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  1. Depending on where you’re born, cooking dinner, having sex and going to the bathroom are either three of life’s many pleasures - or three of the riskiest things you can do.

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  1. Why do we humans like to play so much? Play sports, play tag, play the stock market, play Duck Duck Goose? We love it all. And we’re not the only ones. Dogs, cats, bears, even birds seem to like to play. What are we all doing? Is there a point to it all?

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  1. Friends, we need your help. NPR’s Melissa Block recently interviewed musician Passenger (Mike Rosenberg) and he shared a story about a chance encounter with a stranger who had a profound impact on his life. We want to find that stranger.

    Here’s the deal: Last year during a tour stop in Minneapolis, Rosenberg made a late-night gas station trip to buy cigarettes. He struck up a conversation with an older man who was smoking outside next to his motorcycle. He learned that this gentlemen had been diagnosed with lung cancer and was midway through a cross-country road trip to see his family in New York, where he planned to spend the rest of his days. 

    Rosenberg never got the man’s name, but the experience affected him deeply. He quit smoking and wrote the song “Riding to New York.”  

    We’d love to reach this man or his family. If you think you might know who he is, please email nprcrowdsource@npr.org

    Please reshare this. I know we can track this guy down. (We did it once before.) 

    Update #1, 12:21 PM:  He met the man on Tues. July 30th, 2013 in Minneapolis.

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  1. “‘I’ve Enjoyed Every Minute Of It’: Carl Kasell On His 60 Years In Radio”

    "I never consider what I do as work. It has been fun, it’s been rewarding, and very fulfilling. … I love my work. It’s been good to me," Kasell says. 

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  1. Shadowing Scott Horsley, NPR White House Correspondent

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    On Wednesday morning, the President slept in.

    Or rather, that was the guess of Scott Horsley, White House correspondent at NPR, when I arrived at his press booth that morning nestled below ground at the base of the White House. He had grounded this claim in two clues: first, the President had just returned from a trip to Asia and, second, the press pool call-time was at 11 a.m., not the typical 9:30 a.m.

    I’d learn this and other tidbits as I shadowed Horsley for one day. The first bit of excitement came with the briefing by the press secretary, Jay Carney around 1 p.m. I was most excited to witness the briefings up close. Did Carney banter with the press? (Yes.) How did the reporters interact with one another? (Minimally.) Was there free coffee? (No.)

    Since Horsley was busy working on a story about raising the minimum wage, he showed me to the assigned NPR seat in the briefing room. It was in the second row, directly in front of the podium.

    “You can ask a question,” Horsley said as he went back downstairs.

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    I sat down next to Bloomberg’s Roger Runningen and The New York Time’s Michael Shear. The front press row contained a lot of pin-striped suit jackets. In any case, Carney walked out at 1:20 p.m., made a joke about his body clock and Asia travels, and made an announcement about President Obama’s upcoming trip to Europe. After taking a few questions, he called on ABC’s Jonathan Karl.

    Until this point, the mood had been collegial. Then Karl returned to an earlier question about the Benghazi attack that left Americans dead in 2012. New documents had been released about talking points and whether the attack was claimed to be a spontaneous reaction to an Internet video or a planned terrorist attack that we should have guarded better against. This was not a new debate, only new documents.

    The email in question listed a goal: “To underscore that these protests are rooted in and Internet video, and not a broader failure or policy.” Carney claimed those points were regarding general unrest in the region at the time, not specifically the Benghazi attack.

    Things got heated:

    Karl: You knew full well that these Sunday show appearances were going to be dominated by the attack in Benghazi, right — as they were?

    Carney: Well, we certainly knew that that would be a big part of the shows —

    Karl: A big part, or the primary thrust of those shows. 

    Carney: Jon, I —

    Karl: You just had an attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi; you had Americans killed. You knew full well that what Susan Rice was primarily going to be asked about was about that attack — a terrorist attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans.

    Carney: Can I read the promo from your show, ABC “This Week”?

    Karl: You can read all the promos you want.

    Carney: Jon, Jon —

    Karl: You don’t acknowledge that these shows were going to be about the Benghazi attack?

    Carney: Absolutely. About — Jon, absolutely. And that’s why, as members of Congress did, Ambassador Rice relied on points about the Benghazi attack that were produced by the CIA.

    During the exchange, they interrupted each other. Carney sighed and shuffled papers, pleading to finish a sentence. At one point, Karl leaned forward in his chair getting ready to reply as Carney started talking faster to get it all in. 

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    This is what I was there to see, the subtle human drama of the briefings. The push-and-pull between the press and the president’s office. Something less scripted, if only slightly so. It may have been a game — Karl didn’t get the answer he probably wanted — but there in that little room packed with journalists, cameras and the White House press secretary, I sat in the second row watching a tiny piece of history unfold.

    I couldn’t dwell long. The briefing ended after a few more questions. Then I was shuttled to the East Room of the White House to hear the President deliver remarks on the minimum wage. In the lobby, a military man played a baby grand piano. Inside, chandeliers heavy with crystal hung overhead. I stood behind a press line, peeking at the teleprompter as Obama spoke.

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    Then it was over and I was back in the booth with Horsley, who’d been picking out quotes from Obama’s speech as he spoke. He lined up the clips he would use, recorded his tracks and worked with an editor back at the office as All Things Considered aired live. He had to finish before the second hour of the show to get his piece in on time. It was tight timing, but he didn’t seem stressed.

    After he finished, Horsley tuned into the show and we listened. The piece opened with a clip of people cheering before Obama spoke, something I had just heard for myself. Horsley’s voice came in:

    “There was a campaign atmosphere in the White House East Room this afternoon with supporters of a higher minimum chanting, ‘Raise the wage,’ and President Obama scolding Congressional Republicans who kept the issue from reaching the Senate floor,” Horsley said.

    As the piece ended and Horsley signed off, so did I.

    — Jessica Glazer. NPR News. The White House.

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