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4:00am

Thu November 17, 2011
Business

Labor Department Wants To Make Farming Safer For Kids

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 12:40 pm

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Life as a kid on a farm can seem idyllic. The work, though, can be dangerous. Kids who do farm work are six times more likely to be killed than those doing other jobs.

The Department of Labor now wants new regulations that would bar children under the age of 16 from doing the most dangerous farm jobs. As Harvest Public Media's Peggy Lowe reports, that's angered many who depend on such labor, and see it as a right of passage.

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4:00am

Thu November 17, 2011
Africa

Congolese Presidential Candidate Orders Jail Breaks

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 12:40 pm

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Voters in the Congo head to the polls at the end of this month. The campaigning has been beset by violence which threatens to undermine an electoral process in a giant nation that's at the heart of Africa. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports.

OFEIBEA QUIST-ARCTON, BYLINE: Campaigning took a stormy turn when veteran Congolese opposition politician and presidential candidate Etienne Tshisekedi sent a bombshell. He proclaimed himself president and ordered his supporters to stage jailbreaks to free their detained colleagues.

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4:00am

Thu November 17, 2011
Europe

Lack of Trust Underlies Greece's Societal Problems

Renee Montagne talks to financial writer Michael Lewis about societal problems underlying the Greek financial crisis: loss of trust, lack of civil society and refusal to pay and collect taxes.

4:00am

Thu November 17, 2011
Around the Nation

Occupy Protests Spread Across College Campuses

The Occupy Wall Street movement is planning a series of strikes and protests today on college campuses. The movement and its encampments are proving to be a challenge for administrators at some schools. They say they want to encourage free speech and political engagement, but can't tolerate unsanitary conditions, violence and drug use in the tent cities.

8:00am

Wed November 16, 2011
Strange News

Obama Insured Against A Crocodile Attack

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Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. President Obama has one less thing to worry about, thanks to an Australian insurance company. On his visit down under, he's insured against a crocodile attack. When he gets to the city of Darwin, he'll be presented with a $51,000 policy. Now, it's not the first time locals have instituted extra measures to protect the American president. When Mr. Obama visited India, crews trimmed coconuts off the trees to ensure none fell on his head. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

7:40am

Wed November 16, 2011
Business

Petition Asks Target To Open Later On Black Friday

Target is scheduled to open at midnight on Black Friday. Target employee Anthony Hardwick of Nebraska started the petition asking the retail chain to open later. He says before working all night, he'd have to miss a Thanksgiving gathering to get enough sleep.

4:00am

Wed November 16, 2011
Election 2012

Perry Plan Would Make Big Changes To Washington

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 7:11 am

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Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich is rising in the polls, but Rick Perry is back in the spotlight after some proposals he made in Iowa yesterday. The Texas governor wants Congress to take a 50 percent pay cut, as part of a sweeping plan to overhaul the government.

NPR's Scott Horsley reports.

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4:00am

Wed November 16, 2011
Asia

President Obama Travels To Australia

Australia is the latest stop on President Obama's tour of the Pacific Rim countries that the president thinks should be the new focus of U.S. foreign policy. It is already the focus of a competition for influence with China.

4:00am

Wed November 16, 2011
Afghanistan

Afghan Council To Consider Framework For U.S. Partnership

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

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4:00am

Wed November 16, 2011
Business

PETA Criticizes Nintendo's 'Super Mario 3D Land'

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 7:27 am

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And our last word in business today is save the tanooki.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

MONTAGNE: The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is attacking Nintendo's new video game "Super Mario 3-D Land." In the game, Super Mario sometimes wears the skin of a tanooki, which is a raccoon dog. Steve, you may have to finish...

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Oh no, come, no, no. It's fine. Come on, it's a raccoon dog. It's a nice animal.

MONTAGNE: Very sweet...

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4:00am

Wed November 16, 2011
Politics

Debt Reduction Committee's Deadline Is 1 Week Away

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 7:02 am

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News.

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And I'm Steve Inskeep, good morning.

Let's remember a bit of very recent history. Back in August, Congress came close to defaulting on U.S. government debts. Republicans wanted big cuts in spending. They finally got some, but a deal with President Obama pushed more deficit reductions off to the future, to a bipartisan committee which has been meeting this fall, and now has one week left until its deadline to reach a deal.

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4:00am

Wed November 16, 2011
Business

Olympus Scandal Could Hasten Disclosure Changes

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 8:20 am

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And here's a follow-up to the dramatic scandal at Olympus, which we've been following on this program. It's one of Japan's most respected corporations - or it was. Now executives Olympus are facing criminal charges and prison sentences. The company may be delisted from the Tokyo Stock Exchange, and may also go bankrupt. All this after revelations of dubious acquisitions and allegations of massive accounting fraud. From Tokyo, Lucy Craft has more.

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4:00am

Wed November 16, 2011
Business

House Panel Votes To End Fannie, Freddie Bonuses

The House Financial Services Committee voted on Wednesday to suspend nearly $13 million in bonuses paid to executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The measure would also prohibit future bonuses. The Senate is expected to take up similar legislation.

12:01am

Wed November 16, 2011
Politics

Keynes' Consuming Ideas On Economic Intervention

The ideas of John Maynard Keynes, seen here around 1940, had great influence over the economic policies that followed the Great Depression and World War II.
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11:31am

Tue November 15, 2011
NPR Story

Occupy Demonstrators Upset By Camp Clearings

Police officers removed Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park in New York City early Tuesday morning. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the operation took place at night to "reduce the risk of confrontation." But clashes erupted and about 70 people were arrested.

8:02am

Tue November 15, 2011
Around the Nation

Protesters Evicted While New York Park Is Cleaned

Police temporarily cleared Zuccotti Park early Tuesday so that sanitation crews could clean the site Occupy Wall Street protesters have inhabited for two months. About 70 protesters were arrested including some who chained themselves together.

7:36am

Tue November 15, 2011
History

WWI: France Hoped Fake Paris Would Fool Germany

Veterans Day was last week, and with it came a reminder of a World War 1 strategy. Britain's Daily Telegraph reported on the fake city France was creating in hopes German bombs wouldn't hit the real Paris. The sham city was never finished because the war ended.

7:18am

Tue November 15, 2011
Around the Nation

Boise Streaker Picks Wrong Path To Elude Police

Police say a man in Boise, Idaho, went running naked through a park. Police gave chase. When they caught up to him, the naked man had become entangled in the barbed wire on top of a fence.

4:00am

Tue November 15, 2011
Sports

Hopes Dim For NBA Season: Players Reject Offer

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 8:39 am

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The pro basketball season had been getting canceled a couple of weeks at a time, but now the entire season could be lost. Players rejected last night what the owners said was their best offer. And the players made a dramatic move as well. They actually disbanded as a union. We're going to talk about this with NPR's Mike Pesca. He joins us from the studios of our member station WBUR in Boston.

Mike, good morning.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello.

INSKEEP: Hope WBUR is taking good care of you up there.

PESCA: They are.

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4:00am

Tue November 15, 2011
Business

Controversial Keystone KL Pipeline To Be Rerouted

The Canadian company that wants to build an oil pipeline from Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico says it will shift its route. Monday's announcement came after President Obama said he would delay a decision to approve the $7 billion project. Nebraska residents were concerned about the pipeline running through an environmentally sensitive area, and possibly contaminating water supplies.

4:00am

Tue November 15, 2011
Business

'Batman' Video Game Aims To Get Your Money 2 Times

The video game "Batman: Arkham City" is one of the hottest titles of the year. Its publisher, Warner Brothers, has found several ways to make extra money from its sales. Renee Montagne talks to Kill Screen Magazine co-founder Jamin Warren about the industry's creative business models.

4:00am

Tue November 15, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

4:00am

Tue November 15, 2011
Around the Nation

Occupy LA Divides Protesters, Homeless

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 8:39 am

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The Occupy camp in Los Angeles has become something of a microcosm of the city. Some differences are showing among people who call themselves the 99 Percent, homeless people clustered in an area called Skid Row. You find protesters with jobs in an area dubbed Westwood, an affluent community near UCLA. Gloria Hillard reports.

GLORIA HILLARD, BYLINE: Rain the night before has given way to a crisp and clear Los Angeles morning. Shelly Moss pulls a crocheted maroon sweater over her blond hair and adjusts her glasses.

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4:00am

Tue November 15, 2011
Business

FHA To Issue Annual Report

The Federal Housing Administration today issues its annual report to Congress. A Wharton School professor is warning the FHA's problems are worse than the agency is letting on. The professor predicts that taxpayers will have to provide another multi billion dollar bailout if the economy doesn't improve soon.

1:45am

Tue November 15, 2011
Music Interviews

Childish Gambino Is Trying To Be A Grown-Up

Donald Glover onstage as Childish Gambino at Bonnaroo this summer.
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Donald Glover is a truly multifaceted talent. He is a stand-up comedian. He has written for the NBC show 30 Rock and Comedy Central's The Daily Show, and has attracted significant attention for his role on the NBC show Community. As if that weren't enough, he also raps under the moniker Childish Gambino, and has just released a new album called Camp.

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7:33am

Mon November 14, 2011
Around the Nation

Mayor Uses Pen Name To Report City's Good News

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 7:37 am

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7:22am

Mon November 14, 2011
Around the Nation

Hawaiian Singer Stages One-Man Occupy Protest

The artist Makana was performing for President Obama and leaders of nations bordering the Pacific who were meeting in Honolulu. The singer opened his jacket to reveal an "Occupy with Aloha" T-shirt. And then launched into a protest song. Makana said the song did attract stares. Still, the Obamas appeared too busy with guests to notice.

4:00am

Mon November 14, 2011
NPR Story

Penn State Update

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 6:39 am

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4:00am

Mon November 14, 2011
NPR Story

After Berlusconi, Next Italian Government Takes Shape

After a week of market turmoil over the worsening eurozone crisis, hopes are high that the appointment of economist Mario Monti to head a technocratic government in Italy will reassure lenders that the country can speed economic overhaul. Monti could face obstruction from lawmakers of outgoing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's party.

4:00am

Mon November 14, 2011
NPR Story

Bangladeshi Photographer Wants To Change How You See His Country

Steve Inskeep talks to Shahidul Alam. The former chemist became a photographer because he was tired of seeing images of the developing world through the lens of Western photographers. He now runs an art gallery, a photo agency and a school of photojournalism in Bangladesh. He recently published a book of stunning photographs called, "My Life as a Witness."

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