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1:28am

Thu April 19, 2012
Books

'Boys On The Bus': 40 Years Later, Many Are Girls

Originally published on Thu April 19, 2012 8:15 am

Reporters surround Sens. George McGovern (left) and Hubert Humphrey after a Democratic presidential debate in 1972.
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The news business has changed a lot in recent years, and that's especially true of political news. But when you ask about a book that captures what it's like to report on a presidential campaign, one decades-old classic still rules: The Boys on the Bus by Timothy Crouse.

The rough-and-tumble account of the reporters who covered President Richard Nixon's re-election against George McGovern back in 1972 is part of a Morning Edition series on political history.

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9:15am

Sat April 14, 2012
NPR Story

A Political Tempest In A Tweetpot

Originally published on Sat April 14, 2012 9:25 am

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11:32am

Tue April 10, 2012
Around the Nation

Philly Cops Bust Crime In 140 Characters Or Fewer

Philadelphia Police Detective Joseph Murray of West Philadelphia is an advocate of police tweeting to help engage the community in fighting crime.
Courtesy of Kimberly Paynter

The Philadelphia Police Department is adding a new tool to its crime-fighting arsenal — Twitter. Supporters say the real-time information-sharing could help police build a stronger rapport with residents and better protect them.

West Philadelphia resident Mike Van Helder remembers when police knocked down his neighbor's door at 6 a.m. "There was shouting and loud noises and of course I didn't know what it was about," Van Helder recalls. "And them being my next door neighbors, I was understandably concerned."

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5:00am

Mon April 9, 2012
Digital Politics

#COleg: Twitter Use Explodes At The Capitol

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The use of Twitter and its short 140 character messages has spread fast and furiously inside the Capitol. Virtually every lawmaker has an account, as do the capitol watchers, think tanks, lobbyists, and reporters.

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1:21am

Mon April 9, 2012
Books News & Features

Simple Tweets Of Fate: Teju Cole's Condensed News

Blaise Pascal once wrote that writing succinctly can be hard. It's something many of us aim for, yet few of us master. But if you're writing on Twitter, you have to keep it short.

The Nigerian writer Teju Cole recently devoted himself to the goal of writing in brief. On his Twitter account, he crafts compact stories based on small news items, things you might overlook in the metro section of a newspaper. And with brevity, his stories gain deeper meaning.

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