2:11pm

Mon August 27, 2012
The Impact of War

Helping Recent Vets Find Meaning In New Jobs

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

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

When former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens returned to civilian life, he heard his fellow veterans asked the same question over and over: What do I do now? Part of the problem is the economy. Veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq face unemployment rates even higher than that in the general population. Part of it's mutual incomprehension. Vets say employers don't understand how the skills they learned in the military can translate.

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2:01pm

Mon August 27, 2012
Around the Nation

Skies Less-Than Friendly When Packing A Cello

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 5:59 pm

Paul Katz bought two tickets — one for himself and one for his cello — in the cabin of a flight from Calgary to Los Angeles. But the captain told him his centuries-old cello had to fly as checked baggage. After an agonizing flight, Katz cried when the captain returned his cello, unharmed.

2:01pm

Mon August 27, 2012
Medical Treatments

Top Doctors Discuss The Art And Practice Of Surgery

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 3:19 pm

Things that most people take for granted in surgery — the use of anesthesia, for example, or the way surgical tools are cleaned — were once cutting-edge discoveries in the profession. Dr. Atul Gawande and Dr. Sherwin Nuland discuss the changes they've seen over their long careers as surgeons.

1:37pm

Mon August 27, 2012
It's All Politics

Though Small In Number, Protesters Take Aim At Both Parties

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 4:16 pm

Turnout for Monday's protest rally and march in downtown Tampa was much lower than expected and rain drenched the crowd.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Organizers had predicted a turnout of thousands at a rally in a Tampa park Monday morning to protest Republican policies.

They ended up getting a better showing, as least early on, from the members of the media desperate to cover something — anything — on what was to have been the opening day of the Republican National Convention.

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1:19pm

Mon August 27, 2012
It's All Politics

Former Gov. Charlie Crist Will Speak At Democratic Convention

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 1:52 pm

Florida independent senate candidate Charlie Crist and his wife Carole, attend the Election Night Gathering 2010.
Gerardo Mora Getty Images

Republicans have their former Democratic star at their convention this week in Artur Davis — and now Democrats have their answer in Charlie Crist.

The former governor and former Republican will speak next week at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, the party confirmed this morning. "I'm very pleased, at least in a small way, to try to help the president," Crist told NPR.

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1:08pm

Mon August 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Pew Poll: Most Americans Believe Rich Pay 'Too Little' In Taxes

Tax rates have been a constant theme of this election cycle. Mostly, it's because Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is one of the wealthiest men to run for president and the rate at which he has paid federal taxes has been the subject of much discussion.

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1:06pm

Mon August 27, 2012
The Salt

Portland Company Aims To Tame Food Truck Trash

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 10:39 am

Portland-based GO Box, a service that provides and cleans reusable take-out boxes for local food trucks, hopes to keep some of the city's food waste from going in the dumpster.
iStockphoto.com

With nearly 700 food carts licensed last year, Portland, Ore., is arguable a leader in the mobile food revolution. Lucky residents can choose between Iraqi-Jewish sabich, yeasted Belgian liege waffles, or Indonesian rendang, all served out of a friendly window on the sidewalk. But all of these mobile meals come with a downside — namely, trash.

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12:33pm

Mon August 27, 2012
Participation Nation

Screening Hearts In Philadelphia, Pa.

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 11:32 am

Phyllis and Darren Sudman, founders of Simon's Fund.
Courtesy of Simon's Fund

Phyllis and Darren Sudman started Simon's Fund in 2005, after their 3-month-old son Simon died in his sleep. They learned later that Simon had an undetected silent heart condition.

Today, Simon's Fund provides free heart screenings to children throughout the Philadelphia area to prevent other families from experiencing the same tragedy.

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12:28pm

Mon August 27, 2012
Book Reviews

In 'The Brontes,' New Details Of Family's 'Strange World'

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 3:13 pm

In the new, updated edition of her landmark biography The Brontes, Juliet Barker tells a sad story about Branwell, the infamous brother of Charlotte, Emily and Anne.

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12:27pm

Mon August 27, 2012
The Fresh Air Interview

Regina Spektor: On Growing Up A 'Soviet Kid'

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 10:05 pm

"To me, the voice is an instrument, just like any other instrument," Regina Spektor says.
Shervin Lainez

Regina Spektor plays the piano so loudly, she has to convince piano tuners to adjust the instrument to her liking.

"It gets so loud that the strings reverberate in a certain way," Spektor says. "And I always want them to work on the voicing and to soften the hammers, and they get kind of argumentative with me — they're like, 'You're not supposed to play this loud.'"

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