Author Interviews
11:44 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Creating A New Vision Of Islam In America

Feisal Abdul Rauf is the author of three books on Islam, including What's Right with Islam is What's Right with America.

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 1:54 pm

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, a leading moderate Muslim leader in the U.S., was once the lead cleric associated with the proposed Islamic community center some critics called the "ground zero mosque." In late 2010, a debate over the location of the community center, now called the Cordoba House, became a contentious issue during the midterm elections.

During the debate, Rauf was called a "radical Muslim" and a "militant Islamist" by critics of the proposed community center. He was accused of sympathizing with the Sept. 11 hijackers and having connections to Hamas.

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The Two-Way
11:37 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Why Chen's Blindness Is 'The Central Fact' Of The Chinese Activist's Life

Chen Guangcheng, in an undated photo.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 11:38 am

For two weeks now, the world has been following the story of Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng. And in nearly all reports, the phrase "blind activist" is used at least once.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:16 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Is 'Big Science' In Trouble?

A 2007 artist's conception of the James Webb Space Telescope in operation.
NASA

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 4:53 pm

Science is expensive, but the payoffs more than justify the costs. Let's focus here on basic science, that is, science that doesn't have the goal of being "useful" in the short run through technological or medical applications, and through generating wealth (usually for the shareholders). By basic science (and the boundary between basic and applied science is very blurry) I mean science for science's sake, the investigation of the fundamental workings of nature. How much should a country spend on basic scientific research?

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It's All Politics
11:09 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Life Without Lugar: Democrats See An Opportunity In Indiana

Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock makes a victory speech Tuesday in Indianapolis, after defeating Sen. Richard Lugar in the Republican primary.
AJ Mast AP

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 11:40 am

Six years ago, Indiana Democrats didn't bother fielding a candidate against Sen. Richard Lugar. But with his loss in Tuesday's Republican primary, they think they have a real chance to take Lugar's seat.

Democrats argue that the new GOP nominee, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, will prove too conservative even for the Republican-leaning state.

"There's a lot of animus here because of the way Mourdock has campaigned," says Ann DeLaney, a former Indiana Democratic Party official.

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World Cafe
10:35 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Allo Darlin' On World Cafe

Allo Darlin'.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 2:03 pm

Allo Darlin' crafts quirky, personal rock, driven by lap steel, ukulele and charming four-part harmonies. The band formed in 2009 under the guidance of singer-songwriter Elizabeth Morris, whose voice meshes beautifully with those of Paul Rains, Bill Botting and Mikey Collins. Together, they spent two years touring in support of their gorgeous 2010 debut.

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The Two-Way
10:29 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Josh Hamilton's Remarkable Story Continues: Four Home Runs In One Game

There goes No. 2: Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers as he hit the second of his four home runs Tuesday night in a game vs. the Baltimore Orioles.
Mitchell Layton Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 11:14 am

It's incredible enough that Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton hit four home runs in one game Tuesday night — something that's only been done by 15 other major league players.

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Merry Month of May 2012 Fund Drive - Rules and Regulations

May 14 - May 20

No purchase or online entry necessary to be entered in drawings.  Void where prohibited.  Open only to legal residents of the 50 states of the United States of America (including the District of Columbia) and Canada, 18 or older.  Various drawings will be conducted during and at the completion of New Hampshire Public Radio's 2012 Merry Month of May Fund Drive and no later than June 15, 2012.

All times referenced in drawing is Eastern Time.

Inside NHPR
9:54 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Recyclemania

Nathan Chervek, NHPR

Now that we've cleaned our desks we're in the midst of what our Green Team calls Recyclemania. Here's the electronic recycling. 

Shots - Health Blog
9:54 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Shopping Bags Can Also Carry Stomach Flu Virus

An electron micrograph of human norovirus.
Charles D. Humphrey CDC Public Health Image Library ID 10708

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 9:48 am

Think you're safe from norovirus, the nasty bug behind the stomach flu, if you steer clear of someone who has it?

Think again. Researchers in Oregon investigating an outbreak of stomach flu among some young soccer players learned the virus can hitch a ride on those reusable plastic bags many of us have gotten accustomed to carrying to and from the store.

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Remembrances
9:27 am
Wed May 9, 2012

An Inside Look At Sendak's 'Wonderful Magic'

Gregory Maguire (left) counted Maurice Sendak as one of his mentors. The two are seen here in October 2010.
Courtesy Gregory Maguire

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 7:07 pm

Besides his influence on generations of children and adults, author Maurice Sendak was also a personal mentor to a number of writers. Sendak, who died Tuesday at age 83, told NPR in 2005 that he felt it was his duty to pass on everything he'd learned.

"This big gorilla head that's stuffed full of experience — I want to give it away before I'm gone," he said. "I want to give it away to young artists who are as vehement and passionate about their lives and work as I was and am."

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