4:06pm

Wed October 3, 2012
Regional Coverage

Onondaga County to fund group trying to revive symphony in Syracuse

Onondaga County lawmakers have agreed to give a fledgling group that's trying to revive a Syracuse orchestra in central New York some seed money.

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3:55pm

Wed October 3, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Admit It: Medicare Errs In Crackdown On Hospital Quality

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Medicare has an embarrassing admission about readmissions: It goofed.

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3:49pm

Wed October 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Report: If Captured Alive, Obama Favored Putting Osama Bin Laden On Trial

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 4:27 pm

In an interview with Vanity Fair's contributing editor, President Obama said if Osama bin Laden was captured alive, he would have favored putting him on trial in a federal courtroom.

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3:15pm

Wed October 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Teddy Wins! Washington Nationals' Mascot Snaps 525-Game Losing Streak

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 11:15 am

Teddy broke the tape first today รขย€ย” after 525 losses over seven seasons.
Greg Fiume Getty Images

As monumental as the Washington Nationals' first trip to Major League Baseball's playoffs has been, this news may come close in importance for some fans in the nation's capital:

Teddy, one of the team's four presidential mascots, finally won a "race" today.

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3:11pm

Wed October 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Iran's Ahmadinejad Could Become Scapegoat For Sanction Woes

Originally published on Sun October 21, 2012 9:41 pm

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a news conference in Tehran on Tuesday.
Atta Kenare AFP/Getty Images

Economic sanctions have a reputation for being the international equivalent of a slap on the wrist. But in Iran, there's evidence that they are working, and that the country's flamboyant President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad might pay the price.

In the past year, Iran's currency has shed 80 percent of its value against the dollar, dropping by 25 percent in just the past week. That's caused a scramble for the few U.S. dollars available in the black market as people seek a safe haven against the free-falling rial.

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3:10pm

Wed October 3, 2012
Music Reviews

Low Cut Connie: The Self-Deprecating Bar Band

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 9:47 am

Low Cut Connie's Call Me Sylvia is as raucous as its debut, though it's a bit more self-conscious.
Courtesy of the artist

Low Cut Connie is one of an increasingly rare breed: a party band, a bar band, a band with a sense of rock 'n' roll history that isn't weighed down by nostalgia or the foolish feeling that music was better way back when. Positive fellows, for the most part, even when they're in their cups, these guys "say yes," as the title of one song goes, to a life in music. Oh, and they're also trying to get women to say yes to their craven come-ons.

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2:39pm

Wed October 3, 2012
Author Interviews

Tobolowsky: An Actor's Life 'Low On The Totem Pole'

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 10:37 am

Stephen Tobolowsky is an actor and writer. He also hosts the podcast The Tobolowsky Files.
Jim Britt Courtesy of Simon & Schuster

If you saw Stephen Tobolowsky on the street, you might think you know him from somewhere. The character actor has appeared in over 100 films and TV shows, with recurring roles in Heroes, Deadwood, Glee and now The Mindy Project.

In his memoir, The Dangerous Animals Club, Toboloswky charts the highs and lows of life as a character actor. Some of his roles have been so small, he says, his characters didn't even have names โ€” as, for example, with his turn as "Buttcrack Plumber."

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2:07pm

Wed October 3, 2012
Politics

The Political Junkie's Presidential Debate Preview

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 2:17 pm

President Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney face off in Denver Wednesday for the first of three presidential debates. The president continues to hold a slight lead in many swing states, but Romney's been able to close the gap in the weeks since the conventions.

2:00pm

Wed October 3, 2012
Music Interviews

Carpenter's 'Ashes And Roses' Shaped By Grief

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 10:40 am

Mary Chapin Carpenter has won five Grammy Awards over the course of her career.
Russ Harrington

Over the last few years, singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter's life has been drastically transformed. In 2007, she suffered a life-threatening pulmonary embolism, her marriage ended soon after and, in the fall of 2011, her father died.

After those experiences, she tells NPR's Neal Conan, grief became a companion โ€” but also a guide, a presence that dictated her outlook on life. The Grammy-winning artist channeled those emotions into her latest album, Ashes and Roses.

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2:00pm

Wed October 3, 2012
Around the Nation

Planning For A Sustainable Mississippi River

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 10:12 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan broadcasting today from the University of Missouri St. Louis at Grand Center, home of St. Louis Public Radio. T.S. Eliot, who grew up here, wrote a poem about the Mississippi, which flows about three miles from here.

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