Mon August 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Hog Prices Rise On Word That Feds Will Buy Pork In Bid To Help Farmers

Hogs at a farm in Elma, Iowa (2009 file photo).
Scott Olson Getty Images

President Obama not coincidentally chose Iowa today as the backdrop for his announcement that the federal government is buying $170 million worth of pork, chicken, lamb and catfish to help producers who've been hit hard by drought-related increases in feed costs and by soft prices because of overproduction.

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Mon August 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Jesse Jackson Jr. Is Being Treated For Bipolar Depression, Says Hospital

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

The Mayo Clinic says Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., an Illinois Democrat, is being treated for bipolar depression at its clinic in Rochester, Minn.

"Congressman Jackson is responding well to the treatment and regaining his strength," Mayo Clinic said in a statement.

Jackson Jr.'s condition has forced him to take a leave from Washington since June 10. His whereabouts have led to widespread speculation and calls for him to release more details of his condition.

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Mon August 13, 2012
Middle East

On Call-In Radio, Egypt's Leader Offers Reassurance

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 7:18 pm

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi (right) speaks to the media on Aug. 6 in El Arish, Egypt. He has already been engaging with the public more regularly than his predecessor.

When it comes to connecting with the Egyptian public, the country's new president, Mohammed Morsi, seems to have looked at what his predecessor did, and then plotted a course that is diametrically opposed.

During three decades of rule, the former president, Hosni Mubarak, would sometimes go months without making a public statement. When he did appear, it was almost always a formal presentation that seemed to emphasize the gulf between the leader and the ruled.

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Mon August 13, 2012
NPR Story

'Dreamland' Uncovers Science Of Odd Sleeping Habits

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 2:38 pm

In Dreamland, David Randall discusses the pros and cons of sharing a bed with a partner, and why naps sometimes leave us feeling more exhausted.

We spend roughly a third of our lives asleep, but know very little about what happens once we shut our eyes and drift off.

David Randall has had trouble sleeping for most of his life. One particularly bad night inspired him to learn everything he could about the process.

"I woke up in the middle of the night with the scary and strange realization that I was on my back in the middle of the hallway with a searing pain in my knee," he tells NPR's Lynn Neary. "I ... quickly put together that I had been sleepwalking, and I ran myself into the wall."

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Mon August 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Amid Intense Fighting, Syria's U.N. Human Rights Envoy Defects

As more heavy fighting continues in Aleppo, Syria's chief Human Rights ambassador has defected and pledged allegiance to the opposition.

The AFP reported the story this morning and Swiss state media confirmed it. The AFP reports:

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Mon August 13, 2012
Election 2012

Will Ryan Help Or Hurt The GOP Ticket?

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 3:55 pm



And now, the Opinion Page. And Republicans and Democrats can agree on one thing about Mitt Romney's pick of Paul Ryan as his running mate. His selection reshapes the race for president. That may be all they agree on. We'll read from our range of opinions in a few minutes, and we want to hear from Republicans today. Does Paul Ryan help or hurt the GOP ticket? Give us a call: 800-989-8255. The email address is talk@npr.org. And we start with NPR's senior Washington editor Ron Elving. He's here with us in Studio 3A.

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Mon August 13, 2012

The Line Between Confidentiality And Public Safety

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 3:57 pm

Mental health professionals are faced with difficult decisions about when to warn about potential threats to public safety. State laws vary: Some require mental health workers to report a perceived threat, others ease confidentiality requirements, and some states have no established duty to warn.


Mon August 13, 2012
NPR Story

College Freshmen Learn From 'Enrique's Journey'

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 1:24 pm

Many colleges and universities require incoming freshmen to read Sonia Nazario's book Enrique's Journey.
Random House

Before incoming freshmen actually step onto campus, many get their first assignment: a "common read." Colleges and universities assign the same book for freshmen to read over the summer to facilitate discussions once they get to school.

Sonia Nazario's book Enrique's Journey is on dozens of required reading lists this year. It tells the story of a Honduran boy who embarks on a perilous search to find his mother in the United States. Enrique's mother left to find work in the United States when he was 5, and he sets out to track her down as a teenager.

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Mon August 13, 2012
It's All Politics

Moderators Announced For Three Presidential Debates, One VP Debate

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 7:07 pm

CNN's Candy Crowley at a Mitt Romney campaign event during the Iowa caucuses in January.
David Holloway CNN

For the first time in 20 years, a woman — CNN's Candy Crowley — will moderate a presidential debate, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday.

The moderators for all three presidential debates and the sole vice-presidential debate were announced:

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Mon August 13, 2012
The Torch

Olympics Closing Ceremony: Both Well-Received And Anger-Inducing

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 5:09 pm

Fireworks explode at London's Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony of the Summer Olympics. The gala has gotten good reviews — with the exception of those troubled by NBC's presentation.
Thomas Coex AFP/Getty Images