12:00pm

Thu October 6, 2011
Digital Life

Did Steve Jobs Narrow Or Widen Digital Divide?

Technology pioneer and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died Wednesday at age 56. Michel Martin and technology contributor Mario Armstrong look at Jobs' legacy and review tributes to him that have come from various social media platforms and all around the world.

12:00pm

Thu October 6, 2011
Remembrances

Civil Rights Hero Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth Dies

Michel Martin continues her conversation with talk show host Tavis Smiley, who recently finished his 18-city 'poverty tour.' They reflect on the life of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, who died Wednesday at age 89. Rev. Shuttlesworth co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and in his fight for civil rights braved beatings and the bombing of his home.

12:00pm

Thu October 6, 2011
Economy

Economic Woes Changing Face Of Poverty

Among the nearly 50 million Americans living in poverty, 16 million are children. That's according to the Census Bureau. Commentator Tavis Smiley says statistics like these led him to journey on an 18-city 'poverty tour,' which he just finished. Tomorrow, he's launching a week-long series on his radio and TV programs about the tour. He tells Michel Martin about it. They also hear from Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America, who joined Smiley for part of the poverty tour.

11:40am

Thu October 6, 2011
It's All Politics

With Christie Out, His Moneymen Go Shopping For A New Candidate

Originally published on Thu October 6, 2011 11:57 am

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie turns to leave a news conference at the Statehouse in Trenton on Tuesday after he announced that he will not run for president in 2012.

Mel Evans AP

With New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (once again) declining to enter the Republican presidential primary race, his core group of financial industry fundraisers – a group that had been urging him to run – went looking for new candidates to endorse.

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John Freeman is the editor of Grantamagazine. A former president of the National Book Critics Circle, his criticism has appeared in publications around the world, including The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times Book Review. His latest book is The Tyranny of E-mail: The Four-Thousand-Year Journey to Your Inbox.

11:00am

Thu October 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Live Blog: Obama News Conference

President Obama is this hour holding a news conference at the White House. We're live-blogging, so be sure to hit your "refresh" button to see our latest additions. If you'd like to hear the news conference, click "LISTEN LIVE" in the box above.

Update at 11:12 a.m. ET. On Tax Cuts:

Republican lawmakers make the case that the president's $447 billion jobs bill relies too much on tax increases and not enough on spending cuts.

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10:55am

Thu October 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Hank Williams Jr. And 'Monday Night Football' Part Ways

Originally published on Thu October 6, 2011 11:23 am

Hank Williams Jr., here seen promoting Monday Night Football.

John Raoux AP

The controversy over his comment that compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler has cost singer Hank Williams Jr. his spot on Monday Night Football.

ESPN says it made the call:

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10:52am

Thu October 6, 2011
Monkey See

Nobel Literature Winner Tomas Transtromer: The Beauty of Stillness

Originally published on Thu October 6, 2011 5:15 pm

Tomas Transtromer, seen in this undated photo, won the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday.

Paula Transtromer AP

Like a glass-blower by a wintry sea, Tomas Transtromer has been slowly and painstakingly making poems in his native Stockholm since the early 1950s. In his debut work, the modestly titled Seventeen Poems, published when Transtromer was just 23, the Swedish poet imagined Thoreau in the woods, "disappearing deep in his inner greenness/artful and hopeful."

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10:46am

Thu October 6, 2011
The Picture Show

Britain's Backyard Wildlife

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:21 am

Andrew Parkinson BWPA

Pop quiz: Name some wildlife living in the United Kingdom.

If you're like me and can't think of anything other than a fox and a pheasant, the 2011 British Wildlife Photography Awards are here to help.

This year's winning photographers snapped images of wild boars, grey seals, tope sharks, scorpion flies and, yes, even a fox. The competition's best entries will be featured in a coffee table book and in a U.K. exhibition.

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10:24am

Thu October 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Average Rate On 30-Year Mortgages Falls Below 4 Percent For First Time

Mortgage rates are in uncharted territory.

"The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage fell to 3.94 percent this week, the lowest rate ever," The Associated Press reports. "Freddie Mac says the average rate ... dropped from 4.01 percent last week, the previous low."

And, "the average rate on a 15-year fixed loan dipped to 3.26 percent, also a record."

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