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11:11 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Mitt Romney's Evolution On Abortion

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 12:01 am

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been labeled a flip-flopper. And when it comes to abortion, the former governor of Massachusetts appears to have changed his position from being in favor of abortion rights to being opposed.

But now some people are asking if Romney ever supported abortion rights at all? Backers of abortion rights don't think so.

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The Two-Way
11:09 am
Tue November 29, 2011

American Airlines Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

American Airlines jets at Los Angeles International Airport.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 11:39 am

American Airlines, one of the giants of the U.S. airline industry, just announced it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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Economy
1:40 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Black Friday Sales Suggest A Strong Cyber Monday

Workers process orders at an Amazon.com fulfillment center n Swansea, Wales, as they prepare for their busiest time of the year.
Matt Cardy Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 1:23 pm

Shoppers stormed retail stores this past weekend, and now on Cyber Monday, many are clicking their way to more purchases.

"I am definitely a price-based shopper," said Sarah Kelly, a 28-year-old Washington, D.C., resident who bought a KitchenAid mixer Monday morning as a holiday gift. She also bought shoes, clothes and other presents after waking early to search for online coupons and shipping offers. "I only purchase if the shipping is free," she said.

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NPR News
5:09 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

With No 'Superdeal,' What's Next In Deficit Debate?

Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, the supercommittee co-chairwoman, arrives to meet in the Capitol Hill office of Democratic Sen. John Kerry with other members of the deficit reduction panel on Monday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 7:30 pm

For the not-so-super debt reduction supercommittee, failure is clearly an option.

As the blame-gaming bipartisan congressional committee stumbled toward collapse Monday, washing out on even the most basic show of common purpose, the "what happens next" scenarios began to take shape.

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The Two-Way
5:07 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Supercommittee Admits It's Failed To Reach A Deal

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 4:57 pm

The co-chairs of the Supercommittee made it official, minutes ago: They said they have failed to reach an agreement over a deficit reduction package.

The AP reports:

"Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling say that despite 'intense deliberations' the members of the panel have been unable 'to bridge the committee's significant differences.'

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NPR News
3:39 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Climate Panel: More Extreme Weather On The Way

A U.N. climate panel says that we can expect more extreme weather conditions as a result of climate change. Above, people run from a high wave on Nov. 8 in Nice, France, where heavy rain and flooding forced hundreds to evacuate.
Vallery Hache AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 4:55 pm

Brace yourself for more extreme weather. A group of more than 200 scientists convened by the United Nations says in a new report that climate change will bring more heat waves, more intense rainfall and more expensive natural disasters.

These conclusions are from the latest effort of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — a consensus statement from researchers around the world.

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The Two-Way
7:02 am
Fri November 18, 2011

As The Protest Ends, What Now For Occupy Movement?

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 10:58 pm

Today's "Day of Action," planned by the Occupy Wall Street movement, culminated at Foley Square near City Hall in New York. In some ways, it felt rather low key, because the space felt wide open and despite a sizable crowd that overflowed onto the streets and nearby sidewalks, the protest felt organized.

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Economy
6:57 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Would Supercommittee Failure Roil Markets?

Analysts worry that failure by the supercommittee to reach a credible debt-reduction deal could upset financial markets, force up interest rates and hurt the economy.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 4:34 pm

With Wednesday's deadline looming, the congressional supercommittee still seems far from an agreement, causing concern that failure could send financial markets into a spiral.

The bipartisan panel, charged with finding budget cuts or new revenues to reduce the deficit by at least $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years, is a child of the summer's debt-ceiling debate. It was an escape hatch for Congress and the president when they couldn't reach agreement on big deficit-reduction measures. That game of chicken helped to send the stock market sliding.

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Newt Gingrich
6:57 am
Fri November 18, 2011

To Imagine A Gingrich Presidency, Look To The '90s

In September 1994, then-House Minority Whip Newt Gingrich addressed Republican congressional candidates on Capitol Hill during a rally where they pledged a new "Contract with America." Months later, Republicans gained control of both houses of Congress for the first time in decades, and Gingrich became speaker of the House.
John Duricka AP

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 2:54 pm

Newt Gingrich served as speaker of the House of Representatives for four turbulent and productive years.

From 1995 through 1998, Congress forced a government shutdown, overhauled the welfare system, balanced the budget for the first time in decades and impeached a president for the second time in history.

Gingrich was in the middle of those debates, fiery in his rhetoric, yet willing to compromise and work with a Democratic president.

The 104th Congress

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It's All Politics
9:43 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Herman Cain Has Major 'Oops' Moment On Libya

Herman Cain searches for a Libya answer.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel screenshot

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 7:04 pm

(Post updated at 8:49 pm.)

Texas Gov. Rick Perry move over. You now have company in the brain-fade department after Herman Cain demonstrated a flamboyant confusion over his position on Libya Monday.

In a meeting Milwaukee Journal Sentinel staff members, a journalist asked the Republican presidential candidate a question that wasn't exactly one of those "gotcha" queries. Paraphrasing, the question was: Do you agree or not with what President Obama's Libya policy?

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World Cafe
4:57 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

World Cafe: 20th-Anniversary Concert Highlights

Feist performs at the World Cafe 20th-anniversary concert.
John Bartol WXPN

Originally published on Mon May 28, 2012 10:29 am

Today's show features live performances from some of our favorite World Cafe artists, straight from our 20th-anniversary celebration concerts.

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Shots - Health Blog
12:01 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Wal-Mart Plans Ambitious Expansion Into Medical Care

A trip to the local Wal-Mart, like this one in Oakland, Calif., could soon mean one less stop at the doctor's office.
Eric Risberg AP

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 4:51 pm

Updated at 2:52 p.m. ET: Wal-Mart issued a statement Wednesday saying its request for partners to provide primary care services was "overwritten and incorrect." The firm is "not building a national, integrated low-cost primary health care platform," according to the statement by Dr. John Agwunobi, a senior vice president for health and wellness at the retailer.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
12:03 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Is Time An Illusion? From The Buddha To Brian Greene

Can time be stopped, captured or even known? Does it exist, or is it all just an illusion?
Karim Sahib AFP/Getty Images

Is time real, or is change just a kind of optical illusion resting on a deeper unchanging reality?

As finite creatures, with death hovering just out of our sight, the true nature of time haunts all our endeavors. Tomorrow, physicist Brian Greene tackles time's illusion in his Fabric of Reality PBS series. Science, however, is just one way we ask about the reality of time.

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It's All Politics
7:06 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Romney's Hoped For, Nov. 2012 Headline: 'Mitt Is It'

Originally published on Mon November 7, 2011 6:53 pm

Mitt Romney was in Dubuque, IA Monday partly to demonstrate that he's really serious about competing in a state he has mostly been absent from.

That had been in doubt since he's only been to Iowa just five times compared with more than a score of visits by some of the other candidates.

While in Iowa where he visited a steel plant where a fabricated metal sign made by the plant's workers awaited him, Romney asked his audience to look ahead a year with him.

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The Salt
12:07 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Restaurant Grease As Good As Gold To Biofuel Thieves

A worker with cooking oil in a holding barrel behind an Ashton, Maryland restaurant.
TIM SLOAN AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 7, 2011 1:29 pm

Used restaurant grease has become a hot item for thieves, who siphon it from barrels behind restaurants to sell on the booming biofuels market.

Late last month, the California Department of Food and Agriculture said it would pay local police target the alleys and parking lots where restaurants typically park their barrels of used grease.

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Shots - Health Blog
8:50 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Why HPV Vaccination Of Boys May Be Easier

Connor Perruccello-McClellan, a senior at Providence Country Day School in Rhode Island, has been vaccinated against HPV, something less than 1 percent of U.S. males can say.
Richard Knox NPR

Originally published on Mon November 7, 2011 12:01 am

When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended a half-dozen years ago that preteen girls be vaccinated against human papillomavirus, two things happened.

A lot of parents and some conservative groups were jarred by the idea of immunizing young girls against a sexually transmitted virus. And uptake of the vaccine has been poor — only about a third of 13- to 17-year-old girls have gotten the full three-shot series.

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Election 2012
8:39 am
Mon November 7, 2011

In Ads, Candidates Turn Up Heat On Romney

Originally published on Mon November 7, 2011 11:50 am

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Three-Minute Fiction
3:21 pm
Sun November 6, 2011

Three-Minute Fiction Winners: Where Are They Now?

Courtesy of Zach Brockhouse

Originally published on Sun November 6, 2011 6:59 pm

Three-Minute Fiction is All Things Considered's creative writing contest where our listeners submit an original short story that can be read in about three minutes — 600 words — or less. After weeks of reading a couple thousand submissions, a judge picks a winning story. Over the last two years, contestants have submitted about 29,000 stories, and only six have won.

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Business
2:16 pm
Sun November 6, 2011

'Farmville' Makers Putting Stock In Virtual Goods

A screenshot of Piskorskiville. Five percent of Zynga's 200 million monthly users buy "virtual goods" to get ahead in the game or beautify their city.
Courtesy of Misiek Piskorski

Zynga is a company that makes money by selling nothing. Or, to be fair, by selling imaginary things, like tractors that plow farms on Facebook.

A "virtual good" is the term of art for an industry that minted $9 billion last year alone. Zynga is America's first virtual goods company to file an initial public offering. The IPO is expected to go through before Thanksgiving and will test whether the company's modern day alchemy — turning virtual goods into real money — is a game-changer for the gaming industry.

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Music News
8:00 am
Sun November 6, 2011

The Surgery That Saves Silenced Singers

Adele at the MTV Video Music Awards in August.
Jason Merritt Getty Images

The biggest-selling pop artist of the year has gone silent.

The British pop/soul singer Adele was forced to cancel the rest of her 2011 tour. Earlier this year, she suffered two vocal hemorrhages and will need to undergo surgery.

Singers are in a high-risk business. Many famous singers have needed similar treatment.

"Essentially, people who sing are vocal athletes," says Dr. Steven Zeitels, director of the Voice Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. "So you can look at this as a not unusual scenario as an athlete getting an injury in that area."

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Europe
6:36 am
Sun November 6, 2011

Initial Agreement Reached In Greece Power-Sharing

The Greek president's office said Sunday the country's prime minister and the leader of the main opposition party reached an initial agreement on forming an interim government.

In a statement read on Greek media Sunday night, the office said Prime Minister George Papandreou will not head the interim government and that talks on details of who will form the new Cabinet will continue Monday.

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Campaign 2012
4:21 pm
Sat November 5, 2011

Differences Between Romney, Cain In Full View

Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain arrives at a summit for the conservative Americans For Prosperity foundation in Washington on Friday. Days after sexual harassment allegations surfaced, he was greeted here with standing ovations.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 7:03 pm

Herman Cain and Mitt Romney, the two current front-runners in the Republican presidential race, spoke in Washington on Friday at a conference for the conservative group Americans for Prosperity.

Their speeches came as a new Washington Post-ABC poll found they're running almost even among Republican voters. And on Friday, the two candidates underscored the differences in their appeal to activists.

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Remembrances
4:17 pm
Sat November 5, 2011

Andy Rooney, '60 Minutes' Commentator, Dies

Journalist Andy Rooney poses in his office at CBS in New York City on June 19, 1998. Rooney delivered his first 60 Minutes commentary on July 2, 1978.
Jim Cooper AP

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:18 am

A distinctive voice — and character — in television news has died. Andy Rooney was a signature essayist on the CBS news program 60 Minutes for decades. He was 92.

CBS said Rooney died Friday night in New York of complications following minor surgery last month. Just a month ago, he delivered his last regular essay on the CBS newsmagazine.

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Author Interviews
4:17 pm
Sat November 5, 2011

'Train Of Small Mercies': RFK's Last Journey Imagined

Penguin Group USA

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 11:51 am

In the news business, time is marked by great events: the anniversaries of elections, wars, hit songs and the births and deaths of famous people.

But each of us also has a personal timeline by which we measure our life: the day we start our first job, fulfill a dream or glimpse history passing by, close enough to touch.

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Fresh Air Weekend
4:14 pm
Sat November 5, 2011

Fresh Air Weekend: Tom Waits, Bill Nighy

Tom Waits
James Michin III courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat November 5, 2011 2:23 am

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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World Cafe
4:04 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

T-Bone Burnett On World Cafe

T Bone Burnett holds two trophies, one for Producer of the Year, at the Grammy Awards in 2002.

Lee Celano AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 6:42 pm

Legendary singer-songwriter and folk-rock pioneer T-Bone Burnett is known for his captivating solo material, but also for his role as a legendary producer of records by everyone from Roy Orbison to actor Jeff Bridges. In a new interview on World Cafe, Burnett sits down with host David Dye to reflect on some of his most famous projects.

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NH News
4:00 am
Mon October 31, 2011

N.H. Neighborhood Known For Halloween Excess

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, host: Americans are expected to spend nearly $7 billion on Halloween. If you're wondering exactly how, let's go to one street in Concord, New Hampshire, where families take the ghoulish holiday very seriously. New Hampshire Public Radio's Dan Gorenstein reports.

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World Cafe
2:09 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

World Cafe Looks Back: Jam-Boree

Trey Anastasio of Phish.

Michael Loccisano Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 2:43 pm

Throughout the month of October, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of World Cafe and revisted some of the best and most memorable interviews of the past 20 years.

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Election 2012
10:33 am
Wed October 26, 2011

The GOP Campaign Ad Wars, As Seen On YouTube

A new ad from Herman Cain features his campaign manager, Mark Block, taking a drag from a cigarette.

YouTube

Originally published on Tue October 25, 2011 10:29 pm

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NPR News Investigations
10:24 am
Wed October 26, 2011

Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Families

Derrin Yellow Robe, 3, stands in his great-grandparents' backyard on the Crow Creek Reservation in South Dakota. Along with his twin sister and two older sisters, he was taken off the reservation by South Dakota's Department of Social Services in July 2009 and spent a year and a half in foster care before being returned to his family.

John Poole NPR

Originally published on Thu October 27, 2011 12:27 pm

Overview of a three-part investigation

Nearly 700 Native American children in South Dakota are being removed from their homes every year, sometimes under questionable circumstances. An NPR News investigation has found that the state is largely failing to place them according to the law. The vast majority of native kids in foster care in South Dakota are in nonnative homes or group homes, according to an NPR analysis of state records.

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