3:30pm

Tue May 15, 2012
National Security

Why Do Terrorists So Often Go For Planes?

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 4:22 pm

Despite the multiple layers of security at airports, terrorists still often target planes. But terrorism analysts say they are also concerned about soft targets. Here, a Transportation Security Administration agent looks at an identity card at the Portland International Airport earlier this month.
Rick Bowmer AP

Ever since the Sept. 11 attacks, airports have probably been the most heavily guarded sites when it comes to preventing terrorist attacks.

And yet the most recent terrorism plot in Yemen involved an attempt to blow up a U.S. airliner with a bomber wearing a difficult-to-detect explosive bomb in his underwear, according to U.S. officials.

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3:28pm

Tue May 15, 2012
Regional Coverage

Gillibrand calls for oversight and transparency in the banking sector

Ryan Delaney

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says J.P. Morgan Chase's recent bad investment again shows a need for more oversight and transparency in the nation's banking sector.

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3:16pm

Tue May 15, 2012
The Salt

Vermont Beer Makers Bring Back Old-Time Maple Sap Brews

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 8:33 am

This farmer, pouring maple sap into his pail near Wilmington, Vt., in 1954, may have turned the dregs of the season's sap into beer.
Robert F. Sisson National Geographic/Getty Images

In Vermont, the last sap in the spring maple sugaring season isn't considered good for much. It's too dark and strong to use for commercial maple syrup — people tend to like the light and clear stuff.

But long ago, that late season sap was used in a potent dark beer that offered some cool relief to farmers when the hay was cut in the heat of summer.

Now some local microbreweries are bringing the historic drink back from extinction.

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3:15pm

Tue May 15, 2012
Music Reviews

Lisa Marie Presley: Rock's Princess Finds Her Voice

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 8:21 pm

Lisa Marie Presley has weathered personal storms with grace. On her new album, she establishes her own distinct identity.
Troy Paul

Lisa Marie Presley is a curiosity. Famous from birth, she is rock's only real princess. Her face is a stunning combination of her parents' best features. Her marriages have been, well, unusual. Who could forget her awkward television kiss with then-husband Michael Jackson? Or the few months of wedded bliss to actor and Elvis fanatic Nicolas Cage? She has led a colorful life — one that overshadowed her music career when she started making records in 2003.

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2:32pm

Tue May 15, 2012
Regional Coverage

Remembering fallen members of the police force

Matt Johnston

It was a day of remembrance today in Syracuse at the newly renovated Forman Park. Mayor Stephanie Miner, Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler, and Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh were all on hand to honor members of the police force that have fallen in the line of duty.

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2:32pm

Tue May 15, 2012
From Our Listeners

Letters: Losing Faith And Military Marriages

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 10:07 am

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

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2:17pm

Tue May 15, 2012
NPR Story

At 96, Historian Lewis Reflects On 'A Century'

Originally published on Sun May 20, 2012 8:42 am

Bernard Lewis is also the author of the best-selling What Went Wrong?
Alan Kolc

Over his long academic career, Bernard Lewis has arguably become the world's greatest historian of the Middle East. Now, at 96, Lewis turns his attention inward in a memoir that looks back on his life, work and legacy.

The linguist and scholar's career began before World War II, and in a new memoir he covers more than a few sensitive areas, from race and slavery in Islam, to the clash of civilizations and his long argument with scholar Edward Said, to his role as an adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney.

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2:07pm

Tue May 15, 2012
Sports

Fan Says Tear Down Wrigley To Save The Cubs

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 10:07 am

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

Fans of the Chicago Cubs come up with all kinds of explanations for the team's epic ineptitude: the curse of the Billy Goat, Steve Bartman's 2003 foul ball catch, and generations of incompetent management. In the Wall Street Journal today, Rich Cohen comes to a different conclusion: Wrigley Field. Destroy it, annihilate it, he wrote. Implosion or explosion, get rid of it, not merely the structure but the ground on which it stands.

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2:07pm

Tue May 15, 2012
Race

The Politics Of Fat In Black And White

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 12:13 pm

Alice Randall is also the author of The Wind Done Gone.
Getty Images

"Many black women are fat because we want to be." With those words in a New York Times op-ed, novelist Alice Randall sparked a controversy. Touching on flashpoints of race, weight, politics and gender, her contention prompted a debate and raised serious questions about health, culture and race.

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2:07pm

Tue May 15, 2012
Law

'Stop And Frisk' Works, But It's Problematic

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 10:07 am

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

The New York City police reported that its officers stopped and frisked almost 700,000 people last year, which prompted a fresh round of protests over the controversial policy. In today's Washington Post, Richard Cohen writes that these questionable tactics have to be measured against their effects. New York City is heaven on earth, he wrote, possibly because it is a certain kind of hell for young black and Hispanic men. Do results justify questionable police tactics?

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