It's All Politics
5:12 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Billionaire Donor Joe Ricketts: From Behind The Scenes To Center Stage

Joe Ricketts, whose American Film Company produced The Conspirator, arrives at the film's premiere during the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010.
Alberto E. Rodriguez Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 9:04 am

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Research News
5:10 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Ancient Deep-Sea Bacteria Are In No Hurry To Eat

Researcher Hans Roy opens a core sample taken from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. A core sample like this one contained bacteria that settled on the seafloor 86 million years ago.
Bo Barker Jorgensen Science/AAAS

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 7:16 pm

Back when the dinosaurs ruled the Earth, some hardy bacteria took up residence at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Eighty six million years later, they're still there. And a new study says they're living out the most Spartan lifestyle known on this planet.

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Law
4:58 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Closing Arguments Made In John Edwards Trial

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 7:16 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.

Impassioned, theatrical, exhausting. Four hours of closing arguments today in the trial of John Edwards in a federal courtroom in Greensboro, North Carolina. The former presidential candidate and vice presidential nominee is accused of accepting about a million dollars of secret payments to cover up an affair with a campaign worker.

North Carolina Public Radio's Jeff Tiberii was in the courtroom. He joins us now.

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Around the Nation
4:57 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

All Eyes On Same-Sex Wedding Of Mayoral Hopeful

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 7:16 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

When the speaker of the New York City Council gets married it is generally not a big deal. But Christine Quinn happens to be the first openly gay council speaker in New York's history. And she is considered the frontrunner to be the city's next mayor.

So Quinn's wedding this weekend is attracting lots of attention, as we hear from NPR's Joel Rose.

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Sports
4:56 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Key Witness Testifies In Clemens' Perjury Trial

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 7:16 pm

The key witness in the perjury trial of baseball star Roger Clemens is on the stand this week testifying that he injected Clemens with performance-enhancing drugs. Nina Totenberg talks to Melissa Block.

The Impact of War
4:55 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

War Vets To Protest, Return Medals At NATO Summit

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 7:16 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

A small group of Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans and their supporters gathered in Chicago today. They were there to denounce America's role in those wars and this weekend's upcoming NATO Summit.

GRAHAM CLUMPNER: We come to this city in non-violence to stand with our brothers and sisters around the world and say that we have had enough. We are done. These wars need to end yesterday.

SIEGEL: That's Afghanistan War veteran Graham Clumpner, one of may expected to return his service medals Sunday, during an anti-NATO.

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Medical Treatments
4:53 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

New Brain Sensor Lets Amputees Move Robotic Limbs

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 9:58 am

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

A new technology makes it possible for a quadriplegic to use only thought to move a robotic arm. According to a report out yesterday, a Massachusetts woman was one of two patients to use the arm. She picked up a bottle with coffee in it and drank it, using a straw. This is the first time in 15 years that she was able to feed herself.

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Religion
4:52 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Grad. Speaker A Political Choice At Catholic Schools

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 2:30 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services, will address students at Georgetown University tomorrow.

As NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty reports, that has created one of several controversies this season over commencement speakers.

BARBARA BRADLEY HAGERTY, BYLINE: Sebelius is Catholic. She's also liberal and pro-choice. And the fact that she's speaking to Georgetown's Public Policy Institute makes conservative Catholics, like Patrick Reilly, see red.

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Music News
4:45 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Cecil Taylor: The Pianist Who's Also An Orchestra

Cecil Taylor, 83, is being feted in a two-week celebration of his music in New York City.
Peter Gannushkin downtownmusic.net

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 7:16 pm

When you hear Cecil Taylor perform, you never forget it. He's a force of nature at the piano, with a furious attack and a sound all his own.

"His piano is an orchestra," says Ben Ratliff, music critic for The New York Times. "Cecil has been with us for so long. And every once in a while he does these amazing, galvanizing solo piano performances. And you go see them, and you think, like, 'Wow. What was that? That was amazing.' And I can't get that anywhere else in the world. And that's unique."

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Education
4:33 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Janitor Cleans Up, Gets Ivy League Diploma

Columbia University janitor Gac Filipaj shakes hands with his boss, Donald Schlosser, the assistant vice president of facility operations.
Jason DeCrow AP

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 5:58 pm

Gac Filipaj is thrilled that he graduated this week from Columbia University.

"I'm still wearing the gown. I'm going to wear it for awhile," he told Tell Me More host Michel Martin just after Columbia's commencement ceremony. "And I look pretty well in that, to tell you the truth."

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