4:49pm

Mon June 11, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. Families' Wealth Plunges 40 Percent, Fed Says

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 5:08 pm

In a study (pdf) released today, the Federal Reserve reports that Americans saw a record drop in their wealth between the years 2007 to 2010. Driven primarily by plummeting home values, families' median net worth dropped 38.8 percent, to levels last seen 18 years ago.

Reuters reports:

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4:45pm

Mon June 11, 2012
Music Reviews

Sidi Touré And The Sonic Heritage Of The Sahara

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 1:42 pm

Sidi Touré plays guitar and sings in the Songhaï tradition.
Jonathan Crawford

It's easy to romanticize the Sahara — a vast expanse of sand organized around the northern reaches of the Niger River. Part of that romance is captured in the music of singer and guitarist Sidi Touré, who composes songs in the folkloric tradition of the Songhaï people.

His new album of desert chamber music, Koïma, harkens back to the glory days of the Songhaï Empire, which ruled much of the region from the city of Gao in the 15th and 16th centuries.

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4:44pm

Mon June 11, 2012
Europe

Spain's Leader Calls It A 'Victory,' Not A Bailout

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 8:10 pm

Protesters rally against a bailout package for Spain in front of a Bank of Spain building in Barcelona on Monday. The demonstrators think the bailout will bring only greater hardship.
Josep Lago AFP/Getty Images

A day after getting approval for a financial rescue he vowed Spain would never need, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said it was his idea all along.

"No one pressured me into this. I pushed for it myself, because I wanted a line of credit," Rajoy said. He refused to call it a "bailout." He called it a "victory" instead.

Most Spaniards don't buy that. In a poll published Sunday, 78 percent of respondents said they have "little or no" faith in Rajoy and his ruling conservatives. That's just six months after they won elections in a landslide.

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4:11pm

Mon June 11, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama, Romney Campaigns Taking 'See What Sticks' Approach To Web Videos

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 8:10 pm

4:08pm

Mon June 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Navy Drone Crashes In Maryland

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 5:53 pm

An RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft.
Bobbi Zapka U.S. Airforce

A RQ-4A Global Hawk, an unmanned aerial vehicle, has crashed near Salisbury, Maryland.

NPR's Larry Abramson reports the Navy says the drone was on a test flight out of Patuxtent Naval Air Station, when it crashed in a remote, swampy area. No injuries nor property damage have been reported.

The drone was one of five acquired "by the Navy for surveillance and intelligence use," Larry tells our Newscast unit.

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3:25pm

Mon June 11, 2012
Law

Supreme Court Declines To Hear Guantanamo Appeals

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 7:10 pm

Outside the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to take a second look at how its 2008 decision on the rights of detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is being carried out.

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3:03pm

Mon June 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Stepping Back From Assad Profile, Anna Wintour Decries Syrian 'Atrocities'

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 4:26 pm

The New York Times has a piece today about how Syrian President Bashar Assad and his wife Asma purposefully and with the expensive help of American public relations firms cultivated an image of glamor in the Western world.

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3:00pm

Mon June 11, 2012
NPR Story

Marking The Moment With A Meaningful 'Exit'

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 3:09 pm

New beginnings are often roundly celebrated, but a lot can be learned from goodbyes, too.
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Exits are ubiquitous; long or short, grand or modest, we've all left something, from resigning from a long-held position to waving goodbye to a friend after lunch. In Exit: The Endings That Set Us Free, author Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot explores endings through the stories of people in transition.

Too often "we tend to ignore and diminish endings," she writes, while celebrating beginnings. Instead, we should "develop the habit of marking the small goodbyes to help us master the larger farewells."

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2:51pm

Mon June 11, 2012
-Nature of Things

Focusing on the Ferns

John Weeks encourages his listeners to stop and study the ferns. Ferns can be confusing and difficult to identify. Still, Weeks believes that their elegant form and unusual lifecycle make these plants worth your time and energy.

2:50pm

Mon June 11, 2012
Regional Coverage

Students remain unprepared even though graduation rates are on the rise

Rob Kleine Flickr

New York state's overall high school graduation rate continues to rise slowly over time. But one-quarter of students statewide don’t graduate high school after four years. These statistics are according to the New York State Education Department’s release of high school graduation rates for 2011.

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