1:00pm

Mon November 7, 2011
Opinion

Op-Ed: Iran Losing Pull In Iraq

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 11:51 am

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, host: This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan.

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1:00pm

Mon November 7, 2011
Politics

Cain's Candidacy Changes The Politics Of Race

For the first time in history two black candidates, President Barack Obama and Herman Cain, may run against each other for the presidency. As it did three years ago, discussions of race and racism continue to play out around both campaigns.

12:50pm

Mon November 7, 2011
The Two-Way

In Libya, Often It's Young Men Who Don't Want Women Empowered

Originally published on Mon November 7, 2011 12:54 pm

Libyan women at an Eid al-Fitr service in Tripoli in September. Many women played important roles in the rise against Moammar Gadhafi's regime.
Sean Carberry NPR

Mustafa Abdul Jalil's liberation speech on Oct. 23 raised eyebrows in the west with his comments that Sharia law would be the basis for a new Libya's legislation and that polygamy would therefore be allowed. People were quick to react and comment that he had let the cat out of the bag and that it would be impossible to backtrack.

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12:18pm

Mon November 7, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

What Not To Buy Online: Lollipops Laced With Chickenpox

Chickenpox virus not included.
iStockphoto.com

Shopping online can be a real time-saver, and you can get some great deals. But skip lollipops that come with the virus that causes chickenpox.

This caution comes after a woman in Nashville, Tenn., advertised lollipops contaminated with the varicella virus on Facebook. The tainted pops were intended for parents who want to expose their children to the disease.

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12:16pm

Mon November 7, 2011
Author Interviews

'SNL's' Darrell Hammond Reveals Cutting, Abuse

Darrell Hammond
HarperCollinsPublishers

In 14 years on Saturday Night Live, Darrell Hammond did many impressions, including Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Sean Connery. Few of his cast members knew that Hammond struggled with drugs, alcohol and self-cutting as the result of childhood abuse.

In his memoir God, If You're Not Up There, I'm F-----: Tales of Stand-Up, 'Saturday Night Live' and Other Mind-Altering Mayhem, Hammond details the systematic brutality he suffered at the hands of his mother, who beat him, stabbed him and tortured him with a hammer and electrical outlet.

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12:07pm

Mon November 7, 2011
The Salt

Restaurant Grease As Good As Gold To Biofuel Thieves

Originally published on Mon November 7, 2011 1:29 pm

A worker with cooking oil in a holding barrel behind an Ashton, Maryland restaurant.
TIM SLOAN AFP/Getty Images

Used restaurant grease has become a hot item for thieves, who siphon it from barrels behind restaurants to sell on the booming biofuels market.

Late last month, the California Department of Food and Agriculture said it would pay local police target the alleys and parking lots where restaurants typically park their barrels of used grease.

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12:00pm

Mon November 7, 2011
NPR Story

Unrest Boils Over Ohio Collective Bargaining Law

On Tuesday, Ohioans will vote on a controversial law that limits collective bargaining rights for public employees. Signed earlier this year by the state's governor, the law also requires those employees to contribute more for their health and retirement benefits. Now union members are trying to repeal the law. Host Michel Martin speaks with Hiram College Professor of Political Science Jason Johnson.

12:00pm

Mon November 7, 2011
NPR Story

Will New I.D. Laws Turn Away Some Voters?

This year, seven states have passed new, tighter voter I.D. laws. Supporters say they protect the integrity of elections, but critics say they could keep minorities and poor people from voting. Host Michel Martin hears both sides of the issue with law professor Spencer Overton and the Heritage Foundation's Hans von Spakovsky.

12:00pm

Mon November 7, 2011
NPR Story

In Politics: Elections, Herman Cain, Young Voters

Kentucky's gubernatorial race and Mississippi's personhood amendment are gaining wide attention as some states are observing election day on Tuesday. Also, Herman Cain is continuing to defend himself against sexual harassment charges. And can President Obama rally young voter support like he did four years ago? Host Michel Martin hears from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Cynthia Tucker and U.S. News and World Report Columnist Mary Kate Cary.

11:56am

Mon November 7, 2011
Author Interviews

How The World's Tallest Skyscrapers Work

Originally published on Mon November 7, 2011 2:01 pm

Kate Ascher

When the Empire State Building was constructed in 1931, it stood 1,250 feet tall. The famous skyscraper was the world's tallest building — and held that title for more than 40 years.

Today the world's tallest building is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. It stretches more than 1,000 feet above the Empire State Building — 2,717 feet into the air. The Burj Khalifa smashed the record held by Taiwan's Taipei 101, a landmark skyscraper with 101 floors. And at 1,666-feet, Taipei 101 tops the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur by 183 feet.

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