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2:15pm

Wed October 26, 2011
Music

Tom Waits: A Desperate Voice For Desperate Times

Tom Waits has just released his latest album, Bad As Me.

Jesse Dylan

Tom Waits generally sings like a psychotic carnival barker or a drunken lounge crooner. And I really mean that as a compliment.

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2:13pm

Wed October 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Calling For President's Ouster, Yemeni Women Burn Their Veils

Amid a relentless and bloody crackdown on protesters by Yemen's government, hundreds of women took to the streets today and set fire to veils traditionally worn by them. As the AP reports, this was not a protest about women's rights, instead "the act of women burning their clothing is a symbolic Bedouin tribal gesture signifying an appeal for help to tribesmen, in this case to stop the attacks on the protesters."

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1:31pm

Wed October 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Photo: Season's First Big Snow Hits Denver

Here's a picture that will remind the rest of the country that winter will soon be upon us:

That picture was taken this morning and posted to Flickr by Pam Morris in Denver, Colo. As she says, the season's first snow is about a week late. The Weather Channel says some parts of Colorado could see up to eight inches of snow and it follows days of record heat.

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1:22pm

Wed October 26, 2011
The Two-Way

World Series: Decision Coming On Whether To Play Tonight

Originally published on Wed October 26, 2011 4:15 pm

Update at 3:35 p.m. ET: MLB.com has posted the news that Game 6 of the World Series, which was scheduled for tonight in St. Louis, has been postponed to Thursday at 8:05 p.m. ET because of rainy weather.

That means Game 7, if one is needed, would be played on Friday (weather permitting).

The American League's Texas Rangers lead the National League's St. Louis Cardinals, 3 games to 2.

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1:00pm

Wed October 26, 2011
Education

Brown University President Simmons Steps Down

In 2001, Ruth Simmons left Smith College to take the helm at Brown University, becoming the first African-American president at an Ivy League school. She's guided Brown through financial challenges, devised a long-term Plan for Academic Enrichment and addressed multiple campus controversies.

1:00pm

Wed October 26, 2011
Politics

Redrawn Districts Could Shake Up Congress

In Illinois, Republicans object to a map that endangers their delegation in a state with a Democratic-controlled legislature and governor. The opposite is underway in Texas, where the Republican legislature and governor approved a map that Democrats say doesn't accurately reflect population growth.

1:00pm

Wed October 26, 2011
Middle East

Syria's President Assad Pressed To Open Dialogue

Originally published on Wed October 26, 2011 2:46 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, host: This week, the world watched as Tunisia held its first free and democratic election. Last week, the 42-year dictatorship of Moammar Gadhafi ended in airstrikes and gunfire. Meanwhile, the cycle of protest and crackdown continues in Syria. Activists reported at least nine civilian deaths today, while state television reported that tens of thousands packed a square in Damascus to support President Bashar al-Assad. Washington Post foreign correspondent Liz Sly will join us in just a moment.

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12:47pm

Wed October 26, 2011
The Two-Way

787 Dreamliner Completes First Commercial Flight

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrives at Tokyo's Haneda airport as fire engines spray it with water during a test flight.
Yoshikazu Tsuno AFP/Getty Images

Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner completed its first commercial flight today. The All Nipon Airways flight flew from Narita to Hong Kong and took about four hours.

As we've reported, the road to this day has been long and full of troubles. The plane is making its debut years delayed and billions of dollars over budget.

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12:32pm

Wed October 26, 2011
NPR News Investigations

Tribes Question Foster Group's Power And Influence

Originally published on Wed October 26, 2011 2:46 pm

Children at the Black Hills campus of the Children's Home Society head into the main building for lunch. The home caters to children with special needs, many of whom are Native American.

Laura Sullivan NPR

Part two of a three-part investigation

On a small crest deep in South Dakota's Black Hills, a dozen children jumped on sleds and floated across the snow. They are wards of the state, and this is their home: the western campus of the Children's Home Society.

There are rolling hills, a babbling brook — even a new school.

Children's Home Director Bill Colson says it's a place to help children who can't make it in regular foster homes.

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12:16pm

Wed October 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: College Costs Continue Rising, Aid Cuts Could Add To Pain

Students and parents won't be surprised to hear that the prices colleges and universities officially charge for tuition, room and board went up yet again this academic year.

The College Board reported Tuesday that:

-- "Published in-state tuition and fees at public four-year institutions average $8,244 in 2011-12, $631 (8.3 percent) higher than in 2010-11."

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12:04pm

Wed October 26, 2011
Monkey See

'Shame,' Sex And Violence: Can We Reclaim The NC-17 Rating?

Actor Michael Fassbender attends the 'Shame' premiere during the 55th BFI London Film Festival on October 14, 2011 in London, England.

Gareth Cattermole Getty Images for the BFI

Certain facts regarding movie ratings are not in dispute.

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12:00pm

Wed October 26, 2011
World

Criminal Deportations: Effects On U.S., Latin America

Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently announced that it deported nearly 400,000 people in fiscal year 2011, and that more than half had criminal convictions. Michel Martin learns more from Associated Press Writer Laura Wides-Munoz, and Alex Sanchez, who illegally came to the U.S. as a child and was deported after serving time in a California prison. Sanchez now legally lives in the U.S.

12:00pm

Wed October 26, 2011
NPR Story

Beauty Shop: Optional Tax, 'SlutWalk' Opposition

GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry is proposing an optional 20 percent flat tax plan. An open letter by black women is raising concerns about the 'SlutWalk' movement, which aims to empower females. Singer Mariah Carey is getting criticism for her comment on 20/20 that she "sometimes" trusts her husband. Weighing in are the Beauty Shop women: pop culture and politics blogger Danielle Belton,U.S. News and World Report Columnist Mary Kate Cary, 'The Wise Latina Club' Blogger-in-Chief Viviana Hurtado, and TheRoot.com Reporter Cynthia Gordy.

12:00pm

Wed October 26, 2011
Arts & Life

In Trinidad, Diwali Lights Up Like Christmas

Hindus, Jains and Sikhs worldwide are celebrating the annual festival of lights today. Diwali is also a national holiday in Trinidad and Tobago, where the massive festival at the capital, Port of Spain, attracts more than 50,000 people each year. Michel Martin learns more from Ravi Maharaj, a Hindu spiritual leader and an organizer of the Trinidadian festival.

12:00pm

Wed October 26, 2011
Planet Money

Why Has Income Gone Up So Much For The Top One Percent?

CBO

Income rose across the board for U.S. households over the past 30 years, according to a new report from the CBO. But it went through the roof for the households in the top one percent of the income distribution.

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11:39am

Wed October 26, 2011
All Tech Considered

With The Flick Of A Switch, It's Crystal Clear To Hear

Originally published on Sat November 26, 2011 2:06 am

Arielle Schacter, 17, holds her hearing aid in a New York subway station. Hearing loop technology funnels a transit worker's voice into her ear, blocking out the subway noise behind her.
Ashley Milne-Tyte for NPR

11:19am

Wed October 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Community Board Backs 'Occupy' Protesters; Asks Them To Quiet Down

The local community board for the part of Manhattan where the Occupy Wall Street protests are being held voted Tuesday night to bless the occupation "within certain parameters," The Village Voice reports.

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11:09am

Wed October 26, 2011
The Salt

Men Can Be Binge-Eaters, Too

Originally published on Wed October 26, 2011 12:20 pm

Male binge eaters were more likely to be depressed and obese than men who didn't binge, a study found.

Getty Images

When we think of eating disorders, the classic image is a waif-thin, anorexic woman.

But here's a question for men: Do you find yourself fasting after eating too much? Or maybe pushing through an insanely long run or workout, trying to compensate for overeating through intense exercise?

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10:58am

Wed October 26, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Supporters Of Health Overhaul Look To Reclaim 'Obamacare'

Originally published on Wed October 26, 2011 12:33 pm

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President Barack Obama greets people outside the Old Market Deli in Cannon Falls, Minn., on the Aug. 15, during a Midwest bus tour. The same day he said he likes the term "Obamacare."

Samantha Appleton The White House

"Thanks Obamacare." Sounds like sarcasm, right?

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10:32am

Wed October 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Sales Of New Homes Rose In September As Builders Cut Prices

Originally published on Wed October 26, 2011 10:35 am

There was a 5.7 percent increase in sales of new homes in September from August, the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development report.

The 313,000 (at an annual rate) pace was still down 0.9 percent, however, from a year earlier.

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10:20am

Wed October 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Alcohol Killed Amy Winehouse, Coroner Rules

Amy Winehouse in 2007.

Matt Dunham AP

There were no illegal drugs in singer Amy Winehouse's system when she died on July 23, a British coroner reported today.

Instead, the troubled 27-year-old suffered "death by misadventure" — a drinking binge.

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9:50am

Wed October 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Army Ranger On 14th Deployment Killed In Afghanistan

Originally published on Wed October 26, 2011 9:58 am

Sgt. 1st Class Kristoffer B. Domeij.

U.S. Army Special Operations Command

This young man's death says a lot about how much has been asked of the nation's men and women in uniform and their families since Sept. 11, 2001:

Sgt. 1st Class Kristoffer B. Domeij, 29, was killed on Saturday in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, by an improvised explosive device, according to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

"He was on his 14th combat deployment to Afghanistan in support of the War on Terror," the statement adds.

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8:57am

Wed October 26, 2011
The Two-Way

New Insider Trading Case Reaches Into 'Iconic Corporate America'

The news this morning that "a prominent former Goldman Sachs board member" has surrendered to federal authorities in New York City "to face criminal charges stemming from a massive hedge fund insider trading case" (as the AP writes), takes the federal investigation into new territory, New York Times reporter Azam Ahmed said earlier today on Morning Edition.

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8:48am

Wed October 26, 2011
World

3 People Pulled Out Of Turkish Quake Rubble Alive

Originally published on Wed October 26, 2011 12:38 pm

A Turkish men searches through the debris of his collapsed building in Ercis.

Mustafa Ozer AFP/Getty Images

Two teachers and a university student were rescued from ruined buildings in eastern Turkey on Wednesday, three days after a devastating earthquake, but searchers said hopes of finding anyone else alive were rapidly fading.

NTV television said 25-year-old teacher Seniye Erdem was pulled out around the same time that rescue workers also freed another teacher. The woman was thirsty and asked about her husband, who had died, it said

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8:15am

Wed October 26, 2011

7:45am

Wed October 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Violence At 'Occupy Oakland,' Some Protesters Vow To Regroup

"Dozens of police in riot gear and hundreds of protesters supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement engaged in a game of cat-and-mouse in downtown Oakland on Tuesday," The Associated Press writes, "with authorities using tear gas to respond to demonstrators' repeated agitations."

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7:30am

Wed October 26, 2011
Business

Ex-Goldman Board Member Faces Criminal Charges

Originally published on Wed October 26, 2011 7:49 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with more insider trading charges.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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7:19am

Wed October 26, 2011
Strange News

Man Who Lost Ageism Suit Says Judge Was Too Old

Manhattan violinist Martin Stoner, 60, sued the nonprofit Young Concert Artists after it barred him from a contest based on age restrictions. When his ageism suit was thrown out, reports the New York Daily News, Stoner moved to have the 88-year-old judge replaced, saying the judge isn't qualified — because he's too old.

7:15am

Wed October 26, 2011
Strange News

Actress Sues Amazon For Posting Her Age Online

An unnamed actress is suing Amazon for more than a million dollars for revealing her age on the Amazon-owned Internet Movie Database, or IMDB. The lawsuit says the actress is many years older than she looks, and that being "perceived to be over the hill" will hurt her career.

7:00am

Wed October 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Was Libya A 'Recipe For Success,' As Obama Says?

Originally published on Wed October 26, 2011 7:20 am

President Obama gestures during his appearance Tuesday (Oct. 25, 2011) on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

The U.S.-NATO mission in Libya was a "recipe for success in the future," President Obama said Tuesday on NBC-TV's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

During a sober discussion that lasted several minutes, the president told Leno that he doesn't agree with critics who say the U.S. led from behind.

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