It is always tempting for Americans to look at problems in Europe and ask, "What does that have to do with me?"
Well, U.S. banks hold almost $17 billion in Greek debt and billions more bought through European banks. Billions of dollars that Americans have saved for retirement, college — or the rainy days that may be — are now invested in Greece.
But we also might remind ourselves why the euro and the European Union were created.
The problems of Europe led to two world wars in the 20th century, and America got involved in each.
Journalist Andy Rooney poses in his office at CBS in New York City on June 19, 1998. Rooney delivered his first 60 Minutes commentary on July 2, 1978.
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Rooney sometimes wrote his TV essays on an old typewriter in the cluttered office of his summer home in rural Rensselaerville, N.Y.
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As a commentator for 60 Minutes, Andy Rooney became known as one of the most famous curmudgeons in American public life.
A portrait of Andy Rooney taken Nov. 25, 1960. From 1959-65, Rooney was writing for The Garry Moore Show and helped it achieve hit status as a Top 20 program according to CBS. During this time, he was also writing for CBS News public affairs broadcasts. From 1962-68 he collaborated with correspondent Harry Reasoner as a writer and producer for CBS News specials.
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Andy Rooney, commentator for CBS's 60 Minutes, speaks at the program's 25th-anniversary party, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on Nov. 10, 1993.
Generation Xers — grown up now and in their 30s and 40s — are feeling hardest-hit by the recession, and are the most divided over the presidential candidates for 2012, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.
Daniel Ortega is seeking a third term in Sunday's elections despite a constitutional limit on holders of the office to two terms.
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President Jimmy Carter welcomes three of Nicaragua's five-member ruling junta to the White House on Sept. 24, 1979. From left: Alfonso Robelo, Carter, Ortega and Gorgio Ramirez.
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Cuban President Fidel Castro (right) and Ortega walk together during Ortega's departure from Jose Marti International airport in Havana on Aug. 13, 1987.
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Ortega (right) with Tomas Borge on May 23, 1994, shortly after Ortega was re-elected secretary-general of the Sandinista National Liberation Party. Borge was elected vice secretary on May 23, 1994, in Managua.
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Sandinista Party leader Ortega speaks to supporters on July 19, 2000 as they celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Sandinista revolution, which toppled the dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza in Managua on July 19, 2000.
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Daniel Ortega, who has served two previous terms as president, is shown during his re-election campaign in Managua on Oct. 31.
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Daniel Ortega, commander of the Nicaraguan army, is shown in Cuba, during the 20th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs invasion April 21, 1981.
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Daniel Ortega led the Sandanistas to victory through a guerrilla campaign in the 70s. He headed the junta until 1984, when he was elected the nation's president.
Sometimes it's the little things that tell the best story. Across the ages, everyday items like plates, pots and even pipes have stood the test of time — and they are just as integral to our history as any monument or cathedral.
A new book takes a selection of these everyday objects and weaves their stories together to tell the ultimate story — a history of the world. In A History of the World in 100 Objects, author Neil MacGregor, the director of the British Museum, culled 100 artifacts from his museum's collection to help him with the task.
Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:
Yet another woman seemed ready to break her silence about Herman Cain on Friday, but it was not to be.
The emergence this week of sexual harassment accusations made against Herman Cain has intensified curiosity about Gloria Cain, the candidate's wife of 43 years. Cain himself helped pique the interest earlier this week when he said America would soon "meet my wife publicly in an exclusive interview that we are currently planning."
A woman who accused GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment when he headed the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s alleged Friday that the incidents were "a series of inappropriate behaviors and unwanted advances from the CEO."
In a brief statement released by her lawyer, the woman, who continued to maintain her anonymity, responded to Cain's claims this week that the harassment charges were either false, or that the woman had misinterpreted his brand of humor.
The attorney for one of the women who filed a sexual harassment complaint against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain says the woman made a complaint in 1999 to the National Restaurant Association about "a series of inappropriate behaviors and unwanted advances from the CEO." At the time the CEO was Cain.
Attorney Joel Bennett said the woman did not want to go into the details of the incident, because it would be "extremely painful to do so."
The lawyer for one of the women who have received settlements after filing sexual harassment complaints against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain released a public statement. It rebuts Cain's statements that the claim was baseless. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Tamara Keith for more.
As a major new survey from Pew Research Center examines the generation gap in politics, we take a closer look at what, besides year of birth, differentiates one generation from the next. From the dawn of rock 'n' roll to the emergence of hip-hop, from "We Like Ike" to "Yes We Can," from a man on the moon to an iPhone in the pocket, here are some highlights from each of the four generations covered in the survey.
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In 2010, TransCanada completed a major pipeline — the Keystone — which runs from Alberta to Illinois. The company is now planning a second line, called the Keystone XL, that would run from Alberta to Nebraska with an extension from Oklahoma to the refineries on the Gulf Coast.
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John Wesley Harding's latest album is called The Sound of His Own Voice.
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John Wesley Harding (bottom left) and the touring company for The Sound of His Own Voice, featuring members of The Decemberists, R.E.M., and The Minus 5.
"When I first started making music, I took a fake name to disguise the fact I was going to embark on what was bound to be a short, unsatisfactory musical career," John Wesley Harding says. That was 23 years ago.
Harding recently launched a side career as a novelist, for which he uses his given name: Wesley Stace. But he's continued to release music under his alias, a name he shares with a 1967 Bob Dylan record. Speaking with Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon, Harding says he's learned to spread the wealth between his two creative personas.
Kent Couch made news back in 2008, when he tied a lawn chair to a cluster of helium balloons and flew it 235 miles from Oregon to Idaho. Yesterday, Couch boarded a plane and announced he was headed to Baghdad to attempt a similar trip with Iraqi extreme sports enthusiast Fareed Lafta.
Couch's story has been making the rounds in Oregon since Wednesday. But it's now beginning to make its way across the country. Here's how he describes his plans for Iraq on his website:
I became fascinated with Jeanne d'Arc Au Bûcher (Joan of Arc at the Stake) by Swiss-French composer Arthur Honegger many years ago, when I first heard a snippet of the piece on the radio. It was one of those arresting moments where I felt I'd heard the music before and couldn't place it for the life of me. As it turns out, I'd never heard it, but it's understandable why I thought I had.
The baby boomers were born in the two decades after World War II and known for their anti-establishment liberalism in the 1960s. But their beginnings have not made them a predictable Democratic voting block. In 2008, boomers narrowly backed Barack Obama, but they swung over to Republicans in 2010.
Lance Cpl. Jake Romo does physical therapy at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, Calif. He lost both legs in an explosion in Sangin, Afghanistan, in February 2011, while serving with the 3/5 Marines.
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After losing his leg, Chischilly underwent rehabilitation in San Diego. He uses a recumbent bike equipped with hand pedals. He finished 16th in the wheelchair portion of the Marine Corps Marathon on Oct. 30 in Washington.
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Jake Romo, 22, lost both his legs while serving with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, in Sangin, Afghanistan. Here, he does physical therapy at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego.
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Cpl. Marcus Chischilly patrols in southern Afghanistan in October 2010. This photo was taken a day before he stepped on an explosive device and lost his left leg.
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Lance Cpl. Josue Barron lost his left leg and left eye in Sangin, Afghanistan, while serving with the 3/5 Marines from Camp Pendleton, Calif. He now has a glass eye that is emblazoned with the 3/5 insignia.
A year ago, nearly 1,000 U.S. Marine officers and enlisted men of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment deployed to restive Helmand province in southern Afghanistan. By the time their tour ended in April 2011, the Marines of the 3/5 — known as "Darkhorse" — suffered the highest casualty rate of any Marine unit during the past 10 years of war. This week, NPR tells the story of this unit's seven long months at war — both in Afghanistan and back home.
Seventy-five years ago this month, Henry Luce, who had launched Time magazine in the 1920s, created his third great magazine: Life. Over the coming years it would come to be known as the weekly with the most and the best photographs. It would show Americans what war and peace looked like. There were photographs in Life of the Spanish Civil War and of V-J Day in Times Square that are rare cases for which the term "iconic" truly makes sense. And there were dozens of others, too.
Denny's Beer Barrell in Clearfield, Penn. features a 15 pound burger for $39 that is free if the customer can finish it.
Choosing a Triple Whopper burger off the menu may say a lot more about feeling inadequate than it does about feeling hungry. In a new study, people chose jumbo portions of food and drink when they felt they lacked power and status.
If true, this data nugget could go a long way towards explaining why 32 percent of Americans are obese. Who doesn't have a day when they feel powerless and dissed? A Super Big Gulp or an extra-large pizza could seem like a quick, cheap fix.
Don't panic if you're a fan of those tiny beads of ice cream. They're still going to be available.
But the cold, hard fact is that Dippin' Dots this week filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to WPSD-TV in Paducah, Ky., where the company that makes the so-called ice cream of the future is headquartered.
Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain arrives at a summit for the conservative Americans For Prosperity foundation in Washington on Friday. Days after sexual harassment allegations surfaced, he was greeted here with standing ovations.
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At the Defending the American Dream Summit on Friday in Washington, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney spent about 30 minutes methodically laying out the steps he would take to balance the budget.
Herman Cain and Mitt Romney, the two current front-runners in the Republican presidential race, spoke in Washington on Friday at a conference for the conservative group Americans for Prosperity.
Their speeches came as a new Washington Post-ABC poll found they're running almost even among Republican voters. And on Friday, the two candidates underscored the differences in their appeal to activists.
The United States Justice Department announced, yesterday, that it was dropping a proposed controversial rule that would allow it to deny the existence of sensitive documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, sent a letter to the Justice Department about the rule and in a press release said the department had told him it was dropping plans to implement it. Grassley said:
Like chimpanzees, dolphins are large-brained and highly social animals, but can they recognize themselves in a mirror? Psychologist and dolphin researcher Diana Reiss discusses her work with dolphin communication and cognition.
What if the laws of physics aren't the same all over the universe, but vary from place to place? Michael Murphy of the Swinburne University of Technology discusses research published in the journal Physical Review Letters indicating that the value of one basic physical property, the fine structure constant, may vary with location in interstellar space.
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Reporting in Nature Biotechnology, researchers write of genetically engineering mosquitoes to pass lethal genes to their offspring, in hopes of crashing populations of one dengue-transmitting species. Science writer Bijal Trivedi talks about recent tests of the bugs, and the concerns of critics.