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2:43pm

Mon March 12, 2012
It's All Politics

Presidential Speeches: Sound And (Partisan) Fury, Signifying Not Much

When presidents give major set-piece speeches, they're mainly engaged in exercises in futility since a commander-in-chief's high-flown rhetoric rarely shifts voter attitudes for long.

Indeed, the exercise could even be more negative than neutral since speeches by presidents advocating specific policy not only leave citizen unswayed but can fire up political opponents in the other party, according to Ezra Klein in an essay in the New Yorker.

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2:39pm

Mon March 12, 2012
Rebuilding Japan

Rethinking, Not Just Rebuilding, Japan's Northeast

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 9:56 pm

Demolished ships lie strewn about near the fishing port of Minamisanriku town, in Miyagi prefecture, northeastern Japan, Feb. 23, 2012. The local fisherman's union says last year's tsunami wiped out 90 percent of local fishing boats.
Yuriko Makao Reuters /Landov

With a fierce yell and a resounding thwack, 13-year-old Japanese student Nanami Usui brings her bamboo sword down on her opponent.

By practicing Kendo, or Japanese swordsmanship, Usui is one of several students in the town of Minamisanriku who are rebuilding their confidence after last year's tsunami washed away their homes and shattered their hometown in the country's northeast.

Usui says she dreams of being a police officer, but she doesn't know yet where she wants to live and work.

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2:36pm

Mon March 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Penn State: Paterno Was Fired After 'Failure Of Leadership'

Penn State head coach Joe Paterno stands with his team before they take the field during an NCAA college football game against the University of Wisconsin in State College, Pa., on Oct. 13, 2007.
Carolyn Kaster AP

In a report issued today, the board of directors of Penn State University confirmed what everyone already figured: They fired head coach Joe Paterno over his actions concerning the sexual abuse allegations against his once assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

The university said it made its decision based on a grand jury report that said graduate student Mike McQueary had told the coach that he saw Sandusky "in the Lasch Building showers fondling or doing something of a sexual nature to a young boy."

The board says:

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2:20pm

Mon March 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Priest 'Placed On Leave' After Denying Communion To Lesbian

The Gaithersburg, Md., priest who refused to give Communion to a lesbian parishioner during a funeral mass for the woman's mother has been has been placed on leave, according to NBC Channel 4 news.

A letter from an archdiocese official says that Rev. Marcel Guarnizo was placed on leave for engaging in intimidating behavior. The archdiocese had previously apologized for Guarnizo's behavior.

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2:06pm

Mon March 12, 2012
Afghanistan

Afghan Shooting Leaves Many Unanswered Questions

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 5:09 pm

An Afghan youth mourns for relatives who were killed on Sunday.
Allauddin Khan AP

Many details remain unknown about Sunday's shooting in southern Afghanistan, where a U.S. Army sergeant is suspected of walking through villages near Kandahar and killing 16 Afghan civilians.

But the shooting has raised the specter of reprisals against American troops and also led to questions about how much damage it could cause to the larger American war effort in Afghanistan.

Here's a look at what is, and isn't, known so far.

The Suspect

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1:39pm

Mon March 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Before He Became 'Tricky Dick,' Richard Nixon Wrote Love Letters

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 1:45 pm

Richard Nixon is shown as a member of the Whittier College football squad in Whittier, Calif., circa 1930s.
AP

We're all familiar with the gruff Richard Nixon of the Watergate tapes. But the presidential library of the 37th president of the United States has an exhibit that shows a different side of him β€” the softer, gushy side of him that emerged as he was courting Pat Ryan, the woman who would become his wife.

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1:04pm

Mon March 12, 2012
Planet Money

What's The Opposite Of A Jobless Recovery?

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 2:00 pm

But for how long?
Danny Johnston AP

In the past decade or so, we've gotten used to jobless recoveries, when the economy grows its way out of a recession without adding many new jobs.

At the moment, we may be living through the opposite of a jobless recovery. In the past few months, job growth has picked up, while economic growth has slowed.

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1:00pm

Mon March 12, 2012
World

The Challenges Of Aid Work In Conflict Zones

In Afghanistan and other conflict zones, the military is often first on the ground, followed by diplomats, contractors and journalists. Next, in many cases, are aid workers: People who work for private organizations and strive to remain impartial in some of the world's most dangerous places.

1:00pm

Mon March 12, 2012
Opinion

Op-Ed: File Criminal Charges For Hard Hits

The NFL found some two dozen players for the New Orleans Saints took part in a pay-for-hits program that paid bounties for knocking specific players out of games. Those involved likely face fines or suspensions. But lawyer Eldon Ham argues that doesn't go far enough, and proposes criminal charges.

1:00pm

Mon March 12, 2012
Race

Black Students More Likely To Be Disciplined

A Department of Education study found from 2009 to 2010, black students were 3 1/2 times more likely to be suspended or expelled than white ones. Though the reasons are unclear, many argue harsher punishments push many black and Latino students out of schools and into the criminal justice system.

1:00pm

Mon March 12, 2012
NPR Story

Why That Song Gets Stuck In Your Head

Researchers at Goldsmiths, University of London are collecting earworms β€” songs or bits of melody that get stuck in your head. What's yours?
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Chances are, you've fallen victim to earworms β€” pesky songs or melodies that get stuck in your head and just won't get out.

Research suggests that there are psychological reasons why some songs are more likely to stick, including memory triggers, emotional states, and even stress. Some researchers hope to better understand why this happens and figure out what, if anything, music memory can teach psychologists about how to treat patients dealing with memory loss.

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12:23pm

Mon March 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Treatment Of Bradley Manning Was Cruel And Inhuman, Says U.N. Official

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, left, is escorted from a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md.
Patrick Semansky AP

The United Nations special rapporteur on torture has reached the conclusion that the United States violated some of the rights of the Army private accused of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks.

Pfc. Bradley Manning has been in U.S. custody since May 2010 and as we've reported, Juan MΓ©ndez, the U.N.'s top torture official, has already had some tough words for the U.S. leading up to this report.

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12:00pm

Mon March 12, 2012
Economy

Is The Economy 'Looking Up' For You?

All week-long NPR will look at parts of the U.S. economy that are beginning to thrive after the economic downturn. Host Michel Martin hears individual stories of economic upturn, along with stories of continued struggles, from listeners and NPR's Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax.

12:00pm

Mon March 12, 2012
World

Teacher Returns To Tanzania, Finds Changed Country

Frank Bures taught English in Tanzania in 1996. He recently returned and found a place much different than the underdeveloped farm community he remembered. His former students were also living very different lives than what he imagined. Host Michel Martin speaks with Bures about how his students found hope in their country's economic growth.

12:00pm

Mon March 12, 2012
Health

Tools For Black, Latino Women To Manage Health

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Later, find out what reality show star Omarosa - excuse me, make that Reverend Omarosa is listening to these days.

But, first, we want to go behind closed doors. That's where we talk about sensitive issues that many people find hard to discuss. Health is one of those issues, but that's one reason we try to talk about some of the unique circumstances that affect the health, particularly of minority women, whether the issue is HIV/AIDS, diabetes or obesity.

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12:00pm

Mon March 12, 2012
Politics

Rahm Emanuel: I Want The World To Come To Chicago

It's been nearly a year since Rahm Emanuel cruised to victory in the election for Chicago's mayor. Host Michel Martin talks with Mayor Emanuel about how he's raising Chicago's international profile and working to boost the city's economy. Emanuel also weighs in on President Obama's re-election campaign.

12:00pm

Mon March 12, 2012
Music

Reality TV Star Inspired By 'Queen Of Soul'

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now it's time for the feature we call In Your Ear. That's where we ask some of the guests of the program to share the songs that keep them inspired. Today we hear from Omarosa Manigault. You might remember her as a take-no-prisoners competitor on the reality television shows "The Apprentice" and "The Celebrity Apprentice." But now she has found a new calling – in the ministry.

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11:47am

Mon March 12, 2012
Remembrances

Peter Bergman: Remembering The 'Firesign' Satirist

Originally published on Tue March 13, 2012 7:52 am

Peter Bergman graduated from Yale University and later attended the Yale School of Drama as a Eugene O'Neill playwriting fellow.
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Peter Bergman, one of the founding members of the four-man surrealist comedy troupe The Firesign Theatre, died Friday of complications from leukemia. He was 72.

Bergman, along with collaborators David Ossman, Phil Proctor and Phil Austin, created satire out of the political and civil upsets of the 1960s and 1970s, blending surrealism, absurdities, non sequiturs, paranoia, parodies of the Establishment, sound effects, in-jokes about hippies and knowing allusions to literature and trash culture.

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11:44am

Mon March 12, 2012
The Salt

Children Face Dangers On Farms, But Not From Farmwork

Most farm injuries come when children are playing or visiting, not working.
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Farms may conjure an image of a pastoral landscape, with children running and frolicking in green pastures. But farms do come with their own dangers. And there's plenty of argument on what should be done to ensure the safety of children who live or work on farms.

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11:36am

Mon March 12, 2012
It's All Politics

Texas Voter ID Law Blocked By Justice Department

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 6:31 pm

The U.S. Department of Justice has blocked a new voter ID law from going into effect in Texas. The department says the state failed to show that the law would not deny or limit minorities' right to vote. It's the second state voter ID law the department has blocked.

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11:04am

Mon March 12, 2012
Music Reviews

Forgotten Gems From The Dave Brubeck Quartet

The Dave Brubeck Quartet.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

After Dave Brubeck signed with Columbia Records in the mid-1950s, his quartet made a few albums a year, and now that material has been collected in a 19-disc box set called The Dave Brubeck Quartet: The Complete Columbia Studio Albums Collection.

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10:32am

Mon March 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Aging U.S. Carrier Enterprise Heads For Final Deployment

USS Enterprise, the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, is beginning the last deployment in her storied 50-year career on the frontlines of American sea power.

Known as the "Big E", she was among the vessels dispatched to the waters off Cuba during the October 1962 missile crisis with orders from President Kennedy to enforce an air and sea blockade of the island nation.

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9:27am

Mon March 12, 2012
It's All Politics

Monday Political Grab Bag: Rising Gas Prices Hurt Obama's Ratings Etc

Some voters believe President Obama has the power to lower gas prices and are blaming him for higher costs.
Gene J. Puskar AP

Rising gas prices have many voters looking for someone to blame and President Obama appears to be as good a target as anyone, a new Washington Post/ABC News poll suggests, with the president's approval rating falling from 50 percent last month to 46 percent recently.

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9:26am

Mon March 12, 2012

9:06am

Mon March 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Syrian Militia Blamed In Latest Killing

A Syrian woman walks along a street in the town of Rastan outside of Homs on March 11, 2012.
AFP/Getty Images

Syrian activists blamed pro-government militiamen for the latest killing of civilians in the city of Homs. At least a dozen people, including children, were killed, state media confirmed, saying instead that the perpetrators were "armed terrorists."

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 12 people were killed, but the Local Coordination Committee had a much higher figure – 45, according to The Associated Press.

The AP quoted the LCC and the Observatory as saying:

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8:42am

Mon March 12, 2012
It's All Politics

Heading Into Tuesday's Vote, GOP Candidates Seek Southern Comfort

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 5:02 pm

Rick Santorum greets supporters during a rally at Lookout Steakhouse in Gulfport, Miss., on Sunday.
John Fitzhugh MCT/Landov
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With three wins on Super Tuesday, and a victory in the Kansas caucuses over the weekend, GOP hopeful Rick Santorum is on a high β€” and campaigning hard in the South.

"This is going to be a very close race here in Mississippi, and I know the same thing is true in Alabama. We've got lots of folks down here working hard," Santorum told a crowd at Weidmann's historic restaurant in Meridian, Miss., on Sunday.

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8:20am

Mon March 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Report Shows Drop In U.S. Oil Imports

Originally published on Tue March 13, 2012 7:53 am

The White House will unveil a report today showing that U.S. dependence on foreign oil imports has dropped by more than two million barrels a day since President Obama took office.

The report shows U.S. imports at 8.4 million barrels a day last year from 11 million barrels a day in 2008. As a percent of all U.S. consumption, foreign imports went from 57 percent down to 45 percent in the same period, the report says.

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7:40am

Mon March 12, 2012
Asia

Ferrari Driver Gets Himself In Trouble With The Law

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 9:51 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Social media sure make the job of police easier. A Japanese doctor is the latest to post evidence of his own violation of the law. He said he wanted people to see the beauty of his Ferrari, so he positioned a camera behind the driver's seat and zoomed away. The video showed him driving 77 miles per hour, 52 miles over the speed limit. Angry viewers not only marked dislike on the video, they reported the driver to the police. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

7:32am

Mon March 12, 2012
Around the Nation

Calif. Man Reconstructs Frank Lloyd Wright Doghouse

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 9:51 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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7:11am

Mon March 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Taliban Vow Revenge For Alleged U.S. Attack On Civilians

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

U.S. soldiers keep watch at the entrance of a military base near Alkozai village.
JangirAFP Getty Images

The Taliban have vowed to avenge the deaths of 16 civilians in Afghanistan, allegedly shot by a U.S. soldier in a rampage through villages near Kandahar.

According to The Associated Press, the Afghan militia on its website called the attack a "blood-soaked and inhumane crime" and the attackers "sick-minded American savages." It promised to seek revenge "for every single martyr with the help of Allah."

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