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1:59pm

Fri November 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Columbia University Will Let Band Play At Lion's Home Finale

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 2:17 pm

The Columbia University Lions are 0-9 this season. So after the team's ninth loss of the season against Cornell, the marching band decided to poke a little fun. The Columbia Spectator explains:

"'Every time every game ends, we play 'Roar," said José Delgado, CC '12 and the band's manager. 'There's music, there's a part in between when we sing lyrics, and there's music again—that's where it happened.'

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1:58pm

Fri November 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Balanced Budget Amendment Falls Short In House

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 2:02 pm

A balanced budget amendment to the Constitution just failed to get the two-thirds majority vote in the House that's needed to move such a measure forward.

It was approved by a simple majority: 261 to 165. But for a two-thirds majority, at least 290 votes would be needed.

There are currently 434 House members (one seat is vacant). Of those, 242 are Republicans and 192 are Democrats.

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1:44pm

Fri November 18, 2011
The Salt

From Wall Street To Big Food, Occupiers Are Hungry For Change

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 5:49 pm

Butterball frozen turkeys on display in a supermarket in Ohio.
Amy Sancetta AP

Not all the people who have been protesting in New York's Zuccotti Park are trying to Occupy Wall Street. Some are trying to Occupy Big Food, and are ready to march. That includes boycotting that Thanksgiving icon, the Butterball turkey.

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1:23pm

Fri November 18, 2011
Mitt Romney

Where's Mitt Romney? 'Running Out The Clock'

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 8:02 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrives with his wife, Ann, for a rally at the American Polish Cultural Center earlier this month in Troy, Mich. The former Massachusetts governor is in effect the front-runner in the race for the GOP nomination, despite holding fewer rallies, town hall meetings or media appearances than other candidates.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Through the ups and downs of the Republican presidential campaign, Mitt Romney has remained in effect the front-runner.

He has done so even without holding as many rallies, town hall meetings or meet-and-greet events as some of the other candidates. He's also done fewer media appearances.

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1:03pm

Fri November 18, 2011
Planet Money

Angry Bonds: iPhone Game Lets You Run Europe's Central Bank

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 5:23 pm

ECB

Despite having a few other things going on, the European Central Bank found time to release an iPhone app this fall. It's called €conomia. (You can also play on your computer.)

The goal of the game is to keep inflation just below 2 percent. (Unlike the Fed, which is responsible for both keeping prices stable and maintaining full employment, the ECB's only mandate is price stability.)

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1:00pm

Fri November 18, 2011
Space

Is A Moon Necessary For A Planet To Support Life?

For years, a theory has held that Earth's large moon played a critical role in stabilizing the planet's tilt, damping down differences between the seasons. Now, astronomer Jason Barnes says that life on our planet would endure even without a moon, a finding that might increase the number of potentially habitable planets in our galaxy.

1:00pm

Fri November 18, 2011
Energy

Solar Sector At War Over Cheap Chinese Panels

Seven solar companies have filed a trade complaint with the federal government, accusing China of dumping artificially cheap solar panels on the US market. But solar installers welcome the low prices. Ira Flatow and guests discuss what's best for the domestic solar industry--and US jobs--in the long run.

1:00pm

Fri November 18, 2011
Health

Strangers Can Spot Genetic Disposition For Empathy

Reporting in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers write that complete strangers are capable of spotting individuals with a genetic predisposition to empathy and sociable behavior. Author Sarina Saturn discusses the study, and how sociability has evolved across cultures.

1:00pm

Fri November 18, 2011
Pop Culture

Balloonatics Prepare For Thanksgiving Day Parade

With the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade less than a week away, it's crunch time for the balloon technicians. Science Friday goes behind the scenes at Macy's design studio to find out about the final preparations for the parade.

1:00pm

Fri November 18, 2011
Technology

Building A Better Toilet

Toilets, as most of us know them, haven't changed much since the 1800s--they use a lot of water, and require an infrastructure that many communities can't afford. Ira Flatow and guests look at the problem of access to sanitation, and how engineers are making toilets better.

1:00pm

Fri November 18, 2011
Medical Treatments

Geron To End Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Citing "capital scarcity" the Geron Corporation said it will abandon its research into using human embryonic stem cells to treat spinal cord injuries. Stem cell expert Leonard Zon discusses the announcement and what it means for the future of embryonic stem cell research.

12:11pm

Fri November 18, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

FDA Pulls Approval Of Avastin For Breast Cancer

Originally published on Sun November 20, 2011 11:22 am

Richard Morgenstein Genentech

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg has spoken.

After more than a year of deliberations and an unprecedented public hearing in June, the agency has revoked approval of the biotech blockbuster Avastin, a medicine that chokes off the blood supply to various cancer cells, as a treatment for metastatic breast cancer.

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12:06pm

Fri November 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Detroit Mayor Plans To Lay Off 1,000 City Employees

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 12:09 pm

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

"Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, who outlined an emergency plan two days ago, isn't wasting any time taking action" in tackling his city's financial crisis, our colleague Micki Maynard at the Changing Gears project reports. "Today, Bing said the city will lay off 1,000 employees, or about 9 percent of the city's payroll, by Feb. 25."

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12:00pm

Fri November 18, 2011
Barbershop

Shop Talk: 'Occupy' Is More Trouble Than Progress?

The Barbershop guys weigh in on the Occupy Wall Street movement and the standoff between NBA players and owners. Host Michel Martin speaks with author Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney and author Arsalan Iftikhar, sports writer Kevin Blackistone and National Review writer Mario Loyola.

12:00pm

Fri November 18, 2011
Politics

Jack Abramoff Calls D.C. Politics Dirty As Ever

Abramoff earned millions making deals and trading favors on Capitol Hill before being imprisoned on corruption charges. He's been called 'scum' and a 'bloodsucking bogeyman.' He speaks with host Michel Martin about his new memoir Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America's Most Notorious Lobbyist.

12:00pm

Fri November 18, 2011
Politics

Casino Jack On Ridding Money's Political Influence

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 11:53 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News.

In a few minutes, we will speak with Jack Marshall. He is a professional ethicist. We want to talk about the Penn State scandal and we wanted to ask even if some people adhere to the letter of the law, did they follow an ethical standard?

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12:00pm

Fri November 18, 2011
Around the Nation

Penn State Shows Loyalty's Dark Side, Says Ethicist

Critics say former Penn State coach Paterno may have met his legal obligations but failed an ethical test when going to university officials about child molestation allegations. Host Michel Martin discusses the issue with ethicist Jack Marshall. (Advisory: This segment contains language that may not be suitable for all audiences.)

12:00pm

Fri November 18, 2011
BackTalk

Listeners Criticize Gov. Walker, Cheer Jarana Beat

Tell Me More editor Ammad Omar and host Michel Martin comb through comments about a recent interview with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who defended his record and called recall efforts a power grab. Listeners also had lots to say about coverage of Mexican band Jarana Beat and the Wampanoag tribe's revival of their near-extinct language.

11:37am

Fri November 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Hotter Hot Days, And More Of Them, 'Virtually Certain'

"It is virtually certain that on a global scale hot days [will] become even hotter and occur more often" in coming decades, according to a report released today from a group of more than 100 scientists convened by the United Nations.

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11:24am

Fri November 18, 2011
Movie Interviews

In 'Beginners,' A Gay Man Comes Out Late In Life

Academy Award nominee Christopher Plummer (left) and Ewan McGregor star as father and son in Mike Mills' Beginners.
Focus Features

This interview was originally broadcast on June 2, 2011. Beginners is now available on DVD.

Filmmaker Mike Mills' parents met in junior high school. For 45 years, they lived together, raising Mills and his older sisters, until Mills' mother died in 1999. Six months later, Mills' father — a 75-year-old retired museum director — announced that he's gay.

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10:25am

Fri November 18, 2011
The Two-Way

'Leading Indicators' Rise Sharply

An index that's designed to forecast how the economy will be doing in coming months rose a solid 0.9 percent in October from September, the business research group The Conference Board reports. It had risen just 0.1 percent in September and had fallen 0.3 percent in August.

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10:09am

Fri November 18, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

When to Worry About Smart Kids and Drugs

Make sure she has dinner with the rest of the family.
Jan van den Brink iStockphoto.com

All parents hope their children will be smart. But no parents want their children to grow up to have problems with drugs like cocaine, marijuana and amphetamines.

So it's no surprise that a study out this week linking high IQ in children with illegal drug use as adults has been giving parents the willies. "I think it's kind of scary that this article is out there," says Lisa Boesky, a mom in San Diego.

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9:55am

Fri November 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Oklahoma State Women's Basketball Coach Killed In Plane Crash

Kurt Budke, coach of the women's basketball team at Oklahoma State University, was killed in the crash of a small plane last night in Perry County, Ark.

Also dead: assistant women's basketball coach Miranda Serna and two others, including the pilot. The coaches had been on a recruiting trip to Arkansas.

As The Oklahoman reports:

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9:30am

Fri November 18, 2011

9:17am

Fri November 18, 2011
The Two-Way

New Tests Support Claim That Speed Of Light's Been Broken

A 2010 light installation entitled 'Speed of Light' in London.
Ben Stansall AFP/Getty Images

It's not the final word, but scientists at the Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics report today that "new tests conducted at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory of INFN by the OPERA Collaboration, with a specially set up neutrino beam from CERN, confirm so far the previous results on the measurement of the neutrino velocity."

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9:00am

Fri November 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Syracuse Assistant Coach Put On Leave After New Accusation

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 3:51 pm

Update at 3:50 p.m. ET: Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has called the accusations about him "patently false," The Associated Press reports.

Our original post:

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8:34am

Fri November 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Tea Party And Occupy Members Find Common Ground In Memphis

An Associated Press reporter was on hand last night in Tennessee when two representatives from the Occupy Memphis movement sat down with about 75 members of the Mid-South Tea Party and had what's described as a "sometimes strained and confrontational, but mostly civil discussion."

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7:45am

Fri November 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Robert Wagner Supports New Look Into Natalie Wood's Death

Authorities in Los Angeles plan to say more later today about why they're reopening the investigation into actress Natalie Wood's drowning death over the weekend of Thanksgiving 1981.

Wood's husband at the time, actor Robert Wagner, says through a spokesman that he supports the new probe.

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7:43am

Fri November 18, 2011
Economy

Toast Sandwich Is Cheap And Easy But Is It Good?

In these hard times, Britain's Royal Academy of Chemistry has come up with the cheapest meal of all: a toast sandwich. They found the recipe in the Victorian bestseller: Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management. It's a piece of toast between two buttered slices of bread and costs 12 cents to make.

7:30am

Fri November 18, 2011
Around the Nation

Columbia's Band Banned From Final Football Game

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 7:31 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. The Columbia University Marching Band is known for its sense of humor, but their joke fell flat at a recent football game against Cornell. In a parody of the school fight song, the band sang: We always lose, lose, lose by a lot; sometimes, by a little - which is accurate. Their loss to Cornell was their ninth straight this year.

The athletic department wasn't amused. They banned the marching band from the final game of the season. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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