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4:31 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

From Our Readers: TV? What TV?

Our piece about a Supreme Court's decision to dismiss fines against ABC and Fox, led to comments from households that have greatly reduced their television intake. Of course, most acknowledged the obvious — they're still on the internet (hardly a space known for its sterling regulation of decency), and did we detect a little of one-up-manship?

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It's All Politics
4:13 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

New SuperPAC Financial Reports Reveal More Big Spenders

The political fundraising numbers filed this week are revealing a new crop of million-dollar donors.

Cash flowed into the superPACs supporting President Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney last month. Priorities USA Action, the pro-Obama superPAC, got $4 million, while the pro-Romney equivalent, Restore Our Future, pulled in $5 million.

So who are the big spenders?

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The Two-Way
4:10 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Moody's Downgrades 15 Major Global Banks, Including BofA, JPMorgan Chase

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 4:53 pm

The credit rating agency Moody's Investor Services just downgraded the ratings of 15 of the world's largest banks.

Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs were among them.

The AP reports:

"The ratings agency said late Thursday that the banks were downgraded because their long-term prospects for profitability and growth are shrinking.

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The Two-Way
3:58 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Sandusky's Adopted Son Claims He Was An Abuse Victim, Too

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 6:03 pm

A lawyer for Jerry Sandusky's adopted son says Matthew Sandusky was also a victim of the former Penn State assistant football coach.

In a statement released by Andrew Shubin, Matthew Sandusky said he was prepared to testify against his father.

The Patriot-News first broke the story and Shubin confirmed his statement to NPR.

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Education
3:40 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Kids Get Hands-On With Science In A 'Dream Garage'

Community Science Workshops give low-income kids around California opportunities to learn about science firsthand — from holding spiders to building robots.
Amy Standen for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 7:09 am

Many kids who grow up in big cities have lots of opportunities to experience science hands-on. There are zoos, museums, planetariums and school field trips.

But those amenities are sometimes out of reach for lower-income children. And in some rural areas, those opportunities simply don't exist at all.

In California — as in many states — public school science programs have faced deep budget cuts. Many kids have been left behind.

Dan Sudran has taken it upon himself to help close the gap.

Instilling A Love Of Science, Early On

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Around the Nation
3:19 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

A Fight To The Finish For Tennessee Mosque

Construction workers pack up at the end of their workday at the Islamic Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Mark Humphrey AP

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 8:34 pm

The first minarets in Murfreesboro, Tenn., are about to be placed atop a new mosque. But when construction is complete on the new Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, located about 30 miles southeast of Nashville, no one will get to move in.

An ongoing court battle has stalled the project, one of several Islamic centers around the country that, like the so-called ground zero mosque, have encountered resistance from local communities.

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Pop Culture
3:19 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Branding 'Brave': The Cultural Capital Of Princesses

In Brave, the character of Merida is a skilled archer and sword fighter who rebels against what is expected of her as a princess.
Disney/Pixar

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 11:42 am

For little girls, princesses hold roughly the same value that tulips did for the Dutch back in the 1500s, and that princess mania is sure to get a boost with the new Pixar movie Brave, which stars a Scottish princess named Merida.

For a keyhole glimpse into the pink and glittery world of pre-K princess culture, consider the scene at a recent princess-themed birthday party in a suburb of Washington, D.C.

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Movie Reviews
3:05 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Time In 'To Rome With Love': It Doesn't Make Sense

Antonio the newlywed (Alessandro Tiberi, left), Uncle Paolo (Roberto Della Casa) and Anna the prostitute (Penelope Cruz) in one of To Rome With Love's four independent stories. This one features Anna attempting to teach Antonio something about love.
Philippe Antonello Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 4:19 pm

For four decades, Woody Allen's been churning out movies at a rate of almost exactly one film per year, a phenomenon that I'd describe as being "like clockwork" if my whole sense of time hadn't been scrambled by his latest comedy, To Rome With Love.

Pleasantly scrambled, but still.

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The Salt
3:02 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Kosher: The Hottest Word On Food Labels

This matzo ball soup may be kosher, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's better for you.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 4:11 am

Grandma's can of matzo ball soup and jar of gefilte fish have never seen such love.

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Middle East
2:39 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

In Yemen's Badlands, Al-Qaida Takes To The Hills

A Yemeni army tank fires at positions of al-Qaida militants near the coastal town of Shaqra, Yemen, last week, in a photo provided by Yemen's Defense Ministry. Yemen's army says it has pushed al-Qaida fighters out of towns in the south.
AP

Originally published on Fri July 6, 2012 10:31 am

Yemen's offensive against al-Qaida has focused on territory in the south of the country that the militants have held for nearly a year. With the backing of the U.S., Yemen's army has cleared al-Qaida and its allies. But many local residents believe the fight is far from over. Kelly McEvers spent several days in southern Yemen and filed this report.

We're in a Yemeni army land cruiser with a shattered windshield. Our destination is the town of Shaqra, the last town in the al-Qaida badlands before the sandy ground turns into mountains.

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Music Interviews
2:39 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

David Byrne Finds A Disco Muse In Imelda Marcos

Musician David Byrne at his rehearsal space at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass. Byrne's first musical, Here Lies Love, chronicles the rise and fall of Imelda Marcos.
Andrea Shea NPR

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 3:19 pm

For many, the mention of the Philippines' former first lady Imelda Marcos brings to mind her thousands-strong shoe collection. But the extravagant, ultimately disgraced wife of ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos makes musician David Byrne think of something different: disco — and power.

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The Two-Way
2:38 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Down 250 Points, Dow Suffers Second Worst Drop Of The Year

Worries about a slowing world economy took its toll on the markets today: At close, the Dow was down 250.82 points or 2 percent. Standard & Poors was down 2.2 percent and Nasdaq was down 2.4 percent.

That was the worst drop in three weeks and the second worst drop of the year.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

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The Two-Way
2:07 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Tomorrow, The European Crisis Moves To The Pitch

Greece's captain Giorgos Karagounis chats with his teammates during a training session, prior to the Euro 2012 soccer quarterfinal match between Germany and Greece in Poland.
Thanassis Stavrakis AP

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 2:14 pm

It almost certainly won't solve the European sovereign debt crisis. But the way it's being framed, tomorrow's European Championship quarterfinal is starting to sound like its next chapter: Greece vs. Germany; austerity vs. stimulus; intact eurozone vs. one without Greece.

The Wall Street Journal reports that some have dubbed the game a "debt derby" that pits "the euro zone's most cash-strapped nation against its Teutonic task- and paymaster." The Journal adds:

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It's All Politics
2:02 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Rubio On Compromise, Immigration And His 'Union Activist' Past

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., delivers a speech during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in February in Washington.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 3:19 pm

To hear Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tell it, it's happenstance that his newly published memoir, An American Son, became available just as the speculation about Republican vice presidential possibilities is heating up.

Rubio, a rising Cuban-American star in his party, told NPR's Robert Siegel, co-host of All Things Considered, in a Thursday interview:

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Shots - Health Blog
1:34 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Journal Publishes Details On Contagious Bird Flu Created In Lab

Vietnam has contained the fatal bird flu cases that raged in the late 2000s, but it is still struggling with new cases of the virulent disease. Here, a poultry trader loads live chickens onto his motorbike on March 16 at a market outside Hanoi.
Hoang Dinh Ham AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 10:40 am

Anyone and everyone can now look in the journal Science and read about how to make lab-altered bird flu viruses that have been at the center of a controversy that's raged for months.

But in the eyes of some critics, the details of these experiments are effectively the recipe for a dangerous flu pandemic.

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It's All Politics
1:22 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Romney Softens Rhetoric, If Not Policies, In Speech To Latino Leaders

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gives a young supporter a boost at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials conference in Orlando, Fla., on Thursday.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 1:56 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney softened his tough primary-campaign tone on immigration, if not his positions, during a speech Thursday to national Hispanic leaders.

In comments to thousands gathered at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials in Orlando, Fla., the former Massachusetts governor criticized President Obama's failure to take action on comprehensive immigration reform.

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The Two-Way
1:09 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Iran Says U.S., Allies Launched 'Massive Cyber Attack' Against Nuclear Facilities

An undated screen grab, released by the Kaspersky Lab, showing some of the programming behind Flame.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun June 24, 2012 6:38 am

Iran's intelligence minister says his country has uncovered a "massive cyber attack" he says was launched by the United States, England and Israel to coincide with nuclear negotiations that happened in Moscow.

Press TV, Iran's official, English-language news outlet, reports that Heidar Moslehi said Iran had "taken necessary measures" to protect itself against the attack.

Moslehi added:

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The Salt
12:14 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

California Dairy Farmers Split Over Milk Payments In Farm Bill

A dairy cow peeks out of its stall at Case van Steyn's dairy in Galt, Calif.
Kathleen Masterson NPR

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 3:27 pm

California is known as the land of fruits and nuts, but it also happens to be the country's largest milk-producing state. So it's no surprise that its dairy farmers are front and center in the debate over reforming the milk marketing system, which hasn't really changed much in 30 years.

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Mom And Dad's Record Collection
12:10 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Santigold: 'Blown Away' By Fela Kuti

Santigold's latest album, Master of My Make-Believe, came out in April.
Sean Thomas

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 2:30 pm

All Things Considered continues its "Mom and Dad's Record Collection" series with singer Santi White, who's best known by her stage name, Santigold.

White says her father steered her artistic development by introducing her to the music of Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti at a young age.

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The Two-Way
12:02 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

U.N. Investigator: U.S. Drone Program May Challenge International Law

President Obama's use of drones, and his direct involvement in who they target, has both U.S. and international communities questioning the administration's secret drone policy.
Kirsty Wigglesworth AP

A United Nations investigator on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions says the United States drone strikes may challenge international law.

The Guardian reports that Christof Heyns made the comments in a meeting organized by the American Civil Liberties Union in Geneva.

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The Two-Way
11:57 am
Thu June 21, 2012

After Knitters Get In A Twist, USOC Apologizes For 'Cease And Desist' Letter

Note to the USOC: Those are balls of yarn, not puts.
Michael Brandy AP

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 12:48 pm

It wouldn't seem to be a good idea to get 2 million people with pointy sticks angry at you, but the U.S. Olympic Committee did just that.

So it has just apologized for sending a "cease and desist" letter to a social networking site for knitters that is holding its own sort-of Olympic games.

Here's what the knotty legal dispute is about:

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Shots - Health Blog
11:33 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Life Over 50 Can Include An Eating Disorder

Sean Locke iStockphoto.com

Eating disorders aren't just a problem for teens and young women.

Many women over 50 grapple with issues related to body image and food, a new study finds.

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Science
11:29 am
Thu June 21, 2012

5 Ways To Spark Your Creativity

Taking a shower may help inspire big ideas. Working in a blue room may help, too.
Ayodha Ouditt NPR

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 2:49 pm

Innovation is the name of the game these days — in business, in science and technology, even in art. We all want to get those big ideas, but most of us really have no idea what sets off those sparks of insight. Science can help! In the past few years, neuroscientists and psychologists have started to gain a better understanding of the creative process. Some triggers of innovation may be surprisingly simple. Here are five things that may well increase the odds of having an "Aha!" moment.

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Shots - Health Blog
11:03 am
Thu June 21, 2012

How To Spot A 'Neglected Tropical Disease'

A female mosquito acquires a blood meal. This species, Aedes aegypti, carries and transmits the dengue fever virus.
James Gathany CDC

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 8:34 am

There's an easy way to spot diseases that aren't getting much attention.

You don't even have to leave your chair, if you've got a computer and access to databases of scientific papers published around the world. Just compare the number of papers on a disease with the number of people affected by it.

Simple, right?

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Remembrances
10:43 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Fresh Air Remembers Film Critic Andrew Sarris

Film critic Andrew Sarris was married to fellow critic Molly Haskell.
Dave Kotinsky Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 10:56 am

This interview was originally broadcast on August 8, 1990.

Andrew Sarris, who popularized the auteur theory and was called the "dean of American film critics," died on Wednesday. He was 83.

In 1962, Sarris became the first American film critic to write about the auteur theory. That's the idea that the director of a movie is the person most responsible for it, and that movies can be better understood if they're seen in the context of a director's complete body of work.

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The Two-Way
10:37 am
Thu June 21, 2012

As Closing Arguments Begin, Judge Tosses Three Counts Against Sandusky

Jerry Sandusky arrives at the courthouse on Thursday for closing arguments of his sexual abuse trial, at the Centre County Courthouse, in Bellefonte, Pa.
Nabil K. Mark AP

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 11:34 am

Update at 1:31 p.m. ET. Case Goes To Jury:

The Patriot-News, which is following the Sandusky case live, reports that the prosecution has delivered its closing arguments and the case has now been turned over the jury.

Our Original Post Continues:

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Television
10:11 am
Thu June 21, 2012

'The Newsroom' Caught Up In A Partisan Divide

In Aaron Sorkin's new HBO drama, The Newsroom, producer MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer) and anchorman Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) tackle real hard-hitting news stories and call out those who don't tell the truth.
HBO

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 10:56 am

If anyone in Hollywood wears his idealism like a boutonniere, it's Aaron Sorkin. As The West Wing made clear, Sorkin loves telling stories about principled individuals — especially liberals — struggling with institutions that might compromise their integrity.

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Business
10:06 am
Thu June 21, 2012

The Impossible Juggling Act: Motherhood And Work

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 10:56 am

For two years, Princeton professor Anne-Marie Slaughter was the director of policy planning at the State Department. It was her "dream job" — the job she imagined herself doing in college.

"I loved the work," she tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "It was work I was so passionate about."

Slaughter commuted to the State Department in Washington, D.C., every week from Princeton, N.J., where her husband and two teenage sons lived.

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Election 2012
9:53 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Gary Johnson Offers Third Choice In 2012 Elections

You might think the presidential race is settled with two candidates. But there's one candidate you might not have heard much about. Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is running for president on the Libertarian Party ticket. Johnson speaks with host Michel Martin about his policies and the challenges he has getting his message heard.

Education
9:53 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Title IX Turns 40, But Has The Field Leveled?

Title IX was the landmark legislation that required most educational institutions to offer equal opportunities for girls and boys. It changed history and opened up the floodgates to basketball courts, soccer fields and classrooms to women all over the country. Host Michel Martin speaks with three experts about what more needs to be done.

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