12:12pm

Fri February 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Syrian Troops Step Up Homs Shelling After U.N. Resolution

More horrific reports out of Homs only a day after the United Nations General Assembly called on President Bashar al-Assad's regime to end its shelling of the city.

Voice of America reports activists say:

... tank fire and artillery shelling hit four neighborhoods in the central protest city Friday which has spearheaded the 11-month uprising.

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12:11pm

Fri February 17, 2012
Planet Money

Choose Your Own Adventure: Greek Crisis

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 11:30 pm

From Crooked Timber, a complete Choose-Your-Own-Adventure story about the Greek debt crisis.

Sample:

"First of all", he says, "we need to decide whether there is any more money on the table. Do you think that Germany (and Netherlands, Finland, etc) can sell any more fiscal transfers to Greece, given their domestic politics?"

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12:08pm

Fri February 17, 2012
Remembrances

Fresh Air Remembers War Reporter Anthony Shadid

It is with great sadness that we report the sudden death of a frequent Fresh Air guest. New York Times foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid suffered a fatal asthma attack yesterday in Syria, where he was reporting on the political uprising.

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12:05pm

Fri February 17, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Tom Devine on The Campbell Conversations

There is nothing more powerful than the truth.  That’s the faith that has sustained Tom Devine’s three-decade campaign to promote and protect whistleblowers in the corporate and governmental realms.

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12:00pm

Fri February 17, 2012
Faith Matters

American Muslim Women Lift The Veil On Love Lives

Love InshAllah features personal essays from 25 women of different backgrounds and circumstances. Fans of love stories are curious and fascinated, but critics say the collection is salacious and sensational. Host Michel Martin and the book's contributing editor Ayesha Mattu discuss these stories of faith, love and the will to open up.

12:00pm

Fri February 17, 2012
Your Money

Week Of Sweet, Sour Economy For Ordinary Americans

The labor market is improving, but Friday's consumer price index news shows that workers' paychecks are not keeping up with limited inflation. Hundreds of people visited NPR's Facebook page to comment on whether things are really getting better. Host Michel Martin and NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax sift through the stats and comments.

12:00pm

Fri February 17, 2012
Barbershop

Shop Talk: Ethnicity Driving 'Linsanity'?

Originally published on Fri February 17, 2012 11:16 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time for our weekly visit to the Barber Shop, where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds.

Sitting in the chairs for a shape-up this week are freelance journalist Jimi Izrael. He joins us from Cleveland. Here in D.C. with me, civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar. Sports Illustrated reporter Pablo Torre is in New York City. And from National Review magazine and the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin, Mario Loyola.

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12:00pm

Fri February 17, 2012
BackTalk

Listeners Hyped About Hairless Mexican Dog

Tell Me More host Michel Martin and editor Ammad Omar share listener comments on this week's conversation about the debut of the xoloitzcuintli at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. They also share an update on Apple, which had a spate of negative publicity about working conditions in Chinese factories.

12:00pm

Fri February 17, 2012
Opinion

Destination Ghana: A Son's First Trip Home

Originally published on Fri February 17, 2012 5:00 am

NPR producer John Asante visits the Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Farm in the eastern region of Ghana during his first trip to the West African nation.
Martin Ackon

As part of Tell Me More's series on memoirs for Black History Month, NPR producer John Asante explores his own family history. He describes his journey to Ghana — the birthplace of his parents and the burial place of his father. Asante shares what the trip taught him about his family and himself.


When most people are asked the question, "So, where ya from?" the response is pretty straightforward. You typically respond with a city, a state or a country. From there, you gauge how much more about your past you want to divulge.

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11:55am

Fri February 17, 2012
The Two-Way

House Passes Payroll Tax Extension

The Republican-controlled House voted 293-132 today to renew a payroll tax cut that benefits 160 million workers, as well as extending benefits to millions of unemployed Americans.

The Senate is expected to quickly approve the legislation, which then goes to President Obama for his signature.

Workers would continue to receive the two percentage-point cut in the 6.2 percent Social Security payroll tax — as much as $2,200 for high-income earners.

The Associated Press reports:

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