Sun August 28, 2011
Around the Nation

New York Takes Cover As Irene Hits

Originally published on Sun August 28, 2011 2:42 pm



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Sun August 28, 2011
Around the Nation

High Winds Stroke Long Island As Storm Hits

Just east of New York City, towns in suburban Long Island are bracing for Tropical Storm Irene. Guest host John Ydstie speaks to Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano about preparations in the area.


Sun August 28, 2011

Hurricane Pours Over East Coast; More To Come

Overnight, Hurricane Irene pounded the East Coast from North Carolina to New Jersey. The National Hurricane Center reports there will still be heavy winds and rain for the remainder of the day, although the storm is weakening. As many as 3 million people are without power. Guest host John Ydstie and NPR's Joe Palca discuss the causes and aftereffects of Hurricane Irene.


Sun August 28, 2011

States Search For Answers To Cheating Scandals

Originally published on Sun August 28, 2011 8:28 pm

Students leave Atlanta's Emma Hutchinson School in July. Hutchinson is a year-round school that has been identified as one of 44 schools involved in a test cheating scandal.
John Bazemore AP

Cheating scandals have rocked a number of school districts across the country this year. The publicity is pushing states to look for better ways to detect and prevent tampering with the test results, and some say constant vigilance is required to guard against cheating.

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Sun August 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Irene Makes Second Landfall; Pounds New York City

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:29 am

Water sits on the streets of Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood on Sunday.
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(This live-blog is being updated throughout the day. Scroll down for our latest posts.)

Hurricane Irene made its second landfall near Little Egg Inlet, N.J. and then as it weakened into a tropical storm, the eye hit Coney Island in Brooklyn. That means New Yorkers woke up to howling winds and pounding rain.

At one point, the East River overflowed its banks and some parts of lower Manhattan saw knee-deep water. In New Jersey, two deaths were blamed on Irene. One of them happened after a woman was washed away by a flash flood.

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Sun August 28, 2011

Slow-Growth Economy Spikes Food Stamp Reliance

About 46 million people get government help in the form of food stamps when buying food. That's roughly 15 percent of the population.
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This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is expected to release its latest update on the food stamp program. It's an important indicator of the nation's economic health — and the prognosis is not good.

Food stamp use is up 70 percent over the past four years and that trend is expected to continue.

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Sun August 28, 2011

Key Al-Qaida Operative Killed, U.S. Officials Say

U.S. officials say that a CIA drone strike Aug. 22 killed al-Qaida's freshly minted second-in-command. Atiyah al-Rahman was a Libyan who was a key Osama bin Laden associate for decades.

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NPR listeners often ask, "What is her name anyway — Keema Leski, Kim Alesky, Kay Marlenski, or what?" Her name is Kee Malesky, nee Christine Mary Shields, of Brooklyn, N.Y. The "Christine" became "Kee" when her youngest sister learned to talk, and because she thought it was a really cool name, she stuck with it.


Sun August 28, 2011
Kee Facts: A Few Things You Didn't Know

An American Rebellion, Sparked By Tough Times

An engraved illustration of fighting during Shays' Rebellion of 1786, circa 1850.
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A war is ending and economic times are tough. Taxes are high and property foreclosures common. Streets are filled with protesters. Sounds familiar, I know, but I'm not talking about today's news.

It was the Revolutionary War, winding down in 1783, and the national government was massively in debt and having enormous difficulty paying the soldiers who had fought the war.

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Award-winning journalist Neal Conan is the host of Talk of the Nation, the national news-talk call-in show from NPR News. Conan brings three decades of news and radio experience to the show, which reaches 3.4 million listeners a week on more than 300 NPR member stations.