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2:54am

Fri October 19, 2012
It's All Politics

The Third-Party Factor: Will 2012 Look Like 2000?

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 1:03 pm

Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson addresses students at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., in September.
Jim Mone AP

As the presidential race enters its final weeks, there are many factors that could affect the outcome: a great — or terrible — debate performance by one of the candidates on Monday in Florida; the next jobs report; or the presence of third-party candidates who are on the ballot in almost every state.

Gary Johnson, the former two-term governor of New Mexico who's running on the Libertarian ticket, is on the ballot in 48 states.

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2:53am

Fri October 19, 2012
Planet Money

The Candidate Is Fake; The Consultants Are Real

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 12:31 pm

One consultant's vision for our political ad: "I see a horse."
iStockphoto.com

When our series began yesterday, we brought together five economists from across the political spectrum and had them create a platform for their dream presidential candidate. It's a platform — Get rid of a tax deduction for homeowners!

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10:00am

Thu October 18, 2012
Politics

Hanna-Lamb race takes to the TV airwaves

Congressman Richard Hanna has released his first television ad in his re-election bid. The Republican incumbent is running against Democrat Dan Lamb.

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8:17am

Thu October 18, 2012
Politics

Gillibrand and Long square off in only debate in Senate race

Voters got their only chance to watch the candidates for U.S. Senate from New York State debate last night.  The two candidates tangled  on issues ranging from abortion to hydrofracking.

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7:40am

Thu October 18, 2012
Europe

Marie Antoinette's Slippers Sell At Auction

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 12:11 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Back in the late 1700s, the resentful subjects of France's Marie Antoinette gave her the nickname Madame Deficit. The queen's extravagant lifestyle ended at the guillotine. But she left behind some treasures, including a delicate pair of green and pink silk striped slippers. On the anniversary of her execution this week, they were sold by a Parisian auction house at a price fit for a queen - more than $65,000. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

7:31am

Thu October 18, 2012
Around the Nation

New Yorker Waits To Cash Winning Lottery Ticket

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 12:11 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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6:49am

Thu October 18, 2012
Analysis

Debate Polls Indicate Obama Impressed Viewers

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 12:11 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And the Governor is one of many politicians from both parties who we're hearing from in this election season. Was it the town hall or a town brawl? That's what some pundits are asking a day after the very heated second presidential debate, between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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4:33am

Thu October 18, 2012
NPR Story

Lance Armstrong Parts Ways With Livestrong, Nike

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 12:11 pm

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4:33am

Thu October 18, 2012
NPR Story

Japan's Softbank CEO Demonstrates Appetite For Risk

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 12:11 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Earlier this week, a Japanese company announced a $20 billion bid for a majority stake in Sprint-Nextel, America's third-largest mobile carrier. The deal was launched by the CEO of Softbank - an executive who says he has a 300-year business plan and who is fond of making investments his peers call crazy.

Lucy Craft has this profile.

LUCY CRAFT, BYLINE: In a society where conformity, conservatism and harmony are virtues, CEO Masayoshi Son breaks all the rules, says his biographer, Shinichi Sano.

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4:33am

Thu October 18, 2012
NPR Story

Bangladeshi Man Arrested In N.Y. Bomb Plot

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 12:11 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

A young Bangladeshi man has been charged with conspiring to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in lower Manhattan. New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly commented on the arrest at a press conference last night.

RAYMOND KELLY: This individual came here for the purpose of doing a terrorist act.

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3:33am

Thu October 18, 2012
Middle East

Sheldon Adelson Shakes Up Israeli Newspaper Market

Originally published on Sun October 21, 2012 11:04 am

Former staff of Israel's daily Maariv newspaper protest their dismissals on Sept. 20, in Tel Aviv. The newspaper, one of the country's oldest, is on the verge of closure.
Uriel Sinai Getty Images

Israel's newsstands are looking noticeably less crowded these days, as a crisis in the Israeli press threatens several of the country's oldest publications. Media experts in Israel say that market competition and a tendency to buy political influence through media ownership have crippled Israel's once-thriving newspaper market.

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3:32am

Thu October 18, 2012
Planet Money

A Tax Plan That Economists Love (And Politicians Hate)

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 12:51 pm

The mortgage is going to cost more than you thought.
Paul Sakuma AP

Watching a presidential campaign, it's easy to think that the nation is deeply divided over how to fix the economy. But when you talk to economists, it turns out they agree on an enormous number of issues.

So we brought together five economists from across the political spectrum and had them create their dream presidential candidate. Over the next few days, we'll have a series of stories on our economists' dream candidate. We start this morning with some changes to the tax code.

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3:30am

Thu October 18, 2012
It's All Politics

Negative Ads Reign In Maine Senate Race

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 12:11 pm

Former Maine Gov. Angus King, an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate, greets potential voters Oct. 1 in Bath, Maine.
Joel Page AP

Former Maine Gov. Angus King is convinced that if the math works out he could be the power broker in the U.S. Senate, the independent candidate whose vote will break the political gridlock in Washington. But first he has some explaining to do.

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2:03am

Thu October 18, 2012
Deceptive Cadence

Philadelphia Orchestra Reboots With New Music Director

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 12:11 pm

Yannick Nezet-Seguin leads the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Ryan Donnell

Everywhere you look right now, it seems like American symphony orchestras are fighting for their lives — strikes, lockouts, bankruptcy. Perhaps the biggest example is the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra, which is just coming out of its own bankruptcy. Tonight, its new 37-year-old music director takes the podium as the venerable orchestra begins a reboot.

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2:00pm

Wed October 17, 2012
Solve This

Climate Politics: It's Laugh Lines Vs. 'Not A Joke'

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 12:11 pm

This Sept. 16 image released by NASA shows the amount of summer sea ice in the Arctic, at center in white, and the 1979 to 2000 average extent for the day shown, with the yellow line. Scientists say sea ice in the Arctic shrank to an all-time low of 1.32 million square miles on Sept. 16, smashing old records for the critical climate indicator.
NASA AP

Scientists view climate change as one of the world's most pressing long-term problems. But the issue has barely surfaced in the U.S. presidential race. President Obama has taken steps to address climate change during his time in office. Republican challenger Mitt Romney would not make it a priority in his administration.

In fact, as Romney stood on the stage to accept his nomination at the Republican National Convention, he used global warming as a laugh line.

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10:50am

Wed October 17, 2012
Politics

Maffei says fracking should be regulated by federal government

Congressional candidate Dan Maffei speaks about fracking
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Democratic congressional hopeful Dan Maffei is calling on Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle to take a stand on hydrofracking.   At the same time, Maffei is reiterating his support for federal legislation that would regulate the practice. 

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10:34am

Wed October 17, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo says do the "people's business" before pay raise

Governor Andrew Cuomo says if state lawmakers are looking for a pay raise in a post election session, they will have to accomplish some items on his agenda first.

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10:22am

Wed October 17, 2012
Education

Mohawk Valley school districts consider merger

With dropping enrollments and less money coming from the state, many school districts across New York are looking into joining forces. That is the case in the Mohawk Valley near Utica, where a school merger is on the ballot this week.

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8:31am

Wed October 17, 2012
All Tech Considered

The Brain Of The Beast: Google Reveals The Computers Behind The Cloud

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 10:09 am

Google's data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, houses servers in over 115,000 square feet of space.
Connie Zhou Google

Behind the ephemeral "cloud" of cloud computing, the network we use for everything from checking our email to streamlining our health care system, there lies a very tangible and very big computer infrastructure.

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7:32am

Wed October 17, 2012
World

Mongolia To Sell Last Lenin Statue

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 8:31 am

In 1990, a bloodless revolution brought down the Communist government of Mongolia,and their memorials to communist heroes were destroyed or sold for scrap. But one remaining statue of Lenin is being sold at auction.

7:25am

Wed October 17, 2012
Around the Nation

Birth Control Pills For Squirrels?

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 8:31 am

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4:47am

Wed October 17, 2012
Business

Farmers Cautious Of Drought-Resistant Seeds

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 8:31 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Here in the United States, the corn harvest is nearly complete. It was earlier and much smaller than in recent years, which means stockpiles are lower and prices will likely be higher. Now, while this summer's drought is largely to blame, the dry weather did offer perfect conditions to test drought-resistant corn. As Iowa Public Radio's Amy Mayer reports, seed companies and farmers are now crunching the yield numbers to see what these new varieties could mean in coming years.

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4:47am

Wed October 17, 2012
Business

Target Begins Running Holiday TV Ads Early

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 8:31 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And today's last word in business is: Are you ready?

(SOUNDBITE OF TARGET COMMERCIAL)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: The holidays are coming, and they're going to be big.

MONTAGNE: Target has aired its first holiday ad of the season.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Let me just get my face out of my palm here. That's right. Forget planning your Halloween costume or picking out a turkey. Target is making its mark early - six weeks before Thanksgiving, in fact. It had a lot of people double-checking their calendar.

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4:47am

Wed October 17, 2012
Politics

How Will Sequestration Effect The Federal Budget

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 1:41 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And now let's go to our latest installment in the series Fiscal Cliff Notes.

(SOUNDBITES OF ARCHIVED AUDIO)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: On January 1st, 2013 there's going to be a massive fiscal cliff of large spending cuts.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: ...painful cuts to the Defense Department, food safety, education...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: ...the Bush tax cuts, the payroll tax cuts...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #3: Taxmageddon.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #4: It's a cliff.

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4:47am

Wed October 17, 2012
Business

'Wired' Magazine Story

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 7:13 am

Google has nearly 20 data centers packed with computer servers that are huge consumers of energy. Google allowed technology writer Steven Levy of Wired magazine to see its facility in Lenoir, N.C. Levy talks to Steve Inskeep about what he saw while he was there.

3:51am

Wed October 17, 2012
Shots - Health News

Poor Sleep May Lead To Too Much Stored Fat And Disease

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 11:57 am

Many Americans aren't getting the recommended seven to nine hours per night.
Franck Camhi iStockphoto.com

Is that 6 a.m. workout getting in the way of good sleep? Don't think your fat cells won't notice.

A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds that inadequate shut-eye has a harmful response on fat cells, reducing their ability to respond to insulin by about 30 percent. Over the long-term, this decreased response could set the stage for Type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease and weight gain.

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3:49am

Wed October 17, 2012
Shots - Health News

States Iron Out The Kinks In Long-Term Care Insurance

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 8:31 am

Not many elderly people get long-term care insurance. It's expensive and many hope their kids will look after them instead.
iStockphoto.com

Long-term care insurance provides money for care when you're too old or sick to wash yourself and cook, though few American use it. Many who do have found that some insurance companies are slow to pay up or deny payments completely.

Oregon is one of several states that's adopting new regulations to improve the industry.

It used to be that the only way to appeal a long-term care decision in Oregon was in court, an arduous process for a person who may be elderly, sick or in a nursing home.

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3:48am

Wed October 17, 2012
Sweetness And Light

Kickers Are Taking The Kick Out Of Football

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 8:31 am

Place kicker Matt Prater of the Denver Broncos kicks a second quarter field goal on a hold by Britton Colquitt against the Houston Texans at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High in Denver on Sept. 23.
Justin Edmonds Getty Images

Of all the strained sports cliches, my favorite was "educated toe." Remember? An accomplished field goal kicker possessed an educated toe. I had a newspaper friend who wrote that a punter had an "intellectual instep," but the copy desk wouldn't allow it. Spoilsports.

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1:16pm

Tue October 16, 2012
Shots - Health News

At Polio's Epicenter, Vaccinators Battle Chaos And Indifference

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 4:16 pm

Kano, in northern Nigeria, has been called the "epicenter" of the current polio outbreak. This part of Nigeria is the only place in the world where polio cases are increasing.
David Gilkey NPR

Polio was eliminated from the Western Hemisphere in the early 1990s. It was stamped out in Europe a few years later. And now, even the Congo and Somalia are polio free.

But in Africa's largest oil-producing nation, Nigeria, polio has been a difficult, contentious foe.

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11:30am

Tue October 16, 2012
Politics and Government

Pro-frackers rally at the state Capitol

Pro-frackers, including state Senator Tom Libous, rally at the state Capitol
Karen DeWitt WRVO

The New York state Capitol has been the scene of numerous noisy demonstrations on hydrofracking. But on Monday, it was supporters of gas drilling, not opponents, who were protesting.

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