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4:00am

Wed November 2, 2011
Sports

Deal To Sell Dodgers Sparks Celebration

Embattled Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball reached an agreement late Tuesday to sell the storied franchise. Roger Arrieta of Los Angeles, who started a website calling on billionaire Mark Cuban to "Save the Dodgers," plans a rally at the stadium to celebrate the sale.

3:56am

Wed November 2, 2011
Asia

At IKEA In Shanghai, Do-It-Yourself Matchmaking

Originally published on Wed November 2, 2011 8:23 pm

An elderly Chinese man and woman chat at a park in Shanghai. Hundreds of elderly Shanghai residents make their way to IKEA twice a week for an informal lonely hearts club.
Mark Ralston AFP/Getty Images

If you're retired, single and looking for love in Shanghai, try IKEA.

Twice a week, hundreds of Shanghai residents who have formed an informal lonely hearts club of sorts gather at the cafeteria of the Swedish furniture megastore for free coffee and conversation.

The pensioners begin arriving around 1 in the afternoon and fill nearly 20 tables in the store cafeteria. They sit for hours drinking coffee, gossiping and subtly checking each other out.

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10:00pm

Tue November 1, 2011
Sweetness And Light

No Love For November, Sports' Drama-Free Month

Originally published on Wed November 2, 2011 9:03 am

The Presidents Cup, on display in front of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia. It's unclear to Frank Deford exactly what the Presidents Cup is — he knows only that it's played in November.

Matt King Getty Images Sport

There's an awful lot of games played in November –– even with the NBA locked out –– but it's really just an in-between month in sports... and life. There are no May-and-November romances, no good November songs. It's sort of a semi-final of a month.

Why are they still playing tennis in November? Let the boys and girls rest up for the summer so they're not all hurt when it matters.

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6:35pm

Tue November 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Conservative Think Tank Study Finds Teachers Are 'Overpaid'

A new study tries to answer the age-old question: Are teachers underpaid?

Brooke Getty Images

The American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think thank in Washington, D.C., is causing waves with a study (pdf) it released today that found teachers are overcompensated in comparison to "similarly educated and experienced private-sector workers."

The organization said it took a "comprehensive" look at teacher's salaries and tried to take into account what it says are unique areas of compensation for teachers, including generous pension plans and better job security.

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5:56pm

Tue November 1, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Obama: 'Fit For Duty' And Smoker No More

A relaxed and fit President Obama meets with senior advisers at the White House in early July.

Pete Souza The White House

All middle-aged men should be so healthy.

A summary of the results from President Obama's latest physical were released yesterday, and he's looking good. Very good.

Navy Capt. Jeffrey Kuhlman, the president's doctor, declared him "fit for duty."

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5:34pm

Tue November 1, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

CDC: Time To Curb 'Shocking' Epidemic Of Narcotics Overdoses

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 6:14 pm

Federal officials say they're making headway in their push to stem abuse of addictive painkillers. Still, they say, U.S. doctors are prescribing enough narcotics to medicate every American around the clock for a month.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says drug overdoses may soon overtake car crashes as the nation's leading cause of fatal injury.

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4:43pm

Tue November 1, 2011
The Two-Way

House To Vote On Reaffirmation Of 'In God We Trust' Motto

The words "In God We Trust" are seen on U.S. currency.

Alex Wong Getty Images

The United States House of Representatives is expected to vote on a reaffirmation of "In God We Trust" as the country's official motto, today. The bill would also encourage public buildings to include the motto in their architecture.

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4:40pm

Tue November 1, 2011
Law

Inmates May Be Freed By Crack Cocaine Case Review

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 6:07 pm

Across the country on Tuesday, federal judges began reviewing the prison sentences of thousands of men and women jailed on crack cocaine charges. Many inmates could be released or see their sentences sharply reduced.

Congress voted last year to ease federal sentencing guidelines for crack cocaine. But a decision this summer to revisit old drug cases has sparked new controversy.

Some History

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4:28pm

Tue November 1, 2011
The Salt

When Lactose Intolerance Makes You Scream For No Ice Cream

Originally published on Wed November 2, 2011 2:18 pm

A customer studies a display of milk and dairy products at Bryan's Grocery in San Francisco in March.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Babies digest milk with ease, but it can get harder with age, unless you picked up a gene from your northern European ancestors. Between 30 million to 50 million American adults can't crank out enough of the enzyme that digests lactose, or milk sugar, which can turn a bowl of ice cream into a roller coaster of stomach discomfort.

Lactose-intolerant people who want to indulge in dairy without suffering the consequences have two options: take supplements of the enzyme lactase, or buy lactose-free dairy products, which are made by adding lactase to break down the milk sugar.

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4:24pm

Tue November 1, 2011
Europe

Greek Inaction Or Democracy In Action?

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 10:12 pm

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou leaves a news conference after a meeting with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy on Oct. 13 at EU headquarters in Brussels. EU leaders were surprised and angered Tuesday when Papandreou said he would place a debt restructuring proposal before Greek voters.

John Thys AFP/Getty Images

Greece, the birthplace of democracy, may be suffering from an overdose of public input.

The decision by Greece's government to hold a January referendum on its deal with the European Union to restructure public debt has thrown the pact — and investors — onto shaky ground. Stocks around the world took a sharp dive on Tuesday's news, and other European leaders left little doubt over how they felt.

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4:11pm

Tue November 1, 2011
'Darkhorse' Battalion And The Afghan War

As Casualties Mounted, So Did Marine Families' Fears

Amy Murray at home with her daughter Harper in Oceanside, Calif. Her husband, Capt. Patrick Murray, with the Darkhorse battalion, returned home from Afghanistan, in April 2011; 25 Marines from his unit did not.

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.

Third of seven parts

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3:04pm

Tue November 1, 2011
The Two-Way

To Assure Japan, Official Drinks Water From Fukushima Puddle

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 3:08 pm

Japan's Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office Yasuhiro Sonoda drinks a glass of decontaminated water taken from puddles inside the buildings housing reactors 5 and 6 at the Fukushima No. 1 plant.

Jiji Press AFP/Getty Images

He had assured Japan that the water inside the nuclear reactors crippled after the tsunami was safe. Yasuhiro Sonoda, a Japanese MP, said he so sure of the safety, he'd drink a glass of decontaminated water from the Fukushima reactor in front of reporters.

Monday, he made good on his promise. Here's the video:

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3:00pm

Tue November 1, 2011
Around the Nation

'Buy Here Pay Here' Lots Target Those With Bad Credit

Robert Siegel speaks with Ken Bensinger, business reporter for the Los Angeles Times, about used car sales lots known as "Buy Here Pay Here" dealerships. Bensinger has written a three-part investigative series on this type of business. He tells Robert that "Buy Here Pay Here" lots are very common, and they prey on people with low incomes and bad credit. They charge high prices and very steep interest rates. And in many cases the buyer defaults on the loan, and the car is repossessed and resold again and again.

3:00pm

Tue November 1, 2011
Book Reviews

Book Review: 'Mrs. Nixon'

11/22/63 is the latest book from author Stephen King.

3:00pm

Tue November 1, 2011
Presidential Race

Rick Perry Video Goes Viral

Video of a speech Texas Gov. and GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry delivered in New Hampshire last week has gone viral.

3:00pm

Tue November 1, 2011
National Security

Senators Grill Officials On ATF Operations

Senators grill a high-level Justice Department official about why they didn't do or say more about two Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive gun trafficking operations that resulted in hundreds of guns going missing in Mexico.

3:00pm

Tue November 1, 2011
Television

Kardashians Made Bank From Wedding

Guy Raz speaks with Leslie Bruce, senior writer the Hollywood Reporter, about the money behind reality star Kim Kardashian's wedding to basketball player Kris Humphries. The reportedly multimillion dollar wedding actually earned the Kardashian family money through various deals with entertainment television and magazines. But Kardashian filed for divorce Monday after 72 days of marriage.

2:24pm

Tue November 1, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Exhibitors Strut Offbeat Wares At Public Health Confab

If you have a soft spot for internal organs, then you'll love these plush hearts, ovaries and intestines.

Julie Rovner NPR

At the heart of every convention worth its salt is the exhibit hall. But only at the American Public Health Association annual meeting can you find a plush heart for sale. Along with stuffed spleens, brains and uteruses.

And you know the game where you guess how many candies are in a jar and win something cool? Well, at the APHA meeting, the anti-tobacco American Legacy Foundation is giving away a new Kindle, if you can guess how many cigarette butts are in a huge jar.

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2:07pm

Tue November 1, 2011
Herman Cain

Citizen Cain: Facing Another Hurdle Of History

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 2:25 pm

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks Monday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. During a question and answer portion of the program, Cain called the accusations of sexual harassment against him "a witch hunt."

Win McNamee Getty Images

New allegations of an old scandal suggest that Herman Cain has hit the political big time.

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2:05pm

Tue November 1, 2011
It's All Politics

Lawyer: Cain May Have Violated Confidentiality Of Harassment Settlement

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 8:11 pm

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain spoke about the harassment allegations at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Monday.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

The lawyer for a woman who settled a sexual harassment complaint against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain in the late 1990s says that Cain may have violated the confidentiality terms of the agreement by commenting on its specifics over the past 24 hours.

"Herman Cain and others have already disclosed that there was a confidential settlement," says Joel P. Bennett, a Washington-based attorney specializing in employment law, who also represented the woman when she negotiated her settlement.

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2:01pm

Tue November 1, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S. Sues Major Mortgage Broker Over Lending Fraud

In a lawsuit filed against one of the largest private mortgage brokers in the country, the United States alleges fraudulent lending practices by Allied Home Mortgage Capital Corp. cost the government $834 million in insurance claims paid by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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2:00pm

Tue November 1, 2011
Wisdom Watch

Michael Kahn On Directing Theater, Ditching Exams

Michael Kahn (right) directs Holly Twyford, Tracy Lynn Middendorf and Steven Culp in his 2011 production of Old Times.
Scott Suchman

Michael Kahn's theater passion sparked at a young age, and it has taken him to the highest ranks of classical theater. He's the former head of the drama division at New York's famed Juilliard School, has led theater companies in Connecticut and New Jersey, and has staged widely-acclaimed productions on- and off-Broadway. Now he's celebrating his 25 years as the artistic director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. — which the London-based The Economist deemed one of the world's great Shakespearean theaters.

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1:15pm

Tue November 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: Congress Got Richer In 2010

Roll Call, a newspaper that specializes on reporting from Capitol Hill, digs through the personal financial disclosure forms of elected officials every couple of years to look at trends in the aggregate.

In its analysis of this year's data, it found that "members of Congress had a collective net worth of more than $2 billion in 2010, a nearly 25 percent increase over the 2008 total..."

Roll Call reports:

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1:00pm

Tue November 1, 2011
Education

What's Actually Taught In Sex Ed Class

The New York City public schools recently sparked controversy with a new sex education curriculum that critics complain is too explicit. New York, and many other school districts, relies on curricula designed by outside experts. Guests talk about who decides what's included, and what's left out.

1:00pm

Tue November 1, 2011
Asia

Signs Of Change In Myanmar

After decades of sometimes brutal military rule, there have been recent signs of change in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. The government of Myanmar has embarked on what appears to be a series of confidence-building measures that have gotten the attention of the west and the domestic opposition.

1:00pm

Tue November 1, 2011
From Our Listeners

Letters: Polygamous Marriages And Student Debt

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, host: It's Tuesday and time to read from your comments. Our discussion with author and filmmaker Guillermo del Toro generated a lot of responses about what it really means to be a monster. Mary in Virginia Beach, Virginia, tweeted: It helps if a monster is physically terrifying. That definitely freaks me out. And Lisa Hermenez(ph) wrote: Monsters inspire our instinctual fears. As a result, we love to hate them.

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1:00pm

Tue November 1, 2011
Health

Addiction: When You Fear It's Just A Matter Of Time

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 2:29 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, host: This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Last week, a coroner's report provided the details of a verdict that everyone already knew. Singer Amy Winehouse drank herself to death. Her blood alcohol content was five times the legal limit when she was found in her London home in July.

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1:00pm

Tue November 1, 2011
Opinion

Private Meetings And Back-Room Deals Can Pay Off

In a recent piece in The New York Times, Jordan Tama argues in defense of a back-room deal for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. He points to many examples throughout history when secrecy lead to success, and public forums resulted in more partisanship.

12:47pm

Tue November 1, 2011
The Salt

'Trade You Snickers For Smarties': The Economics of Halloween Candy

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 3:05 pm

Sierra Lewter grabs a coveted candy after trick-or-treating on Halloween.

Melissa Forsyth NPR

Budgets may be tight, but that didn't stop Americans from throwing down more money for Halloween candy this year than ever before.

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12:38pm

Tue November 1, 2011
Movie Reviews

'Tinker, Tailor': The Greatest Spy Story Ever Told

Alec Guinness starred in the 1979 BBC adaptation of John le Carre's novel Tinker, Tailor Soldier, Spy. The series has just been re-released on DVD in anticipation of the release of a new film version of the Cold War-era spy drama.

Acorn Media

When I was 12, I was hooked on James Bond, both Ian Fleming's elegantly pulpy novels and the cartoonish movies they spawned. One day, my friend's older brother, who went to Harvard, tossed a paperback onto my lap and said, "Here's the real thing, kid."

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