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6:00 am
Sun October 16, 2011

The Two Candidates With The Strongest Finances

The deadline for presidential candidates to file their third-quarter reports with the Federal Election Commission passed at midnight. The reports detail how much money the candidates have raised and spent. NPR's Peter Overby joins host Audie Cornish to talk about what he's learned.

Middle East
6:00 am
Sun October 16, 2011

Prisoner Swap Undercuts Palestinian Authority

The release of more than 1000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is being trumpeted as a major victory by the Islamist Hamas faction that has held Shalit for five years. The boost for Hamas has sidelined the Palestinian Authority and President Mahmoud Abbas, who was just recently feted for his efforts to win Palestinian statehood recognition from the UN. The political shift leaves Palestinian supporters of a two-state solution feeling isolated. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports.

Economy
6:00 am
Sun October 16, 2011

Jobs, Wealth And The Racial Gap

Originally published on Sun October 16, 2011 9:41 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Roland Fryer studies economic disparities and race in America as an economics professor at Harvard University. Fryer is the recent winner of the MacArthur genius fellowship and he joins us from Concord, Massachusetts.

Roland, welcome to the program.

PROFESSOR ROLAND FRYER: Oh, thanks for having me.

CORNISH: How deep are the disparities between whites and other groups - blacks and Hispanics - when it comes to jobs and when it comes to wealth?

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Afghanistan
6:00 am
Sun October 16, 2011

After The Surge, The Fight For Kandahar Goes On

Last year's U.S. troops surge in southern Afghanistan was aimed at ousting the Taliban from much of its home turf. So what does Kandahar province look like today? NPR's Quil Lawrence spent a week in the region and shares his impressions with host Audie Cornish.

Religion
6:00 am
Sun October 16, 2011

Jewish Holiday Celebrated By Occupying Wall Street

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 3:34 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Huge crowds marched yesterday against a number of social concerns gripping the country: health care, corporate greed, unemployment. Solidarity demonstrations linked to the Occupy Wall Street movement took to the streets from New York to San Francisco. In Boston, protesters were supported by a different kind of observance. Reporter Ari Daniel Shapiro was there Friday night and has this report.

ARI DANIEL SHAPIRO, BYLINE: So, we're downtown Boston. It's raining. And Dewey Square - this is the site of Occupy Boston.

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Space
5:31 am
Sun October 16, 2011

Chance To Spot Rare Supernova Fading Fast

Highly sensitive cameras were set up outside the Yucca Valley Community Center in California recently to capture images from deep space. One of the brightest supernovas in the last century won't be visible to amateur stargazers within the next week.

Brian Hajek

Supernova 2011fe is bringing out the stargazers. It's one of the brightest supernovas in the last century and it's now visible. It's the kind of event amateur astronomers dream of.

The supernova will last for more than a decade, but it won't stay this bright. Within the next week, the light that took 21 million years to reach earth will fade out of view for amateur astronomers.

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Economy
4:07 am
Sun October 16, 2011

Wagering On Food Prices A Losing Bet For Hungry

For speculators, food is a commodity to trade, not eat.

Scott Olson Getty Images

Speculators in the agricultural commodities markets are forcing grocery prices to rise too quickly and erratically, according to some top economists marking World Food Day on Sunday.

"Excessive financial speculation is contributing to increasing volatility and record food prices, exacerbating global hunger and poverty," wrote 461 economists, from more than 40 countries, in an open letter.

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Middle East
2:39 am
Sun October 16, 2011

Syria Keeps Pressure On Protesters, Ignores Critics

Mourners surround the hearse carrying the coffin of Kurdish opposition leader Meshaal al-Tammo during his funeral last Sunday in Amuda, in northern Syria. Supporters blamed the Syrian government for his death.

Reuters HO/Landov

Originally published on Sun October 16, 2011 4:00 pm

From the outset of the Syrian uprising last spring, Syria's president, Bashar Assad, offered promises of reform. Activists, meanwhile, documented abuses by his security forces, including video footage of shootings against unarmed protesters.

Now, the Assad government appears to be relying exclusively on brutal repression, giving free reign to the security services to crush the revolt, according to analysts inside and outside the country.

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Election 2012
10:00 pm
Sat October 15, 2011

Campaign Finance Reports Reveal GOP Disparity

New campaign finance reports offer the first detailed look at the haves and the have-nots among the Republican presidential candidates, with just over a year left in the race for the White House.

In the reports released Saturday, two of the top Republican contenders, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, brought in more than $30 million combined. Meanwhile, businessman Herman Cain, who surged into the top tier of candidates in recent polls, raised significantly less.

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Health
3:10 pm
Sat October 15, 2011

Eating Healthy: Whose Choice Should It Be?

McDonald's says it introduced Happy Meals with apple slices to "help customers make nutrition-minded choices for their daily lifestyles."

Keith Srakocic AP

Originally published on Sun October 16, 2011 4:16 am

On a recent visit to McDonald's, Christie Coleman, a mother of two boys, was surprised to find that her kids' Happy Meals included fewer french fries and something new: apple slices.

Coleman says her boys are extremely picky eaters, so she was not happy with the change.

"When they do want to eat, they will eat all of their fries, and I don't think that they should get 15 or 20 less fries because McDonald's thinks that they need to eat apples as well," she says.

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Sports
1:15 pm
Sat October 15, 2011

Cryotherapy: Why Pro Athletes Like it Chilly

Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Jason Terry inside of a cryotherapy chamber at Millennium Ice in Dallas, Texas.

Eric Rauscher

The traditional ice bath isn't so cool anymore. These days, professional athletes are opting for a treatment that sounds more like sci-fi torture: whole-body cryotherapy.

Here's how it works: You stand in a cylindrical chamber for about two and a half minutes. Hyper-cold air is released all around your body, bringing the temperature down to as low as 300 degrees below zero.

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News
1:00 pm
Sat October 15, 2011

Week In News: Money And The GOP Presidential Race

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REBECCA ROBERTS, host: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Rebecca Roberts.

HERMAN CAIN: We must grow this economy with a bold solution, which is why I have proposed 999.

Governor RICK PERRY: I think Americans are so untrustworthy of what's going on in Washington is because they never see a cut in spending.

MITT ROMNEY: You want to have someone who's smart, who has experience, who knows how the financial services sector works, who knows how to protect American jobs, and I do. I've done it.

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History
12:28 pm
Sat October 15, 2011

Bones Of Aussie Outlaw Legend Rise Again

These skeletal remains exhumed from an old prison cemetery are now confirmed as the bones of outlaw legend Ned Kelly.

Damien Plemming Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 5:26 am

Day in and day out, Stephen Cordner sorts through a big jumble of human bones. He's the director of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine in Victoria, Australia. The bones he's handling this day are unusual: They belong to the legendary Ned Kelly.

"I don't think anybody grows up in Australia without hearing about Ned Kelly," Cordner tells weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rebecca Roberts.

Even in death, Kelly is larger than life in Australia. So large that he's been played in movies by both Heath Ledger and Mick Jagger.

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World
11:29 am
Sat October 15, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Inspires Worldwide Protests

Taking a cue from the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York, protesters across the world took to the streets Saturday to demonstrate against what they say is corporate greed, the banks and government austerity cuts.

Organizers of the global protests say there will be demonstrations in 951 cities in 82 countries. On their website, the organizers say they're demanding change and to let politicians and the financial elite know it's up to the people to decide the future.

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Afghanistan
6:12 am
Sat October 15, 2011

U.S. Base Assaulted In Eastern Afghanistan

Originally published on Sat October 15, 2011 8:42 am

Militants tried to blast their way into an American base in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, striking before dawn with rocket-propelled grenades and a vehicle packed with explosives.

The attackers failed to breach the gate of the base in Panjshir province's Rakha district, though they did hit a security tower with a rocket-propelled grenade, said provincial Police Chief Gen. Mohammad Qasim Jangalbagh.

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Middle East
6:12 am
Sat October 15, 2011

U.S., Europe Shield Syrian Dissidents Abroad

Originally published on Sat October 15, 2011 1:28 pm

While much of the focus this past week has been on an alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the U.S., diplomats and law enforcement officials in the U.S. and Europe also began to take aim at Syria for an alleged conspiracy to intimidate dissidents abroad.

Syrian-American Mohamad Soueid was indicted in the U.S. on charges he passed information about dissidents back to the country's intelligence services.

On Monday, a judge is set to decide whether he should remain in prison pending his trial.

An Agent Of The Syrian Government?

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Politics
6:00 am
Sat October 15, 2011

Recall Election Targets Ala. Immigration Law Author

A relatively small election is getting intense interest in Arizona. It's an election to recall State Sen. Russell Pearce, the architect of Arizona's strict immigration laws. As NPR's Ted Robbins reports, the recall election is splitting the community along religious as much as political lines.

Africa
6:00 am
Sat October 15, 2011

Healing War-Torn Liberia Takes More Than Elections

Liberia held presidential elections this week. The front runner and current president of Liberia is Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this month. But awards notwithstanding, Liberia remains a place recovering from a 14-year-long civil war, with much of the country too poor even to have electric power or clean running water. Scott Simon talks with Tim Butcher, former Africa correspondent for The Daily Telegraph, about the challenges facing the country.

Sports
6:00 am
Sat October 15, 2011

Sports: Baseball Playoffs And An NFL Game To Watch

Baseball playoffs are heating up with pennants on the line. Over in the NFL, the game everyone's watching this week is a battle of rising teams. Meanwhile, the NBA is still locked out, and if it stays that way, it could mean no Christmas games. Host Scott Simon and NPR's Tom Goldman talk sports.

Around the Nation
6:00 am
Sat October 15, 2011

Bishop Indicted: A First For The Abuse Scandal

A grand jury has indicted the Roman Catholic bishop of Kansas City for failing to report suspected child sexual abuse. Bishop Robert Finn has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count of not reporting to police that he had seen child pornography on a priest's computer. It's the first time a bishop has been indicted since the church abuse scandal became public 25 years ago. NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty reports.

Around the Nation
6:00 am
Sat October 15, 2011

The Unexpected Emerges From Ala. Immigration Law

Alabama has what many consider to be the strictest anti-immigration law in the country. Now that the law has been in effect for a few weeks, the state's residents are starting to see what some of the unintended consequences are. Andrew Yeager of member station WBHM reports from Birmingham.

Around the Nation
6:00 am
Sat October 15, 2011

Wall Street Protesters More Savvy Than Sloppy

Originally published on Sat October 15, 2011 9:07 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

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The Two-Way
4:53 am
Sat October 15, 2011

'Rapture' Prophet Camping: World Will 'Probably' End Quietly Next Friday

Harold Camping speaks during a taping of his show Open Forum in Oakland, Calif., on May 23, 2011.

Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

When we last heard from Harold Camping, the Family Radio broadcaster was conceding he'd been wrong about The Rapture beginning on May 21 — a prediction that had some folks selling their worldly possessions and traveling the nation to warn that the end was coming soon.

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Around the Nation
3:09 am
Sat October 15, 2011

'NextGen' Air Traffic System Has Yet To Take Off

An air traffic controller monitors flights in July at the Denver International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration is planning to modernize its traffic control system, but has faced a number of obstacles.

John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 15, 2011 1:35 pm

The government is trying to modernize the nation's air traffic control system, but cost overruns, software problems and management concerns are making some wonder whether the so-called "Next Generation" system may take another generation to complete.

The radar screens in the nation's aircraft control towers are based on technology dating to World War II. Many of the routes airliners fly were laid out at a time pilots followed bonfires for navigation at night.

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Middle East
2:36 am
Sat October 15, 2011

WikiLeaks Cable Hints At Motive For Alleged Iran Plot

An alleged Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S., Adel al-Jubeir (shown here in 2004), may have been motivated by tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, but also could underscore an internal power struggle.

Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun October 16, 2011 4:23 am

The disclosure of an alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in the U.S. is certain to worsen relations between Riyadh and Tehran, despite the baffling and improbable details that have emerged so far.

Relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia have been deteriorating for some years now, however, with growing hostility bubbling just below the surface. In that context, the plot may make more sense than is immediately apparent.

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Politics
2:24 am
Sat October 15, 2011

The Binge-Purge Politics Of 2012

Rep. Michele Bachmann greets supporters after Tuesday's debate in New Hampshire. She saw her political fortunes rise earlier in the summer but has since fallen back in the polls.

Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Sat October 15, 2011 11:39 pm

In the days following the umpteenth Republican presidential debate — Tuesday night in New Hampshire — America continues to ladle praise on its newfound hero: pizza mogul Herman Cain.

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Presidential Race
1:37 am
Sat October 15, 2011

The Difference, Herman Cain Says, Is 'Substance'

An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll out this week puts a new name at the top of the race for the Republican presidential nomination: Herman Cain. The poll shows the former head of Godfather's Pizza at 27 percent, with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney just 4 points behind. Cain spoke with Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon about his surge to front-runner status.

Scott Simon: So how do you keep your campaign from going the way of Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Donald Trump — for that matter, every other front-runner?

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Sports
1:02 am
Sat October 15, 2011

Being Bartman: 'Catching Hell' Tells Cubs Fan's Story

As the Chicago Cubs' Moises Alou made a leaping attempt at a pop foul during the National League Championship Series, Steve Bartman (in Cubs cap and dark sweater) was among the fans reaching for the ball. While one image suggests he acted alone, the second photo tells another story.

Elsa Getty Images

We fans of the Chicago Cubs rarely hear good news in October, so there's a little buzz of excitement around Wrigley Field these days about the possibility of Boston Red Sox GM Theo Epstein reportedly coming to Chicago to take over a similar or expanded role with the hapless Cubs.

In 2004, Epstein helped guide the Red Sox to their first World Series title in 86 years and to another title in 2007. In Chicago, he'd be trying to end a Cubs' championship drought dating back to 1908; the Cubs haven't even been to the World Series since 1945.

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Business
10:19 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

Obama Drives Home Free Trade Deal With S. Korea

President Obama waves to the crowd after speaking at a GM plant Friday in Michigan. Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak visited the plant to promote a free trade agreement.

Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 15, 2011 9:26 am

Over the last few years, during factory tours across the country, Obama has driven an electric vehicle and coerced a New York Times reporter aboard a high-tech scooter.

So it was a safe bet that when he and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak found a brand new subcompact Chevy Sonic car on their tour of a General Motors plant, the two world leaders would climb in.

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Environment
4:01 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

Polar Bear Researcher To Be Re-Interviewed By Feds

A researcher who wrote a famous report about dead polar bears is being re-interviewed by federal investigators, who are continuing to probe allegations of misconduct. Above, a polar bear walks on the frozen tundra on the edge of Hudson Bay.

Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Federal officials continue to probe allegations of misconduct related to a famous report on dead polar bears that raised concerns about climate change. Later this month, officials plan to re-interview one of the two government scientists who wrote that report.

The new development suggests that scientific integrity remains a focus of the investigation, which recently detoured into allegations that the other researcher under scrutiny broke rules related to federal funding of research. Both scientists work for agencies of the Department of the Interior (DOI).

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