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The Two-Way
10:56 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Book News: This Town, That Town. A Squabble Worthy Of Washington

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

N.B. — Book News is going on vacation next week. Your faithful correspondent will be in California sans laptop and praying that Jonathan Franzen doesn't choose this week to reignite any feuds with daytime talk show hosts. In the meantime, as always, leave your hot tips, scurrilous attacks and existential questions in the comments section or direct them to @annalisa_quinn on Twitter.

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Monkey See
10:42 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Voices And Changing Bands

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On this week's roundtable podcast, we open with Lake Bell's movie In A World, which takes place in the world of voiceovers. We chat about the movie itself, and about Bell, but also about where voiceovers stand right now. Are they still important? As important as they used to be?

Then, we take a reader suggestion and talk about reconstituted bands — replaced singers, replaced drummers, and sometimes entire new versions of bands you thought you knew. This takes us into the story of Journey, the matter of The Beach Boys, and much more.

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The Two-Way
10:41 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Outfielder Ryan Braun Issues An Apology But Skimps On Details

Ryan Braun, the former league MVP who has been suspended for the remainder of the 2013 season, issued an apology for his actions Thursday.
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Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 1:40 pm

One month after he accepted a 65-game suspension that ended his season, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has issued a statement in which he apologizes for his actions. But the note, posted online by the Brewers, falls far short of the full disclosure many fans and analysts say they expect from the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player.

You can read Braun's full statement here.

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The Two-Way
10:30 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Police Say One Arrest Made In Gang Rape Of Photojournalist In India

Police officers on Friday inspect the site where a woman in her early 20s was allegedly gang raped in Mumbai, India.
Rafiq Maqbool AP

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 12:17 pm

Authorities in India say they've arrested one man and identified four others in the alleged gang rape of a young photojournalist, apparently the latest victim in a series of recent sexual assaults that have shaken the country.

NPR's Julie McCarthy reports that the woman, in her early 20s, and a male colleague were doing a photo shoot of old buildings in south Mumbai when the incident took place early Thursday evening local time.

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The Two-Way
10:11 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Sea Monster? Explanation Is Much Less Mysterious

Whatever it is, it's not pretty at this point.
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Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 1:33 pm

We like stories about things that wash up on beaches, such as the softball-size eyeball that appeared on the Atlantic Ocean shore in Florida last fall.

So our eyes lit up when we saw this headline: "Mysterious 'Horned' Sea Monster Washes Ashore in Spain; Officials Baffled."

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Ask Me Another
9:52 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Monkee-ing Around

Host Ophira Eisenberg warms up the crowd with some of her comedy routine during a live taping of Ask Me Another at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.
Lam Thuy Vo NPR

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 9:54 am

If you believe in magic, then this week's show is for you. See how well you know your creatures of the supernatural variety, play a word game based on Missy Elliott song lyrics and hear what happens when trivia meets TED talks. This week's Very Important Puzzler is podcast- and pop culture-maven Julie Klausner, who dishes on Real Housewives and her abiding love for The Monkees.

Business
9:47 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer To Retire Within A Year

The company said Friday that Ballmer will stay on until his successor is found. He has been with the company for more than 30 years, and became CEO in 2000.

The Record
9:42 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Race And Country Music Then And Now

Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams, Jr. Charles Hughes quotes the songwriter and performer as saying, "Everything I write and sing comes out country, and that's why I have to take so much time in arrangements and instrumentation, because — if not — I'd just be cutting a bunch of country records with black people. And we know that black people are not makin' it in country."
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 11:17 am

In a recent book, Hidden in the Mix: The African American Presence in Country Music, editor Diane Pecknold rounds up some of the better music writers in academia in order to put a light on country's many black roots and the country's unease with said roots. It's not perfect, but what's good here makes the collection indispensable.

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The Two-Way
9:34 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Microsoft CEO Ballmer Retiring Within The Next Year

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks at the Microsoft "Build" conference in San Francisco in June.
Robert Galbraith Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 2:52 pm

Steve Ballmer will retire as CEO at Microsoft within the next 12 months, the software giant announced Friday.

According to the company:

"In the meantime, Ballmer will continue as CEO and will lead Microsoft through the next steps of its transformation to a devices and services company that empowers people for the activities they value most."

Ballmer says in the same statement that:

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The Two-Way
8:57 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Woman Who Talked Down School Gunman Wins President's Praise

Antoinette Tuff, on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 on Thursday.
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Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 1:22 pm

"She was remarkable," President Obama tells CNN after being asked about Antoinette Tuff.

She's the school bookkeeper in Decatur, Ga., who on Tuesday persuaded a young man with an assault rifle and other weapons to lay down the guns he had brought into her elementary school and give himself up to police.

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