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4:48pm

Thu January 5, 2012
Presidential Race

Spotlight Shines On Late Riser Rick Santorum

Originally published on Fri January 6, 2012 10:29 am

Then-Sen. Rick Santorum is interviewed after a debate with his Democratic challenger, Bob Casey, in 2006. Santorum later lost the Senate seat to Casey.
Alex Wong Getty Images for Meet the Press

Rick Santorum has been upsetting elections from the beginning.

He was only 32 years old when he toppled a seven-term incumbent in a majority Democratic district in western Pennsylvania.

Just four years later, Santorum rode the Republican wave of 1994 into the Senate representing Pennsylvania. And from the beginning, Santorum has stood for unwavering social conservatism, especially on the issue of abortion.

"Give the baby a chance to live," said Santorum while delivering a speech on the Senate floor in 1997.

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4:40pm

Thu January 5, 2012
Europe

Fears Grow Over Faulty French-Made Breast Implants

Originally published on Thu January 5, 2012 6:27 pm

French-made breast implants produced by the Poly Implant Prothese company have been found to be faulty and are at the heart of a growing health scandal.
Sebastien Nogier AFP/Getty Images

A scandal involving French-made breast implants continues to widen.

The implants contain industrial-grade silicone that causes abnormally high rupture rates, according to critics. They have been sold in many countries in Europe and beyond, though not in the United States. Now, the French government has opened a criminal investigation into the company.

French television showed footage on Thursday of investigators and a judge searching the factory of the Poly Implant Prothese company, or PIP, in southern France.

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4:35pm

Thu January 5, 2012
Animals

Dog Trained As Ultimate Whale Pooper Snooper

Originally published on Sat January 7, 2012 6:33 pm

Trainer Liz Seely looks on as Tucker takes to the bow and sniffs the waves.
Ashley Ahearn KUOW

Killer whales in Puget Sound aren't doing very well. They were placed on the endangered species list in 2005, and there are several hypotheses for why they're not recovering.

In Puget Sound, a team of researchers is relying on a secret weapon with a killer nose to figure out what's wrong with the orcas in Northwestern waters.

'A Treasure Trove Of Information'

Scientists suspect lack of food, boat traffic and pollution are to blame, but no one knows for sure. Some think the answer might be found in the whales' wake — specifically, their poop.

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4:28pm

Thu January 5, 2012
The Picture Show

Eve Arnold, Photojournalist, Dies At 99

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:09 am

Eve Arnold on the set of Becket, 1963.
Robert Penn Courtesy of Magnum Photos

Photographer Eve Arnold died Wednesday, just a few months shy of her 100th birthday. Arnold is best known for her intimate portraits of both the rich and famous — including Marilyn Monroe, Malcolm X and Joan Crawford — and of the down and out.

As Robert Capa, one of the founders of the agency Magnum Photos, once put it: Arnold's work "falls metaphorically between Marlene Dietrich's legs and the bitter lives of migratory potato pickers."

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4:26pm

Thu January 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Calif. Woman Takes Honda To Small Claims Court Over Hybrid Mileage

Originally published on Thu January 5, 2012 6:27 pm

A California woman is taking Honda to small claims court, claiming her Civic hybrid never gave her the 50 miles per gallon advertised.

All Things Considered's Melissa Block spoke to Andrea Chang, a Los Angeles Times business reporter who was in court on Tuesday as Heather Peters made her case.

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4:08pm

Thu January 5, 2012
Business

GM To Modify Chevy Volt To Protect Battery

General Motors is advising Chevrolet Volt owners to return their electric cars to dealers for repairs that will better protect the vehicles' batteries, which have caught fire after crash tests.

The repairs fall under a "customer service campaign," which is similar to a safety recall but allows GM to avoid the bad publicity and federal monitoring that come with a formal recall.

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3:58pm

Thu January 5, 2012
Digital Life

This Tea Party ROCKS! And Wants To Cash In

The Tea Party's Facebook page, bassist Stuart Chatwood, guitarist Jeff Martin and drummer Jeff Burrows describe their music as having "blues, progressive rock, Indian and Middle Eastern influences." " href="/post/tea-party-rocks-and-wants-cash" class="noexit lightbox">
On The Tea Party's Facebook page, bassist Stuart Chatwood, guitarist Jeff Martin and drummer Jeff Burrows describe their music as having "blues, progressive rock, Indian and Middle Eastern influences."
Dave Torbett

If you direct your browser to TeaParty.com, you will not find a site devoted to the political movement of the same name. What you will find is the Internet home of The Tea Party, a Canadian rock band that has owned the domain name since the early '90s.

Now, with seemingly no shortage of would-be buyers, the band is hoping to cash in.

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3:44pm

Thu January 5, 2012
It's All Politics

Facing Recall, Defiant Wis. Governor Says 'I'm Not Afraid Of Losing'

Originally published on Thu January 5, 2012 4:57 pm

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, seen here in Maple Bluff, Wis. in December, expects opponents to force a recall election against him.
Scott Bauer AP

Facing the prospect of a recall election in June, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came to Washington on Thursday to talk up the merits of the anti-union legislation that has landed him in hot water — and to raise funds to save his job.

Walker said he's certain his opponents will gather the 540,000 signatures they need in time for the Jan. 17 deadline, setting up a recall election in June.

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3:33pm

Thu January 5, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Get The Lead Out: Panel Wants Kids' Limits Halved

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 5:25 pm

Old paint is the chief source of lead poisoning in children.
iStockphoto.com

How much lead does it take to ruin a brain? Not much, according to a new standard proposed for lead poisoning in children.

The amount of lead in a child's blood that determines dangerous lead exposure should be cut in half, from the current standard of 10 micrograms per deciliter of blood to 5 micrograms for ages 5 and below, a federal advisory committee said Wednesday.

That in itself would be a big step, and would double the number of young children in the United States officially considered to have lead poisoning to almost 500,000.

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3:10pm

Thu January 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Report Details A Heated Battle Between Miami Police, State Troopers

A screenshot of a dash-cam video.
Florida Highway Patrol

3:00pm

Thu January 5, 2012
National Security

Pentagon Announces New Military Strategy

Thursday, the Pentagon announced its new strategy for dealing with threats around the world. The goal is to use the new blueprint to guide difficult budget choices in the coming years. The new document is released as the U.S. winds down two long wars — in Iraq and Afghanistan — and embarks on a period of defense budget cuts.

3:00pm

Thu January 5, 2012
From Our Listeners

Letters: Lawrence Jacobs; Caucus Coverage; Charles W. Bailey II

Originally published on Thu January 5, 2012 6:27 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

It's time now for your letters and, first, one correction. Yesterday, Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann dropped out of the Republican presidential nominating contest, and in our story about her failed bid for the White House, some of you heard our reporter call political analyst Lawrence Jacobs, Lawrence Jacobson. It's our mistake and we apologize to Mr. Jacobs.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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2:53pm

Thu January 5, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Feds: Standardizing Electronic Health Payments Could Save $4.5 Billion

Originally published on Thu January 5, 2012 3:03 pm

Here's a twist. You know how you keep hearing that the Affordable Care Act is doing little more than raising health care costs?

Well, the Obama administration says a new rule it's issuing under the law could result in a savings of as much as $4.5 billion over the next decade.

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2:27pm

Thu January 5, 2012
The Salt

What The Camembert Rind Does For The Cheese Inside

The downy white rind protects and keeps the inside of the cheese clean.
Lukas Gerber

For lovers of Camembert, the downy white rind is the tart bite that balances out the fat-laden, oozing, pungent layer inside.

For a group of Swiss bioengineers, that moldy rind is one of nature's greatest living surfaces, doing double duty as a shield and a cleaner. The rind allows the cheese's deep flavor and aroma to mature, but also defends it against microorganisms that could spoil it. The cheese repays the fungi on the rind by supplying it with nutrients.

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2:25pm

Thu January 5, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Car Lands On Roof, Driver Charged With Hit-And-Run

That's not Santa's sleigh up there.
KFSN-TV, Fresno

This is why we created a category called The No-Way:

"A family in Northwest Fresno was stunned Wednesday morning to find a car on the roof of their apartment," KFSN-TV reports.

Police say a 26-year-old man who allegedly stole a car was apparently driving it way too fast when he missed a turn, went on to some rocks and the vehicle launched into the air.

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2:01pm

Thu January 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Report: Shortly Before MF Global Collapse, Corzine Was Château Shopping

Originally published on Thu January 5, 2012 2:11 pm

Former MF Global Holdings Ltd. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jon Corzine testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Susan Walsh AP

In its February issue, Vanity Fair has a long report on Jon Corzine, the former head of Goldman Sachs and former Democratic governor of New Jersey. Corzine has been in the news lately for his role in MF Global, which last year collapsed spectacularly and left $1.2 billion in client money missing.

The piece talks to friends and former associates of Corzine and paints a picture of a CEO who took great risks and micromanaged.

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1:54pm

Thu January 5, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

A Changing Picture For Cancer Deaths In The U.S.

A cluster of malignant breast cancer cells that metastasized to the liver.
National Cancer Institute

1:01pm

Thu January 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Prosecutor Wants Death Penalty For Egypt's Hosni Mubarak

As the trial of Egypt's former dictator continued in Cairo, today, one of the prosecutors said Hosni Mubarak should face the death penalty for his role in the killing of protesters during the uprising that toppled his regime, last year.

"Retribution is the solution," Mustafa Khater said on the final day of the prosecution's opening statements. "Any fair judge must issue a death sentence for these defendants."

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1:00pm

Thu January 5, 2012
Children's Health

Reality Sets In Between Toddler And Teen Years

Middle childhood was often thought of as a developmental placeholder between toddler and teen years. But a special issue of Human Nature explains that's when children learn to reason, control impulses, understand and accept mortality and plan for the future, among other developmental milestones.

1:00pm

Thu January 5, 2012
Your Health

Should Patients See Their Doctors' Notes?

Originally published on Thu January 5, 2012 2:24 pm

Transcript

JENNIFER LUDDEN, HOST:

When you visit a doctor and he starts - he or she - starts jotting down notes in your records, do you want to know what they're writing? Over 90 percent of patients do, according to one recent study. But doctors are not as keen on the idea. Many physicians note insights and comments they may not have shared with patients. They report concern that revealing this information could leave a patient confused or frightened.

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1:00pm

Thu January 5, 2012
Law

In 2012, New State Laws On Large And Local Issues

Originally published on Thu January 5, 2012 2:14 pm

Transcript

JENNIFER LUDDEN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Jennifer Ludden, in Washington. Neal Conan is away. This week ushered in the new year, of course, and with it came a raft of new laws from Florida to California. States passed almost 40,000 laws last year. Many of them took effect this week; a host of others will roll out in the coming months.

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1:00pm

Thu January 5, 2012
Media

Cynthia Tucker Reflects On Opinion Journalism

After more than 20 years as a columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Pulitzer Prize-winner Cynthia Tucker left to become a visiting professor at the University of Georgia. She edited the editorial page for the paper for eight years until she was reassigned as a political columnist.

12:44pm

Thu January 5, 2012
National Security

Sept. 11 Case A Litmus Test For Military Commissions

Originally published on Thu January 5, 2012 7:24 pm

In this photograph of a sketch by courtroom artist Janet Hamlin, reviewed by the U.S. military, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a suspected plotter in the Sept. 11 attacks, attends his arraignment at the U.S. Military Commissions at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, in Cuba, on June 5, 2008. The trial for the five suspects is expected to begin sometime in the next few months.
Janet Hamlin AP

The long-awaited trial of five men accused of helping plan the Sept. 11 attacks is scheduled to begin early this year in a revamped trial process at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Initially, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other men charged with planning the attacks were going to be tried in a New York federal court, but congressional opposition forced the Obama administration to reverse course.

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12:43pm

Thu January 5, 2012
It's All Politics

Young Conservatives In New Hampshire: A Conversation At The Dartmouth Review

Editors of the conservative Dartmouth Review, from left to right: Sterling Beard, 22, from Abilene, Texas, the Review's editor-in-chief; Benjamin Riley, 20, from New York City; Blake Neff, 21, from Sioux Falls, S.D.
John Winslow Poole, John W. Pool NPR

The theme of the 2012 GOP presidential contest has been dissatisfaction with the candidates, and a rollicking battle for the honor of being the anti-Mitt Romney alternative.

We were curious about what young conservatives have been thinking about the race, which moved to New Hampshire Wednesday after Iowa's decidedly non-decisive caucuses.

So NPR photographer John Poole and I, after a night at former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum's headquarters in Bedford, N.H., decided to head west to Dartmouth College in Hanover.

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12:15pm

Thu January 5, 2012
The Two-Way

A Young Kennedy Is Lining Up To Run For Frank's House Seat

Joseph P. Kennedy III, the son of former Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II and grandson of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, "is taking the final steps to launch a run for Congress this year, hoping to succeed [the retiring] U.S. Rep. Barney Frank," the Boston Globe reports.

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12:14pm

Thu January 5, 2012
Television

Brownstein And Armisen's Comedic Take On Portland

Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen film their sketch-comedy show Portlandia in the summer, when Armisen is on hiatus from Saturday Night Live. During the rest of the year, they communicate through constant text messages, says Armisen.
Chris Hornbecker IFC

Soon after Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen became friends, they started making sketch-comedy videos.

"We would email a link ... to our friends, but they were mostly for us," says Brownstein. "It was very understated and silly, and we were just sort of reveling in the absurd."

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12:00pm

Thu January 5, 2012
NPR Story

Threatened In Tucson: Mexican American Studies

An Arizona administrative law judge recently ruled that a program in Tucson's public schools violates a state law banning classes that 'promote resentment toward a race or class of people.' But program supporters say the courses teach a neglected history and inspire Latino students to excel. The Los Angeles Times' Stephen Ceasar has reported this issue and speaks with host Michel Martin.

12:00pm

Thu January 5, 2012
NPR Story

Broadcasting Legend Georges Collinet Offers Wisdom

Cameroon-born Collinet began his radio career in the 1960s, introducing American soul singers like James Brown to African audiences. Collinet became a famed broadcaster in Africa and a top expert on African Pop music. He speaks with host Michel Martin about his upbringing, worldview, and why black Americans have been slow to embrace Afropop.

12:00pm

Thu January 5, 2012
U.S.

Tough Task Of Being America's Top Whistleblower

Carolyn Lerner is hoping to bring the U.S. Office of Special Counsel out of its many years of obscurity within the federal government. The OSC aims to protect whistleblowers, eliminate government waste and protect federal workers from discrimination. Host Michel Martin speaks with Lerner, who's been heading OSC for six months.

12:00pm

Thu January 5, 2012
Sports

Olympic Hopeful Mixes Muslim Faith And Fencing

World-class fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad hopes to compete in the 2012 London Olympics. If she qualifies, it is believed that she will be the first practicing Muslim to represent the U.S. in women's fencing, and the first American to wear Islamic head-covering while competing. She speaks with host Michel Martin.

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