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2:04 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

For Unions, Democratic Convention Means Business

Many local businesses fear they won't win contracts for the 2012 Democratic National Convention because they can't boast a "union bug," like the small blue oval above, that can be found on some material printed by Consolidated Press.
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Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 9:26 pm

Organizers of the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., face a bit of a conundrum as they try to honor their party's deep ties to organized labor in a state with the lowest percentage of unionized workers in the nation. Local businesses worry they'll be passed over for unionized competitors, which are few and far between in the right-to-work state.

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The Two-Way
1:54 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Obama: 'This Is A Make Or Break Moment For The Middle Class'

"This is a make or break moment for the middle class, and for all those who are fighting to get into the middle class," President Obama said in a speech in Osawatomie, Kansas. The speech threw the president in the middle of the conversation about economic inequality that's been central to the demands of the Occupy movement.

The speech also laid down some markers in preparation for the president's reelection battle and he did so with a big bow to Teddy Roosevelt, who delivered a speech calling for a "New Nationalism" in the same city more than 100 years ago.

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NPR Story
1:35 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

'Gossip': It's Salacious, Yes, But Never Trivial

Gossip is arguably one of humanity's oldest pastimes. It can be entertaining, it's occasionally helpful, it's often salacious and even, at times, vicious.

What it's not, argues Joseph Epstein, is trivial.

The author and essayist has already traced the history and practice of two other human weaknesses, snobbery and envy. In his new book, Gossip: The Untrivial Pursuit, he turns his eye on our deep desire to hear — and share — the secrets of others, even if we feel guilty about doing so.

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The Record
1:00 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Remembering Larry Levan, 'The Jimi Hendrix of Dance Music'

Larry Levan, who made the highlight of a new collection of DJ mixes recorded at London superclub Ministry of Sound. Levan's work at New York club Paradise Garage was the inspiration for the London club.
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The audio link above is a radio story for All Things Considered about the late Larry Levan, the producer and DJ whose residency at New York's Paradise Garage between 1977 and 1987 remains the most storied in clubland.

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The Two-Way
12:39 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Steve Jobs Bio Takes Top Spot In Amazon's 2011 Best-Seller List

Walter Isaacson's biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was published in late October.
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This piece of news is perhaps a testament to the mystery that was Apple's late CEO Steve Jobs: Walter Isaacson's authorized biography of Jobs, a 656-page epic that has been well received critically, has just taken the top spot on Amazon's 2011 best-seller list.

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The Salt
12:34 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Here Come The Food Trend Lists

A pawpaw ripe for the picking
Zac Visco for NPR

It's that time of year when media organizations, consultants and marketers try their hands at summarizing and forecasting the past year and the coming year's food trends. It's a tricky business, because it really depends who you're talking about and where they actually eat (home, work, out?).

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
12:30 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Pepper-Spraying The Holidays: Time And The Ethic Of Consumption

Buy more, or buy less, this holiday season; the choice is yours.
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It has become a new and depressing holiday tradition. Every year on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, thousands of human beings stampede into big-box stores searching for "deals." And, every year, by days-end the horror stories emerge on the newsfeed: fights break out among frenzied shoppers or worse, someone gets trampled to death. This year's award goes to the woman who pepper sprayed a crowd of fellow shoppers who were scrambling to get cheap Xbox consoles.

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The Two-Way
12:27 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

U.S. Unveils Virtual 'Embassy' To Iran

Days after angry Iranian students overran the British embassy in Tehran, The U.S. has opened its new "embassy" for Iranian citizens. Senior U.S. diplomats haven't returned to Tehran after more than 30 years - this department is web only.

The front page features a welcome video from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the seal of the State Department, with the banner "Virtual Embassy of the United States, Tehran - Iran" set at the very top.

But as the welcome message reads,

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Around the Nation
12:00 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Snail Mail May Arrive More Slowly. Will It Matter?

The U.S. Postal Service has announced it will move forward with plans to close some 250 processing centers and lay off workers. The cuts may help save $3 billion a year by 2015, and could add a day to the delivery time of many shipments. The USPS is also reviewing post offices for possible closures.

Law
12:00 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Court Rules Bone Marrow Donors Can Be Paid

A federal appeals court ruled that most bone marrow donors can be paid. The decision has sparked debate among advocates who believe compensation will create incentives for people to donate bone marrow, and the Justice Department, which argues compensation may compromise patient safety.

From Our Listeners
12:00 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Letters: NPR's New CEO And Becoming A Poet

NPR's Neal Conan reads from Talk of the Nation listener comments on previous show topics, including advice for NPR's new CEO, Gary Knell, and the moments when a writer realizes he or she has become a poet.

Opinion
12:00 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Manjoo: Making Facebook Private Is 'Oxymoronic'

Facebook has developed new privacy features and agreed to 20 years of independent audits of its privacy practices. Google and Twitter previously settled similar cases with the Federal Trade Commission. Farhad Manjoo argues that Facebook, or any social network, can never be truly private.

The Two-Way
11:56 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Next Muslim Radicalization Congressional Hearing Will Focus On Military

Committee Chairman U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) listens during a hearing on Muslim radicalization before the House Homeland Security Committee in March.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Rep. Peter King is set to continue his series of controversial hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims with a fourth one tomorrow. King, a New York Republican along with Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut, will explore how radicalization threatens the military.

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The Two-Way
11:35 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Egypt And Tigerblood Top Twitter's List Of Hashtags This Year

Charlie Sheen turned #tigerblood into a hashtag of note.
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Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 11:38 am

Yet another sign of the very diverse interests of the world's webizens:

Twitter says the top two hashtags this year have been #egypt and #tigerblood.

Egypt went to the top of words to search and post thanks to the Arab Spring and the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak. As for No. 2, its popularity is all due to actor Charlie Sheen and his famous claim to have "tiger blood."

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It's All Politics
11:10 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Give Immigration Reform A Chance, Say Nation's Most Conservative Voters

When new GOP presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich recently advocated a "humane" approach to addressing illegal immigrants in America, some conservatives questioned whether it would fatally damage the former House Speaker's campaign.

After all, Texas Gov. Rick Perry saw his bid for the GOP nomination falter in part because of his support for a program that allows children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:52 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Bedbug Infestations Are A Family Affair

Often times, bed bug infestations stem from a succession of inbreeding from one female's progeny.
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Originally published on Thu December 8, 2011 7:47 am

Bedbugs don't mind sleeping with their sisters and brothers, if you know what I mean.

And bedbugs' eagerness to mate with their kin is one reason their populations have taken off so dramatically. Inbreeding comes naturally to them, and it doesn't seem to hurt their offspring much, as is the case with most other creatures.

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Movie Interviews
10:50 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Dustin Lance Black: Crafting The Story Of 'J. Edgar'

Leonardo DiCaprio plays J. Edgar Hoover in J. Edgar, a biopic written by Dustin Lance Black.
Warner Bros. Pictures

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 12:17 pm

In the first part of his career, J. Edgar Hoover was often hailed as a hero. As a young man, he helped reorganize the cataloging system at the Library of Congress. Later on, after Hoover became the first director of the FBI, he introduced fingerprinting and forensic techniques to the crime-fighting agency, and pushed for stronger federal laws to punish criminals who strayed across state lines.

And he did all of this before 1940.

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The Two-Way
10:10 am
Tue December 6, 2011

U.S. Ambassador Returning To Syria

U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford on June 20, 2011, in Jisr al-Shughur, Syria.
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Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 10:14 am

"Ambassador Robert Ford has completed his consultations in Washington and is returning to Syria," the State Department confirms on its official Twitter page.

He left there the weekend of Oct. 22 because of what State said had been "credible threats against his personal safety."

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Music Reviews
10:09 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Thelonious Monk And More: 'Jazz Icons' In Kinescopes

On the sixth Jazz Icons DVD series, Thelonious Monk plays a rare solo piano gig in 1969.
Erich Auerbach Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 1:18 pm

Jazz has long been a staple of European television programming. American musicians on tour frequently turn up on the tube, caught live or in a studio. That's partly because such shows are relatively cheap to produce, and because jazz makes for good cultural programming.

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The Two-Way
9:40 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Green Bay Packers Stock Is Hot As Sale Begins

Packers fans do love their team.
Scott Boehm Getty Images

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 9:44 am

They're Super Bowl champions. They're 12-0 this season.

And they're hot with investors (sort of).

Things couldn't be much better for the Green Bay Packers. And this morning we're hearing that the team's fifth sale of stock in its 92-year history is going very well.

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It's All Politics
9:07 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Newt Gingrich, GOP Frontrunner, Plays Campaign Cash Catch Up

Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks with a supporter in New York City, Monday, Dec. 5, 2011.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 10:54 am

When it comes to polls, Newt Gingrich is a strong frontrunner. New surveys in Iowa and South Carolina show him lapping the rest of the Republican presidential field and holding strong double digit leads.

But when it comes to money, the essential for running an effective modern campaign, Gingrich is still not a top-tier candidate.

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The Two-Way
9:00 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Gingrich Takes Lead In New Iowa Poll

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 9:32 am

With the Jan. 3 Iowa Republican caucuses set to kick off the "real" battle for the party's presidential nomination, there's word that:

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Shots - Health Blog
8:55 am
Tue December 6, 2011

A Rarity: Earn More, Pay More For Health Coverage

At most companies, the little guy pays the same for health insurance as the head honcho.
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One-size-fits-all health insurance premiums that don't take into account how much an employee earns strike many people as unfair.

Why should someone who makes $30,000 a year pay the same premium for health care coverage as his boss, who pulls down three times that amount?

Yet most companies continue to keep employee contribution rates the same for all employees, regardless of how much they're paid. Why don't they switch?

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Around the Nation
8:45 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Chicken Vs. Kale: Vt. Artist Fights Chick-Fil-A Suit

Bo Muller-Moore, known by some as the "Eat More Kale" guy, hand screen prints his shirts from his Montpelier, Vt., studio.
Toby Talbot AP

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 6:36 pm

This is a story of David and Goliath — except it's kale vs. chicken. Vermont folk artist Bo Muller-Moore is fighting charges of trademark infringement from the Atlanta-based fast-food chain Chick-fil-A.

Muller-Moore runs a T-shirt business from his Montpelier, Vt., studio around the phrase "Eat More Kale." He got the idea 10 years ago from a farmer friend who wanted to promote local agriculture — and sell more kale.

Each year, Muller-Moore sells thousands of T-shirts, and at $25 a pop he makes enough to support his family.

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The Two-Way
7:40 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Before Obama Invites Teddy Roosevelt Comparisons, Read TR's Words

Theodore Roosevelt, twenty-sixth president of the United States serving from 1901 to 1909.
National Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 2:01 pm

As NPR's Scott Horsley reported for Morning Edition:

"President Obama will try Tuesday to follow in the footsteps of Teddy Roosevelt when he delivers an economic speech in Osawatomie, Kan., the same city where Roosevelt issued a famous call for a 'New Nationalism' more than 100 years ago.

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Strange News
7:07 am
Tue December 6, 2011

After A City Council Meeting On Civility, A Fight

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 7:21 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. Things got ugly at a city council meeting in Gardner, Kansas. Councilman Dennis Pugh told a fellow council member to shut up, then stormed out.

Pugh later drove to the councilman's house, where he tackled him and took his video camera. Now charged with battery, Pugh has resigned. The dispute began at a meeting to discuss whether videotaping council meetings would add civility.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

Strange News
6:53 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Beer Sustains Man Stranded In Snow For 3 Days

A Nome, Alaska, man went on a long drive and got stuck in a snowbank with no provisions — except cans of beer, frozen solid. Rescuers found him alive three days later. He had cut the lids off the beer and eaten the stuff like cans of beans.

The Two-Way
6:50 am
Tue December 6, 2011

BP Accuses Halliburton Of Destroying Gulf Spill Evidence

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burned on April 21, 2010.
U.S. Coast Guard Getty Images

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 8:13 am

The complicated effort to assign blame for the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history took another legal twist Monday when BP went to court to accuse Halliburton of "destroying damaging evidence about the quality of its cement slurry that went into drilling the oil well," The Associated Press writes.

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The Two-Way
6:30 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Coal Company To Pay More Than $200 Million In W. Va. Disaster

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 2:33 pm

(1:45 p.m. ET: We've retopped this post with the latest news and put earlier entries in chronological order so you can see how the story developed.)

The owner of West Virginia's Upper Big Branch coal mine where 29 men died in an explosion last year has agreed to a nearly $210 million settlement that will compensate the victims' families, pay fines and fund upgrades in safety standards at its facilities, NPR's Howard Berkes reports from Charleston, W. Va.

That package includes about $46 million for the miners' families.

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