1:48pm

Wed February 22, 2012
News

What's Driving The Backlash Against Traffic Cameras

Across the country, fed up drivers are fighting back against traffic cameras that target motorists who speed or run red lights. In Los Angeles, technician Charles Riggings services a traffic camera in 2010.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Have you ever opened your mail and found a traffic ticket sticking you with a not-so-small fine? If so, your reaction might well have been, "What the [expletive]?"

Then maybe you looked carefully at the enclosed photo and realized the vehicle shown (allegedly) running a red light or speeding was, in fact, yours.

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1:26pm

Wed February 22, 2012
National Security

Dealing With Dictators, The U.S. Playbook Varies

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 4:44 pm

The U.S. has taken very different approaches to authoritarian rulers in recent years. President Obama has called for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad, shown here in Damascus on Jan. 11, but has resisted calls for the use of U.S. military force against the Syrian regime.
STR AFP/Getty Images

What is America's policy when it comes to dictators? Well, it depends.

The U.S. has adopted different approaches toward different dictators and authoritarian regimes in recent years. In some cases — notably Iraq and Afghanistan — the U.S. military invaded to change the leaders of those countries.

But American presidents have also hosted friendly visits with leaders from undemocratic countries with questionable human rights records.

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1:00pm

Wed February 22, 2012
Politics

Previewing The High-Stakes Michigan Primary

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 1:59 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. After all the votes are counted, Romney still wins in Maine. Super-donors dominate the superPACs, and new frontrunner Rick Santorum struggles to stay on-message. It's Wednesday and time for a...

RICK SANTORUM: Phony ideal...

CONAN: Edition of the Political Junkie.

PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: There you go again.

VICE PRESIDENT WALTER MONDALE: When I hear your new ideas, I'm reminded of that ad: Where's the beef?

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1:00pm

Wed February 22, 2012
Digital Life

Truth And The World Of Wikipedia Gatekeepers

Wikipedia is the go-to source for succinct information on almost every topic imaginable. It strives to reflect neutral truths that can be verified by reliable sources. The site, known as "The Free Encyclopedia" is written and edited by volunteers.

1:00pm

Wed February 22, 2012
Remembrances

Remembering War Correspondent Marie Colvin

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 2:16 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

Forgive us if we hold a special place for the reporters who go into harm's way to tell the stories of civilians and soldiers caught in the horrors of combat. All of them are grown-ups and know the risks. The loss of their lives is no more or less tragic than the death of a doctor or a teacher or a grocer, but we would never learn what happened to those others if the reporters didn't take the cameras and notebooks and risk their lives to tell us the story.

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1:00pm

Wed February 22, 2012
Around the Nation

Fed Up Drivers Fight Back Against Traffic Cameras

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 2:12 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

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12:50pm

Wed February 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Mubarak Verdict Due On June 2

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 1:00 pm

Outside the court in Cairo where former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been on trial, a man earlier today held a sign saying there was a noose waiting for Mubarak.
Marco Longari AFP/Getty Images

As the case against former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak came to a close today, the trial judge announced he expects to deliver a verdict on June 2.

According to al-Jazeera:

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12:47pm

Wed February 22, 2012
The Salt

Can Gardening Help Troubled Minds Heal?

Women's Correctional Community Center inmate Lilian Hussein checks on ti leaves she planted as part of the prison's farming and gardening program in Kailua, Hawaii. The green ti leaves are often used to wrap food or weave into leis.
Jennifer Sinco Kelleher AP

If you haven't noticed, gardens are popping up in some unconventional places – from prison yards to retirement and veteran homes to programs for troubled youth.

Most are handy sources of fresh and local food, but increasingly they're also an extension of therapy for people with mental health issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD; depression; and anxiety.

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12:00pm

Wed February 22, 2012
NPR Story

Beauty Shop: Santorum's Surge, Rihanna's Remix

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 12:36 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, it's our latest Black History Month memoir and we'll hear about a 15 year old honor student who went on to become the youngest member of New York's Black Panther party. We'll hear about his very interesting life in just a few minutes.

But first, we decided to head into the Beauty Shop. That's where we go to get a fresh cut on the week's news.

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12:00pm

Wed February 22, 2012
World

Still No End To Killings In Syria, Tumult In Libya

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 12:36 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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