The Two-Way
10:41 am
Fri August 31, 2012

BusinessWeek: Karl Rove Jokes About Todd Akin's Murder

Karl Rove talks on his mobile phone as he walks across the floor before the second session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Tuesday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

It's probably no exaggeration to say that Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for the senate race in Missouri who caused an uproar with his comments about abortion, became one of the least popular figures within the GOP.

How unpopular? Just look at the joke Republican master strategist Karl Rove made during a fundraiser:

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Music Reviews
10:31 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Shoes: After 18 Years, The Power-Pop Band Re-Ignites

Shoes.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 3:16 pm

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Movie Interviews
10:03 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Jack Black: On Music, Mayhem And Murder

In Bernie, Jack Black plays a local mortician who murders his live-in companion after she won't stop nagging him. The movie is based on a true story.
Deana Newcomb Wind Dancer Films

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 3:16 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on April 23, 2012. Jack Black's Bernie is now out on DVD.

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Mountain Stage
9:56 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Matthew Sweet On Mountain Stage

Matthew Sweet performs on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Power-pop icon Matthew Sweet returns to Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.V. To music fans who spent time watching MTV or listening to FM radio in the fall of 1991, Sweet needs no introduction: His song "Girlfriend," along with its innovative video, was inescapable — and, most importantly, sounded like nothing else on the airwaves at the time.

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Monkey See
9:54 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Dog Days And Classic Film Talk

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When you can't beat the slowness of late summer as an entertainment season, you can at least embrace it, and that's what we did this week. Dog days of summer winding down, you say? We say it's time to talk about pop culture dogs. Not dogs in the "lousy product" sense, but dogs in the sense of literal, actual dogs. Faithful, friendly, silly, whether the size of an ottoman or the size of a wallet.

Among the little treasures, Stephen is fond of this slightly obscure dog — at least these eight minutes of him.

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The Two-Way
9:12 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Fed Chief Bernanke Issues Strong Hint Of Further Stimulus

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke arrives for a dinner at the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium on Thursday.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 9:49 am

As the AP reads it, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke stopped just short of "committing the Fed to any specific move, such as another round of bond purchases to lower long-term interest rates."

Bernanke gave a speech at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Economic Symposium in Jackson Hole, Wy. today. As with all his speeches, it was being closely watched for signs on what the Federal Reserve would do next.

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The Two-Way
8:15 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Mitt Romney Headed To Louisiana To Tour Hurricane Damage

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 10:43 am

Just hours after accepting the presidential nomination of the Republican party, Mitt Romney is headed to Louisiana for a more sober occasion: He will tour the damage left by Hurricane Isaac.

Update at 11:42 a.m. ET. President Obama also announced that he would visit the affected areas on Monday.

NPR's Ari Shapiro reports Romney hopes to console the victims of the floods. Ari filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"This New Orleans trip was a last-minute addition to the schedule.

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Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
8:03 am
Fri August 31, 2012

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of August 30, 2012

Ivan Doig's The Bartender's Tale, about a single father facing his past, debuts at No. 13.

The Two-Way
8:01 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Chicago Teachers Union Set Sept. 10 Walkout, If No Deal Is Reached

Chicago Teachers Union members picket on Aug. 22 in Chicago.
Sitthixay Ditthavong AP

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 12:00 pm

If teachers and administrators can't reach a deal for a new contract by Sept. 10, Chicago Teachers Union members will walk out of classrooms.

As the AP reports, the union's president said they made that decision because they were "tired of being bullied, belittled and betrayed."

The AP adds:

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Monkey See
7:51 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Hey, I Know That One: How SongPop Got Millions Of Players Naming That Tune

SongPop

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 10:16 am

Today, four million people all over the world will log on to Facebook — or take out their phones — and play SongPop. This summer, it's become the fastest growing social game on Facebook, taking a run at old standards such as Farmville and Words with Friends.

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