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The Supreme Court has been short a justice since Antonin Scalia died in February. While Senator John McCain walked back a statement that the Senate will block any Supreme Court nominee that Clinton might put forward, Senator Ted Cruz raised the prospect of Republicans fighting to keep the seat vacant.

Twitter has killed off its short form video app Vine, and the decision is not being received well, particularly on Twitter. Also, New York’s Museum of Modern Art has acquired the original emojis for its permanent collection.

Apple just updated its MacBook Pro and Microsoft unveiled the Surface Studio. One technology writer is calling it a comeback for PCs and a letdown from Apple.

Kea Wilson’s debut novel, We Eat Our Own, is inspired by the 1980 Italian film Cannibal Holocaust. The movie’s depiction of brutal violence and cannibalism was so realistic that the director was arrested for obscenity and charged with making a snuff film.

The podcast world’s brightest stars will collide at the first “Now Hear This” festival in southern California this weekend, including Linda Holmes of NPR’s ”Pop Culture Happy Hour.” She offers recommendations for a mental health break from all the political news.

Photo: SCOTUS by Ted Eytan

Can the Supreme Court work indefinitely without nine justices? 8 MIN, 45 SEC

The Supreme Court has been short a justice since Antonin Scalia died in February.  While Senator John McCain walked back a statement that the Senate will block any Supreme Court nominee that Clinton might put forward, Senator Ted Cruz raised the prospect of Republicans fighting to keep the seat vacant. This week, Cruz said there is precedent for the court having fewer than nine justices.

Guests:
Lisa McElroy, Drexel University (@ProfLisaMcElroy)

Twitter says goodbye Vine, first emojis say hello MOMA 8 MIN, 8 SEC

Twitter has killed off Vine, where you can see six-second videos on loop. The decision is not being received well on Twitter. Also, New York’s Museum of Modern Art has acquired the original emojis for its permanent collection. 

Guests:
Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing.net (@xeni)

Are PCs are making a comeback? 7 MIN, 54 SEC

Apple just revealed a new MacBook Pro with a touch panel instead of function keys at the top of the keyboard. Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled the Surface Studio, a desktop PC with a giant, ultra high-definition touchscreen. One technology writer is calling it a comeback for PCs and a letdown from Apple.

Guests:
Will Oremus, Slate.com (@WillOremus)

More:
Remember When the PC Was Dying? It’s Making a Comeback.

'We Eat Our Own' writer wants to see 'how dark I can take it' 14 MIN, 2 SEC

Kea Wilson’s debut novel, We Eat Our Own, is inspired by the 1980 Italian film Cannibal Holocaust. The movie’s depiction of brutal violence and cannibalism in the Amazon was so realistic that the director was arrested for obscenity and charged with making a snuff film. But it was the second highest grossing film in Japan that year, behind E.T. 

Guests:
Kea Wilson, author

Keeping up with pop culture 9 MIN, 30 SEC

The podcast world’s brightest stars will collide at the first “Now Hear This” festival in southern California this weekend. “WTF with Marc Maron,” “Comedy, Bang! Bang!,” NPR’s “Pop Culture Happy Hour” will be performed live onstage, and hosts will meet with fans.

Guests:
Linda Holmes, NPR (@nprmonkeysee)

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