Planet Money
10:58 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

The Dream Of Europe And The Bailout Of Greece

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Michael Probst AP

"We need Greece," Maurice Minot, a Frankfurt taxi driver, told me, swerving in excitement. "We need Spain, we need Italy. It's the dream for Europeans, for more than a hundred years."

For Minot, as for many Germans on both sides of the debate, the question of bailouts goes beyond narrow self interest. It gets at what it means to be German, and what it means to be European.

Klaus Frankenberger, an editor at the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, points to the painful labor reforms Germany went through a few years ago.

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Krulwich Wonders...
10:01 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

Wanna Live Forever? Become A Noun

Adam Cole NPR

Adam: When I say "Henry Shrapnel, Jules Leotard, Robert Bunsen," you think — what?
Me: That they're inventors?
Adam: No. Better than that. Each one has become immortal. They're nouns!
Me: Is that a good thing, becoming a noun? ...
Adam: Are you kidding? It's a wonderful thing. A thing to sing about.
Me: You're going to sing?
Adam: If I may ...

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The Two-Way
6:08 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

Pakistan's Foreign Minister: 'Blame Game Is Counterproductive'

Hina Rabbani Khar, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, addresses the United Nations' 66th General Assembly on Sept. 27.
Lou Rouse AFP/Getty Images

In an interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep, Pakistan's foreign minister said her country and the United States "need each other" and "are fighting against the same people" but "Pakistan's dignity must not be compromised."

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Around the Nation
4:30 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

Census: 131,729 Gay Couples Report They're Married

Originally published on Tue September 27, 2011 6:04 pm

The Census Bureau released a revised estimate Tuesday of the number of same-sex married couples living in the United States: More than 130,000 same-sex households recorded themselves as married. Another 500,000 same-sex households indentified themselves as unmarried.

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The Two-Way
4:08 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

N.Y. Authorities Arrest Seven Accused Of Running SAT Cheating Ring

Sam Eshaghoff is accused of taking the SAT exam for six students in the span of two years.
Nassau County District Attorney

Seven former and current students from a prestigious New York high school have been arrested for allegedly running an SAT cheating ring.

The Nassau County district attorney announced today that Samuel Eshaghoff, a 19-year-old Emory University student, took the SAT exam for at least six John L. Miller Great Neck North High School students. Each one of those students paid Eshaghoff between $1,500 and $2,500. Eshagoff graduated from Great Neck in 2010.

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The Two-Way
2:45 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

Israel Approves Building Of 1,100 Homes In East Jerusalem

A new construction site in the east Jerusalem Jewish settlement of Gilo.
Menahem Kahana AFP/Getty Images

In a move that's bound to stress Israeli-Palestinian relations further, Israel's Interior Ministry announced it would allow 1,100 Israeli homes to be built in East Jerusalem. Palestinians want that area as the capital of their future state.

Reporting from Jerusalem, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro filed this report:

The homes will be built in Gilo, a huge east Jerusalem settlement. The United Nations and the European Union criticized the move today restating their position that settlement activity is illegal under international law.

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Shots - Health Blog
2:43 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

Problems Behind Drug Shortages Are Clear; Solutions Aren't

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A daylong session on drug shortages convened by the Food and Drug Administration documented lots of issues and no easy remedies.

Religion
2:39 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

The Hard Economics of High Holy Days

Over the next two weeks, some 5,000 people will fill the sanctuaries at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., to pray, worship and remember their spiritual roots.

"Rosh Hashana is a time of renewal, and it's a time of reconnecting with what really matters for us as a Jewish people," Rabbi Gil Steinlauf says.

The Jewish New Year is a time of spiritual awe — and practical considerations. Unlike churches, most synagogues charge membership dues to keep the lights on and fund the programs, because they are autonomous and do not receive funding from a national body.

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Shots - Health Blog
2:12 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

Fresh Push To Vaccinate Kids In Developing World

A nurse vaccinates a child against pneumonia at a healthcare center in Managua in January. Nicaragua received pneumococcal vaccines from the GAVI Alliance.
ELMER MARTINEZ AFP/Getty Images

While Rep. Michele Bachmann's recent flap over the HPV vaccine was a reminder that some Americans are unsure that new vaccines are good for their children, Africans are in a very different boat.

Young children there still die daily from infectious diseases that vaccines can easily prevent. And now that new vaccines are available to prevent a common cause of severe diarrhea and pneumonia, African countries are clamoring for them.

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The Two-Way
2:00 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

How Do You Mend A Broken Monument? Call The 'Difficult Access Team'

At 555 feet above Washington, the work begins.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

If you're afraid of heights, this is definitely not your dream job.

Tuesday, five engineers began a series of rappelling operations down the face of the Washington Monument to assess damage caused by the Aug. 23 earthquake that shook the nation's capital. The five belong to a special "difficult access team" from Northbrook, Ill.-based Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc., or WJE.

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