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2:53pm

Wed September 21, 2011
Music Interviews

Fountains Of Wayne: Transcending Time And Place

Fountains of Wayne's new album is Sky Full of Holes. Left to right: Adam Schlesinger, Jody Porter, Chris Collingwood, Brian Young.
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Often, you only need to hear a few lines to know you're listening to a Fountains of Wayne song. "Richie and Ruben," from the new album Sky Full of Holes, introduces its title characters as the kind of hapless losers the band loves to write about: "They opened up a bar called Living Hell / Right from the start, it didn't go too well / They didn't have the vibe or quite the right clientele."

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2:48pm

Wed September 21, 2011
NPR Story

Bill T. Jones Takes Fela! Nationwide

Award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones' musical Fela!, the story of the Nigerian musician and human rights activist Fela Kuti, was a smash hit on Broadway. The show now begins a national tour. Jones discusses Fela! and his long career in the arts.

2:33pm

Wed September 21, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Nearly 1 Million Young Adults Get Insurance Under Health Law

Nearly a million young adults got health coverage this year following the passage of the health overhaul law, which lets them stay on their parents' insurance up to age 26.

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2:32pm

Wed September 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Federal Reserve Confirms It Plans To 'Twist' In Bid To Bring Down Rates

Originally published on Wed September 21, 2011 2:34 pm

"To support a stronger economic recovery and to help ensure that inflation, over time, is at levels consistent with the dual mandate, the Committee decided today to extend the average maturity of its holdings of securities."

That sentence from a statement just released by the Federal Reserve confirms that the central bank's policymakers have indeed decided to launch what's being referred to as "Operation Twist."

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2:06pm

Wed September 21, 2011
The Salt

So What Is The Salt?

The key condiment on every counter
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Welcome to The Salt, NPR's shiny new food blog, brought to you by NPR's Science Desk. But it's not just any food blog.

This blog is about what we eat and why we eat it.

We'll be serving up culture and science, farming and business, along with a side of skepticism and a dash of panache.

We'll celebrate food, but also take a hard look at where it comes from, how it gets here, and what it does to us and the planet.

We want to know not just the good, but the bad and the ugly stuff, too.

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1:24pm

Wed September 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: Hewlett-Packard May Tap Meg Whitman To Be Its CEO

Meg Whitman, on April 12, 2011, at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
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Meg Whitman, the former eBay CEO and 2010 Republican candidate for governor of California, may be Hewlett-Packard's next CEO.

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1:06pm

Wed September 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Typhoon Roke Lashes Japan With 100 MPH Winds

Typhoon Roke made landfall early this morning, bringing 100 mph winds to central Japan and moving northeast to an area already devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that struck in March.

Reuters reports on the typhoon's impact:

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1:00pm

Wed September 21, 2011
Politics

Pa. Republicans Weigh New Electoral College Plan

Some Republicans in the Pennsylvania legislature have proposed changing how the state allocates its Electoral College votes. Critics argue the plan would benefit GOP candidates. NPR's Ken Rudin and political scientist Terry Madonna discuss the proposal and its implications.

1:00pm

Wed September 21, 2011
NPR Story

Maria Bello Leads 'Prime Suspect' To The US

Critics laud the British crime series Prime Suspect for paving the way for smart television roles for women. NBC's remake stars Maria Bello as the strong-willed detective Jame Timony. Bello talks about her role and what she hopes the remake will bring to American audiences.

1:00pm

Wed September 21, 2011
U.S.

Troy Davis Case Renews Death Penalty Debate

The state of Georgia is scheduled to execute Troy Davis on Wednesday, two decades after he was sentenced to death for killing police officer Mark MacPhail. The high-profile case has rekindled the debate over the death penalty in the United States.

12:00pm

Wed September 21, 2011
NPR Story

Jobs Take Focus At CBC Legislative Conference

The annual meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus kicks off Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Michel Martin speaks with CBC Chairman Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) about African-Americans' 16.7 percent unemployment rate and why the CBC has not been more aggressive in criticizing President Obama.

12:00pm

Wed September 21, 2011
NPR Story

Film Sheds Light On Hate Crimes, Sparks Community Action

In 2008, seven white teens killed an Ecuadorian immigrant who had lived in Patchogue, New York for 13 years. The tragedy unearthed prolonged violence against Latinos in that town. Community members then came together to address immigration, hate crimes and safety. This is captured in the documentary 'Not In Our Town: Light In The Darkness.' Director Patrice O'Neill speaks with Michel Martin.

12:00pm

Wed September 21, 2011
Author Interviews

Michael Jackson ... Through His Brother's Eyes

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 4:28 pm

In the 1960s, five brothers — from a family of nine children — formed a music group in their living room in Gary, Ind. Their voices soon gained world stardom with songs such as "ABC," "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing," "Boogie Man" and "I'll Be There." They were the Jackson 5: Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael Jackson.

Their lives took different directions, but many of them stayed in the entertainment business. They pursued solo music careers, ran record companies and produced television series.

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12:00pm

Wed September 21, 2011
Music

A Surprising Trip Through Bluegrass Country

Bill Monroe a legend of bluegrass music, which has been played on porches and in homes for generations. He would have been 100 years old this year. On the anniversary of his birth, writer Jason Cherkis journeyed through Kentucky to see how the musical genre has continued to evolve. He chronicles his trip in this week's Washington Post Magazine. He speaks with Michel Martin.

11:58am

Wed September 21, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

How You Might Turn Your Health Cost Story Into A Little Cash

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Well, there's at least one good thing about the country's inability to control health costs. If you can write a compelling essay about a problem, you could win a thousand bucks.

Not to be outdone by health care inflation itself, this year's contest sponsored by the nonprofit group Costs of Care is awarding four prizes, up from two last year.

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11:06am

Wed September 21, 2011
Living Large: Obesity In America

For Obese, Intimate Lives Often Suffer

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 7:02 pm

In the CBS series Mike & Molly, Molly Flynn (Melissa McCarthy) and Mike Biggs (Billy Gardell) portray a healthy intimate relationship. While many obese people lead happy and healthy sex lives, therapists are seeing more obese people who say their intimate lives are suffering because of their weight.
Richard Cartwright AP/CBS

Part of an ongoing series on obesity in America

It's well known that obesity can lead to a lot of health problems, but what's rarely talked about is the impact on people's sexual health. As the obesity rate has soared in the U.S., more and more marriage and family therapists are getting questions from obese clients about problems in the bedroom.

It's an issue that Dana Englehardt and her husband, Larry Boynton, of Belmont, Calif., know well.

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10:38am

Wed September 21, 2011
World

Two Americans Held In Iran Released On Bail

A million-dollar bail agreement secured the release Wednesday of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, who had been sentenced to eight-year prison terms for illegal entry and espionage. A third American arrested with them, Sarah Shourd, was released last year. All denied any wrongdoing.

10:10am

Wed September 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Driven By Foreclosures, Existing Home Sales Rose In August

Sales of existing homes rose 7.7 percent in August from July, the National Association of Realtors just reported.

According to a statement from the association's chief economist, Lawrence Yun:

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9:26am

Wed September 21, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Ten Questions To Ask You Doctor

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It's so hard anymore to get time with anyone — especially your doctor. So you really need to be prepared to make the most of each appointment.

Take heart. The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has come up with a cheat sheet you can bone up on or even take with you to help during the visit.

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9:12am

Wed September 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama Tells Biden To 'Just Go Be Joe' On Campaign Trail

Go get 'em, the president tells Biden.
Susan Walsh AP

A new McClatchy-Marist poll shows that a majority of voters believe President Obama will lose "to any Republican" in next year's election and that "a solid plurality" of those surveyed say they will definitely vote against the president, the McClatchy news service reports.

And, it adds, "most potential Republican challengers" are gaining on Obama in one-on-one matchups.

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Wed September 21, 2011

8:30am

Wed September 21, 2011
The Two-Way

$16 Muffins, $8 Coffees, $5 Meatballs: Justice Dept. Spending Rapped

Originally published on Wed September 21, 2011 2:05 pm

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There's more ammunition today for those who collect evidence of government waste.

In a new report covering the last few years of the George W. Bush administration and the first year of the Obama administration, the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General found that at conferences hosted by DOJ there was some "allowable but ... extravagant" spending.

A few notes from the report:

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8:00am

Wed September 21, 2011
The Two-Way

At UN: Obama To Speak As Critics Take Aim At Mideast Policy

Originally published on Mon September 26, 2011 1:41 pm

When President Obama steps to the podium at the U.N. General Assembly later this morning, he'll have a chance to explain why the U.S. opposes the bid by Palestinians to join that world body.

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7:42am

Wed September 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Former NPR News Exec Ellen Weiss Takes Job At Center For Public Integrity

Ellen Weiss, who resigned in January from her job as NPR's senior vice president for news after an independent review raised questions about "the speed and handling" of news analyst Juan Williams' termination, has been named executive editor at the Center for Public Integrity.

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7:10am

Wed September 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Developing: Iran Has Released Jailed Americans, State TV Says

A photo released by Iran's state-run Press TV on Feb. 6, 2011, shows U.S. hikers Shane Bauer (left) and Josh Fattal at court in Tehran.
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Two American men jailed as spies in Iran since 2009 have been released, Iran's official Press TV reports.

The news site says it "has learned" that news.

Its report follows word from The Associated Press that attorney Masoud Shafiei said a court has approved a $1 million bail-for-freedom deal for the release of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal.

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6:36am

Wed September 21, 2011
Around the Nation

Giant Stuffed Bear 'Escapes' Pennsylvania Bar

The professionally-mounted bear was 8 ft. long, and adorned the second floor of a bar in Uniontown, Pa. Police say five people at the bar shoved the bear over a railing onto the ground, and then fled. The bear was too heavy to put back so it was moved off to the side. The next morning it was gone.

6:27am

Wed September 21, 2011
Sports

Turkey Bans Men From Some Soccer Games

If a team's fans have been sanctioned for unruly behavior, the new no-man policy applies. Women and children get free admission. The rule may be working. Some 40,000 women and children packed a stadium in Istanbul on Tuesday. One player said, "It was such a fun and pleasant atmosphere."

5:23am

Wed September 21, 2011
Around the Nation

Repeal Day Marks The End Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

"Don't ask, don't tell" is no more. The policy barred openly gay, lesbian or bisexual people from serving in the military. Gay rights groups held Repeal Day celebrations across the country. One celebration took place in New York City at the historic Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of the gay rights movement.

4:00am

Wed September 21, 2011
Europe

Speculation Grows That Greece Will Default On Its Debts

Greek leaders yesterday held a second telephone conference with the IMF, the European Union and the European Central bank. Greece is hoping for approval of the next scheduled payment of bailout money. There is growing speculation that Greece will default on its debts. The only questions are how and when, and if Greece can still stay within the eurozone.

4:00am

Wed September 21, 2011
Europe

What Would A Greek Default Mean To Europe?

Financial analysts speculate that Greece will default on some, or all, of its national debt. NPR's Philip Reeves reports on the likely international impact of such a default, particularly if Greece is forced to leave the group of countries using the euro currency.

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