12:39pm

Thu December 1, 2011
The Two-Way

'All Eyes On Sarkozy,' As He Sets Out Vision For Europe

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy delivers a speech on road safety at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Nov. 30.
Philippe Wojazer AFP/Getty Images

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is set to deliver a speech that will set out his vision for Europe. This is a big speech: First because Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have been leading the efforts to save the euro and contain the European sovereign debt problems. Secondly, Sarkozy is facing a tough reelection campaign next spring and he is expected to make the case that he's the best person to take the country forward.

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12:29pm

Thu December 1, 2011
Television

At Midseason, Serial Dramas Serve Up Some Big Twists

Showtime's Dexter, starring Michael C. Hall, just served up the biggest twist of the season to date.
Randy Tepper Showtime

By now, I hope my position on spoiler alerts is firmly established. My feeling is that once something has been televised, it's fair game for discussion. I feel it's the responsibility of the person who's delaying his or her enjoyment of a TV show to avoid mentions of it, rather than putting the onus on critics. And believe me, I know that's not always easy. I have to do some time-shifting myself — there are so many good shows presented on Sundays this season that it sometimes takes me the whole week to catch up on the episodes I've recorded.

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12:15pm

Thu December 1, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

End Of An Era: Lipitor Goes Generic

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 10:26 am

After 17 years, the cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor is going generic.
JB Reed Landov

Medication used for lowering cholesterol should also be lower in price now that two generic brands have entered the ring.

Back in 1996, cholesterol-fighter Lipitor became the fifth drug of its kind to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration. This week, the biggest hit in the history of the pharmaceutical industry lost its patent protection in the U.S., opening the door to generic versions to replace the iconic brand.

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12:05pm

Thu December 1, 2011
The Two-Way

'Top Gear' Host Clarkson Slammed For Saying Strikers Should Be Shot

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 12:18 pm

Jeremy Clarkson. (2007 file photo)
Edmond Terakopian AFP/Getty Images

There are calls for Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson to be fired by the BBC because he said on the air last night that the U.K. public sector workers who staged a massive strike Wednesday should be shot "in front of their families."

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12:00pm

Thu December 1, 2011
Music

Adele Is Belle Of Grammy Nominations

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 11:11 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Award season is quickly approaching, and last night was the annual Grammy nomination concert. The one-hour event was hosted by LL Cool J. and included performances by Rihanna, a tribute to Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, featuring the legendary D.J. himself, and interesting collaborations, including Lady Gaga and Sugarland.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "YOU AND I")

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12:00pm

Thu December 1, 2011
Technology

Women Breaking Firewall To U.S. Tech Capital

Silicon Valley is largely seen as dominated by white men. Host Michel Martin speaks with two African-American women who broke the mold: Angela Benton, founder and CEO of Black Web Media, and LaToya Drake, digital correspondent for AOL.

12:00pm

Thu December 1, 2011
World

South Africa's 'Secrecy Bill': Back To Apartheid?

The bill would give the state broad authority to classify certain information as secret. Viewing or leaking such documents could lead to imprisonment. To learn what this could mean for press freedom, host Michel Martin speaks with Nic Dawes, editor of South Africa's Mail and Guardian newspaper, and journalist Charlene Smith.

12:00pm

Thu December 1, 2011
Health

HIV-Positive Gay Latino Spreads Safe Sex Education

The global HIV infection rate dropped about 21 percent from 1997 to 2010, says the U.N. But only 28 percent of carriers in the U.S. are getting effective treatment, according to the CDC. Host Michel Martin speaks with Jose Ramirez, a gay Latino who lives with HIV and works with a non-profit health center. (Advisory: This segment contains language that may not be suitable for all audiences.)

11:05am

Thu December 1, 2011
The Two-Way

New NPR CEO Gary Knell Starts Work, Will Take Listeners' Calls

NPR CEO and President Gary Knell.
Sesame Workshop

Our new boss started work today and if you're interested in what NPR CEO and President Gary Knell is thinking as he settles into the job:

-- He's due on Talk of the Nation just after 2 p.m. ET, and will be answering questions from callers. When we get closer to the time he's scheduled to be on, we'll embed an audio player in this post so that we can stream the conversation. To find a station that broadcasts or streams the show, click here.

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10:51am

Thu December 1, 2011
The Salt

Tainted Nectar? Consumer Group Warns Of Arsenic In Fruit Juice

In addition to arsenic, dangerous levels of lead have been found in apple juice, according to Consumer Reports.
iStockphoto.com

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said it will consider setting a standard for how much arsenic should be permitted in apple juice after a consumer group found high levels of the carcinogen in samples of apple juice it tested.

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