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8:00am

Sat November 5, 2011
Author Interviews

Basketball Legend Shares 'Charmed, Tormented Life'

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SCOTT SIMON, host: Jerry West is the symbol of the National Basketball Association - truly so. The NBA's logo silhouette of a player dribbling the ball down court in perfect form is drawn from a 1969 photo of Jerry West when he played for the Los Angeles Lakers, which he did for 14 years and was an All Star 14 times.

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8:00am

Sat November 5, 2011
Simon Says

America's Stake In A United Europe

President Obama salutes service members from both sides of the Atlantic as he walks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy during the G-20 summit in Cannes, France, last week.
Markus Schreiber AFP/Getty Images

It is always tempting for Americans to look at problems in Europe and ask, "What does that have to do with me?"

Well, U.S. banks hold almost $17 billion in Greek debt and billions more bought through European banks. Billions of dollars that Americans have saved for retirement, college — or the rainy days that may be — are now invested in Greece.

But we also might remind ourselves why the euro and the European Union were created.

The problems of Europe led to two world wars in the 20th century, and America got involved in each.

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7:13am

Sat November 5, 2011
Remembrances

CBS: '60 Minutes' Veteran Newsman Andy Rooney Dies

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:18 am

Journalist Andy Rooney poses in his office at CBS in New York City on June 19, 1998. Rooney delivered his first 60 Minutes commentary on July 2, 1978.
Jim Cooper AP

A distinctive voice — and character — in television news has died. Andy Rooney was a signature essayist on the CBS news program 60 Minutes for decades. He was 92.

CBS said Rooney died Friday night in New York of complications following minor surgery last month. Just a month ago, he delivered his last regular essay on the CBS newsmagazine.

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5:00am

Sat November 5, 2011
Generational Politics: Silents To Millennials

Generation X Divided Over 2012 Candidates

Generation Xers — grown up now and in their 30s and 40s — are feeling hardest-hit by the recession, and are the most divided over the presidential candidates for 2012, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.

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5:00am

Sat November 5, 2011
Latin America

Daniel Ortega Seeks Re-Election In Nicaragua

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:16 am

Daniel Ortega is seeking a third term in Sunday's elections despite a constitutional limit on holders of the office to two terms.
Rodrigo Arangua AFP/Getty Images

Nicaragua has a constitutional ban on sitting presidents running for re-election. But Daniel Ortega is doing just that, and he looks set to win an unprecedented third term.

This is an election filled with shifting ghosts. Characters from all sides of Nicaragua's tumultuous recent history are involved in the campaign.

Ortega, the former Marxist guerrilla and longtime Sandinista leader, is promising neoliberal reforms and a pro-business environment to attract foreign capital.

Ortega is leading in the polls — but legal scholars say he is ineligible to run.

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4:32am

Sat November 5, 2011
Author Interviews

A Global History, Told Through '100 Objects'

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:17 am

Trustees of the British Museum

Sometimes it's the little things that tell the best story. Across the ages, everyday items like plates, pots and even pipes have stood the test of time — and they are just as integral to our history as any monument or cathedral.

A new book takes a selection of these everyday objects and weaves their stories together to tell the ultimate story — a history of the world. In A History of the World in 100 Objects, author Neil MacGregor, the director of the British Museum, culled 100 artifacts from his museum's collection to help him with the task.

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2:19am

Sat November 5, 2011
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Tom Waits, Bill Nighy

Originally published on Sat November 5, 2011 2:23 am

Tom Waits
James Michin III courtesy of the artist

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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7:03pm

Fri November 4, 2011
Europe

Greek Prime Minister Survives Confidence Vote

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou survived a confidence vote in parliament. For more, Guy Raz talks to NPR's Sylvia Poggioli, who is in Athens.

6:14pm

Fri November 4, 2011
It's All Politics

No Interview Planned, Gloria Cain Continues To Shun Spotlight

Yet another woman seemed ready to break her silence about Herman Cain on Friday, but it was not to be.

The emergence this week of sexual harassment accusations made against Herman Cain has intensified curiosity about Gloria Cain, the candidate's wife of 43 years. Cain himself helped pique the interest earlier this week when he said America would soon "meet my wife publicly in an exclusive interview that we are currently planning."

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5:40pm

Fri November 4, 2011
The Two-Way

Greek PM Faces Confidence Vote

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 8:13 pm

Greek deputies debate during a confidence vote at the Greek Parliament in Athens.
Louisa Gouliamaki AFP/Getty Images
(Note that we've re-written the headline and lede of this post to reflect the latest news.)

To cap a dramatic week, in which the Greek prime minister angered both his European Union partners and his own political party, George Papandreou survived a vote of confidence.

The AP reports that his Socialist party backed him with 153 votes — out of 300 — in his favor.

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5:32pm

Fri November 4, 2011
It's All Politics

Cain Accuser Issues Statement, Alleges 'More Than One Incident' Of Harassment

A woman who accused GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment when he headed the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s alleged Friday that the incidents were "a series of inappropriate behaviors and unwanted advances from the CEO."

In a brief statement released by her lawyer, the woman, who continued to maintain her anonymity, responded to Cain's claims this week that the harassment charges were either false, or that the woman had misinterpreted his brand of humor.

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5:09pm

Fri November 4, 2011
The Two-Way

Cain Accuser Says She Complained Over A 'Series Of Unwanted Advances'

The attorney for one of the women who filed a sexual harassment complaint against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain says the woman made a complaint in 1999 to the National Restaurant Association about "a series of inappropriate behaviors and unwanted advances from the CEO." At the time the CEO was Cain.

Attorney Joel Bennett said the woman did not want to go into the details of the incident, because it would be "extremely painful to do so."

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4:30pm

Fri November 4, 2011
Presidential Race

Lawyer For Cain Accuser Issues Statement

The lawyer for one of the women who have received settlements after filing sexual harassment complaints against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain released a public statement. It rebuts Cain's statements that the claim was baseless. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Tamara Keith for more.

4:18pm

Fri November 4, 2011
Generational Politics: Silents to Millennials

What's The Defining Moment Of Your Generation?

As a major new survey from Pew Research Center examines the generation gap in politics, we take a closer look at what, besides year of birth, differentiates one generation from the next. From the dawn of rock 'n' roll to the emergence of hip-hop, from "We Like Ike" to "Yes We Can," from a man on the moon to an iPhone in the pocket, here are some highlights from each of the four generations covered in the survey.

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4:12pm

Fri November 4, 2011
Around the Nation

MAP: TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 6:26 pm

NPR

In 2010, TransCanada completed a major pipeline — the Keystone — which runs from Alberta to Illinois. The company is now planning a second line, called the Keystone XL, that would run from Alberta to Nebraska with an extension from Oklahoma to the refineries on the Gulf Coast.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

4:02pm

Fri November 4, 2011
Music Interviews

John Wesley Harding: The Musical Side Of A Split Personality

John Wesley Harding's latest album is called The Sound of His Own Voice.
Allison Michael Orenstein Courtesy of the artist

"When I first started making music, I took a fake name to disguise the fact I was going to embark on what was bound to be a short, unsatisfactory musical career," John Wesley Harding says. That was 23 years ago.

Harding recently launched a side career as a novelist, for which he uses his given name: Wesley Stace. But he's continued to release music under his alias, a name he shares with a 1967 Bob Dylan record. Speaking with Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon, Harding says he's learned to spread the wealth between his two creative personas.

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3:58pm

Fri November 4, 2011
The Two-Way

Oregon Lawn-Chair Balloonist Will Take His Show To Bagdhad

Kent Couch made news back in 2008, when he tied a lawn chair to a cluster of helium balloons and flew it 235 miles from Oregon to Idaho. Yesterday, Couch boarded a plane and announced he was headed to Baghdad to attempt a similar trip with Iraqi extreme sports enthusiast Fareed Lafta.

Couch's story has been making the rounds in Oregon since Wednesday. But it's now beginning to make its way across the country. Here's how he describes his plans for Iraq on his website:

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3:54pm

Fri November 4, 2011
Marin Alsop on Music

Arthur Honegger's Joan Of Arc For The Ages

Actress Jean Seberg plays Joan of Arc in the 1957 Otto Preminger film Saint Joan.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

I became fascinated with Jeanne d'Arc Au Bûcher (Joan of Arc at the Stake) by Swiss-French composer Arthur Honegger many years ago, when I first heard a snippet of the piece on the radio. It was one of those arresting moments where I felt I'd heard the music before and couldn't place it for the life of me. As it turns out, I'd never heard it, but it's understandable why I thought I had.

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3:41pm

Fri November 4, 2011
Generational Politics: Silents to Millennials

Baby Boomers Remain Skeptical Of The Establishment

The baby boomers were born in the two decades after World War II and known for their anti-establishment liberalism in the 1960s. But their beginnings have not made them a predictable Democratic voting block. In 2008, boomers narrowly backed Barack Obama, but they swung over to Republicans in 2010.

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3:34pm

Fri November 4, 2011
'Darkhorse' Battalion And The Afghan War

For Wounded Marines, The Long, Hard Road Of Rehab

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:17 am

Lance Cpl. Jake Romo does physical therapy at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, Calif. He lost both legs in an explosion in Sangin, Afghanistan, in February 2011, while serving with the 3/5 Marines.
David Gilkey NPR

A year ago, nearly 1,000 U.S. Marine officers and enlisted men of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment deployed to restive Helmand province in southern Afghanistan. By the time their tour ended in April 2011, the Marines of the 3/5 — known as "Darkhorse" — suffered the highest casualty rate of any Marine unit during the past 10 years of war. This week, NPR tells the story of this unit's seven long months at war — both in Afghanistan and back home.

Sixth of seven parts

Jake Romo loved running.

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3:13pm

Fri November 4, 2011
Europe

G-20 Leaders Head Home With Euro Crisis Unresolved

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 7:03 pm

British Prime Minister David Cameron (left) speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Obama at the G-20 summit Friday in Cannes, France.
Chris Ratcliffe Getty Images

President Obama joked that the G-20 summit in Cannes, France, offered a crash course in European politics, with impromptu bargaining sessions that stretched late into the evening.

Yet the summit produced no big breakthroughs, only vague promises to prevent the political and economic turmoil in Greece from spreading.

After huddling with leaders from throughout the eurozone, Obama reiterated his belief that the countries on the continent can solve their own debt problems.

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3:06pm

Fri November 4, 2011
The Picture Show

At 75, 'Life' Revisits Its First Cover Story

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:17 am

Alfred Eisenstaedt Life

Seventy-five years ago this month, Henry Luce, who had launched Time magazine in the 1920s, created his third great magazine: Life. Over the coming years it would come to be known as the weekly with the most and the best photographs. It would show Americans what war and peace looked like. There were photographs in Life of the Spanish Civil War and of V-J Day in Times Square that are rare cases for which the term "iconic" truly makes sense. And there were dozens of others, too.

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2:57pm

Fri November 4, 2011
The Salt

Do People Pick Super-Sized Portions To Boost Their Social Status?

Denny's Beer Barrell in Clearfield, Penn. features a 15 pound burger for $39 that is free if the customer can finish it.
Jeff Swensen Getty Images

Choosing a Triple Whopper burger off the menu may say a lot more about feeling inadequate than it does about feeling hungry. In a new study, people chose jumbo portions of food and drink when they felt they lacked power and status.

If true, this data nugget could go a long way towards explaining why 32 percent of Americans are obese. Who doesn't have a day when they feel powerless and dissed? A Super Big Gulp or an extra-large pizza could seem like a quick, cheap fix.

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2:10pm

Fri November 4, 2011
The Two-Way

Dippin' Dots, 'Ice Cream Of The Future,' Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Dippin' Dots.
Facebook.com/DippinDots

Don't panic if you're a fan of those tiny beads of ice cream. They're still going to be available.

But the cold, hard fact is that Dippin' Dots this week filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to WPSD-TV in Paducah, Ky., where the company that makes the so-called ice cream of the future is headquartered.

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1:58pm

Fri November 4, 2011
Election 2012

Differences Between Romney, Cain In Full View

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 7:03 pm

Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain arrives at a summit for the conservative Americans For Prosperity foundation in Washington on Friday. Days after sexual harassment allegations surfaced, he was greeted here with standing ovations.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Herman Cain and Mitt Romney, the two current front-runners in the Republican presidential race, spoke in Washington on Friday at a conference for the conservative group Americans for Prosperity.

Their speeches came as a new Washington Post-ABC poll found they're running almost even among Republican voters. And on Friday, the two candidates underscored the differences in their appeal to activists.

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1:54pm

Fri November 4, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Public Health Innovators On The Silver Screen

Public health innovation gets its closeup.
Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah FastForward Health

For a peek at some fresh ideas in public health, I went to the movies.

Physicians, entrepreneurs, students, activists and at least one blogger gathered at the West End Cinema in Washington this week for the first FastForward Health public health film festival.

"We're at the cusp of innovation in public and community health," co-organizer Andre Blackman told the audience.

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1:47pm

Fri November 4, 2011
The Two-Way

Justice Dept Drops Non-Disclosure Proposal For FOIA Requests

The United States Justice Department announced, yesterday, that it was dropping a proposed controversial rule that would allow it to deny the existence of sensitive documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, sent a letter to the Justice Department about the rule and in a press release said the department had told him it was dropping plans to implement it. Grassley said:

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1:00pm

Fri November 4, 2011
Animals

A Researcher Asks: Are Dolphins Self-Aware?

Like chimpanzees, dolphins are large-brained and highly social animals, but can they recognize themselves in a mirror? Psychologist and dolphin researcher Diana Reiss discusses her work with dolphin communication and cognition.

1:00pm

Fri November 4, 2011
Space

Pondering the Possibility of Non-constant 'Constants'

What if the laws of physics aren't the same all over the universe, but vary from place to place? Michael Murphy of the Swinburne University of Technology discusses research published in the journal Physical Review Letters indicating that the value of one basic physical property, the fine structure constant, may vary with location in interstellar space.

1:00pm

Fri November 4, 2011
Animals

How An Elegant Moth Stays Aloft

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 1:37 pm

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IRA FLATOW, host: Joining us now is Flora Lichtman, one of the, with...

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FLATOW: How are you, Flora?

FLORA LICHTMAN: I'm pretty good. How are you?

FLATOW: I'm getting the mouth to work better. What do we got this week?

LICHTMAN: This week is pretty neat. We have footage, really beautiful, high-speed footage of a moth. And believe me, this is a moth like you have never seen it before. When I think of moths, I think of them bumping into lights and bumping into my screen door - clumsy.

FLATOW: Right, right.

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