Podcast #103 – (Most) Things Considered [Week of 6/17/13]

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The cornerstone of the (Mostly) Public Radio brand, journalistic storytelling at its finest, exploring breaking news and critical cultural moments with award-winning reporters who go directly to the source. (Most) Things Considered travels the nation and the world to bring to life stories about war, love, science, art, culture, and much more. This Week’s Breaking Stories: Nelson Mandela Did Not Die Over the Weekend – News Comes as Relief to Supporters Gathered at Hospital, but to the Chagrin of Assembled Story-Hungry Media Pope Rescinds Declaration of Redemption for Non-Catholics – “Catholics Will be the Only Ones Eligible for Redemption, Starting…

Congressional Republicans: ‘Obama Farted!’ [MPR Weekly News Summary]

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This Week: In the wake of the NSA spying revelations, the Obama Administration releases tapes of phone calls which show that the agency was actually counseling and advising citizens rather than spying. Plus, Dr. Maya Angelou attempts a world record for longest graduation speech at Spelman College, and Sen. John McCain and congressional Republicans allege that President Obama farted.

LAPD: M. Night Shyamalan ‘Person of Interest’ in Brutal Slaying of Will & Jayden Smith’s Careers

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The careers of actors Will and Jaden Smith were found dead today after an apparent double murder following the premiere of the film After Earth. “This is nothing less than a tragedy. With the exception of Wild Wild West, Will Smith’s career has been phenomenal for over 20 years. And Jaden… his career was so young, who knows what it would’ve accomplished,” says the publicist for the Smith family. Police have named director M. Knight Shymalan as a person of interest in their ongoing investigation. “We aren’t quite ready to name him a suspect. But this is the same guy who…

Warwick to Replace Carney as White House Press Secretary

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President Obama announced today that musician and Celebrity Apprentice star Dionne Warwick will replace Jay Carney as White House Press Secretary. The move is largely seen as the result of Carney’s less-than-stellar performance after being grilled by the media on Benghazi and the IRS. But critics are calling the move a diversion. “Ms. Warwick is certainly a legend. No one here is disputing that. But you really have to question whether or not she is qualified for the office that she’s been appointed to,” says media analyst Neil Jacobs. Warwick held her first White House press briefing shortly after the…

Vin Diesel Promises Chase Scene on Space Highway for Fast 7

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As the cramped US Airways flight lands at LAX, I am at the tail end of a journey that started in the dark cells of Guantanamo Bay and would soon take me to the most unlikely following destination: the penthouse suites of the Roosevelt Hotel, where I have been invited to an exclusive press junket for Fast and Furious, Part Seven. I throw on my sunshades as I adjust to the sunlight and the overwhelming glitz that is LA. “Are you on the list?” asks a shrill anorexic-looking young lady at the Roosevelt Hotel. She stands in front of a…