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10:52 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Independent Grades For Hospitals Show Quality Could Be Better

Hospitals that muff patient safety avoided F's for now, but a new independent grading system will hand those out before long.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 3:23 pm

The cities of New York and Los Angeles grade their restaurants on cleanliness and the precautions they take to avoid making customers sick.

Now hospitals are getting similar assessments for their patient safety records from the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit that's looking to improve the quality and safety of health care.

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Book Reviews
10:44 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Brit Wit Meets Manor Mystery In 'Uninvited Guests'

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 10:08 am

A dark and stormy night; an isolated manor house; a knock at the door. These are the surefire elements that have kept Agatha Christie's play The Mousetrap creaking continuously on the London stage ever since its premiere in 1952. And these are the very same elements that make Sadie Jones' new novel, The Uninvited Guests, such a delicious romp to read.

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Music Reviews
10:43 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Making Music From Messy Relationships With 'Kin'

The new album Kin is a collaboration between author Mary Karr and singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell.
Deborah Feingold

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 10:08 am

It's not unusual for poets to try their hands at pop music-making. Patti Smith was a poet before she was a rock star. In recent years, print-poets such as David Berman and Wyn Cooper have put out more-than-credible song collections. But Mary Karr, known more for prize-winning memoirs such as The Liars Club and Lit than for her excellent poetry, has taken a high-profile risk that's paid off.

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The Two-Way
9:57 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Ray Bradbury, Author Of 'Fahrenheit 451' And Other Classics, Dies

Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury in 2000.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 10:45 am

  • Bradbury on writing 'Fahrenheit 451'

Author Ray Bradbury has died, his daughter tells The Associated Press. The wire service says Bradbury passed away Tuesday night.

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The Fresh Air Interview
9:55 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Neil Young: The Fresh Air Interview

Neil Young.
Danny Clinch

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 10:08 am

Neil Young and Crazy Horse's latest project — their first together in nine years — is an album featuring American folk songs and the tunes many of us learned as children, performed with grit, wit and a whole lot of electric guitar.

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The Two-Way
9:21 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Nearly 6.5 Million LinkedIn Passwords Reportedly Stolen

LinkedIn

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 2:55 pm

"Our team is currently looking into reports of stolen passwords," the business networking website LinkedIn confirms, after word of a Russian hacker's claim to have stolen nearly 6.5 million users' passwords.

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The Two-Way
8:50 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Drop In Productivity Paints 'Mixed Picture'

The Associated Press takes a traditional view of the news that American workers' productivity fell more than first thought in the first quarter.

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The Two-Way
8:26 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Ho-Hum: Dull And Boring Are Now A Pair

The signs tell the story.
Facebook.com

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 10:32 am

Boring, Ore., took not-so-bold action Tuesday night.

The town in Clackamas County is now in an "unofficially official pairing" with tiny Dull, Scotland.

Yes, Dull and Boring have joined forces. As they were destined to.

According to The Oregonian, there was a unanimous vote — of the 38 residents who attended a Boring planning board meeting — to form this "Pair for the Ages," as T-shirts on sale in Boring declare.

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The Two-Way
7:39 am
Wed June 6, 2012

'Little Worry' At Federal Reserve About Another Recession, 'WSJ' Says

Job seekers lined up at a jobs fair in Portland, Ore., earlier this year.
Rick Bowmer AP

Midway through a Wall Street Journal story today about whether the Federal Reserve will do something in coming weeks to give the economy a boost is this eye-catching line:

"There is little worry at the Fed of a new recession."

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It's All Politics
7:11 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Seven Ways Wisconsin's Recall Vote May Matter To You

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 3:15 pm

For weeks now, we in the news business have been telling you how much the Scott Walker recall election in Wisconsin matters to the country as a whole.

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Pop Culture
6:44 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Muppet's Elmo Campaigns To Carry Olympic Torch

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 11:07 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Eight thousand people will carry the Olympic torch before it reaches London to open the summer games, though one would-be torch barer isn't even human. He's a small red fuzzy monster.

KEVIN CLASH: (As Elmo) Elmo's ready to start training to be a monster torch-bearer. Yay. Oh, oh, Cramp, cramp.

The Two-Way
6:34 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Suicide Bombers Strike In Afghanistan; More Than 20 Civilians Killed

An Afghan man inspects a motorcycle used in today's suicide attack near Kandahar.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 6:48 am

At least 22 people were killed and another 50 wounded in southern Afghanistan today when three suicide bombers blew themselves up in a market near the Kandahar Air Field used by U.S. and coalition forces.

Most of the victims were Afghan civlians, officials tell the BBC.

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Around the Nation
6:33 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Clouds Block Florida Crowd's View Of Venus

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 11:07 am

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The Two-Way
6:14 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Win For Wisconsin's Walker Seen As Blow For Democrats, Boost For The GOP

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) after his victory Tuesday.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 6:50 am

  • NPR's Don Gonyea, reporting on 'Morning Edition'

Now that it's over and Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin has easily defeated a recall attempt, the morning-after analyses are in. There's a common theme:

-- Walker's win "is a stinging blow" to President Obama's re-election chances, says National Journal's 2012 Decoded blog.

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Europe
6:04 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Blood Red, Steel Tower Honors London Olympics

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 11:07 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

London is having a lot of fun this summer. This past few days, it brought parades, concerts and a 1,000-boat flotilla down the Thames, celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Next month, the Olympic Games begin.

From time to time, NPR's Philip Reeves sends us a letter about the preparations for the games. This is his latest.

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Business
5:41 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Spain's Industrial Output Falls In April

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 11:07 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with yet another setback for Spain.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

Business
5:20 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Romney Keeps Auto Industry Bailout Hot Button Issue

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 11:07 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And the U.S. bailout of General Motors and the auto industry in 2009 has worked its way into the presidential campaign. Republican Mitt Romney says he'd sell the government stock in GM quickly if he wins the White House. A White House spokesman counters that Romney isn't credible on the issue, since he opposed the bailout that rescued the industry.

NPR's Sonari Glinton has the story.

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Food
4:16 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Why Does Airline Food Taste So Bad?

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 11:07 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Tiny bags of pretzels followed by some kind of rubber mystery meat - for those who fly, you know exactly what I'm talking about: the joys of airplane food. Well, some airlines are now trying to shake things up. They're showcasing some new cuisine in hopes of luring more passengers. But producing food that actually tastes great at cruising altitude is not easy, as NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports.

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The Salt
4:03 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Road Brew: How To Make Hooch With Tunisian Date Juice (Or Try)

Filling up on legmi by the side of the road
John Poole NPR

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 5:26 am

Over the next couple of weeks, NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep is taking a Revolutionary Road trip across North Africa to see how the countries that staged revolutions last year are remaking themselves.

Inskeep and his team are traveling some 2,000 miles from Tunisia's ancient city of Carthage, across the deserts of Libya, and on to Egypt's megacity of Cairo.

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Business
3:29 am
Wed June 6, 2012

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 11:07 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And our last word in business this morning is: litigious days.

(SOUNDBITE OF "HAPPY DAYS" THEME SONG)

MONTAGNE: That, of course, is the theme from "Happy Days," the hit sitcom from the 1970s and '80s. These days, not everyone is so happy. Several cast members from the show are battling with CBS and Paramount, for unpaid royalties.

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Europe
3:29 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Baltic States Embrace Eurozone

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 11:07 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

Here a couple of the more alarming warnings coming out of the eurozone this week. Greece says it could go broke by July. Spain says it probably can't raise money from investors because they're demanding interest rates that are too high.

Despite all these troubles, one country is still eager to join the eurozone: Latvia. In fact, all three Baltic States remain supportive of the euro.

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Around the Nation
3:29 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Gov. Walker Survives Recall, Vows To Unite Wisconsin

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 11:07 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

Wisconsin's combative Governor Scott Walker has survived an attempt to remove him from office. Labor unions, angry over the Republican governor's successful push to strip them of most collective bargaining rights, had battled Scott Walker and hoped Wisconsin voters would oust him.

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Business
3:29 am
Wed June 6, 2012

States End Extended Benefits Despite Dismal Economic Outlook

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 11:07 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

So far this year, 25 states have ended the Extended Benefits program. That program made sure people out of work for long periods of time continued receiving financial assistance. But there was a catch: if a state's unemployment rate improved, the money would stop flowing. The fact that some states are seeing lower unemployment may seem like a good sign for the economy. It's no comfort to the people who are still out of work.

Susie An from WBEZ in Chicago has that story.

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Religion
3:29 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Vatican Criticizes Book By Catholic Nun

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 11:07 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Now, same-sex marriage is just one reason the Vatican has issued a strong criticism of a book. It's written by a prominent American Catholic theologian, Sister Margaret Farley. That rebuke from the Vatican comes as leaders of an organization of American nuns are in their own dispute with Rome. And to understand what's behind these tensions among Catholics, we called up John Allen, senior correspondent with the National Catholic Reporter.

Just a note for our listeners: Part of this conversation deals with mature themes.

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Sweetness And Light
1:57 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Please Sir, I'd Rather Have Another

Triple Crown hopefull I'll Have Another is ridden by exercise rider Jonny Garcia during a morning workout at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.
Al Bello Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 11:07 am

To be perverse, I'd suggest that for the horse-racing industry, it'd be best that I'll Have Another does not — yes, does not — win the Triple Crown this Saturday.

Oh, certainly, absolutely every year you want a horse to win the first two races — the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness — so that suspense builds and a horse has a chance to win the Belmont and take the Triple Crown. But isn't it better to have the potential winner barely get beat so that the losing streak continues, building interest?

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Planet Money
1:56 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Why Does The Mortgage-Interest Tax Deduction Still Exist?

Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 11:07 am

This is the latest story in our series on money in politics.

If you have a mortgage on your home, you can deduct the interest from your taxes. It's a popular, well-entrenched policy. But according to one policy adviser to a U.S. senator, "the mortgage-interest deduction, from a purely policy perspective ... makes no sense."

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Latin America
1:55 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Female Presidential Candidate Blazes Trail In Mexico

Josefina Vazquez Mota, presidential candidate from the ruling National Action Party, or PAN, delivers a speech during an electoral rally in Jocotepec, in the state of Jalisco, in May.
AFP/Getty Images/PAN Press Office

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 11:07 am

When Mexicans go to the polls on July 1 to choose their next president, a woman will be among the candidates, the first from a major political party. She belongs to the National Action Party — or PAN — the party of current President Felipe Calderon.

On a recent visit to the Mexican border city of Juarez, Josefina Vazquez Mota steps onto a catwalk that juts into the center of a long banquet hall crammed with table after table of women. When she speaks, they cheer.

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Europe
1:55 am
Wed June 6, 2012

A Party On The Rise, Germany's Pirates Come Ashore

A member of the German Pirate Party, with its logo shaved in his hair, attends the party's two-day conference in Neumuenster, Germany, on April 28.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 11:07 am

They don't have a plan to save the euro or draw down the war in Afghanistan, nor do they have clear policies on an array of issues, but the German Pirate Party is winning converts and elections with its vision of digital democracy through "liquid feedback."

Despite public relations mishaps and a haphazard organizational structure, the Pirate Party is shaking up the stolid, bureaucratic world of German politics and jolting rival parties with its rising popularity.

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Revolutionary Road Trip
1:54 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Once Tolerated, Alcohol Now Creates Rift In Tunisia

Children ride the train, hopping in and out of the open doors, from Tunis to the suburb of Sidi Bou Said.
John Poole NPR

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 11:07 am

Over the next couple weeks, NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep is taking a Revolutionary Road Trip across North Africa to see how the countries that staged revolutions last year are remaking themselves as they write new social rules, rebuild their economies and establish new political systems. Steve and his team will be traveling some 2,000 miles from Tunisia's ancient city of Carthage, across the deserts of Libya and on to Egypt's megacity of Cairo. In this story, he looks at the friction that has developed over alcohol in Tunisia.

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American Dreams: Then And Now
1:53 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Grad Who Beat The Odds Asks, Why Not The Others?

Juan Carlos Reyes is studying for his master's degree. The son of poor Dominican parents, Reyes is convinced his success is an aberration and wonders about the kids from his neighborhood who were left behind.
Claudio Sanchez NPR

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 11:07 am

Fewer than 5 percent of Americans had completed college when historian James Truslow Adams first coined the term "American dream" in 1931.

Today, many consider higher education the gateway to a better, richer and fuller life. But for many kids growing up in poverty, college might as well be Mars, and the American dream a myth.

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