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3:24 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

A Week Of Near-Calamities Erodes Confidence

Vanessa Loren shops in Miami. An index of consumer sentiment dropped more than expected in June.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

When Moody's downgraded the credit ratings of most major U.S. banks on Thursday, you'd have thought Friday would be a tough day for bank stocks.

But bank stocks ticked up β€” largely because investors were relieved. They had feared the downgrades would be worse. The Dow Jones industrial average was recovering from Thursday's 250-point drop, the second-worst of the year.

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The Two-Way
3:05 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Annan Says Iran Should Be Consulted In International Plan For Syria

Arab League and UN Special Envoy for Syria, Kofi Annan, listens to journalists' questions during a press conference on Friday.
Sebastien Bozon AFP/Getty Images

Kofi Annan is trying to rally the international community to bring the violence in Syria to an end. Annan even suggested that Iran should be consulted, an idea the United States doubts.

NPR's Michele Kelemen filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"The joint UN and Arab league envoy, Kofi Annan, is trying to convene a meeting next weekend in Geneva. He told reporters there it is time for countries with influence to increase the pressure on the parties in Syria to stop the killing and start talking.

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The Record
3:00 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Richard Adler, Broadway Composer And Lyricist, Dies

Celebrated composer and lyricist Richard Adler has died at the age of 90.
Bob Gomel Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 5:11 pm

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Art & Design
2:54 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

A Trailblazing Black Architect Who Helped Shape L.A.

The Degnan residence was built as a weekend retreat in La Canada Flintridge β€” a Los Angeles suburb reachable by freeway in 40 minutes (in light traffic) today, but that took a couple of hours' drive in 1927, before major freeway construction began in Southern California. This Spanish Colonial Revival home was Williams' first commission as an independent practitioner.
Copyright Benny Chan

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 7:37 pm

Paul Revere Williams began designing homes and commercial buildings in the early 1920s. By the time he died in 1980, he had created some 2,500 buildings, most of them in and around Los Angeles, but also around the globe. And he did it as a pioneer: Paul Williams was African-American. He was the first black architect to become a member of the American Institute of Architects in 1923, and in 1957 he was inducted as the AIA's first black fellow.

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Music Interviews
1:57 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Take A Trip To Downtown L.A. With La Santa Cecilia

Singer Marisol Hernandez (center) takes listeners from her grandfather's burro cart to La Santa Cecilia's Latin Grammy Award, on Olvera Street in Los Angeles.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 5:50 pm

Named for the patron saint of musicians, La Santa Cecilia has deep roots in the immigrant community of Los Angeles. Yet the band's six members draw inspiration not only from their rich heritage, but also from their everyday lives growing up embedded in American culture.

During a short, recent trip to historic Olvera Street in downtown L.A. β€” "It's a little street with little shops resembling any town in Mexico or Latin America" β€” singer Marisol Hernandez describes the hopes and dreams the city represents.

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Afghanistan
1:50 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Taliban Pick A Soft Target Popular With Families

Responding to a Taliban attack, NATO Black Hawk helicopters fly over the Spozhmai Hotel on Lake Qargha outside Kabul. More than 20 people were killed before the Taliban fighters were shot dead.
Massoud Hossaini AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 2:49 pm

Just last month, I was at the same lakeside resort where Taliban gunmen carried out a suicidal attack on Friday, killing more than 20 people before they were gunned down.

My friends and I had gone to Lake Qargha to drink tea after a long hike on a hot day.

The man-made lake, about six miles outside Kabul, is the only large body of water near the capital, and it is extremely popular among Kabul residents seeking to escape the city's pollution, particularly in the summer when temperatures can top 100 degrees.

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The Two-Way
1:27 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Jury Finds Philadelphia Monsignor Guilty Of Endangerment In Child Abuse Coverup

Monsignor William Lynn exits the Criminal Justice Center on Tuesday in Philadelphia.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 1:54 pm

A jury found Msgr. William J. Lynn, of Philadelphia, guilty on one count of endangerment stemming from allegations that he helped coverup the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests. Lynn was acquitted of another count of endangerment and one count of conspiracy, the AP reports.

Elizabeth Fiedler of member station WHYY reports that the jury was hung on rape and endangerment charges against Lynn's co-defendant Rev. James J. Brennan.

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Mental Health
1:11 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

What Your Brain Looks Like When You Lose Self-Control

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 4:49 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Ever wonder why you worked so hard to avoid the lasagna at dinner only to give in to your craving for not one but two helpings of cake for dessert? Well, new research may hold some answers to this vexing question. A new study in the Journal of Consumer Psychology confirms what we've been - what we've known for some time, and that is each of us has an internal reservoir of self-control. We have a reservoir of self-control that it depletes. Every time we resist a temptation, we use a little bit of it up.

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Architecture
1:07 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Tall Buildings, A Cut Above The Rest

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 4:49 pm

A pair of Canadian skyscrapers have been dubbed the "Marilyn Monroe" towers due to their shapely form. In Abu Dhabi, twin towers are shielded from the sun by computer-controlled shading screens. Architect Antony Wood discusses features of some tall buildings that make them standouts across the world.

Science
12:55 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Field Trip! Can You Stomach It?

Philadelphia's MΓΌtter Museum has a lot of heart, and other organs too. Items in this collection of medical specimens include a gangrenous hand, a wallet made of human flesh, and a colon the size of a medium suitcase. And that's just the stuff on display, imagine what's in the basement.

The Two-Way
12:51 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Greece's Incoming Finance Minister Admitted To Hospital

Newly appointed Greek Finance Minister Vassilis Rapanos attending the new Government's first cabinet meeting at the Greek Parliament in Athens on Friday.
Louisa Gouliamaki AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 1:44 pm

Hours before he was scheduled to be sworn in as Greek's newest finance minister, Vassilis Rapanos fell ill and was rushed to the hospital "complaining of nausea, intense abdominal pains and dizziness," Reuters reports.

Of course this all comes just after Greece elected a new parliament and just after Greece formed a new three-party coalition that has the task of wading through national and Eurozone politics to negotiate a bailout.

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Space
12:50 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

More To The Universe Than Meets The Eye

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 4:49 pm

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Space
12:40 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Voyager 1 Bids Farewell to the Solar System

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 4:49 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Thirty-five years ago, NASA launched a pair of spacecraft called Voyager 1 and 2 in hopes of learning more about the outer planets of solar system, those big gas giants. The Voyagers beamed back dazzling close-ups of the big red spot on Jupiter and the rings of Saturn, but scientists wanted to see even more of what's out there, see how far the Voyagers could go before running out of fuel.

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Space
12:36 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Will China Blast Past America In Space?

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 4:49 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. Last week, China launched its Shenzhou spacecraft into orbit, carrying three taikonauts, one of whom was a woman, China's first female astronaut. A few days later, the spaceship crept up on the Tiangong space lab in orbit and docked with it, making China one of only three countries to have pulled off such a feat after the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

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Movie Reviews
12:29 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Pixar's Fast And 'Brave' Female Comedy: 'Delightful'

In Brave, Merida goes in search of a spell to get back at her mother, who wants to force her to marry a suitor.
Disney/Pixar

First, I hate the title, and not because it's an adjective. Notorious, Ravenous, Rabid: great titles. Brave? Generic. And with the poster of a girl with flame-red curls pulling back a bow, it looks like yet another female-warrior saga, another you-go-girl action picture suggesting the biggest injustice to women over the last millennium has been the suppression of their essential warlike natures.

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NPR Story
12:28 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Can 3D Printers Reshape The World?

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 4:49 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY; I'm Ira Flatow. What if you broke your doorknob, or you needed a spare part for your car, and instead of going to a store or your car dealership, you just powered-up your desktop 3-D printer, and hours later, voila, you've got the part you needed.

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The Two-Way
11:51 am
Fri June 22, 2012

The Bullied Bus Monitor Gets An Apology, Half A Million In Donations

From the video of Karen Klein being bullied.
youtube.com

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 11:59 am

Two of the middle school kids who brutally bullied a school bus monitor in Greece, New York are apologizing to Karen Klein.

MSNBC says they've sent notes to police who have forwarded them to Klein.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:54 am
Fri June 22, 2012

When Patients With Fibromyalgia Try Marijuana

Brian Lawson rolls a marijuana cigarette at the BC Marijuana Party Headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia. Vancouver is in the marijuana-friendly corner of Canada.
Jae C. Hong AP

Advocates for cannabis decriminalization have long touted marijuana's potential medical benefits, but some new research suggests that the grass, as it were, may not always be greener.

Plenty of people aren't waiting for marijuana to become legal to start trying it as a medicine, though. About 1 in 10 patients referred to a McGill University pain clinic in Montreal for fibromyalgia over a six-year period were using marijuana to deal with the chronically painful condition, a new study found.

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The Two-Way
10:50 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Arkansas Supreme Court Rules Execution Law Unconstitutional

In a split decision, the Arkansas Supreme court has ruled that the laws governing executions in the state were unconstitutional.

The court found that only the legislature should control the process and Arkansas had given that power to its department of corrections.

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It's All Politics
10:18 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Bloomberg Pollster Defends Survey Showing Obama With Big Lead

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 11:46 am

Bloomberg pollster J. Ann Selzer ignited something of a political firestorm this week when her national survey for the news organization showed President Obama leading GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney among likely voters by 13 points, 53-40 percent.

Most recent polls have shown the race much closer.

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Television
10:13 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Louis C.K. On Comedy, Love, Life And Loss

Louis C.K. has written for The Late Show with David Letterman, The Chris Rock Show and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
FX

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 12:29 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on December 13, 2011. The third season of Louis C.K.'s show Louie starts Thursday, June 28 on the FX network. Season 2 just came out on DVD.

In the FX TV series Louie, comic Louis C.K. plays a divorced father of two struggling to balance his comedy career with being a single dad. The show, which has just been picked up for a third season, is often based on events that have happened to C.K. in his own life.

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Europe
10:03 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Greeks Try To Boot Germans Out Of Euro β€” In Soccer

An artist with the German national colors on his face paints the Greek colors on a soccer fan in Gdansk, Poland, on Friday as Germany and Greece prepared to play in the quarterfinals of the Euro 2012 soccer championship.
Frank Augstein AP

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 5:13 pm

For once, the Germans and the Greeks seem determined to play nicely.

They have been at loggerheads for many months over the eurozone crisis. Insults have flown back and forth. But Friday, we're told β€” for a couple of glorious hours β€” all that will be forgotten. Or will it?

By a quirk of fate, Germany, the economic and political powerhouse of Europe, is playing against small, dependent, bankrupt, bailed-out Greece in the quarterfinals of the Euro 2012 soccer championship.

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Election 2012
9:58 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Candidates Pull Out Stops To Woo Latino Voters

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin.

Coming up, we take our weekly visit to the Barbershop where we will ask the guys now that LeBron James finally has his championship ring, will that stop the haters or not? That is later in the program.

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Sports
9:58 am
Fri June 22, 2012

4th Grader Lets School Know She's Got Rights

When the girls basketball team was cut from Charlotte Murphy's Pittsburgh school last year, the then 4th grader told the superintendent that the cut went against Title IX. For the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the law that prohibits schools from discriminating on the basis of sex, host Michel Martin talks to Murphy and Superintendent Linda Lane.

The Salt
8:53 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Watch McDonald's Make A Supermodel Out Of A Quarter Pounder

The picture perfect Quarter Pounder with Cheese
McDonald's

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 10:12 am

If you think supermodels are the only ones who get gussied up and airbrushed during photo shoots, think again. Food companies use stylist magic that can cost big bucks, too, but mere mortals like us rarely get to see how that magic is made.

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The Two-Way
7:52 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Breivik's Defense Asks For Acquittal

In this picture taken through bullet proof glass, mass killer Anders Behring Breivik looks on as he arrives for his trial in room 250 of Oslo's central court on June 21, 2012.
Daniel Sannum Lauten AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 8:51 am

On the final day of confessed Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik's trial, the defense is trying to portray him as an ideologically driven political militant rather than a delusional madman in hopes of getting a lighter sentence or an outright acquittal.

Breivik, 33, an anti-Muslim extremist, has admitted to the bombing and shooting that killed 77 people in the capital Oslo.

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The Two-Way
7:44 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Taliban Attack Kills 21 At Lakeside Resort Near Kabul

A general view of the Spozhmai Hotel following an attack by Taliban militants on the outskirts of Kabul on Friday.
Qais Usyan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 12:01 pm

Heavily armed Taliban insurgents attacked a lakefront resort near Kabul overnight, killing at least 21 people during an assault and 12-hour standoff with combined Afghan and NATO forces.

The attack occurred at the Spozhmai Hotel on Lake Qargha, a popular recreation area for upscale Afghans just outside the capital. The Taliban claim they attacked because it was used by wealthy Afghans and foreigners to engage in "immoral activities."

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Around the Nation
7:00 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Wallet Lost Since The 1940's Returned To Owner

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

We're not precisely sure how Warren Houghton lost his wallet and his baseball glove. Suffice it to say, he was a boy. In the 1940s, he accidently dropped his possessions inside a wall in a one-room schoolhouse in Cornish, New Hampshire. Sixty-seven years later, construction workers found the wallet and glove and shipped them to the owner. He is now back in possession of pictures of his family, a Boy Scout ID and a letter from his sister.

Around the Nation
6:55 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Ring Found In Donated Capri Pants Worth $5,000

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. A Minnesota woman went to a local Goodwill looking for a deal and, as she put it, some bling. And Deb Thompson got both: a pair of gem-studded pants for $3.99, and in one of the pockets, a diamond ring worth at least $5,000. Thompson showed her own goodwill. She asked the charity to help find the rightful owner. And there have been dozens of claims, but for the moment, it's finders, keepers. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Middle East
6:26 am
Fri June 22, 2012

More Syrians Openly Criticizing Assad's Government

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 6:32 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Here's a little of what's happened in Syria over the past 24 hours. A Syrian air force colonel flew his jet out of the country, defecting to Jordan. Syria's army intensified its offensive against a rebel army. And the Red Cross had to abandon a mission to evacuate civilians from the city of Homs.

We're going to get some perspective on all of this from NPR's Deborah Amos, who's just left Syria after a very rare 10-day trip to Damascus. She's now in Lebanon. Hi, Deborah.

DEBORAH AMOS, BYLINE: Good morning.

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