1:00pm

Mon December 12, 2011
World

Megacities: Scars On The Earth, Or Keys To Growth?

Critics have long derided the world's biggest cities as disorderly, overcrowded and polluted. But in recent years, as the planet's population continues to rise past seven billion and more and more people flock to urban areas, some now argue that cities may hold the key to sustainable growth.

12:58pm

Mon December 12, 2011
The Two-Way

'Occupy' Protesters Disrupt Ports in Oakland And Portland

Originally published on Mon December 12, 2011 1:07 pm

Occupy protesters clash with Long Beach Police Department officers after blocking the road leading to SSA Marine, a shipping company that is partially owned by investment bank Goldman Sachs, at the Port of Long Beach on Monday.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

"Occupy" protesters on the West Coast moved Monday to disrupt ports in Los Angeles, San Francisco and elsewhere. The action fizzled in Los Angeles, as the AP reports:

"Heavy rain dampened the protest and the demonstrators, who were flanked by dozens of police, have now moved off, effectively making a peaceful end to a four-hour protest."

The AP says about 200 people showed up for the protest at the Port of Longbeach and that there was one arrest related to the gathering.

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12:42pm

Mon December 12, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S., Iraqi Leaders Mark 'New Day'

"A war is ending, a new day is upon us," President Obama said this afternoon at a joint news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at which the two leaders are marking the departure of the last U.S. troops after nearly nine years in Iraq.

For his part, Maliki said the two nations' relations "will not end with the departure of the last American soldier ... it has only started."

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12:37pm

Mon December 12, 2011
Television

Michael C. Hall: Playing A Killer Role On 'Dexter'

Originally published on Tue December 13, 2011 2:39 pm

Michael C. Hall plays Dexter Morgan, a forensics expert for the Miami Police Department who harbors a deep secret: He's a serial killer who channels his murderous impulses by hunting other serial killers.
Showtime

On Dec. 18, the Showtime drama Dexter presents its sixth-season finale. The show stars Michael C. Hall — who played the repressed mortician David Fisher on HBO's Six Feet Under — as Dexter Morgan, a serial killer who kills other serial killers, and who also works for the Miami police as a blood-spatter expert.

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12:00pm

Mon December 12, 2011
Religion

Catholics Honor Virgin Of Guadalupe For Feast Day

Originally published on Mon December 12, 2011 12:05 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Switching to another part of the world now, this is an important religious day for some Catholics, especially those from Mexico and other parts of Central and Latin America. Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. That's when the faithful celebrate the appearance of an apparition of the Virgin Mary known as the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City back in 1531.

Since then, the image of Guadalupe has become an icon throughout Latin America as a symbol, not just of faith, but also of native pride and resistance against oppression.

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12:00pm

Mon December 12, 2011
NPR Story

Ivorians Try To Bring Peace With New Parliament

On Sunday, Ivorian voters headed to the polls. Many hoped for a peaceful election, especially after the violent fall out of last year's presidential vote. But opposition parties called for a boycott. Host Michel Martin speaks with Associated Press reporter Laura Burke in Ivory Coast's capital, Abidjan.

12:00pm

Mon December 12, 2011
NPR Story

Unemployed For More Than A Year? You're Not Alone

A new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and NPR found that nearly 5 million Americans have been unemployed for a year or more, with some parts of the population harder hit than others. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax, unemployed bus driver Vincent Brandon, and Ellen Wright, an underemployed paralegal.

12:00pm

Mon December 12, 2011
NPR Story

Steve Stoute Looks To Beyonce For Inspiration

As part of Tell Me More's occasional series 'In Your Ear,' author Steve Stoute describes the music that has left a memorable mark on his mind. He talks about the songs, 'Otis' by Kanye West and Jay-Z, and 'Best Thing I Never Had' by Beyonce. Stoute is the author of 'The Tanning of America,' a book about the intersection of hip hop and big business.

11:30am

Mon December 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Lowe's Ignites Controversy By Pulling Ads From 'All-American Muslim'

Originally published on Mon December 12, 2011 11:33 am

A Lowe's store in Saugus, Mass.
Michael Dwyer AP

By deciding to stop advertising during the TLC network's All-American Muslim reality TV show after hearing that some conservatives object to the program, Lowe's Home Improvement is now hearing complaints from others who accuse it of religious bigotry.

California State Sen. Ted Lieu (D), The Associated Press says, may call for a boycott of the home improvement chain.

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11:04am

Mon December 12, 2011
Fresh Food

Losing Virginity: Olive Oil's 'Scandalous' Industry

Originally published on Mon December 12, 2011 1:39 pm

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Extra-virgin olive oil is a ubiquitous ingredient in Italian recipes, religious rituals and beauty products. But many of the bottles labeled "extra-virgin olive oil" on supermarket shelves have been adulterated and shouldn't be classified as extra-virgin, says New Yorker contributor Tom Mueller.

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