Tue January 17, 2012
Intelligence Squared U.S.

Should The U.N. Admit Palestine As A Full Member State?

Originally published on Sat January 21, 2012 10:20 am

Mustafa Barghouthi (from left), Daniel Levy, debate moderator John Donvan, Dore Gold and Aaron David Miller speak before an audience in New York on the motion "The U.N. Should Admit Palestine As A Full Member State."
Samuel LaHoz Intelligence Squared U.S.
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Last September, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas requested full membership to the United Nations for a state of Palestine.

With negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders at a stalemate, is there another approach that could offer a diplomatic solution for peace?

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Tue January 17, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Obesity Epidemic May Have Peaked In U.S.

The nation's obesity epidemic appears to have hit a plateau, according to the latest federal data released Tuesday.

Obesity soared in the U.S. during the 1980s and 1990s, doubling among adults and tripling among children. That raised widespread alarm and debate about the causes and possible solutions. Obesity can increase the risk for diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other serious health problems.

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Tue January 17, 2012

In Ship Accident's Wake, Scrutiny Turns To Captain

Five more bodies were recovered Tuesday from the Italian cruise ship that ran aground off the shore of Tuscany. Prosecutors have accused Capt. Francesco Schettino of manslaughter for abandoning the ship before evacuation was complete. Maritime law professor Bob Jarvis offers insight into the responsibilities of ship captains.


Tue January 17, 2012
NPR Story

Please 'Stop Doing That': Redefining Good Manners

Originally published on Wed January 18, 2012 1:36 pm

John Woo

We've all witnessed bad manners: The rider who showers the bus with his uncovered sneeze; the woman who cuts into the movie line; the person texting mid-film at the movie theater.

But while we know bad manners when we see them, good manners can be harder to define. What's the problem with saying "No problem" as a substitute for "You're welcome"? Is it acceptable to answer a phone call with an email? Is it offensive to ask a taxi driver where he's from?

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Tue January 17, 2012
From Our Listeners

Letters: Independent Voters, U.S. Marines Video

NPR's Neal Conan reads from listener comments on previous show segments, including responses to a conversation about independent voters, and a video depicting U.S. Marines desecrating the bodies of Taliban fighters.


Tue January 17, 2012
NPR Story

The Muse Behind 'Tuesdays With Dorie'

Originally published on Wed January 18, 2012 10:13 am

Alan Richardson

New Year's resolutions have notoriously short lifetimes, but for a blogger in Pittsburgh named Laurie Woodward, a promise to herself became an Internet sensation.

Woodward was inspired to bake one recipe each week from Dorie Greenspan's popular cookbook Baking From My Home To Yours. And she found plenty of company — more than 100 bakers decided to take up the challenge with her. Every week, they made a recipe and posted their cooking stories to the online community Tuesdays with Dorie.

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Tue January 17, 2012
Middle East

As Tensions Rise, Some See 'Covert War' With Iran

U.S. plans for sanctions on Iran are escalating what some analysts call a covert war between the two countries. Patrick Clawson, director of the Washington Institute's Iran Security Initiative, and Columbia University's Gary Sick discuss how the Obama administration should deal with Iran.


Tue January 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Canada's Harper Says His Country Is 'Held Hostage' By U.S. In Pipeline Debate

Originally published on Tue January 17, 2012 12:44 pm

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Adrian Wyld AP

In an interview with the CBC, yesterday, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper had some harsh words for the United States and its side of the Keystone XL pipeline debate.

"I don't object to foreigners expressing their opinion," Harper told the CBC. "But I don't want them to be able to hijack the process so that we don't make a decision that's timely or in the interests of Canadians."

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Tue January 17, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney Says He's Taxed At 15 Percent Rate

Originally published on Tue January 17, 2012 5:51 pm

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney at a campaign rally in Florence, S.C., earlier today (Jan. 17, 2012).
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

He has probably paid an effective federal income tax rate of about 15 percent in recent years, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told reporters in South Carolina a short time ago.

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Tue January 17, 2012
Money Coach

Early Tips For Tax Day

As many people begin to receive their W-2 forms, host Michel Martin and accountant David Baldoza discuss tips on getting a head start on filing taxes.