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6:01am

Thu November 1, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo: Helicopter survey of Sandy damage "disturbing"

Governor Andrew Cuomo took a helicopter tour of areas devastated from Hurricane Sandy, along with New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.  The governor says the state faces significant challenges to rebuild, and will have to fundamentally rethink New York city’s infrastructure going forward.

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5:57am

Thu November 1, 2012
Strange News

Chain In U.K. Tries To Lift 'Coffee Confusion'

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 6:43 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. A coffee chain in Britain surveyed its customers and found 70 percent suffered coffee confusion. So the chain is now offering a new trial menu in plain English. A latte is now really, really milky coffee, a cappuccino - frothy coffee, and a mocha -chocolate flavored coffee. Not listed: a decaf soy triple tall latte, though some baristas might just call that - Why Bother. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

5:56am

Thu November 1, 2012
Strange News

This Could Happen To The Best Of Drivers

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 6:43 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. This could happen to the best of drivers. Suspected smugglers wanted to take their SUV across the U.S.-Mexico border. They built ramps that would take it over the Arizona border fence. But unlike the way it would've happened in old episodes of the "Dukes of Hazzard," the Jeep got stuck on top of the fence. The smugglers spent time trying to free it from the top of the fence, then fled back into Mexico when border patrol agents arrived. You are listening to MORNING EDITION.

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5:01am

Thu November 1, 2012
NPR Story

Help Wanted In Switzerland: Hunting Tax Cheats

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 6:41 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And while we're on the subject of tax evasion, our last word in business today is: Help wanted.

Switzerland is looking for more staff to handle a flood of new requests from other countries that are looking for tax cheats.

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5:01am

Thu November 1, 2012
NPR Story

In North Jersey, Still A State Of Emergency

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 6:41 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

On the first of November, it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

Portions of the New York subway system are up and running again after being shut down for three days after Superstorm Sandy. There is, of course, a giant hole in the middle of the system. The lines stop short of Lower Manhattan, where many tunnels and stations flooded.

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5:01am

Thu November 1, 2012
NPR Story

The Little Girl Who's Had Enough Of Politics

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 6:41 am

Abigael Evans, 4, of Fort Collins, Colo., started crying on the way to the grocery store as she and her mother listened to NPR in the car. NPR editors issued an immediate apology online, and later in the afternoon, Abbie cheered up when she got an NPR Politics pin from member station KUNC.

10:20am

Wed October 31, 2012
Politics

Socialist candidate running for president in New York

Third party candidates for president generally don't get much publicity and most of the time don't get enough votes to make a difference in a presidential election. But advancing a cause is reason enough for one third party candidate to run.

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9:07am

Wed October 31, 2012
-Candidates in Depth

Interview: Democrat Dan Lamb runs for Congress

Dan Lamb at the Clinton farmers market.
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WRVO News interviews candidates in the region who are running in contended races on November 6. Democrat Dan Lamb is running against incumbent Republican Congressman Richard Hanna in the 22nd congressional district, which experts say is a safe Republican district.

Lamb is a first-time candidate who was a long-time aide to retiring Rep. Maurice Hinchey.  WRVO's Catherine Loper spoke with Lamb about what he brings to the race, fracking and the economy.

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8:28am

Wed October 31, 2012
U.S.

Assessing The Damage From Superstorm Sandy

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 8:52 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.

We'll talk next with the man coordinating the federal response to Hurricane Sandy. Craig Fugate is head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He's at FEMA headquarters in Washington.

Mr. Fugate, welcome to the program.

CRAIG FUGATE: Hi, good morning.

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6:47am

Wed October 31, 2012
Around the Nation

Stranded In Hawaii By Sandy, Travelers Wait

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 8:52 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Hurricane Sandy disrupted flights all across the United States. Even people far from the storm discovered planes could not get to their airports. And of all the people affected, the saddest were surely 1,300 people from the East Coast stuck in Honolulu.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

What a shame.

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6:45am

Wed October 31, 2012
Games & Humor

Zombie Pumpkin Carving Gives Viewers The Shivers

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 8:52 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne with news of jack-o-lantern art this Halloween. Ray Villafane is a former teacher who found his medium after carving a gourd a student gave him. The sculptor began with a pumpkin, this year, weighing just under a ton to create a vividly realistic life-sized, stringy-haired orange zombie pulling other zombies out of a pumpkin garden. The work of pumpkin art is now giving people the shivers at the New York Botanical Garden. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

4:26am

Wed October 31, 2012
All Tech Considered

The Night A Computer Predicted The Next President

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 1:55 am

Walter Cronkite (right) listens as Dr. J. Presper Eckert (center) describes the functions of the UNIVAC I computer he helped develop in the early 1950s.
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Some milestone moments in journalism converged 60 years ago on election night in the run between Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower and Democratic Illinois Gov. Adlai Stevenson. It was the first coast-to-coast television broadcast of a presidential election. Walter Cronkite anchored his first election night broadcast for CBS.

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4:25am

Wed October 31, 2012
Law

Can Drug-Sniffing Dog Prompt Home Search?

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 8:52 am

Miami-Dade narcotics detector canine Franky, who came out of retirement to give a demonstration, sniffs marijuana in Miami in 2011. Franky's supersensitive nose is at the heart of a question being put to the U.S. Supreme Court: Does a police K-9's sniff outside a house give officers the right to get a search warrant for illegal drugs?
Alan Diaz AP

You can already hear all the likely jokes at the Supreme Court, about the justices going to the dogs. But the issue being argued Wednesday is deadly serious: whether police can take a trained drug-detection dog up to a house to smell for drugs inside, and if the dog alerts, use that to justify a search of the home.

In the case before the court, the four-legged cop was named Franky, and as a result of his nose, his human police partner charged Joelis Jardines with trafficking in more than 25 pounds of marijuana.

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4:25am

Wed October 31, 2012
Election 2012

Sandy Underscores Debate Over Government's Role

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 1:09 pm

President Obama offered thoughts and prayers Tuesday for all those who have been affected by Sandy. He also offered something more tangible: the full resources of the federal government.

"The most important message I have for them is that America's with you," he said. "We are standing behind you, and we are going to do everything we can to help you get back on your feet."

For Obama, the federal government is a critical vehicle for that kind of help. Republicans put more faith in local government, and even voluntary efforts.

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10:03pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Sweetness And Light

The American Pastime Fades In Popularity

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 8:52 am

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Jacques Barzun, the esteemed cultural historian, lived 104 years and wrote a multitude of words about the most important issues in society, but when he died last week, his one quote that was invariably cited was a pithy one that he wrote back in 1954: "Whoever wishes to know the heart and soul of America had better learn baseball."

Never mind that that is no longer even remotely true.

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1:20pm

Tue October 30, 2012
U.S.

Large Parts Of Manhattan Underwater

Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep talk with NPR's Elizabeth Shogren and Zoe Chace for a roundup of news on Superstorm Sandy.

1:10pm

Tue October 30, 2012
NPR Story

Fire Destroys Homes In Queens Neighborhood

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 1:20 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. Earlier this morning, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie boarded a State Police helicopter and had a look from overhead at the communities by the Jersey shore, towns near the place where the center of Hurricane Sandy hit land last night.

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12:39pm

Tue October 30, 2012
U.S.

Sandy Causes Power Outages, Flooding In N.J.

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 1:20 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. So we heard the number earlier this hour. Our correspondent Elizabeth Shogren checked in with major utilities, found at least 7 million customers without power. A couple million of them are New Jersey, and the state's governor, Chris Christie, says many people without power might be waiting a while.

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12:39pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Around the Nation

Bakery Opens For Business In Atlantic City

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 1:20 pm

Renee Montagne talks to Frank Formica, owner of Formica Brothers Bakery and Cafe, in Atlantic City, N.J., about his experience during Hurricane Sandy.

12:39pm

Tue October 30, 2012
U.S.

Sandy Brings Blizzard Conditions To W.Va.

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 1:20 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. As superstorm Sandy battered the East Coast with rain and wind, she also brought blizzard conditions to much of West Virginia. Earl Ray Tomblin is the governor of West Virginia, and he joins us on the line to talk about his state.

Good morning.

GOVERNOR EARL RAY TOMBLIN: Good morning, Renee.

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11:13am

Tue October 30, 2012
Shots - Health News

Could Romney Repeal The Health Law? It Wouldn't Be Easy

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 1:41 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks about the Supreme Court ruling on health care in Washington on June 28.
Charles Dharapak AP

You can barely listen to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney make a speech or give an interview without hearing some variation of this vow:

"On Day 1 of my administration, I'll direct the secretary of Health and Human Services to grant a waiver from Obamacare to all 50 states. And then I'll go about getting it repealed," he told Newsmax TV in September 2011.

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11:02am

Tue October 30, 2012
U.S.

East Coast Reeling After Hurricane Sandy

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 1:20 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

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9:12am

Tue October 30, 2012
U.S.

Maryland Governor Talks About How Sandy Is Affecting State

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 1:20 pm

Steve Inskeep talks with Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley about Hurricane Sandy and how it's affecting his state.

9:12am

Tue October 30, 2012
U.S.

Riding Out The Storm On A Sailboat

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 1:20 pm

For Jennifer Kaye, Hurricane Sandy is a threat to her livelihood. Kaye is General Manager and Captain of the Schooner Woodwind, a family-owned business based in Annapolis, Maryland. She and her crew are riding out the storm on board a 74-foot sailboat. Kaye explains how being on the boat is key to protecting it.

7:50am

Tue October 30, 2012
NPR Story

An Update On Conditions In New York After Sandy

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 1:20 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And let's get another glimpse, as we are all morning, of New York City in the aftermath of what was Hurricane Sandy. We saw, overnight, dramatic video of around 50 homes burning in Queens. There was massive flooding in lower Manhattan.

NPR's Robert Smith is there. Robert, we saw a video of water that was going up to the door handles of cars. I trust that the waters receded somewhat at this point.

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6:33am

Tue October 30, 2012
Health Care

Can Mitt Romney Really Repeal Obamacare?

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 11:14 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And let's move back to the presidential campaign. Mitt Romney has been criticized for being on many sides of many issues, but there's one where he's been pretty consistent: He wants to repeal the federal health care law. The question is: Can Romney actually keep that promise?

Here's NPR's Julie Rovner.

JULIE ROVNER, BYLINE: You can barely listen to Mitt Romney make a speech or give an interview without hearing some variation of this vow...

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6:28am

Tue October 30, 2012
Around the Nation

1,000-Pound Pumpkin Takes California Contest

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 1:20 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. In the midst of a monster storm, let's take a moment to contemplate a monster pumpkin. Out in California, John Sach grew a pumpkin weighing just under 1,000 pounds. He calls it Sally, and it won Orange County's annual Pumpkinmania contest. Sach's pumpkin outgrew the runner-up, named Gourdita, which was downright slim at 795 pounds. According to the O.C. Register, Sally's secret is simple - a lot of food and water. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

6:11am

Tue October 30, 2012
Around the Nation

Storm Knocks The 'A' Out Of 'USA Today' Sign

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 1:20 pm

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5:33am

Tue October 30, 2012
NPR Story

Days Before Election, Sandy Brings A Twist

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 1:20 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

President Obama canceled his campaign events that were scheduled for today in Colorado and Wisconsin. He's staying in Washington to oversee the federal response to what is now described as a post-tropical storm, Sandy. Republican challenger Mitt Romney has also scaled back his events.

Now, as NPR's Scott Horsley reports, this gigantic storm has introduced a new and unpredictable element into the presidential race just one week before Election Day.

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5:33am

Tue October 30, 2012
NPR Story

In New York, The TV Show Doesn't Go On

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 1:20 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Cue the cancellations. Our last word in business today is: live audience.

With most of the East Coast shut down and all public transit halted in New York City, many of the major TV talk shows based in the Big Apple have gone dark this week.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

"The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report," scrapped their live shows Monday and have yet to decide about tonight. Katie Couric's show and "Live with Kelly and Michael," were also suspended and Jimmy Kimmel canceled a planned show from his hometown, Brooklyn.

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