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Around the Nation
3:00 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Storing Grain Can Aid Farmers In Commodity Pricing

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 5:45 am

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American farmers depend on the commodities market. The smallest change in the price of grain can increase their profit, or wipe it out. Corn farmers have done well in recent years, and some are using the cash in an effort to make themselves into players on the commodities market. They're investing in big grain bins, allowing them to hold on to their harvest until they get the price they want. Harvest Public Media's Kathleen Masterson reports.

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Around the Nation
3:00 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Komen Foundation Struggles To Lure Back Donors

Aurora Jewell, Mandi Moshay and Kirsten Dees (left to right) hold up signs following a press conference by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) outside at a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Seattle, on Feb. 3.
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Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 1:07 pm

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation is facing a fight to keep controversy from undermining its fundraising efforts.

After announcing that it would withdraw funding from Planned Parenthood screening programs last week — and then reversing that decision three days later — the foundation now faces the challenging task of repairing its image and trying to lure back disillusioned donors.

One of the nation's largest breast cancer charities, the foundation spends tens of millions of dollars annually on breast cancer research, education and screening.

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Business
3:00 am
Mon February 6, 2012

GOP Contests Move To Colorado, Minnesota

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 5:52 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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The Republican presidential primary season heads into another phase this week, as Colorado and Minnesota voters choose their candidates tomorrow. Over the weekend, Mitt Romney scored a huge victory in the Nevada caucuses, besting his closest rival, Newt Gingrich, by double digits.

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Food
3:00 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Chef Picked To Represent U.S. In France's Bocuse d'Or

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 6:15 am

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For many chefs, winning the prize we'll talk about next is like winning the Super Bowl. But in the international contest's 26-year history, no American has ever won the Bocuse d'Or - that's D-apostrophe-O-R. The first step in deciding who represents the United States is a nation competition, which was recently held at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Karen Michel was there.

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Business
3:00 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Deadline Closes In For Mortgage Relief Settlement

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NPR's business news begins with possible mortgage relief.

Health Care
11:56 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Komen Issues Apology In Planned Parenthood Flap

Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 11:57 am

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NPR's Business News starts with a reversal from the Komen Foundation. The Susan G. Komen For The Cure Foundation has just announced that it will not pull its funding for Planned Parenthood after all. The breast cancer charity endured a massive backlash when it announced, earlier this week, it would no longer give Planned Parenthood money for breast cancer screening. NPR's Julie Rovner joins us to explain the turnaround. And Julie, what exactly did the Komen Foundation say this morning?

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Business
11:45 am
Fri February 3, 2012

January's Jobless Rate Shows Spurt Of Growth

Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 11:57 am

The Labor Department said the economy added 243,000 jobs in January, well beyond many economists' expectations. The unemployment rate fell to 8.3 percent.

Around the Nation
5:47 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Wis. Woman Tried To Profit From Facebook IPO

Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 11:57 am

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Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. OK, there's the graffiti artist who will make millions because he opted for stock over cash for painting murals at Facebook's offices. Then there's the contractor in Oshkosh who took Facebook stock for work on the home of Marianne Oleson. She claims she'd acquired the stock because her daughter knew Facebook's founder. But the stock is fake. Oleson is accused of fraud, and the contractor, not in for millions, but out thousands. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Latin America
5:14 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Man On Thin Ice For Allegedly Stealing 5 Tons Of Ice

Police have apprehended a man accused of stealing five tons of ice from a glacier in Chile. The Guardian reports police nabbed him with the illicit ice in his refrigerated truck. They believe he planned to sell it as designer ice cubes to the trendy bars of Santiago.

Remembrances
4:31 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Profound Poet Szymborska Carried Her Gravity Lightly

Poet Wislawa Szymborska of Poland died this week at the age of 88. Renee Montagne talks to Lawrence Weschler about her death. He covered Poland in the 1980s and '90s as a staff writer for The New Yorker. And Weschler has written about her in his books including his latest Uncanny Valley.

Author Interviews
4:14 am
Fri February 3, 2012

No Doubt: U.S. Remains 'Tremendously Influential'

Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 11:57 am

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President Obama's recent State of the Union message contained an answer to Republicans who claim he believes American is in decline.

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Anyone who tells you that American is in decline or that our influence has waned doesn't know what they're talking about.

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Music Interviews
11:00 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Philip Glass At 75: Listening With Heart, Not Intellect

Composer Philip Glass, who helped change the landscape of American music, says he finally knows what he's doing.
Steve Pyke

Composer Philip Glass changed the landscape of American music. As a founder of minimalism, Glass came up with a new way to make music and, with it, brought a new audience to the concert halls. Tuesday is Glass' 75th birthday, and the music world is celebrating in a big way with performances and festivals around the globe — including the premiere of Glass' latest work at Carnegie Hall.

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Around the Nation
6:15 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Blood Center Rewards Donor With Super Bowl Tickets

Carol Sikler has spent years repaying a debt. Her husband needed blood during treatment before he died in 2003. Since then, she has donated more than 140 units. Now she gets a reward. The Indiana Blood Center gave her tickets to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis.

Animals
6:06 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Doberman In 'Hugo' Snubbed For Dog Movie Award

Originally published on Mon January 30, 2012 6:11 am

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Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Martin Scorsese got 11 Oscar nods for his film "Hugo." Still, he's calling in the L.A. Times a write-in campaign for an actor he feels has been snubbed. Blackie, the Doberman in "Hugo," failed to get a nomination for a Golden Collar, awarded by Dog News Daily. The cute Jack Russell who starred in "The Artist" was nominated, but Blackie is an anti-hero. And just a few hundred Facebook votes will earn him a chance at top dog. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Business
3:00 am
Mon January 30, 2012

The Waiting May Be Almost Over For Facebook IPO

Originally published on Mon January 30, 2012 5:32 am

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NPR's business news starts with Facebook getting ready.

Business
3:00 am
Mon January 30, 2012

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Mon January 30, 2012 5:51 am

At the end of last week, an employee sent an email with a simple request: Please bring me a copy of the new directory. She accidentally copied every member of the legislature and all of their staff. The email went to some 4,000 people. Recipients then started to reply-all with many messages, and the system couldn't handle it.

Middle East
3:00 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Syrian Forces Storm Rebellious Areas Near Damascus

Originally published on Mon January 30, 2012 4:44 am

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Fighting in Syria has intensified within a few miles of the capital city. Damascus has remained under firm government control, but in the suburbs, the army has sent in tanks to retake areas that had been under the affective control of rebels. Activists inside Syria say more than 60 people have been killed in the past day. NPR's Kelly McEvers is monitoring the situation from Beirut. She's on the line. Hi Kelly.

KELLY MCEVERS, BYLINE: Hello.

INSKEEP: How did this fighting develop in the suburbs?

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Business
3:00 am
Mon January 30, 2012

UPS Driver Honored For Accident-Free Career

Originally published on Mon January 30, 2012 4:29 am

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Let's come closer to home now for the story of a man who's a model of consistency. UPS, the shipping company, has honored one of its drivers. The company says Ron Sowder has driven delivery trucks and tractor trailers at UPS for 50 years without being blamed for an accident. He has managed to stay safe while climbing into the cab more than 12,000 times and traveling more than four million miles.

Lately, he's been driving across Ohio, to Cincinnati and then to Louisville, Kentucky.

How'd you get into this line of work?

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Your Money
11:01 pm
Sun January 29, 2012

Employees To Face 'Term Limits' At Casino

The new Revel casino, which sits along the boardwalk in Atlantic City, has drawn criticism for its employment policies.
Emma Jacobs WHYY

Originally published on Mon January 30, 2012 7:44 am

A new casino set to open in Atlantic City, N.J., has announced it will set term limits for its front-line staff. When employees' terms run out, they'll have to go through the hiring process again. The casino says the policy will keep its service fresh. Others say the company is taking advantage of a tough job market.

From bellhops to dealers, employees of the new casino — called Revel — will be hired for terms from four to six years. After that, they have to reapply for their jobs and compete against other candidates.

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Author Interviews
11:01 pm
Sun January 29, 2012

'Consent' Asks: Who Owns The Internet?

Rebecca MacKinnon is a Bernard Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Brooke Bready

Originally published on Mon January 30, 2012 12:29 pm

While the Internet may aid the spread of democracy, democracy doesn't necessarily mean a free and open Internet. In her new book Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom, Rebecca MacKinnon, senior fellow at the New America Foundation and co-founder of Global Voices, a citizen media network, investigates the corrosion of civil liberties by the governments and corporations that control the digital world.

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Shots - Health Blog
11:01 pm
Sun January 29, 2012

Could A Club Drug Offer 'Almost Immediate' Relief From Depression?

Ketamine has been used as an anesthetic for decades. It's also a widely popular but illegal club drug known as "Special K." When administered in low doses, patients report a rapid reduction in depression symptoms.
Huw Golledge flickr

There's no quick fix for severe depression.

Although antidepressants like Prozac have been around since the 1970s, they usually take weeks to make a difference. And for up to 40 percent of patients, they simply don't work.

As a result, there are limited options when patients show up in an emergency room with suicidal depression.

The doctors and nurses at Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston say they see this problem every day.

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The Two-Way
6:14 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Women's Car-Shopping Tactics Steer Them Toward Better Deals

A new survey from LeaseTrader finds that women ask more thorough questions than men when buying cars.
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Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 9:44 am

When it comes to buying cars, women do their homework — and it pays off. A recent report from LeaseTrader.com finds women generally get better deals than men when they buy cars.

John Sternal of LeaseTrader tells NPR's Sonari Glinton on Morning Edition that women's participation in car buying is changing.

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Around the Nation
5:42 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Army Base Isn't Laughing At Package Bomb Comment

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 9:04 am

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Europe
5:29 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Politician 'Borrows' From Aaron Sorkin Movie

The transport minister in Australia denounced a political opponent. He said the opponent wasn't interested in fixing a problem, only in making people "afraid of it" and telling them "who's to blame for it." Critics note Michael Douglas used that line in Aaron Sorkin's movie The American President.

Middle East
3:23 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Authorities Bar 6 Americans From Leaving Egypt

Egyptian authorities are preventing six Americans, including the son of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, from leaving the country. They work for non-governmental agencies that were raided by Egyptian security forces last month.

NPR Story
3:00 am
Fri January 27, 2012

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 9:04 am

A Los Angeles restaurant famous for its 9 cent cup of coffee is raising the price to 45 cents -– 50 cents with tax. Management at Philippe the Original told the Los Angeles Times they can no longer keep up with the cost of coffee.

NPR Story
3:00 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Jane Addams Hull House To Close

After more than a century of providing services for immigrants and the poor, the organization founded by Nobel Peace Prize winner Jane Addams is shutting down. The Jane Addams Hull House Association has struggled financially in recent years.

Business
3:00 am
Fri January 27, 2012

How Do You Take Apart A Floating City

The crippled cruise ship off the coast of Italy needs to be removed from the area where it ran aground. Joel Farrell, president and founder of Resolve Marine has been salvaging vessels for more than 30 years. Renee Montagne asks him to explain how the half-submerged cruise ship can be salvaged.

Business
3:00 am
Fri January 27, 2012

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Business
3:00 am
Fri January 27, 2012

EU Outlines Online Privacy Recommendations

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 9:04 am

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In Europe, there's a movement to provide better protections for Web users. The European Union has outlined tough new data privacy recommendations that it wants to become law. Among its targets, the American companies Facebook and Google. Google just announced a new privacy policy that would track all the Web movements of its registered users.

Teri Schultz is in Brussels and reports on EU efforts to strengthen online protections of personal information.

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