if the game features fruit or other healthful choices, according to new research.

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9:05am

Wed January 9, 2013
Music

Ravens' Ayanbadejo Digs 'Call Me Maybe'

It's playoff season in the NFL. As part of Tell Me More's 'In Your Ear' series, the Baltimore Ravens' Brendon Ayanbadejo shares some of the songs that keep him motivated on and off the field.

8:59am

Wed January 9, 2013
Theater

Bobby Cannavale, At Home On Broadway

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 9:25 am

Bobby Cannavale (right) stars in Glengarry Glen Ross on Broadway. Cannavale has also starred in television shows such as HBO's Boardwalk Empire and in films such as The Station Agent.
Scott Landis JRA Broadway

Bobby Cannavale may have acted in film and on television, but at heart, he's a theater guy. Always has been, always will be.

Last season he starred as Gyp Rosetti on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. He's currently on Broadway opposite Al Pacino in David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross -- but the stage has been his calling since he was a kid growing up in Union City, N.J.

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8:53am

Wed January 9, 2013
Politics

Eyes Glazed? Cutting Through The Fiscal Talks

You might be feeling a bit hung over from all the 'fiscal cliff' negotiations. But the financial talks in Washington aren't over yet. In the coming months, the White House and Congress will face three major economic challenges. Host Michel Martin breaks down what you need to know for the next round of fiscal talks.

8:52am

Wed January 9, 2013
Shots - Health News

Caffeine In Supplements Varies Widely

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 10:28 am

There might be much more caffeine than you think in those supplements you're taking. There also might be much less.
Janine Lamontagne iStockphoto

Caffeine is pretty much everywhere. It's in coffee and tea, of course, but also pops up in mints, gum, jerky and even maple syrup.

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8:40am

Wed January 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Reports: Obama Has Settled On Jack Lew, His Chief Of Staff, For Treasury

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 3:46 am

Jack Lew, current White House chief of staff. He's likely to be the nominee for treasury secretary.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters /Landov

Update: At 6 a.m. ET. Jan. 10, White House Announcement:

The White House has officially confirmed that President Obama will nominate his chief of staff, Jacob "Jack" Lew, to be the next Treasury secretary. According to a statement, the announcement is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET today (Thursday).

NPR's Scott Horsley had more about the nomination on Morning Edition.

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