1:21pm

Thu October 25, 2012
Humans

Decision Time: Why Do Some Leaders Leave A Mark?

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 12:56 pm

Abraham Lincoln, circa 1850. Lincoln was a political non-entity before he was elected. Why is he more widely known to history than the presidents who came immediately before and after him?
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As part of NPR's coverage of this year's presidential election, All Things Considered asked three science reporters to weigh in on the race. The result is a three-part series on the science of leadership. In Part 1, Alix Spiegel looked at the personalities of American presidents. In Part 2, Jon Hamilton examined leadership in the animal kingdom.

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1:11pm

Thu October 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Unclaimed Jobless Benefits Far Exceed Fraudulent Claims, Study Says

Two people check job listings at a New York State Department of Labor Employment Services office in Brooklyn. (March 2011 file photo.)
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Taxpayer-funded jobless benefits that shouldn't have been paid because of errors or fraudulent claims totaled about $11 billion in 2009, according to a new study published by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

But the total amount of unclaimed benefits was nearly 10 times larger, economists estimate: $108 billion. They estimate that during the 2007-2009 recession, only about half of those eligible for them were collecting the benefits.

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12:44pm

Thu October 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Microsoft Introduces Windows 8, Marking A 'New Era'

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer during a press conference at Pier 57 to officially launch Windows 8 in New York.
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Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft, put the release of the company's new operating system in dramatic terms: "Windows 8 shatters perceptions of what a PC truly is," he said during an introductory event in New York.

Windows 8, Ballmer said, "marks a new era" for Microsoft.

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12:28pm

Thu October 25, 2012
It's All Politics

Women Seen As Key In N.H, Both As Voters And As Candidates

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 1:04 pm

President Obama pauses for a photo with supporters after arriving for a campaign stop in Manchester, N.H., on Thursday.
Winslow Townson AP

The decisive role female voters may play in the key battleground state of New Hampshire hasn't been lost on President Obama and his political allies.

If Democrats sweep the swing state's major races on Election Day, New Hampshire would become the first state to have women hold its entire congressional delegation and the governor's office. Obama would also pick up four potentially crucial electoral votes.

"We have held hundreds of events targeting women voters," said Harrell Kirstein, a spokesman for the Obama campaign in New Hampshire.

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12:04pm

Thu October 25, 2012
History

Jacqueline Kennedy's Style Legacy

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, for two decades she covered theater, museums, gallery openings and movie premiers. Now arts reporter Jacqueline Trescott sits down with us to share some of what she's learned along the way. It's our Wisdom Watch conversation and it's coming up in a few minutes.

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12:03pm

Thu October 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Will It Hold? Assad Regime Says It Agrees To Truce; Rebels Are Skeptical

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 1:21 pm

A message has appeared on the website of Syria's SANA news agency saying that the country's armed forces will halt military operations for four days, starting tomorrow.

On its face, that would appear to be acceptance of U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi's plan for a truce during the Eid al-Adh holiday that Muslims begin observing on Friday.

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11:56am

Thu October 25, 2012
Games & Humor

D.L. Hughley: Tough Words On Politics And Women

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 12:10 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. You probably know him from his hit sitcom "The Hughleys," which followed a black family adjusting to life in a white suburb, or his talk show on CNN or his many guest spots on other popular talk shows. Or you might know him from the mega-hit documentary "The Original Kings of Comedy," where he was featured along with Steve Harvey, Bernie Mac and Cedric the Entertainer. Here's a clip from that.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE ORIGINAL KINGS OF COMEDY")

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11:56am

Thu October 25, 2012
Election 2012

Can A President Control Prices At The Pump?

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 12:11 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Later in the program comedian DL Hughley stops by and gives us his - how shall we say it - unique take on politics. That's coming up later. But before we get to the laughs we're going to take a serious look at energy prices. The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that the average price at the pump for this year will be $3.65.

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11:37am

Thu October 25, 2012
It's All Politics

Down-Ballot Races Feel The Draft And Drag Of The Presidential Race

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 11:56 am

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets supporters at an Indiana campaign event with U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock in August. Mourdock has come under fire for controversial comments about rape.
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President Obama has been turning up in a lot of debates lately. Not just in his encounters with Mitt Romney, but as a talking point for Republican Senate candidates.

In an Indiana Senate debate Tuesday — the same one in which he made a controversial comment about pregnancy resulting from rape — Republican Richard Mourdock castigated Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly for supporting Obama even though "60 percent" of Hoosiers oppose the president.

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11:18am

Thu October 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Banned In China: Ai Weiwei's 'Gangnam Style' Video

Ai Weiwei, "Gannam style."
YouTube

Chinese dissident and artist Ai Weiwei is pushing authorities' buttons again, this time with a "Gangnam style" video spoof that was quickly blocked from Chinese websites.

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