12:40pm

Mon November 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Farmland Is Real Estate's Big Bright Spot

This headline today on a story behind The Wall Street Journal's paywall ...

"U.S. Farmers Reclaim Land From Developers"

... sent us looking for other reports about what the Journal says is a national trend: "raw land destined for residential development has fallen so far in value that thousands of acres across the country are being used again for agriculture."

A few other pieces underscore the strength in farmland prices:

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12:00pm

Mon November 14, 2011
U.S.

Counting U.S. Poverty: Is The New Way Better?

This month, the Census Bureau introduced a new method to calibrate the U.S. poverty rate. The old formula had been used for nearly half a century. To learn how the two measurements compare, and how the new guidelines might give a more complete picture of national poverty, host Michel Martin speaks with Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute and Robert Greenstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

12:00pm

Mon November 14, 2011
Movies

'Scenes of a Crime' Probes Police Interrogations

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 1:51 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We're going to go behind closed doors. That's something we often do on Mondays where we talk about issues that we often don't talk about publicly. Today, we want to talk about something that most of us never see: police interrogations.

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12:00pm

Mon November 14, 2011
NPR Story

Jarana Beat Weaves Footwork With Mexican Rhythms

Music from Mexico is often associated with mariachi bands playing songs in wide-rimmed hats and colorful costumes. But Mexico's music is more diverse. Jarana Beat is a Brooklyn-based band that weaves traditional Mexican rhythms with fancy footwork. Dancer Claudia Valentina and musical director Sinuhe-Padilla Isunza speak with host Michel Martin.

12:00pm

Mon November 14, 2011
NPR Story

Love In A Landfill

Florida husband Brian McGuinn accidentally threw out his wife's $10,000 custom-made diamond engagement ring. He tells host Michel Martin how he waded through a massive pile of garbage to find it.

12:00pm

Mon November 14, 2011
NPR Story

Crackdown At Occupy Oakland

Police are getting tougher on 'Occupy' demonstrations across the country, working to break up encampments. Police made dozens of arrests on Monday morning in Oakland, Calif. Host Michel Martin learns more from reporters who are covering the Occupy Oakland movement: Martin Kaste of NPR and Bob Butler of KCBS Radio.

11:27am

Mon November 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Kindle Fire Shipments Begin A Day Early

The Kindle Fire.
Amazon.com

If you've been waiting anxiously for that $199 Kindle Fire tablet you pre-ordered from Amazon.com, this should be welcome news:

The company says it started shipping the tablets today — one day earlier than it had planned.

"Kindle Fire quickly became the bestselling item across all of Amazon.com, and based on customer response we're building millions more than we'd planned," Dave Limp, vice president of Amazon Kindle, says.

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11:12am

Mon November 14, 2011
Europe

In Frankfurt, Former Trader Prepared For The Wurst

Thomas Brausse traded his job selling stocks for one selling sausages. He opened the Frankfurter Wurschtboerse, or Frankfurt Sausage Exchange, after he lost his job in Germany's financial capital in 2008.
Thomas Lohnes AFP/Getty Images

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that Europe could be living through its toughest hour since World War II.

Merkel was referring to the debt crisis that has resulted in bailouts for countries, toppled governments and is now threatening the survival of Europe's single currency.

These are nervous times in places like Germany's financial capital, Frankfurt. But for one former trader — who exchanged his computer terminal for pork sausages sizzling on a grill — these are not necessarily the worst of times.

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11:04am

Mon November 14, 2011
The Two-Way

CEO Resigns From Charity Founded By Accused Penn State Child Abuser

Jack Raykovitz has resigned as CEO of The Second Mile — the program for at-risk children founded by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who's been accused of sexually abusing young boys for more than a decade.

Neither Raykovitz nor anyone else at Second Mile has been accused of any crime. Sandusky, through his lawyer, has maintained his innocence.

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10:57am

Mon November 14, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Supreme Court To Decide Constitutionality Of Health Law

Coming soon to the Supreme Court: Is the federal health overhaul constitutional?
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Who didn't see this coming?

The Supreme Court has added a case challenging the constitutionality of the provision of last year's health overhaul requiring nearly every American to have health insurance beginning in the year 2014 to the list of cases it will hear this term.

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