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5:01pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Scientists Bag Small Game In Bathroom Germ Safari

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 5:03 pm

Right this way, ladies and germs.
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Turns out Howard Hughes was right. The world is a very germy place, especially public restrooms.

The reclusive billionaire, who had the world's most notorious case of so-called germophobia, would go to just about any length to avoid contamination. He wore tissue boxes on his feet. He burned his clothing if someone near him got sick. He wrote careful instructions to his staff on how to open a can of peaches without contaminating them.

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4:28pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Planet Money

Boom Town, U.S.A.

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 6:12 pm

Brandi and Kaylee plan to open a truck repair shop when they graduate from high school.
Robert Smith NPR

In the small-town of Elko, ambition looks like high-heel suede booties on the floor of the auto shop at the local high school.

Brandi and Kaylee look like the Olsen twins. And they're the best auto-shop students at Elko High. The girls have a plan. Everyday out the school window, they see trucks heading up to the gold mines. Day and night. So, the girls figure, why not open a truck repair shop after they graduate?

"In Elko we've been really blessed and really lucky to actually have a good economy," Kaylee says. "We can actually have our hopes and dreams."

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4:00pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Music Interviews

Robert Johnson And Pablo Casals' Game-Changers Turn 75

Originally published on Fri November 25, 2011 3:45 pm

Spanish musician and composer Pablo Casals, playing the cello in 1936.
Fox Photos Getty Images

Nov. 23, 1936, was a good day for recorded music. Two men, an ocean apart, each stepped up to a microphone and began to play. One was a cello prodigy who had performed for the queen of Spain; the other was a guitar player in the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta. But on that day, Pablo Casals and Robert Johnson each made recordings that would change music history.

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3:53pm

Wed November 23, 2011
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Helicopter Crashes While Installing A Christmas Tree

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 3:57 pm

Firefighters spray foam at the scene where a helicopter crashed while installing a large Christmas Tree at the Viaduct Harbour in Auckland, New Zealand.
Phil Walter Getty Images

3:25pm

Wed November 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Bolo Ties: Not Just For Westerns

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 4:32 pm

Actors Roy Rogers and Dale Evans are shown in this photo, as Roy sports a bolo tie honoring his horse, Trigger.
KEVORK DJANSEZIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS

An Arizona museum is giving that state's official neck wear a display all of its own for the next several months. The Heard Museum has opened its newest exhibit: Native American Bolo Ties: Vintage and Contemporary. It will run through next September.

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3:05pm

Wed November 23, 2011
The Salt

Where Turkey Is The Guest, Not The Entree

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 6:12 pm

Isabella Colbdorf feeds salad to a turkey at this year's Feeding of the Turkeys ceremony in Watkins Glen, in upstate New York, on Nov. 20, 2011.
Emma Jacobs WRVO

Most people think of turkeys as the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal. But at one farm, the turkeys are the guests.

At the 26th annual Feeding of the Turkeys ceremony in Watkins Glen, in upstate New York, a line of turkeys come walking out the door of the barn. They stroll towards long low tables set up on the lawn, with scarlet tablecloths and seasonal squash centerpieces.

There, a feast awaits. There's pumpkin pie topped with cranberry, and platters of green salad — hold the dressing. The spread is surrounded by a crowd of spectators.

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3:01pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Tavenner To Replace Berwick As Medicare Chief

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 5:41 pm

President Obama is nominating Marilyn Tavenner to succeed Dr. Donald M. Berwick as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Tavenner, who has been the agency's principal deputy administrator, will serve as administrator on an acting basis during the confirmation process, according to an announcement to CMS staff.

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3:00pm

Wed November 23, 2011
National Security

Is An Electromagnetic Pulse Attack A Threat?

At Tuesday night's GOP presidential candidate debate, the last question was what national security threat he or she worries about that, yet hasn't been talked about. Answers ranged from socialist rebels to communist China to cyber attacks to joblessness. But Newt Gingrich mentioned a threat that certainly has not been talked about this campaign season: an electromagnetic pulse attack. Guy Raz talks with Noah Shachtman, who writes on national security for Wired magazine, about this potential national security threat.

3:00pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Middle East

Report: Bahrain Used Excessive Force On Protesters

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 6:32 pm

Bahraini protesters run for cover after police fired tear gas canisters to disperse them during a demonstration in the village of Diraz, northwest of Bahrain, Feb. 14. A special commission issued a report Wednesday that found excessive force was used during a crackdown on an anti-government movement that began in February.
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In the Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain, a special commission accused the government of using excessive force against protesters during an anti-government uprising earlier this year.

The report released Wednesday was unusual in that it was requested by the government itself. But questions remain over what the government will do with the findings.

The commission that issued the report was a rare thing in the Arab world. At a gilded palace with chandeliers and red carpets, a panel of international jurists sat in judgment of a king.

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2:39pm

Wed November 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: Occupy Protests Have Cost Cities $13 Million

According to an AP survey of 18 cities with active Occupy protests, the movement has cost local municipalities $13 million in "police overtime and other municipal services."

The AP reports:

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2:26pm

Wed November 23, 2011
The Two-Way

FBI Raid Nabs 7 Suspected In Amish Beard Attacks

Sam Mullet outside his home in Bergholz, Ohio, earlier this year.
Amy Sancetta AP

"The FBI and local sheriff's deputies this morning raided an Amish compound in Ohio and arrested seven men, including reputed breakaway sect leader Sam Mullet, on federal hate crimes charges and related state violations in connection to a series of beard-cutting attacks against other Amish across Ohio," the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes.

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2:15pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Politics

Gingrich's Remarks On Immigration Surprises Many

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich answers a question at Tuesday's Republican presidential debate in Washington, D.C.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is getting lots of attention for his remarks about immigration in Wednesday night's debate. Gingrich has been moving up in the polls and last night he broke with his fellow candidates by saying that some illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in the U.S. Though his statements were in line with other GOP candidates from years past, the aftershocks show just how narrow the immigration debate has been in recent years.

Gingrich spouted the typical Repubican line in last night's debate,

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2:14pm

Wed November 23, 2011
It's All Politics

Pro-Huntsman Ad Asks N.H. Voters: 'Why Haven't We Heard Of This Guy?'

A super PAC ad airing in New Hampshire over the Thanksgiving holiday promotes Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman as the "conservative ... who actually has a chance to win," but then poses the question: "Why haven't we heard of this guy?"

If you live in New Hampshire, the answer, arguably, is you haven't been paying attention.

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2:11pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

How To Avoid A Thanksgiving Trip To The ER

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 2:33 pm

Watch yourself around the sharp implements this Thanksgiving.
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Take it from emergency room doctors, Thanksgiving can be dangerous.

I learned the hard way that plumbers' busiest day comes on Black Friday, when pipes are groaning from too many flushes from Thanksgiving guests and too much garbage shoved down the kitchen sink.

How about hospitals? Yep, the emergency room can be a pretty busy place, too, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians.

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2:08pm

Wed November 23, 2011
The Salt

Heritage Turkeys: To Save Them, We Must Eat Them

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 10:49 pm

Narragansett and Standard Bronze heritage breed turkeys browse at a farm in Westport, Mass.
Stephan Savoia AP

A decade ago there were fewer than 100 Narragansett turkeys being raised on a few hobby farms. The gamy-tasting meat has a flavor that most Americans have never tasted. "They're delicious," says Slow Food USA's Josh Viertel.

"And they're at risk of being gone forever."

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2:01pm

Wed November 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Moody's Keeps United States' AAA Rating

Moody's Investors Service announced Wednesday that despite the supercommittee's inability to reach a debt-reducing deal, it would leave the United States' top-notch credit rating intact.

The Hill reports:

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1:52pm

Wed November 23, 2011
The Two-Way

From KQED: 'Faces of Occupy San Francisco'

Two months along, who are the people camped out at Occupy San Francisco? Our colleagues at KQED send along a photo gallery produced by Michelle Gachet. Click on each image for a caption about who's in it:

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1:42pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Movie Reviews

'Hugo:' A Dazzling 3-D Display Of Movie Magic

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 12:53 pm

Orphan Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield and his vivacious new friend Isabelle (Chloe Grace Moretz) marvel at the magic of the motion picture in Hugo.
Jaap Buitendijk Paramount Pictures

In Hugo, Martin Scorsese has hired himself a bunch of A-plus-list artists and techies, and together they've crafted a deluxe, gargantuan train-set of a movie in which the director and his 3-D camera can whisk and whizz and zig and zag and show off all his expensive toys — and wax lyrical on the magic of movies.

The source is Brian Selznick's illustrated novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which takes place in 1930 and centers on an orphaned 12-year-old, played in the film by Asa Butterfield, who lives in a flat in the bowels of the Paris station.

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1:31pm

Wed November 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Report Finds Bahrain Used Torture To Deal With Protesters

An inquiry into how the government of Bahrain handled an uprising earlier this year found that King Hamad Al Khalifa's security forces used "excessive force" that often times amounted to "torture."

The report, commissioned by and paid for by the king, was issued by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry today. The Guardian reports:

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1:25pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Governing

Defense Workers Lobby To Prevent Automatic Cuts

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 6:53 pm

U.S. Army mine-resistant armored vehicles (MRAPs) and Afghan National Army vehicles pass through a village during a joint patrol in the Jalrez Valley in Afghanistan's Wardak province. On Monday, factory workers who produce MRAPs in York, Pa., rallied to protect the Pentagon budget against the automatic budget cuts that will take effect in 2013.
Maya Alleruzzo AP

The supercommittee's failure puts in motion automatic budget cuts for the Pentagon of $600 billion — a process called sequestration. On Monday, even before the supercommittee flamed out, defense workers in York, Pa., rallied to protect the Pentagon budget and perhaps their own jobs.

The local congressman, Republican Todd Platts, spoke to the workers and said that Republicans and Democrats in Congress should also do their work as Americans.

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1:25pm

Wed November 23, 2011
World

Former Cricket Star Finds Fans In Pakistani Politics

Originally published on Thu November 24, 2011 11:01 am

Former cricket star Imran Khan waves to supporters during a rally in Lahore, Pakistan, last month. Khan, who is campaigning to be prime minister, attracted a crowd of some 100,000 at the rally.
K.M. Chaudary AP

After 15 years on the fringes of Pakistani national politics, Imran Khan is at the epicenter.

He first rose to prominence decades ago as the rakish star of Pakistan's cricket team, the country's national passion. He's now trying to reshape Pakistan's political game, outmaneuvering old-time political pros with his Tareek-e-Insaf (Justice Party).

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1:00pm

Wed November 23, 2011
National Security

Donilon Says Iran Nukes Program Is 'Undeniable'

The U.S. and its allies announced coordinated sanctions against Iran on Monday. In a speech at the Brookings Institution Tuesday, White House national security adviser Tom Donilon argued that it is "undeniable" that Iran is developing a nuclear weapons capability, and that sanctions are working.

1:00pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Politics

How To Talk Politics At The Dinner Table

Conventional wisdom advises against talking about politics at family gatherings, but that's often unrealistic. With the turbulent race for president and the roiling Occupy protests — not to mention the usual politics of food, football and in-laws — some discussion guidelines can be helpful.

1:00pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Games & Humor

A Broken Record, And Other Sounds Kids Don't Know

Phones today beep and buzz. MP3s don't scratch. Noises that were once familiar, such as the clacking of manual typewriter keys or the ding of the gas station driveway bell, have all but vanished. Kara Kovalchik of MentalFloss.com shares these and other sounds your kids have probably never heard.

1:00pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Politics

Countdown To Iowa And New Hampshire Primaries

The top Republican presidential candidates wrapped up another debate Tuesday night and now turn to the nation's first two primary states: Iowa and New Hampshire. With the Iowa caucus just six weeks away, guests explain how each candidate is courting voters, and how the campaign is playing out.

12:27pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Movie Interviews

The Muppet Fans Who Made 'The Muppets' Movie

Jason Segel (left) and Walter (voiced by Peter Linz) try to reunite the original Muppets in the new family comedy The Muppets.
Disney
  • 'Frank Oz on Fresh Air in 1988'

Nicholas Stoller made his directorial debut with 2008's raunchy comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which starred Jason Segel as a guy who had to reassess his life after his girlfriend of five years dumped him.

Segel famously dropped his towel in the opening scenes of the film, which led The New York Times to call him "a young actor with nothing to hide."

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12:00pm

Wed November 23, 2011
NPR Story

Shop Talk: Praying Kicks Off NFL Controversy

The Barbershop guys preview the upcoming football games and discuss whether Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos distracts other players when praying on the field. The guys also share their Thanksgiving gratitude lists. Guest host Tony Cox speaks with author Jimi Izrael, attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, sports editor Dave Zirin and sports reporter Pablo Torre.

12:00pm

Wed November 23, 2011
NPR Story

After 15 Years In Prison, Hope For Chicagoans

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 10:56 am

Transcript

TONY COX, HOST:

I'm Tony Cox and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, award-winning chef Jose Andre stops by to share his Thanksgiving favorites, but first we take a look at crime and punishment in the United States. Since 2000, DNA evidence has helped exonerate 213 individuals convicted of crimes. Since the first DNA exoneration in 1989, seventeen people had their convictions overturned after serving time on death row. That's according to the Innocence Project, an organization that works to overturn wrongful convictions.

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12:00pm

Wed November 23, 2011
NPR Story

Behind The Scenes: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 10:56 am

Since 1924, millions of Americans have been watching Macy's iconic parade as they ring in the holiday season. Guest host Tony Cox speaks with parade executive producer Amy Kule, who shares some of her favorite performances and reveals what it takes to coordinate more than 8,000 participants on that day.

11:56am

Wed November 23, 2011
Africa

Egypt Looks To Complete An 'Unfinished Revolution'

An Egyptian protester flashes the victory sign during clashes with riot police near Cairo's Tahrir Square on Wednesday. The clashes in recent days have clouded Egypt's future as it prepares for elections on Monday.
Mahmud Hams AFP/Getty Images

In the autumn of the Arab Spring, Egyptians fear they're losing their revolution.

That is, if it ever really was a revolution.

As the country braces for next week's scheduled election, people from the urban sprawl of Cairo to the rural reaches of Upper Egypt are left wondering if the so-called "January 25 Revolution" wasn't actually a popularly supported military coup.

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