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11:05am

Fri March 16, 2012
The Salt

Cause Of Foul Pine Nut Taste Befuddles Scientists

Pine nuts aren't giving up their secrets easily.
Charlotte Lake iStockphoto.com

Scientists on the trail of "pine nut mouth," a nasty metallic aftertaste that some people get after eating the tender little nuts, have been stumped in their latest effort to zero in on the cause of the mysterious affliction.

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10:05am

Fri March 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama Needs To Share More About Patriot Act Program, Senators Say

Originally published on Fri March 16, 2012 2:03 pm

Two Senate Democrats want the Justice Department to share more details about how it interprets a key provision of the Patriot Act. The lawmakers say the public has a right to know about a sensitive intelligence gathering program.

So Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden and Colorado Democrat Mark Udall have sent a letter of complaint to the attorney general. The senators say people would be stunned to know how the government is going about getting business records and other information under the U.S. Patriot Act.

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9:48am

Fri March 16, 2012
Author Interviews

Revisiting John Updike's 'Fresh Air' Interviews

Originally published on Fri March 16, 2012 11:47 am

John Updike wrote more than 25 novels. He was also a prolific short story and essay writer. Hundreds of his poems, criticisms and reviews appears in The New Yorker.
Martha Updike AP

These interviews were originally broadcast on March 17, 1988, March 16, 1989, and Oct. 14, 1997. You can listen to the original broadcasts in their entirety here.

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9:45am

Fri March 16, 2012

8:59am

Fri March 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Karzai At 'End Of The Rope,' Says Witnesses Dispute U.S. Account Of Killings

Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

Saying that Sunday's murders of 16 civilians has him at "the end of the rope," Afghan President Hamid Karzai "lashed out at the United States" today, The Associated Press reports.

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8:38am

Fri March 16, 2012
Around the Nation

UC Irvine Students Call For Chehabi's Resignation

The student government at the University of California, Irvine voted Thursday night to call for the resignation of Dr. Hazem Chehabi, who is the chairman of its school's foundation. He also serves as the Syrian consul general in California. He is a personal friend of Syria's dictator Bashar Assad.

8:35am

Fri March 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Consumer Prices Rose 0.4 Percent Last Month

Consumer prices rose 0.4 percent in February from January, the Bureau of Labor Statistics just reported. The increase — the largest in the past 10 months — was mostly fueled by higher prices for gasoline.

Excluding the food and energy sectors, prices rose 0.1 percent. That's a sign that the so-called core rate of inflation remains in check.

According to BLS:

-- Gas prices spiked 6 percent last month and were up 12.6 percent from February 2011.

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8:20am

Fri March 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Cricket's Tendulkar Gets His 100th 100

Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar kisses his helmet after scoring his 100th century (100 runs) today in a match against Bangladesh.
Munir uz Zaman AFP/Getty Images

While American sports fans focus on college basketball, there's big cricket news that's making headlines in much of the rest of the world:

"Sachin Tendulkar Scores his 100th International Century For India." (BBC News)

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8:12am

Fri March 16, 2012
The Salt

Chances Are Pink Slime Is In Grocery Store Beef Too

If you're trying to determine whether the ground chuck you buy in the grocery store contains so-called pink slime, or lean beef trimmings, you won't find it on the ingredient list. "It's not required to be labeled," explains Don Schaffner, a food scientist at Rutgers University.

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8:00am

Fri March 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Early Hoops Upsets: Connecticut, Wichita State Bounced Out Of Men's Tourney

Originally published on Fri March 16, 2012 10:43 am

Alex Oriakhi of Connecticut controls the ball during the game against Iowa State.
Jonathan Daniel Getty Images

If you had defending national champions Connecticut making it out of the first round in your NCAA men's basketball championship bracket, we're sorry to say that the Huskies lost on Thursday to Iowa State by a score of 77-64.

It's not a huge upset, since Iowa State was seeded No. 8 in the South region and Connecticut was seeded No. 9. But still, it's a quick exit for last year's top team.

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7:35am

Fri March 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Soldier Accused Of Massacre 'Just Snapped,' Official Says

We're learning more about the U.S. Army staff sergeant accused in Sunday's massacre of 16 Afghan civilians, including women and children:

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7:14am

Fri March 16, 2012
Television

Hotel Alcatraz Isn't Exactly Like The Prison

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7:04am

Fri March 16, 2012
Europe

Pope Benedict Has His Own Custom Cologne

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7:00am

Fri March 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Archbishop Of Canterbury Is Stepping Down

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams in February.
Chris Jackson Getty Images

Rowan Williams, who as archbishop of Canterbury is the spiritual leader for more than 70 million Anglicans around the world, announced today that he will step down at the end of the year to become Master of Magdalene College at Cambridge University.

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6:53am

Fri March 16, 2012
Movies

Cameras Follow World's Greatest Sushi Chef

Jiro Ono, 85, owns a small sushi restaurant in a Tokyo subway station. The 10 seats at the sushi bar require reservations months in advance. In the new movie, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, director David Gelb explores the chef's relationships with his sons and the art of sushi-making. Gelb talks to Renee Montagne about Ono's story.

6:46am

Fri March 16, 2012
Food

Pink Slime Could Be In Grocery Store Beef Too

The Department of Agriculture has announced it would give schools the choice to order ground beef that does not contain Pink Slime — otherwise known as lean beef trimmings. But beef trimmings aren't just found in school lunches.

6:30am

Fri March 16, 2012
Sports

Iowa State Defeats UConn; VCU Beats Wichita St.

Originally published on Fri March 16, 2012 1:08 pm

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

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5:58am

Fri March 16, 2012
Afghanistan

Peace Deal Process With Taliban Stalls

Originally published on Fri March 16, 2012 9:24 am

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

We're learning more about the American staff sergeant accused of killing 16 villagers in Afghanistan. Last night, his lawyer said the soldier did not want to go to Afghanistan, his fourth deployment for the Army. He had been wounded twice and he didn't think he was healthy enough to deploy. The attorney didn't release the soldier's name, but did say he was the father of two young children and added that the soldier's family was totally shocked by the allegations against him.

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4:47am

Fri March 16, 2012
Latin America

'Dirty War' Children Returned To Argentine Relatives

Originally published on Fri March 16, 2012 9:24 am

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne with Steve Inskeep.

The heirs to one Latin America's biggest media conglomerates, a brother and a sister, spent years with their real identities in question. They've long been thought to be part of a group of children stolen from their birth parents more than 30 years ago. That was during Argentina's Dirty War, the terror campaign waged by the military junta then ruling Argentina against members of the opposition.

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4:02am

Fri March 16, 2012
Middle East

A Death In Syria

Originally published on Fri March 16, 2012 11:14 am

Abdulrahman Abu Lebdeh was a Syrian protester who was killed last fall in his hometown of Tal Kalakh.
Courtesy of Abu Lebdeh family

The United Nations estimates some 8,000 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising began one year ago. One of them was Abdulrahman Abu Lebdeh, 24, who was killed in the town of Tal Kalakh last fall. His parents, his brother and one of his friends, who was also an activist, told the story of his life and death to NPR's Kelly McEvers and Lava Selo.

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4:00am

Fri March 16, 2012
NPR Story

Business News

The Federal Trade Commission is looking at complaints raised last month when it was discovered Google was bypassing the privacy settings on Apple's Safari browsers to track user activity on the web. The agency wants to know whether the company "misrepresented" its privacy policy.

4:00am

Fri March 16, 2012
NPR Story

Russia To Join World Trade Organization

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And anyone listening in on yesterday's debate at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, you might have wondered whether the Cold War was really over.

At issue, whether to repeal trade a law aimed at pressuring the Soviet Union to allow Jewish emigration.

As Peter van Dyk reports from Moscow, remarkably it's a law that continues to have serious trade implications even today.

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4:00am

Fri March 16, 2012
NPR Story

'Footnote' Takes On Ambition, Father-Son Rivalry

Originally published on Sun March 18, 2012 11:58 am

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The Israeli film "Footnote" has racked up a pile of awards - Best Screenplay at Cannes, nine awards at Israel's Oscars, and a nomination for Best Foreign Language film at the Academy Awards.

Film critic Kenneth Turan says it's all deserved.

KENNETH TURAN: "Footnotes"'s subject matter sounds dry, unlikely, even obscure. The film is set in Jerusalem's Hebrew University and deals with the implacable rivalry between two scholars of the Talmud, the complex and sacred text of the Jewish religious tradition.

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12:01am

Fri March 16, 2012
Digital Life

Petitions Are Going Viral, Sometimes To Great Success

Petition signatures sit in a box at a Sept. 21, 2011, news conference in Washington, D.C. The signatures, collected by Change.org and other groups, were delivered to congressional co-sponsors of legislation to ban hiring discrimination against unemployed workers.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Petitions have been a common form of protest throughout modern history, at times bringing attention to causes through little more than handwritten letters and word of mouth.

But like a lot of other things, petitions are going viral. And one website in particular has contributed to the phenomenon.

Change.org offers tools to let individuals start their own online campaigns, a way to bring instant awareness to issues that range from the environment to human rights.

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12:01am

Fri March 16, 2012
National Security

Defense Contractors See Hope In Homeland Security

Originally published on Fri March 16, 2012 10:24 am

A vendor talks to attendees at the Border Security Expo in Phoenix, Ariz., next to a display of sophisticated cameras and sensors painted to blend into the desert.
Ted Robbins NPR

The Defense Department is bracing for billions of dollars in budget cuts — and that has defense contractors looking for new markets. Homeland Security is one of the most promising, particularly border security, which hasn't suffered any big cuts. So companies are lining up in hopes of landing a contract.

At a border security trade show in Phoenix, Ariz., there's enough surveillance equipment on the floor of the convention center to spot a federal appropriation from 5 miles away.

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12:01am

Fri March 16, 2012
Crisis In The Housing Market

Foreclosure Influx Causes Backlog In Some States

A padlock hangs from a door of a foreclosed home in Islip, N.Y. The time a foreclosure will take from start to finish varies widely from state to state.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Real estate is about location, location, location. And foreclosure is no different. Depending on the state, it can take an average of three months or three years to process a foreclosure. And the disparity in how states deal with foreclosures is getting bigger.

The fate of thousands of troubled homeowners in Central Florida rests in the hands of Lee Haworth, foreclosure administrative judge for Florida's 12th Judicial Circuit. "We were hit pretty hard," Haworth says.

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12:01am

Fri March 16, 2012
Middle East

Revisiting The Spark That Kindled The Syrian Uprising

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:57 am

The Syrian uprising began a year ago. Here, a protester in Homs throws a tear gas canister back at security forces on Dec. 27, 2011.
AFP Getty Images

Last February, a group of young people were arrested for spray-painting graffiti on the walls of their school in the southern Syrian city of Daraa. They were beaten and interrogated. A year ago this Sunday, people went out to protest those arrests. And so began the Syrian uprising — an uprising that in some parts of Syria has turned into an armed insurgency and seen government troops respond with untold brutality. In all, thousands of people have died, with no clear end in sight.

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12:01am

Fri March 16, 2012
StoryCorps

After Tragedy, An Aunt Plays A New Role: Parent

Laura (left) and Phil Donney (right), with their Aunt Abby, whom they call "Tabby."
Liebman Family Photo

One night in 1995 completely reshaped the lives of Phil and Laura Donney. Their parents were arguing, and their father stabbed their mother, killing her. Phil was 7; his sister was 4.

Ken Donney was sent to prison, and the children went to live with their mother's sisters.

Phil, 23, recently sat down with his aunt, Abby Leibman, the twin sister of his mother, Nina Leibman.

"What was it like becoming a parent to my sister and I overnight?" Phil asks.

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8:04pm

Thu March 15, 2012
Presidential Race

With New Film, Obama Hopes For Viral Video Boost

Originally published on Fri March 16, 2012 10:10 am

A screen shot of President Obama from the trailer for his campaign movie, The Road We've Traveled.
BarackObama.com/YouTube

There was a big movie premier Thursday — big in the political world, anyway. This movie is actually an ad of sorts, designed in hopes that it will go viral and help President Obama's re-election prospects.

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7:02pm

Thu March 15, 2012
It's All Politics

Biden Calls Out Romney, Gingrich By Name For Opposing Auto Bailout

Originally published on Mon March 19, 2012 12:52 pm

Vice President Biden took on the traditional role that has been reserved to those who have previously served in his position as the political wing man for a president seeking re-election: he went on the attack.

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