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12:00pm

Wed September 7, 2011
Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001

Sacrificing Liberty For Security?

Following 9/11, many Americans began wondering which rights they were willing to sacrifice to ensure that those terrorist events would never reoccur. Guest host Jacki Lyden speaks with human rights attorney Banafsheh Akhlaghi, who has spent the last decade working on 3200 cases dealing with post-9/11 issues. NPR National Security Correspondent Tom Gjelten also joins the conversation.

12:00pm

Wed September 7, 2011
Music

In Your Ear: Don Lemon

As part of Tell Me More's occasional series "In Your Ear," Emmy Award-winning CNN anchor Don Lemon shares some of the music that helps him through a busy day in the newsroom.

12:00pm

Wed September 7, 2011
Author Interviews

A Modern Guide To LGBT Manners

Navigating the social graces of our ever-changing society can be tricky, and perhaps trickier for gays and lesbians. Many wonder how to respond to offensive jokes or how to address a letter to a married gay couple. Steven Petrow gives answers in his new book Steven Petrow's Complete Gay and Lesbian Manners. He speaks with guest host Jacki Lyden.

12:00pm

Wed September 7, 2011
Music

Putumayo Delivers Latin, African Beats Worldwide

The Putumayo World Music record label is responsible for nearly 200 commercial releases around the globe. Guest host Jacki Lyden speaks with the company's founder and CEO Dan Storper about their two latest albums — Latin Beat and African Beat — and how the company fulfills its mission of delivering exceptional world music to a broad audience.

10:50am

Wed September 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Disbelief, Shock In Carson City After Shooting Rampage

Ralph Swagler was in his family's barbecue restaurant in Carson City, Nev., Tuesday morning when he heard gunshots outside and saw a man armed with what authorities say was an AK-47 walk into a nearby IHOP restaurant.

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10:19am

Wed September 7, 2011
World

Jet Carrying Russian Hockey Team Crashes

A Russian jet carrying a top ice hockey team crashed while taking off Wednesday in western Russia, killing at least 36 people and leaving one critically injured, officials said.

The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said the Yak-42 plane crashed as it was trying to take off from Yaroslavl airport, about 185 miles east of Moscow. It said one person survived the crash with grave injuries.

The weather was sunny and clear at the time.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin immediately sent the nation's transport minister to the site, 10 miles east of Yaroslavl.

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9:53am

Wed September 7, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Despite Deficit, Enzi Supports Federal Spending On Autism

Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) is expected to vote for a bill that would continue funding for autism research and treatment.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) has been among the more outspoken members of Congress calling for major reductions in federal spending to reduce the budget deficit.

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9:50am

Wed September 7, 2011
The Two-Way

With Perry In Mix, Tonight's GOP Debate Is Highly Anticipated

Our friend Frank James over at It's All Politics will be watching the action, but we do want to at least take note of tonight's Republican presidential debate and pass along the coordinates in case you want to check it out.

A key story line, according to the conventional wisdom: How will the new "front runner," Texas Gov. Rick Perry, do in his first appearance with the other seven?

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9:20am

Wed September 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Remembering Sept. 11: 'I Threw The Phone Down, I Screamed'

As the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks draws closer, we're pointing to some of the stories being told about that day and the days since.

Madeleine V. Leckie Elementary School in Washington, D.C., has a strong, painful connection to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, as NPR's Claudio Sanchez reported earlier on Morning Edition.

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8:43am

Wed September 7, 2011
U.S.

Five Ways The Postal Service Could Reinvent Itself

U.S. Postal Service mail delivery trucks sit idle at the Manassas Post Office in Virginia on September 5.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

By the end of September, the U.S. Postal Service will be on the brink of defaulting on its employee pension obligations, unable to borrow more money and have just enough cash to cover operations for a week.

Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe issued the warning to a Senate committee on Tuesday as he pleaded with Congress to intervene before Sept. 30 by granting him unprecedented authority to make radical changes that could steer the agency from financial ruin. He said the Postal Service could report losses of up to $10 billion for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30.

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8:20am

Wed September 7, 2011

8:00am

Wed September 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Wildfires Still Raging In Texas, Arson Suspected In One, Two More Deaths

The remains of their burned home in the background, Gaye Jaco (front) hugged her stepdaughter Jennifer Leaver on Tuesday in Bastrop, Texas.
Erich Schlegel Getty Images

"As wildfires continued to torch homes and the drought-stricken landscape across Central Texas on Tuesday, officials said two bodies had been found among the charred ruins of the fires in Bastrop County," Austin's American-Statesman reports.

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7:31am

Wed September 7, 2011
Around the Nation

Tech Company Builds A Ghost Town In New Mexico

New Mexico wants to make itself a home for new technology. And so it's welcoming a tech company that's building an entire new city — with no residents. The model metropolis would be designed to test everything from renewable energy to intelligent traffic systems.

7:30am

Wed September 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: Obama To Propose $300 Billion Package Aimed At Boosting Jobs

President Obama on Labor Day in Detroit.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

President Obama will propose "$300 billion in federal spending and tax cuts" when he addresses the nation Thursday night during a joint session of Congress, The Associated Press and other news outlets are reporting.

The AP says that:

"According to people familiar with the White House deliberations, two of the biggest measures in the president's proposals for 2012 are expected to be a one-year extension of a payroll tax cut for workers and an extension of expiring jobless benefits. Together those two would total about $170 billion. ...

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7:24am

Wed September 7, 2011
Around the Nation

World's Largest Stir Fry Requires A Really Big Pan

Take 800 pounds of chicken, 500 pounds of onions and add carrots, bok choy and peanuts. And you've got the world's largest stir fry. Yes, the people at Guinness World Records keep track of this. The frying pan at the University of Massachusetts was 14 feet across.

4:34am

Wed September 7, 2011
National Security

For Now, Shoes Still Come Off At Airport Security

Homeland Security Department Secretary Janet Napolitano predicted Tuesday that airline passengers in the future will no longer be instructed to remove their shoes at airport security checkpoints, but she said the technology to scan shoe-wearing passengers for bombs does not yet exist and may not be available soon.

No technology meets government standards to screen shoes for explosives at airports while passengers wear them. Officials have not been able to say for certain that this technology will exist in the future, though they are working to develop it.

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12:01am

Wed September 7, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Conservatives Step Up Attacks On Public Funding For Birth Control

A survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found two-thirds of respondents were in favor of the new requirement for insurance plans to offer prescription birth control without a copay or deductible.
Hamiza Bakirci iStockphoto.com

It used to be that opposition to publicly funded birth control was linked to abortion.

Either the birth control in question allegedly caused abortion, or the organization providing the birth control (read: Planned Parenthood) also performed abortions. But that's changing.

These days, more and more voices are opposing the provision of birth control for its own sake.

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12:01am

Wed September 7, 2011
Around the Nation

Faith Community Helps Steady Cathedral After Quake

The National Cathedral has hosted some of the most memorable prayer services and state funerals from the past 100 years. President Obama will speak there on Sunday to mark the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11; he also held his inaugural prayer service at the historic church, like many presidents have done.

But the structure was hit hard by last month's 5.8 magnitude earthquake that rattled the East Coast. Now, it could take years for the landmark to recover.

Crumbling Masonry

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12:01am

Wed September 7, 2011
Interviews

Baghdad College And America's Shifting Role In Iraq

Originally published on Wed September 7, 2011 3:57 pm

Students play a basketball game on the campus of Iraq's Baghdad College, in this undated photograph.
Ed Ou The New York Times

A school founded by Americans in Iraq before the Saddam Hussein era is an emblem of a time when the United States was known in the Middle East not for military action, but for culture and education. That's the view of Puliter Prize-winning New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid, who recently wrote an essay about the school, titled "The American Age, Iraq."

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12:01am

Wed September 7, 2011
Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001

Afghan Negotiator: Taliban Leaders Still A Mystery

Umar Daudzai is Afghanistan's chief negotiator with the Taliban.
Nishant Dahiya NPR

As war grinds on in Afghanistan, there is increasing talk about finding a negotiated solution. It's a complicated proposition that would presumably involve the Afghan government, the United States, Pakistan, the Taliban and potentially others as well.

One man who would be a key figure in any negotiation is Umar Daudzai.

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has made Daudzai his chief negotiator with the Taliban.

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12:01am

Wed September 7, 2011
Television

Who Will Buy Hulu?

A large-scale promotional campaign launched by Hulu during the 2009 Super Bowl featured Alec Baldwin as a spokesperson.
Courtesy of Hulu

For people who watch TV and movies over the Internet rather than the airwaves or cable, Hulu is one of the most popular sources of content. The company has offered streaming, on-demand access to select television shows and movies since it launched in 2008. Now,the site's owners are looking to cash in, and some big guns — including Google, Amazon, Yahoo and Dish Network — are showing interest.

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12:01am

Wed September 7, 2011
Election 2012

In GOP Presidential Field, Science Finds Skeptics

A sow polar bear rests with her cubs on pack ice in the Beaufort Sea in northern Alaska, in an undated photo.
Steve Amstrup U.S Fish and Wild Life Service/AP

Republican presidential hopefuls gather Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan presidential library in California for perhaps the first critical debate of the primary election season.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has publicly doubted the science of climate change and says creationism should be taught alongside evolution, is the new front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination. He's not alone in these views. If the topic of science comes up during the debate, the views of all of the GOP presidential candidates will be on display before a national audience.

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10:00pm

Tue September 6, 2011
Sweetness And Light

It's A Coin Toss: Presidential Speech Or Football?

Years ago, it was an occasional debate among press box sociologists about which sport was more attractive to members of the two political parties.

The consensus was that football was more for Republicans, baseball for Democrats — the general reasoning being that GOP types were more militarily inclined, as is the gridiron game, and that since football had long been more a college sport, and more Republicans had gone to college, football had a greater Republican tradition.

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6:30pm

Tue September 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Miami's City Manager Suspends Police Chief

We first told you about the long-running feud between Miami's mayor and the city's police chief back in June. Today, NPR's Greg Allen reports the tension reached a climax, when the city manager called Police Chief Miguel Exposito into his office and suspended him.

Greg filed this report:

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6:27pm

Tue September 6, 2011
It's All Politics

Mitt Romney's (Steve) Jobs Plan

Was that a jobs plan Mitt Romney unveiled Tuesday or a Steve Jobs plan?

Wanting voters to see him as the political version of the black turtleneck-clad business visionary, Romney compared himself not only to Jobs but to someone using a smartphone (President Obama was still in the coin-operated payphone world, Romney said.)

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5:34pm

Tue September 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Lockerbie Bomber 'Very Sick' Says Son

The BBC was given access to the Libyan home of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, who was found guilty of the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland.

In a controversial move, al-Megrahi was released from prison in 2009 on compassionate grounds. Al-Megrahi was flown to Libya and since then families and relatives of some of the 259 people who died have complained al-Megrahi was not really sick and he was let go because of politics.

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5:12pm

Tue September 6, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Paintball Injury? Your Hospital Has A Code For That

Coney Island, N.Y.'s "Shoot the Freak" boardwalk attraction, as seen in 2005. Crouching in the center of the photo is the well-protected human who served as paintball target.
Uri Baruchin Flickr

Maybe, like me, you're one of the few who missed the recent report on injuries caused by BB and paintball guns that showed how often mishaps lead to emergency room visits. I'm surprised my mom didn't call me personally just to say she told me so.

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4:43pm

Tue September 6, 2011
Author Interviews

Thomas Friedman On 'How America Fell Behind'

Thomas Friedman is the author of five best-selling books, including From Beirut to Jerusalem and The World Is Flat.
Fred Conrad

Back in March, Paul Otellini — president and CEO of Intel Corp. — compared the situation of present-day America to that of the U.K. at the turn of the last century.

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4:28pm

Tue September 6, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Haggle, Don't Settle, When It Comes To Health Costs

If you don't ask, you can't save money on health care.
iStockphoto.com

Seems like forever that Consumer Reports has been telling people to haggle over the price of a microwave or a car. Now the folks behind the magazine want you to haggle with your doctor — or at least let her know that you can't afford that bypass.

The cost of health care is expected to almost double in the next decade, and insurers and employers are increasingly shoving that cost onto individuals. As a result, even people with good insurance are finding it harder to pay medical bills.

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4:07pm

Tue September 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Maryland Debuts Uniforms And The Country Cringes

We are not Anna Wintour, so we'll refrain from making a judgement. But, there are plenty of people who expressed their dislike of the uniforms the Maryland Terrapins debuted during their season opener Monday.

Here are some of the reviews, which came fast and furious from sports celebrities on Twitter:

Basketball star Lebron James said:

OH GOSH! Maryland uniforms #Ewwwwww!

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