10:00am

Thu January 12, 2012
Fine Art

In Haiti, Where Does Art Fit In?

A painting by a Haitian artist is on display in Washington, D.C.
Doriane Raiman NPR

There's no doubt that art can help us cope with troubled times. It's a way to process the inexplicable, express the unutterable.

But with tens of thousands of Haitians still displaced and living in tent cities, some might consider art a luxury few can afford. Diane Ford Dessables, though, founder of Ayitian Arts Project, says that in addition to the obvious emotional benefits, there are real economic reasons for supporting Haiti's arts.

"What we're doing here is focusing on art and using art as a means of spurring community development," she tells NPR's Michel Martin.

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10:00am

Thu January 12, 2012
-Tuned To Yesterday

Tuned To Yesterday

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Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

9:59am

Thu January 12, 2012
The Salt

10 Things To Do With A Twinkie

When we heard the news about the Hostess bankruptcy and the possible demise of the Twinkie, we were concerned. And we got to thinking about just how wonderful Twinkies are.

I myself have never tried one, and come from the generation that's more likely to see Twinkies as an abstract object to play or experiment with — not real food.

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9:35am

Thu January 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Mine's Smaller! Claim About Tiny Frog Is Challenged

The tiny frog called Paedophryne amauensis, sitting on a dime.
Christopher Austin AFP/Getty Images

Sure, it's tiny. But is it the tiniest?

There's a frog in Papua New Guinea that researchers announced this week is "the smallest known vertebrate species" (that is, a creature with a spine).

It's so small, in fact, that the picture posted by the journal PLoS One with the scientists' report shows the little Paedophryne amauensis sitting on a dime with plenty of room to spare.

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9:00am

Thu January 12, 2012

8:45am

Thu January 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Jump Up By 24,000

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 10:24 am

The number of people filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance rose by 24,000 last week from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration reports. There were 399,000 such claims.

Also, "the 4-week moving average was 381,750, an increase of 7,750 from the previous week's revised average of 374,000," the agency says.

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8:10am

Thu January 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Penn State Will Honor Paterno, School President Says

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 8:13 am

Joe Paterno, during a Penn State game last October.
Jim Prisching AP

Legendary football coach Joe Paterno, who lost his job at Penn State in the wake of the scandal over a former assistant's arrest on charges of sexually abusing young boys, will be honored by the school at some point, university President Rodney Erickson told alumni Wednesday evening.

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7:30am

Thu January 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Judge Blocks Pardons Issued By Outgoing Mississippi Gov. Barbour

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 8:39 am

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R).
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Most of the 203 pardons, clemencies and sentence reductions granted by outgoing Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) just before he left office Tuesday, which ignited a firestorm of criticism and controversy in the state, are now in legal limbo.

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7:15am

Thu January 12, 2012
Animals

Crocodile Rocks Family's Slumber

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7:09am

Thu January 12, 2012
Business

Better Make Your Excuse For Being Late A Good One

The job-search site CareerBuilder has released a survey on the most outrageous excuses for coming in late. Employers across the country submitted gems like: I thought I won the lottery.

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