3:20pm

Tue May 1, 2012
Science

Psychology Of Fraud: Why Good People Do Bad Things

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 10:44 am

Adam Cole/NPR

Enron, Worldcom, Bernie Madoff, the subprime mortgage crisis.

Over the past decade or so, news stories about unethical behavior have been a regular feature on TV, a long, discouraging parade of misdeeds marching across our screens. And in the face of these scandals, psychologists and economists have been slowly reworking how they think about the cause of unethical behavior.

In general, when we think about bad behavior, we think about it being tied to character: Bad people do bad things. But that model, researchers say, is profoundly inadequate.

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3:10pm

Tue May 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama In Afghanistan On Surprise Visit

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 6:54 pm

President Barack Obama is greeted by Lt. Gen. Curtis "Mike" Scaparrotti, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker as he steps off Air Force One at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan earlier today (Tuesday, May 1).
Charles Dharapak AP

One year to the day after announcing to the world the death of Osama bin Laden, President Obama is in Afghanistan, the nation from which the al-Qaida leader and his followers planned and organized the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The news of the president's unannounced trip was confirmed just before 3 p.m. ET. Obama is scheduled to deliver a televised address aimed at Americans this evening at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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3:09pm

Tue May 1, 2012
Afghanistan

Facing Death, Afghan Girl Runs To U.S. Military

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 10:44 am

Afghan women pass U.S. soldiers near Bagram Air Base outside Kabul in 2010. While conditions for Afghan women have improved over the past decade, but they still face many restrictions, as well as abuses like honor killings.
Joel Saget AFP/Getty Images

In a remote part of Afghanistan early last year, a girl was sentenced to death. Her crime was possession of a cellphone. Her executioners were to be her brothers. They suspected her of talking on the phone with a boy. The girl, in her late teens, had dishonored the family, her brothers said.

"My older brother took the cellphone from me and beat me very badly. It was dinnertime. They told me that they would execute me after dinner. They said to me this would be my last meal," says "Lina," a pseudonym.

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2:54pm

Tue May 1, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

What's On Facebook's Mind? Organ Donation

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 12:02 pm

If Facebook has anything to do with it, more organs will be making their way to patients in need.
Frank May Landov

Have you signed up to donate your organs if something happens to you? Are you willing to share that information online with your friends, family and acquaintances?

Facebook execs think you might. And they reckon shared stories about the decision to become an organ donor might spur others to do the same.

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2:53pm

Tue May 1, 2012
The Two-Way

After Helping A Homeless Vet, An Unexpected Holiday Card

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 3:41 pm

Veteran James Brown relaxes in his apartment, which he recently moved into after spending decades on the streets.
Pam Fessler NPR

A recent NPR story about homeless veterans brought a remarkable email from listener Gary Bressick, who runs an insurance agency in Los Angeles. The story focused on one veteran, James Brown, who had just moved into his first apartment after living on the streets for most of the previous three decades.

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2:39pm

Tue May 1, 2012
Politics and Government

Report: NYRA illegally pocketed $8.5 million extra in winnings

The Cuomo administration has accused the New York Racing Authority of taking more than its fair share for more than a year.
wallyg via Flickr

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) is under fire for skimming $8.5 million from bettors.

In a new report, the Cuomo administration says NYRA pocketed a larger-than-allowed "takeout" percentage on "exotic bets" - special wagers on multiple horses or races.

The report alleges that NYRA then tried to cover up the wrongdoing.

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2:31pm

Tue May 1, 2012
From Our Listeners

Letters: New Graduates And Jobs, And Joshua Bell

NPR's Neal Conan reads from listener comments on previous Talk of the Nation show topics including the outlook for new graduates and jobs, guns and "Stand Your Ground" laws, and violinist Joshua Bell's new job.

2:31pm

Tue May 1, 2012
NPR Story

'Debulked Woman': Ovarian Cancer's Grim Reality

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 10:55 am

Susan Gubar is a professor emeritus of English at Indiana University, Bloomington, and co-editor of The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women.
Donald Gray

Feminist literary scholar Susan Gubar was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer in November 2008. She then began her emigration "from the world of the healthy to the domain of the ill," she writes in her book, Memoir of a Debulked Woman.

Ovarian cancer often goes undetected until it has spread throughout the abdomen, and is typically fatal. To slow the spread of the disease, Gubar underwent a procedure known as the mother of all surgeries — a radical debulking operation in which her ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes, appendix and parts of her intestine were removed.

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2:22pm

Tue May 1, 2012
Monkey See

DVD Picks: 'Pillow Talk'

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 10:44 am

Pillow Talk stars Doris Day (above) and Rock Hudson as a pair of strangers who butt heads and fall in love on a shared telephone line.
Universal Pictures

Time for another home-viewing recommendation from film critic Bob Mondello. This week, Bob's listening in on Rock Hudson and Doris Day as they make a bit of Pillow Talk.

What happens when the Girl Next Door meets Mr. Beefcake? It's instant chemistry, albeit of the explosive sort — think Mentos and Diet Coke.

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2:09pm

Tue May 1, 2012
Asia

Scandals Test U.S. — China Relationship

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 2:31 pm

Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's China visit comes at a fragile moment in diplomatic relations. Some analysts describe the Chen Guangcheng and Bo Xilai incidents as a "perfect storm" that will test the relationship between the U.S. and China.

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