Talk of the Nation

Talk of the Nation linked the headlines with what's on people's minds, providing a springboard for listeners and experts to exchange ideas and pose critical questions about major events in the news and the world around them. Each day, Talk of the Nation combined the award-winning resources of NPR News with the vital participation of listeners. The result was a spirited and productive exchange of knowledge and insight that delves deeply into the news and ideas of the day.

Talk of the Nation ended its 17-year run on June 27, 2013.

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NPR Story
2:02 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

What's Ahead For Iran After 'Last Chance' Talks

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 3:20 pm

The latest round of high-level negotiations over Iran's nuclear ambitions ended Tuesday without an agreement. After the failure of talks that President Obama called Iran's "last chance," some wonder whether or not Israel or the United States may now opt for military force.

Law
2:02 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Deciding Whether Defendants Should Take The Stand

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 3:21 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

The defense in the Jerry Sandusky trial rested today without calling the former Penn State assistant football coach to testify, perhaps because he did not help his cause in media interviews after charges surfaced last November. Here's part of his interview with Bob Costas on NBC.

(SOUNDBITE OF INTERVIEW)

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National Security
2:20 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Secrecy Stifles Debate On Black Operations

Originally published on Sun June 24, 2012 8:38 am

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. For years, U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen remained an open secret. There are reasons why missile attacks on the territory of quasi-allies weren't acknowledged, but because of that secrecy, legal justification started to emerge only last year, and the process that the president and his advisors use to put individuals on the kill list only came into focus this month in Daniel Klaidman's book "Kill or Capture."

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Mental Health
2:12 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Many Who Are Sexually Abused Keep Quiet

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 10:37 am

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Last week on the first day of the sex abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, a 28-year-old man referred to as Victim Four in court papers took the stand and offered graphic detail of years of abuse.

He also expressed regret for not coming forward earlier. He told the jury he had spent, quote, so many years burying this in the back of my head forever that when he heard there were other cases like his, he felt responsible.

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Art & Design
2:12 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

For One Counterfeiter, It's Art, Not A Crime

Hans-Jurgen Kuhl featured his face on bills as an announcement for an art show.
David Wolman

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 10:13 am

Hans-Jurgen Kuhl started painting when he was 10. He loved gazing at the artwork in Cologne's Ludwig Museum. As a young adult, he discovered silk-screening and soon made something of a name for himself producing Andy Warhol imitations.

Years later, frustrated by his meager living as an artist, he decided to imitate a more difficult but more immediately rewarding piece of art: the U.S. Treasury's $100 bill. Kuhl still considered it art, though the authorities used a different word when he manufactured hundreds of thousands of maybe the best counterfeit C-notes ever.

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From Our Listeners
2:12 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Letters: Genetic Tests And Parenting

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 2:55 pm

NPR's Neal Conan reads from listener comments on previous show topics including the challenges facing single parents, difficult choices raised by advances in genetic testing and the jokes that define a community or group.

Sports
2:12 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Despite Verdict, Many Still Find Clemens Guilty

A jury found Roger Clemens not guilty on all charges of obstruction and lying to Congress about steroid use. Clemens has always denied the accusations, but despite the verdict, many fans and sportswriters declared Clemens guilty long ago and refuse to believe he's innocent.

Race
2:38 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

The Lessons We Learned From Rodney King

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 4:06 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

Two decades after his videotaped beating by four Los Angeles police officers, Rodney King died yesterday at the age of 47. His beating sparked outrage over police brutality. And after a jury acquitted the four police officers, that outrage erupted into riots that left some 55 dead; more than 1,000 injured; and more than $800 million in damage in the City of Los Angeles. King then posed the unanswerable question, can we all get along? which started new and sometimes painful conversations across the country.

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Europe
2:26 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Personal Stories Behind Europe's Fiscal Instability

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan.

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Architecture
2:19 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

The Ins And Outs Of Obama's Immigration Shift

The Obama administration estimates its new immigration enforcement policy will allow some 800,000 young illegal immigrants to avoid deportation and work legally in the U.S. Some critics say it oversteps executive authority, others say that it doesn't go far enough.

Middle East
2:14 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Another Detour On Egypt's Path To Democracy

Even before votes were counted in Egypt's first competitive presidential election, military leaders effectively seized control of the country. The ruling military council granted itself broad powers over the government, including budget control, immunity from oversight and the power to declare war.

Health
2:12 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

How The Morning-After Pill Works

Mitt Romney referred to morning after-pills as 'abortive pills.' The FDA-approved label on Plan B indicates it may prevent fertilized eggs from implanting in a woman's uterus. Dr. Kristina Gemzell-Danielsson, an obstetrics and gynecology professor at Karolinska Institute, discusses the growing scientific evidence to the contrary.

Research News
2:05 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Mapping The Microbial Make-Up Of Healthy Humans

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

There are trillions of germs that live on us. What are they? What do they do? Inquiring minds want to know, and so they set to find out. And after five years of research, a group of several hundred scientists has released a census of the bacteria, viruses, fungi, other microorganisms that call our bodies home.

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Research News
1:56 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Bacterial Armor Imaged, Down To The Details

Reporting in Nature, an international team of scientists say they've visualized the structure of a protective protein coat that surrounds many bacteria, down to the scale of a single atom. Structural microbiologist Han Remaut, co-author of the study, discusses potential applications of the research.

Interviews
1:44 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Desktop Diaries: Sylvia Earle

A moray eel, a flock of geese and a shrunken head are just a few of the things found in and around Her Deepness' office. Earle, an explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic, has desks all over the country. A few months ago we stopped by her Oakland home-base for the next installment in our Desktop Diaries series.

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