TONY COX, host: But first, our next guest is a marketing expert who's worked with cultural icons like Jay-Z, Allen Iverson, Mary J. Blige and LL Cool J, among many others. He's recently written about how the hip-hop generation and hip-hop culture have revolutionized big business. It's a phenomenon that's been evolving for more than a quarter century, but one of the early marriages of hip-hop and the industry can be traced back to this classic 1986 song.
The news from State Farm Insurance that "for the third consecutive year, the number of deer-vehicle collisions in the U.S. has dropped," is getting noticed in states where Buck vs. Buick encounters are common and usually don't end up well for either party.
The type of atomic bomb that was used in Japan in World War II, known as the "Fat Man," shown here in a 1960 photo released by the U.S. government. Liberals and conservatives are gathering at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Tuesday to call for efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons.
Finally. Something the right and the left can agree on: nuclear disarmament.
On Tuesday, more than 70 notable people from around the world will convene at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. They will beseech international potentates and personages to seriously work toward eradicating nuclear weaponry from the face of the Earth.
To many observers, the idea of undoing what has been done is like trying to put shaving cream back in the can — or, more to the point, radiation back in the warhead.
An Egyptian military appeals court ruled today that blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad, who was sentenced to prison this spring for insulting government authorities, would receive a new military trial. The decision is regarded as a setback by his supporters, who were hoping for a reduced sentence or a retrial in a civilian court.
Self-proclaimed Seattle superhero Phoenix Jones has had a run-in of his own with the law.
The 23-year-old Jones (real name Benjamin John Francis Fodor) was arrested "on suspicion of fourth-degree assault" by Seattle police early Sunday, "after he allegedly doused a group of people with pepper spray," The Seattle Times reports.
Jones posted a $3,800 bail and is due back in court on Thursday.
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Cancer often takes a heavy toll not only on people's bodies but on their finances as well. And just as some types of cancer are more deadly than others, some types cause more financial pain, as recent research from Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center shows.
RENEE MONTAGNE, host: With us to listen in on how Spanish has been used on television is NPR's Felix Contreras, producer for NPR's Arts Desk.
And, Felix, when did U.S. audiences start to hear Spanish on the airwaves?
FELIX CONTRERAS: You know, pretty much since the earliest days of the medium. And the most prominent example of this is the show that set viewing records in the 1950s and also featured a character with a thick accent who struggled with English.
This December 2009 file photo released by the U.S. Marshal's Service shows Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas 2009.
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Anthony Chambers, legal adviser to Omar Farouk Abdulmutallab, talks to members of the media outside federal court in Detroit on Oct. 14, 2010. Chambers is expected to give the opening statement in court Tuesday.
Opening statements in the trial of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the suspect in the failed Christmas Day attack on a U.S.-bound airliner, begin Tuesday in Detroit. Besides the obvious issue of Abdulmutallab's guilt or innocence, questions remain about his ties to the American-born radical imam killed last month in a CIA drone strike.
Job seekers waited in line to meet with recruiters at a job fair in Park Ridge, Ill., last month.
The political debate over what to do about the nation's stubbornly high unemployment rate and weak employment growth ratchets up again today when the Senate's expected to say no to President Obama's $447 billion jobs bill.
On Network TV, there are 27 new shows and nearly all of the main leads are white actors. There is one role on television where minority characters may be on the rise: Black Best Friend. TV critic Eric Deggans says these characters need to be upgraded to well-rounded co-star.
The southwest African country of Namibia is trying a controversial approach to preserving its wildlife. Rural people control the animals and profit from them. But they have also found they must shoot some of the animals to cull the herds.
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Today, opening statements are scheduled for a man who became instantly famous in the Christmas season in 2009. Omar Farouk Abdulmutallub is a young Nigerian. He's accused of attempting to bring down an airliner bound for Detroit with explosives in his underwear.
Shareholder Services, a major investor advisory firm, is urging shareholders to oust Rupert Murdoch and his sons from the board at News Corp. The firm recommended against re-electing 13 of the 15 News Corp. board members when shareholders hold their annual meeting in two weeks.
Two Seattle-based companies plan to open the first American-operated senior facility in China. Chinese families used to rely on children and grandchildren to care for aging parents, but people are working long hours, and options for senior care are limited.
Two recent college grads, who met in economics class, have collaborated to form the band The Bull & The Bear. Their album, Recession Sessions, includes tunes for downtrodden times such as "Main Street Venting Blues" and "Our Love Is An Illiquid Asset."
Liberians go to the polls Tuesday to elect a new president and lawmakers in the second key elections since the end of the civil war in 2003. The incumbent leader, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf — Africa's first democratically elected female president — was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, but her opponents say she deserves neither the award nor re-election.
Paula Deen is the host of the Food Network's Paula's Home Cooking and Paula's Best Dishes. She tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that while her recipes are known for their bacon and butter, she and her family don't indulge in them every day.
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Food Network star Paula Deen loves seasoning, bacon and, of course, a bit of butter.
She also loves Southern cooking, which why her latest cookbook, Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible, explores the regional variations of Southern food.
Deen tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that she first discovered some of those variations in her home state of Georgia.
Clarence Thomas took his oath of office on Oct. 23, 1991.
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University of Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Oct. 11, 1991. Hill, who had worked for Thomas at the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, said Thomas had sexually harassed her when he was her supervisor.
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Hill's explosive allegations included graphic language and were carried live by many media outlets throughout the nation.
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Then-Senate Judiciary Committee member Joseph Biden, D-Del., reflects on Hill's testimony. Thomas categorically denied Hill's allegations of sexual harassment and told the committee "no job is worth what I've been through."
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Thomas and his wife, Virginia, talk to reporters in front of his home in Alexandria, Va., on Oct. 15, after the Senate approved his nomination by a vote of 52-48.
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Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White administers the constitutional oath to Thomas in front of President Bush and his wife, Barbara, during a ceremony at the White House on Oct. 19.
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NPR's Nina Totenberg meets with reporters on Capitol Hill on Feb. 25, 1992, after refusing to identify to Senate special counsel Peter E. Fleming Jr. the sources who told her about the sexual harassment allegations against Thomas. Totenberg refused to cooperate in part because of "personal honor."
Hill is currently a professor of social policy, law and women's studies at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass.
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Thomas (front row, left) sits with the other justices for the annual Supreme Court photo on Oct. 8, 2010.
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Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas is sworn in on Sept. 10 1991, for his confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, in Washington D.C.
The Labor Department announced last week that the U.S. economy grew by just 103,000 jobs in September. A number like that isn't even enough to keep up with population growth. The fact that the report was widely greeted as positive news suggests just how low expectations have sunk this year.
Since January, the U.S. economy has been hit by a series of external shocks that brought a modest recovery nearly to a halt. But, the slowdown may have been under way even before the shocks took place.
Any industry looking for major growth in the U.S. market can't ignore Latinos, who make up 16 percent of the U.S. population. As the Latino population grows, beer marketers are trying more nuanced ways of influencing this key segment.
"They love beer," says Jim Sabia, chief marketing officer for Crown Imports, which distributes Mexican beers including Corona and Modelo. "Hispanics are 19 percent more likely to purchase beer than the rest of U.S. consumers." On top of that, Hispanics will make up a large portion of the legal drinking-age population in the future.
Think Desi Arnaz on I Love Lucy, Freddie Prinze on Chico And The Man, Sofia Vergara on Modern Family. While Spanish has long had a recurring bit role on English-language television, it has slowly but surely become an integral part of the American soundtrack. Here's a look at a few highlights from the past six decades.