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9:46 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: In The Long Run

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On this week's extremely punchy round-table podcast, once we cover our most important landmark of the week, Stephen Thompson gets through some preposterous claims loosely connected to this video and we get on the topic of

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9:46 am
Fri April 5, 2013

President Obama Calls For A 'BRAIN Initiative'

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 12:15 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Early this week, President Obama announced a new research initiative focused on the human brain. Here he is talking about it at the White House.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

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The Two-Way
9:22 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Reports: Rutgers Athletic Director Is Out Of A Job

Rutgers University Athletic director Tim Pernetti.
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Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 12:17 pm

(We most recently updated the top of this post at 2:15 p.m. ET.)

The abusive actions of the men's basketball coach at Rutgers University, who was videotaped physically and verbally abusing his players during the team's practices and was fired after the scenes were broadcast by ESPN, have now also cost the school's athletic director his job.

Tim Pernetti submitted his resignation Friday morning.

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The Salt
9:04 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Freezing Food Doesn't Kill E. Coli And Other Germs

The NPR Science Desk freezer: now we know we can't presume it's germ-free.
Daniel M.N. Turner NPR

Think that freezing food kills E. coli and other nasty microbes? Think again.

That's the lesson from the new E. coli outbreak caused by frozen chicken quesadillas and other snacks that has sickened 24 people in 15 states.

Freezing does slow down the microbes that cause food to spoil, but it's pretty much useless for killing dangerous bugs.

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Economy
8:43 am
Fri April 5, 2013

U.S. Job Growth Slows As Jobless Face Benefit Cuts

Applicants complete forms at a job fair in Newark, N.J. Weak U.S. job growth comes at the same time benefits for the long-term unemployed are shrinking.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Sat April 6, 2013 2:55 pm

The 11.7 million Americans searching for work got discouraging news Friday morning when the Labor Department said employers created only 88,000 jobs in March. The weak job growth comes at the same time benefits for the long-term unemployed are shrinking.

The smaller-than-expected increase in payrolls was a big disappointment, coming after a long stretch of much better results. Over the past year, employment growth has averaged 169,000 jobs a month.

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Shots - Health News
8:29 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Federal Judge Strikes Down Restrictions On Morning-After Pill

Plan B is one of two emergency contraceptives available in the U.S.
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Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 1:01 pm

A federal judge in Brooklyn, N.Y., has ruled that the morning-after pill for emergency contraception must be made available over the counter to girls 16 and under.

The ruling could end a more than decade-long battle over how easy or difficult it should be for teenage girls to obtain emergency contraception. The ruling would also make it easier for older women to obtain the drug because it wouldn't have to be kept behind drugstore counters anymore.

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The Two-Way
7:30 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Top Stories: Jobs Report; Pope's Call For Action

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 7:58 am

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Ask Me Another
7:14 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Johnson and Johnson

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Finally, it's what we've all been waiting for. Let's bring back our winners to play the Ask Me One More final round.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: From We Didn't Start the Fire: Paul Dreyer. From On the Colbert Report: Marc Levy. From Our Greatest Author: Meera Siddharth. From This, That, or the Other: Shannon Sun-Higginson. And from The Sound of Art: Max Genecov.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Art, take us out.

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Ask Me Another
7:14 am
Fri April 5, 2013

The Sound of Art

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Moving on, here are our next two contestants, Michelle Skinner and Max Genecov. We are happy to have you.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Michelle, are you into - do you have any hobbies, outdoor hobbies?

MICHELLE SKINNER: Not so much.

EISENBERG: Not so much.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Sort of...

SKINNER: I'm a runner. I run.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's outdoors.

SKINNER: Yeah, yeah.

EISENBERG: Unless you run in circles in a basement.

SKINNER: Yeah.

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Ask Me Another
7:14 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Dr. Ruth: Let's Talk About Sex

Dr. Ruth and Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg crack each other up. Their conversation--covering sex and love in the 21st century, monogamy and a certain sexy novel--might crack you up, too.
Steve McFarland NPR

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'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup
7:12 am
Fri April 5, 2013

It's All Politics, Apr. 4, 2013

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President Obama launches a brain mapping initiative, but he can't concentrate enough to shoot better than 2-for-22 on the basketball court during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Mark Sanford wins the GOP runoff in South Carolina and faces Stephen Colbert's sister next month. Plus, NPR's Ron Elving and health correspondent Julie Rovner on the NRA's proposal of having armed guards in schools.

The Two-Way
6:58 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Job Growth Slows Sharply, But Unemployment Rate Dips

Li-Wen Hung (left) and Whitney Chen were waiting to meet potential employers at a Manhattan job fair earlier this year.
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Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 11:44 am

  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Yuki Noguchi talks with David Greene about the latest employment report

There were just 88,000 jobs added to private and public payrolls in March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates.

But the nation's jobless rate still edged down to 7.6 percent from 7.7 percent. That dip wasn't for a good reason, though: Nearly half a million fewer people were participating in the labor force. That smaller pool meant the jobless rate could tick down even as job growth was weak.

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The Two-Way
6:12 am
Fri April 5, 2013

'Look — My Tibia!' Louisville Player Cracks 'Top 10' Jokes

Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware talking with reporters Wednesday, as coach Rick Pitino looked on.
Timothy D. Easley AP

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 7:57 am

You have to give Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware credit. He's a really good sport.

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The Two-Way
5:45 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Korean Tensions Aren't Spurring Foreigners To Evacuate

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 7:53 am

The phrase "tensions are rising" has been used a lot in recent days as North Korea continues to threaten the South and the U.S.

And there were new reasons Friday morning to use that phrase:

-- "North Korea Moves Missiles, South Korean Markets Roiled." (Reuters)

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Around the Nation
5:30 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Fan Refuses To Shave Until A D.C. Team Wins A Championship

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene, with a story of a harried sports fan - or, rather, a hairy sports fan. Thomas McAllister believes in his Washington, D.C. team so much that he's vowing not to shave until one of them - the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals or Nationals - wins a championship. The Washington Post says he hasn't shaved since last June, a day before he got married. Facebook followers have given his red fan beard a name: Lombeardi.

The Two-Way
5:20 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Book News: Forgotten Young Adult Novels From 1930s Onward To Get New Life

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 11:58 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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The Two-Way
5:16 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Reports: Obama To Propose Cuts In Social Programs

President Obama in Denver on Wednesday.
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Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 6:58 am

There's breaking budget news from several places this morning:

-- "President Obama next week will take the political risk of formally proposing cuts to Social Security and Medicare in his annual budget in an effort to demonstrate his willingness to compromise with Republicans and revive prospects for a long-term deficit-reduction deal, administration officials say." (The New York Times)

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Around the Nation
4:58 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Oregon Wants Official Microbe To Celebrate Beer Industry

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 5:30 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

Its state bird is a Western Meadowlark. Its state tree is Douglas Fir. Now Oregon wants a state microbe. Saccharomyces cerevisiae - try saying that twice - is a kind of yeast used in beer. And State Representative Mark Johnson thinks making it Oregon's official microbe is a great way to celebrate the state's craft beer industry. Oregon is also proud of its wine. A type of dirt that's used to grow pinot noire grapes is the state's official soil.

Sports
4:51 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Wichita Cheers Shocker's Place In Final 4

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 5:30 am

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(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WITCHITA LINEMAN")

GLEN CAMPBELL: And the Wichita lineman is still on the line....

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

We're listening to Glen Campbell here, with his ode to the Wichita lineman, a song that topped the charts in 1968. It might seem a long time ago, but it's still more recent than when the Wichita State Shockers last made it to the men's Final Four. That would be 1965, when the Shockers lost to legendary Coach John Wooden's UCLA team.

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The Two-Way
4:43 am
Fri April 5, 2013

'Slow And Steady' Jobs Report Expected

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Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 6:55 am

  • From 'Morning Edition': Yuki Noguchi talks with David Greene

Update at 8:41 a.m. ET.: Job Growth Slows Sharply, But Unemployment Rate Dips

Although economists had been expecting to hear that the U.S. economy added 200,000 jobs in March, the news is out and the number is far less. Just 88,000 jobs were added to private and public payrolls, the Labor Department reports. The jobless rate still edged down to 7.6 percent — but only because nearly half a million fewer people were in the labor force.

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Sports
4:40 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Why College Basketball So Celebrates The Semifinalists

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 10:33 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The NCAA men's basketball tournament resumes tomorrow. Louisville plays Wichita State and Syracuse faces Michigan. On the women's side, it's Louisville again. They're playing California. Notre Dame is playing Connecticut. These quartets of teams, of course, are known as the Final Four, and this stage in the tournament is a resume booster for teams and coaches. NPR's Mike Pesca ponders the question of why college basketball, unique among major team sports, celebrates the semi finalists.

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Business
4:22 am
Fri April 5, 2013

The Ups And Downs Of Cyber Currency Bitcoin

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 5:30 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Bitcoin is a virtual currency that's traded largely online. It was created in 2009 in the aftermath of the global financial crisis as an alternative to currencies which are controlled by countries and central bankers. But Bitcoin has been on a wild ride lately, soaring in value during the anxious days of the Cyprus banking crisis.

We're going to look at the currency's history in today's Business Bottom Line. Here's NPR's Steve Henn.

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Research News
2:31 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Researchers Question Obama's Motives For Brain Initiative

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 12:22 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm David Greene.

Earlier this week, President Obama announced his new Brain Initiative. He said he wants $100 million to explore America's next great frontier in science: Mapping the human brain, to understand how the brains neurons and circuits communicate. But now that brain specialists have had a little time to reflect, some are wondering whether the president's announcement has more to do with politics and some good PR?

Here's NPR's Daniel Zwerdling.

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Business
2:31 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Business News

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 5:30 am

The computer maker's chairman Ray Lane has stepped down as executive chairman. He's been on thin ice with shareholders after his role in acquiring a business software company ended up hurting HP's bottom line.

Business
2:31 am
Fri April 5, 2013

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 5:30 am

The late rapper's songs often talked about growing up in a rough neighborhood. But it's not rough anymore.The neighborhood has changed quite a bit. Plus the apartment has been remodeled.

Economy
2:31 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Jobless Date In March: Like A Lamb Or Lion?

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 10:31 am

The Labor Department on Friday reported the nation's unemployment rate inched down to 7.6 percent in March, the lowest rate in four years, mainly due to more people stopping their search for work. In February, the job rate was 7.7 percent.

Business
2:31 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Colorado Farmers Scramble To Find Irrigation Water

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 5:30 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Let's go now to the Great Plains, where farmers are preparing for what could be a tough growing season. They are scrambling to find irrigation water, which is scarce in the midst of the region's persistent drought. In eastern Colorado, thirsty cities have gobbled up water rights for decades, selling what they don't need back to farmers.

As Luke Runyon from member station KUNC reports, the agreement only works when water is plentiful.

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Law
2:31 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Enron's Skilling Could Win Early Release From Prison

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 5:30 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Now former Enron CEO Jeffery Skilling could be released early from federal prison, as part of a reduced sentencing agreement under consideration at the Justice Department. Skilling was sentenced to 24 years in prison for his role in the collapse of the energy trading giant.

NPR's Wade Goodwyn has more.

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Middle East
2:31 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Talks Over Iran's Nuclear Program Resume In Kazakhstan

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 5:30 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

We have been hearing a lot about North Korea and nuclear weapons lately. Well, nuclear negotiators have just wrapped up a first day of talks on Iran's nuclear program. Tehran does not have nuclear weapons and insists it doesn't want them, but six world powers say the country must do more to assure the world that its program is entirely peaceful. We spoke earlier with NPR's Peter Kenyon, who is in Almaty, Kazakhstan for the talks. Peter, good morning.

PETER KENYON, BYLINE: Good morning, David.

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Afghanistan
2:31 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Afghan Want U.S. To Clarify Troop Level Post 2014

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 5:30 am

The United States has pledged to remain committed to Afghanistan beyond the year 2014. That's when the U.S. and its NATO allies are set to hand over the security mission to Afghan forces. But the U.S. has not yet said how many troops will remain in Afghanistan after 2014, and that is causing concern among Afghans.

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