2013 Year in Sound

1. January: Lance Armstrong Admits to Doping in Oprah Interview

In a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey, former celebrated cyclist Lance Armstrong admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs. Ray Suarez looks at reactions from the United States and abroad to Armstrong's admission.

2. January: John Kerry Confirmed as Next US Secretary of State

The United States Senate voted today to confirm Sen. John Kerry as the next secretary of state.

3. February: The Story of the Harlem Shake

After slowing office productivity around the world, the viral video meme known as the Harlem Shake has earned a badge of old-school legitimacy. The song at the heart of the trend -- "Harlem Shake" by the Brooklyn-based producer Baauer -- hit No. 1 on this week's Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. With the death of the meme being pronounced throughout the blogosphere, journalist Tamara Palmer explains the rise and fall of a viral video that began with a Feb. 2 video posted by Filthy Frank -- and then jumped the shark on the Feb. 13 edition of the Today show.

4. February: Ravens Soar Past 49ers in Super Bowl Victory

Felger and Massarotti opened the week discussing the Baltimore Ravens 34-31 Super Bowl XLVII win over the San Francisco 49ers despite a mid-game power blackout.

5. February: Pope Benedict Resigns - Now What?

Feb 11 - Andrew Davis, Rome Bureau Chief for Bloomberg, joins to discuss the announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will voluntarily step down February 28, the first pope to resign since 1415.

6. February: Oscar Pistorius Charged with Murder in Shooting Death of Girlfriend

Star athlete Oscar Pistorius has spent another night in custody after being arrested over the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

7. February: Large Meteor Shatters Windows & Nerves in Russia

Last night a large meteor exploded in the sky over the Western Russian city of Chelyabinsk. The event was captured by people with cell phones and dashboard cams.

8. February: North Korea Launches Nuclear Test

North Korea's launch of another nuclear test has triggered panic in the west. Jeffrey Brown gets an assessment of North Korea's nuclear capabilities from Charles "Jack" Pritchard, former special envoy for North Korea negotiations under President George W. Bush, and James Acton of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

9. February: 'Argo,' 'Life of Pi' Big Wins at 85th Academy Awards

Argo won best picture, Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence took home top acting prizes, and host Seth MacFarlane tried to offend just about everyone. Dana Stevens, Slate's film critic  and co-host of Slate's Culture Gabfest and Alan Sepinwall, television critic and author of The Revolution Was Televised, look back at last night's Academy Awards. "MacFarlane just couldn't decide whether he wanted to be Billy Crystal or a shock-comic."

10. March: World's First Latin American Pope

The election of Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, taking the papal name Pope Francis, as the new head of the troubled Catholic church has come as a surprise to many Vatican watchers.

11. March: 'God Particle' Discovery Disappoints Some Physicists

Scientists working with data from a large particle accelerator in Europe are now almost certain they have pinned down the elusive subatomic particle known as the Higgs boson.

12. March: Hugo Chavez Dies at 58

Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro says President Hugo Chavez has died. We look back at the economic legacy the leader left behind.

13. April: Film Critic Roger Ebert Dies at 70

Roger Ebert, an icon of film criticism and a one-time filmmaker himself, died Thursday at the age of 70. At the end of his life, Ebert cut back on his work as he faced a series of bouts with cancer. Film buff Murray Horwitz remembers Ebert and talks about the courage he showed in his final days.

14. April: Terror Attack at Boston Marathon

Terrorism strikes Boston Marathon as bombs kill at least 3, wound dozens. Erin Burnett has the latest.

15. May: Examining the Verdict of Jodi Arias Trial

On May 8, 2013, after 15 hours of deliberation, Jodi Arias was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Travis Alexander. As the guilty verdict was read, Arias struggled to repress tears as Alexander's family smiled and hugged each other.

16. May: Cry For Help Leads to Freedom for Missing Cleveland Women

Neighbors heard a woman desperately shouting for help from inside a home. After a man helped her get out, authorities discovered that Amanda Berry and two other young women who had been missing for between 9 and 11 years had been inside the house. Three men have been arrested.

17. May: Who Is Edward Snowden?

Adam Cohen, legal columnist for Time Magazine and lecturer at Yale Law School, breaks down the legal options for NSA document leaker Edward Snowden, and discusses how closely he should be compared to Daniel Ellsberg.

18. June: Actor James Gandolfini Dies at 51

HBO's "The Sopranos" changed television, it changed the entertainment industry and actor James Gandolfini himself changed the character of the Italian-American made guy. News broke late Wednesday that Gandolfini, who was in Italy for a film festival, died of a heart attack. He was 51.

19. June: Miami Heat Defeat San Antonio Spurs to Win NBA Finals 4-3

The Miami Heat are the 2013 NBA Champions! On today's episode Tom & Benyam recap an amazing Game 7 where the Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 off the back of an amazing performance by NBA Finals MVP LeBron James where he finished with 37pts & 12rbs to capture the Heat's 2nd Championship in a row & the 3rd for the franchise. Furthermore, the boys discuss what's next for the San Antonio Spurs, 'Three' Wade, wrap-up Bench Watch & break down all the antics from the Miami Heat's after-party at Story Nightclub.

20. June: Supreme Court's Landmark Gay Rights Ruling

Lanae Erickson Hatalsky, director of social policy and politics at Third Way, discusses today's Supreme Court ruling in the Proposition 8 case and its decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.

21. July: Egypt's President Morsi Ousted from Power

Military chief Abdel Fattah El Sissi says that Mohammed Morsi is out as president and the country's constitution has been suspended. Egypt's chief justice will hold power during the transitional period and set a date for early presidential elections.

22. July: Prince William & Kate Middleton Welcome Royal Baby Boy

Richard Fitzwilliam was one of the royal-watchers among the hundreds of journalists outside the hospital.

23. July: Two Fatalities, Dozens Injured in Asiana Airlines Crash at SFO

Asiana Airlines flight 214 from Seoul, South Korea, crashed on landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday. (3:30 p.m. update) Audio of NTSB press conference added.

24. July: Detroit Files for Bankruptcy

Detroit has filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, making it the largest city in U.S. history to do so.

25. August: Miley Cyrus' VMA Performance & the Summer of Smooth

Jon Carmanica and Ben Ratliff on the pop star’s controversial VMA performance and how it relates to the summer hits of 2013.

26. August: UN Seeks Clarity on Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria

UN Security Council members have emerged from an emergency meeting in New York to say they are seeking clarity on claims that Syrian troops have used chemical weapons in an attack near Damascus.

27. September: Al Shabaab Claims Responsibility for Kenyan Mall Siege

Islamist militants are holding hostages on Sunday at a shopping mall in Nairobi, where at least 68 people have been killed in an attack by al Shabaab.

28. September: President Obama Seeks Approval for Military Action Against Syria

President Obama's case for military action against Syria... and the possibility of a diplomatic way out.

29. September: Gunman & 12 Victims Killed in Washington Navy Yard Shooting

A shooting at the headquarters of the Naval Sea Systems Command in Southeast Washington, D.C., claimed the lives of at least a dozen people inside. District of Columbia police confirmed one shooter, Aaron Alexis, died at the Navy Yard. Judy Woodruff reports.

30. October: The US Government Shuts Down

The US government was partially shutdown on Tuesday for the first time in 17 years. The shutdown means that up to a million federal workers are on unpaid leave. KCPW's Roger McDonough spoke to Utah's Senator Orrin Hatch and State Democratic Party Chair Jim Dabakis, to hear about how this happened, and to try to get a sense of what comes next.

31. October: How Politics Set the Stage for the Obamacare Website Meltdown

The easy answer is that computer glitches stalled the launch of the Affordable Care Act health exchanges. But it's not as simple as that. The Obama administration lost valuable time waiting for a Supreme Court decision, a presidential election and state health exchange plans.

32. October: Peter Higgs & Francois Englert Win Nobel Prize in Physics

Scientists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert have been awarded the Nobel Prize for physics for their quest for the Higgs boson – the so-called “God particle.” The European Organization for Nuclear Research proved its existence last year with a massive particle accelerator. But as KUT reported shortly after the particle’s discovery, some Texas physicists say the discovery could have been here made years ago.

33. November: Shooting at LAX Shuts Down Terminal, TSA Officers Injured

Survivors at the LAX shooting tell their stories.

34. November: Batkid Lives a Superhero Dream in 'Gothamed' San Francisco

Sometimes you're outnumbered. But not in Gotham, and not Friday — because an entire city seemed to stand with Batkid, aka a 5-year-old boy named Miles.

35. November: 'Historic' Iran Nuclear Agreement Reached

In an historic deal, Iran has agreed to curb some of its nuclear activities in return for 8 and a half billion dollars in sanctions relief.

36. November: Actor Paul Walker Dies at 40

Actor Paul Walker, star of the "The Fast and the Furious" franchise, died in a violent car accident Saturday. The driver was a friend and fellow racing enthusiast.

37. December: Nelson Mandela Dies at 95

As the world mourns the passing of South African President Nelson Mandela, political expert Ken Rudin reflects on Mandela’s legacy. Mandela died at his home on December 5 at the age of 95.

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