12:00pm

Mon January 9, 2012
Arts & Life

Knitting Behind Bars, Learning Focus And Patience

One Maryland prison is seeing a waiting list for inmates to get into a weekly knitting class. Participants of 'Knitting Behind Bars' learn how to make hats, dolls and other small items. The program's co-founder, Lynn Zwerling, talks with host Michel Martin about how knitting has benefited prisoners.

12:00pm

Mon January 9, 2012
Around the Nation

Prison Population Sees 1st Drop In Almost 40 Years

The number of Americans living under the correctional system fell to 1.6 million in 2010, according to recent government data. Host Michel Martin discusses the decline and efforts to reform the system with former U.S. Attorney General Richard Thornburgh and Adam Gelb, director of the Public Safety Performance Project for the Pew Center on the States.

12:00pm

Mon January 9, 2012
Can I Just Tell You?

Sparking A Better Political Discourse

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 1:05 pm

How can Americans make political debates more civil and relevant to the issues at stake?
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It's here. It's really here. The presidential election, I mean. And if you like politics or love it as I do, then this is the best of times ... and the worst.

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12:00pm

Mon January 9, 2012
NPR Story

Afropop Expert Georges Collinet's Favorite Tunes

Collinet is one of the foremost experts on African Pop music and perhaps the best-known broadcaster on the African continent. He shares his personal playlist as part of Tell Me More's series, 'In Your Ear.'

12:00pm

Mon January 9, 2012
NPR Story

ANC, From 'Terrorist' Label To Liberation Movement

Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the African National Congress, which is known for Nelson Mandela's message of equality, as well as recent accusations of government corruption. Host Michel Martin discusses the ANC's complex history with Crystal Orderson of the South African Broadcasting Corporation.

11:42am

Mon January 9, 2012
Author Interviews

Rin Tin Tin: A Silent Film Star On Four Legs

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 12:13 pm

Susan Orlean is a staff writer for the New Yorker and has contributed articles to Vogue, Rolling Stone and Esquire. She is the author of several books, including The Orchid Thief.
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Members of the baby boomer generation might remember the old TV series The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, about a German shepherd and a boy named Rusty who lived with a cavalry troop in the American West.

In 1954, Rin Tin Tin was even "interviewed" by a writer for The New Yorker who noted that he turned up his nose at roast beef and drank milk from a champagne glass.

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10:57am

Mon January 9, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Excedrin, Bufferin, NoDoz And Gas-X Recalled

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 4:33 pm

Excedrin PM tablets are among the drugs being recalled by Novartis due to quality issues.
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It's enough to give you a headache. Some of the pills inside the bottle of Excedrin in your bathroom cabinet might be the wrong ones.

Drugmaker Novartis is recalling a slew of nonprescription medicines because of of quality issues at a factory in Lincoln, Neb.

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10:47am

Mon January 9, 2012
Politics and Government

Gov. Cuomo calling for public campaign financing

Governor Cuomo, in his state of the state message, called for public financing of campaigns, based on a model currently in use in New York City. Proponents, including those who have studied the model as well as public finance systems in other states, believe it can work.

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10:45am

Mon January 9, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Bungee Cord Snaps; Woman Survives 365-Foot Plunge

Don't press play if you're don't like heights and scary thrills. But rest assured, 22-year-old Australian Erin Langworthy survived to tell the tale after her bungee cord broke on New Year's Eve during a jump from a bridge over the Zambezi River on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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10:39am

Mon January 9, 2012
Regional Coverage

Occupy Syracuse celebrates 99 days of protest

Occupy Syracuse is marking its first 99 days at Perseverance Park on South Salina Street.  And folks who are carrying the message of Occupy Wall Street expect to keep their tents and lean-tos up for the long haul, despite a potentially cold and snowy winter.

"Our passion will keep us here pretty much through anything that I can see coming, weather-wise," said Caitlin Shanahan, a 20-year old from Mattydale who's been living there since October 3rd.

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