6:10pm

Mon February 13, 2012
Music

The Ballad Of The Tearful: Why Some Songs Make You Cry

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 5:45 pm

Adele won the song of the year category at this year's Grammy Awards for her tear-jerker "Someone Like You."
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Note: A number of listeners responded to this story and said the definition of appoggiatura was incorrect. Music commentator Rob Kapilow has a second opinion here.

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5:41pm

Mon February 13, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Why Catholic Groups' Health Plans Say No To Contraceptives, Yes To Viagra

Covered? Usually.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

If health insurance plans offered by Catholic-sponsored entities refuse to cover contraceptives for women because of the religion's moral teachings banning artificial birth control, do they cover Viagra for men?

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5:40pm

Mon February 13, 2012
It's All Politics

With Focus On Obama Budget, Fiscal Watchdog Warns Of Broken Process

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 10:36 am

5:25pm

Mon February 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Republicans To Introduce Backup Bill That Extends Payroll Tax Holiday

Facing an end-of-month expiration of the payroll tax holiday, Republicans said they would introduce a backup bill that would extend that tax cut without offsetting its costs with other cuts.

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Ammad Omar is an editor on NPR's Tell Me More with Michel Martin.

Omar appears weekly on the program to talk with host Michel Martin in the "BackTalk" segment, a portion of the show highlighting listener feedback and giving updates on stories. He works with the rest of the Tell Me More staff to come up with story and interview ideas, and write and edit scripts.

Prior to joining NPR in 2011, Omar worked at WBEZ - Chicago Public Radio for five years serving as a morning news producer, news desk editor managing a team of reporters and producers, and as a program host occasionally filling in as the local All Things Considered and Morning Edition host.

4:44pm

Mon February 13, 2012
Music Videos

Igudesman And Joo: 'I Will Survive'

Doriane Raiman NPR

Violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-ki Joo believe that classical music should be fun. That's why they subvert it whenever they appear on stage.

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4:37pm

Mon February 13, 2012
The Picture Show

Westminster Dog Show: Introducing The Xoloitzcuintli

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:02 am

Stewart, a Yorkshire terrier, relaxes in his hotel room after checking in at the Affinia Manhattan Hotel.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

It's that time of year — where hair dryers, treadmills and lush hotel rooms aren't reserved for us Homo sapiens, but for our canine best friends. The 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is off and running this week at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Organizers say it's one of the oldest sporting events in the country, second only to the Kentucky Derby.

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4:27pm

Mon February 13, 2012
Health

For Komen, Walks Will Be Fundraising Test

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 12:30 pm

Several thousand people participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Tyler, Texas, in 2007. Some walkers for this year's races, including the 3-Day walk, are worried that they might have trouble raising money because of the Planned Parenthood controversy.
Scott M. Lieberman AP

Over the weekend, the Susan G. Komen foundation held meetings in 15 cities around the country for people who have registered for this summer's 3-Day walks.

The annual events are key fundraisers for the breast cancer research and treatment organization. But after the recent controversy over Komen's grants to Planned Parenthood, some walkers are worried it might be harder to get donations this year.

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4:24pm

Mon February 13, 2012
U.S.

U.S. Watches Closely As Oil Drilling Begins Off Cuba

Fishermen work near the Scarabeo-9 oil rig off the coast of Cuba. U.S. officials are concerned about the potential impact in the case of a spill.
Javier Galeano AP

There are big plans for oil exploration in the Caribbean, not far off the coast of Florida. A Spanish company recently began drilling in Cuban waters — just 55 miles from Key West.

The well is the first of several exploratory wells planned in Cuba and the Bahamas. The drilling has officials and researchers in Florida scrambling to make plans for how they'll respond in case of a spill.

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