1:00pm

Mon November 14, 2011
Opinion

Op-Ed: Cultivate Innovation To Kick-Start Economy

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JOHN DONVAN, host: And now the Opinion Page. The Obama administration is expected to spend up to $1 billion to fund training and job placement for health care workers, a decision under the White House's We Can't Wait agenda. With unemployment at 9 percent, government officials have a single focus, and that is to create jobs. But inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen argues that the talk of job creation is actually setting a low standard. He says: We need more people who are passionate about finding new solutions and new industries.

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1:00pm

Mon November 14, 2011
Economy

Company Towns, After The Company Leaves Town

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JOHN DONVAN, host: This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm John Donvan in Washington. Neal Conan is away. Huntsville, Alabama, to some, is better known as Rocket City, where NASA engineers build rockets and kids come every year for space camp. With nearly half of the city's jobs linked to space and defense spending, the city is deeply connected to the nation's space exploration programs.

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12:40pm

Mon November 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Farmland Is Real Estate's Big Bright Spot

This headline today on a story behind The Wall Street Journal's paywall ...

"U.S. Farmers Reclaim Land From Developers"

... sent us looking for other reports about what the Journal says is a national trend: "raw land destined for residential development has fallen so far in value that thousands of acres across the country are being used again for agriculture."

A few other pieces underscore the strength in farmland prices:

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12:00pm

Mon November 14, 2011
U.S.

Counting U.S. Poverty: Is The New Way Better?

This month, the Census Bureau introduced a new method to calibrate the U.S. poverty rate. The old formula had been used for nearly half a century. To learn how the two measurements compare, and how the new guidelines might give a more complete picture of national poverty, host Michel Martin speaks with Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute and Robert Greenstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

12:00pm

Mon November 14, 2011
Movies

'Scenes of a Crime' Probes Police Interrogations

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 1:51 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We're going to go behind closed doors. That's something we often do on Mondays where we talk about issues that we often don't talk about publicly. Today, we want to talk about something that most of us never see: police interrogations.

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12:00pm

Mon November 14, 2011
NPR Story

Jarana Beat Weaves Footwork With Mexican Rhythms

Music from Mexico is often associated with mariachi bands playing songs in wide-rimmed hats and colorful costumes. But Mexico's music is more diverse. Jarana Beat is a Brooklyn-based band that weaves traditional Mexican rhythms with fancy footwork. Dancer Claudia Valentina and musical director Sinuhe-Padilla Isunza speak with host Michel Martin.

12:00pm

Mon November 14, 2011
NPR Story

Love In A Landfill

Florida husband Brian McGuinn accidentally threw out his wife's $10,000 custom-made diamond engagement ring. He tells host Michel Martin how he waded through a massive pile of garbage to find it.

12:00pm

Mon November 14, 2011
NPR Story

Crackdown At Occupy Oakland

Police are getting tougher on 'Occupy' demonstrations across the country, working to break up encampments. Police made dozens of arrests on Monday morning in Oakland, Calif. Host Michel Martin learns more from reporters who are covering the Occupy Oakland movement: Martin Kaste of NPR and Bob Butler of KCBS Radio.

11:27am

Mon November 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Kindle Fire Shipments Begin A Day Early

The Kindle Fire.
Amazon.com

If you've been waiting anxiously for that $199 Kindle Fire tablet you pre-ordered from Amazon.com, this should be welcome news:

The company says it started shipping the tablets today — one day earlier than it had planned.

"Kindle Fire quickly became the bestselling item across all of Amazon.com, and based on customer response we're building millions more than we'd planned," Dave Limp, vice president of Amazon Kindle, says.

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11:12am

Mon November 14, 2011
Europe

In Frankfurt, Former Trader Prepared For The Wurst

Thomas Brausse traded his job selling stocks for one selling sausages. He opened the Frankfurter Wurschtboerse, or Frankfurt Sausage Exchange, after he lost his job in Germany's financial capital in 2008.
Thomas Lohnes AFP/Getty Images

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that Europe could be living through its toughest hour since World War II.

Merkel was referring to the debt crisis that has resulted in bailouts for countries, toppled governments and is now threatening the survival of Europe's single currency.

These are nervous times in places like Germany's financial capital, Frankfurt. But for one former trader — who exchanged his computer terminal for pork sausages sizzling on a grill — these are not necessarily the worst of times.

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