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7:00 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Devil In The Details: 3 Artful Tales Of Murder

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In 1985, my friend Johnny suffered a tragic loss in a crime that went unsolved until this year. While reporters tell us that justice has finally brought closure, the story endures, and it raises an unsettling question: What compels us toward tales about violence, about murder?

Perhaps the answer lies in the fact that all artful stories humanize us as surely as they humanize their characters. They allow us to transcend crime-scene voyeurism and courtroom media hype, to bear witness to those who survive, after the book is slid back onto the shelf.

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2 Languages, Many Voices: Latinos In The U.S.
6:00 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Spanish, English And Spanglish: Facebook Fans React

A sign spells out Se Habla Espanol (Spanish Spoken Here).

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NPR's Morning Edition is exploring bilingual life in the U.S. as the population of Spanish speakers grows. How does the use of English and Spanish affect your life?

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NPR Story
4:00 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Protesting Austerity Measures, Unions Try To Shut Down Greece

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 1:21 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli is in Athens and she joins us on the line for a look at what the strike is looking like there. Good morning, Sylvia.

SYLVIA POGGIOLI, BYLINE: Good morning, Renee.

MONTAGNE: What's the scene there? Pretty quiet, I imagine.

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NPR Story
4:00 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Business News

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 1:21 pm

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ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with Wall Street taking a bite out of Apple. Apple shares dropped more than six percent, after the company said quarterly profits rose only 54 percent over last year. Investors are used to Apple blowing past analysts' expectations, and yesterday's numbers came in below predictions, so they were a disappointment.

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NPR Story
4:00 am
Wed October 19, 2011

American Airlines To Report 3rd Quarter Earnings

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 1:21 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

All of the major U.S. airlines are expected to report a profit for the third quarter, except for American Airlines. Its earnings come out later today. If United Airlines and Delta can make money in this economy, what's the problem with American? NPR's Wade Goodwyn explains.

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Business
4:00 am
Wed October 19, 2011

The Last Word In Business

Renee Montagne has the Last Word in business.

Election 2012
4:00 am
Wed October 19, 2011

GOP Debate: Hottest Show On Las Vegas Strip

In Las Vegas, Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate was arguably the hottest show on the Strip.

It was supposed to be a test for businessman Herman Cain, who has gone from nowheresville to competing for the title of front-runner. But Texas Gov. Rick Perry, whose debates and poll numbers have been lackluckster, showed a combative side that had been missing up until now.

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Middle East
4:00 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Post Prisoner Exchange: Palestinians Call For More Resistance

Palestinians have been celebrating the release of nearly 500 prisoners in an exchange with Israel that freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. It will be weeks before the second phase of the prisoner exchange takes place.

Business
4:00 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Fed Chairman Want Better Communication With The Public

Ari Shapiro talks to David Wessel, of "The Wall Street Journal," about why the Federal Reserve and its Chairman Ben Bernanke are very unpopular these days.

Election 2012
4:00 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Ariz. Retirees React To GOP Debate

Older voters were President Obama's weakest age group in his 2008 win. They were the GOP's strongest in 2010. Some members of the Saddlebrooke Republican Club near Tucson, Ariz., watched the debate on TV and discussed the issues that resonated with them.

Economy
4:00 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Greek Parliament To Vote On New Austerity Package

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ARI SHAPIRO, host: Unions are shutting down Greece today in what a prominent Greek newspaper calls the mother of all strikes. Flights are grounded, state offices are shuttered and shops are closed in the biggest organized protest against austerity measures since the debt crisis began almost two years ago. This week, parliament is expected to pass the latest package of cuts. But the protests show that the country's big unions will continue to resist. Joanna Kakississ has this story from Athens.

(SOUNDBITE OF PROTEST)

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Middle East
12:01 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Palestinians Try Alternate U.N. Route, Worrying U.S.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (left) hands over a formal letter for Palestine to be admitted as a state to the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon during the 66th U.N. General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York, Sept. 23. Now, the Palestinians are pursuing full membership in other U.N. agencies.

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With the Palestinian membership bid sitting — and likely going nowhere — in the U.N. Security Council, the Palestinians are trying another route to upgrade their international status.

They are applying for full membership in UNESCO, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and may do the same with other specialized U.N. agencies.

And that has diplomats at the State Department increasingly concerned about what impact this may have on the U.S. position in the U.N. system.

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Around the Nation
12:01 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Revolutionary Oil Skimmer Nets $1 Million X Prize

In a large tank set up to test oil-skimming devices, rows of spinning plastic disks separate oil from water.

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A breakthrough in oil cleanup technology allows crews to skim spilled oil off the water's surface at a much faster rate. The new device wasn't developed by Exxon, BP or any of the major oil companies — it's the work of Elastec/American Marine, based in Illinois. And the design won the company a rich award from the X Prize Foundation.

Oil is attracted to plastic. And water is not. That, in essence, is the basis of Elastec's new skimmer.

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Energy
12:01 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Fight Over Nuclear Plant Draws N.Y. Political Heavies

The nuclear power plant at Indian Point in Buchanan, N.Y., is seen with the Hudson River in the foreground. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's stated resolve to close Indian Point has sparked a debate about the energy outlook for metropolitan New York.

Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 1:21 pm

New York's political titans are clashing over the future of a controversial nuclear plant north of New York City.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to close the aging Indian Point nuclear plant because of safety concerns. But the plant, which wants to extend its original licenses for another 20 years, has some powerful allies of its own.

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2 Languages, Many Voices: Latinos In The U.S.
12:01 am
Wed October 19, 2011

U.S. Hispanics Choose Churches Outside Catholicism

Natalie Ochoa (left) and her mother, Betty Ochoa, say that services at the New Life Covenant church are less formal than those of the Catholic church they once attended.

Barbara Bradley Hagerty NPR

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 1:21 pm

As their numbers grow, Latinos are not only changing where and how they worship; they're also beginning to affect the larger Christian faith.

You can see evidence of that in the Assemblies of God, once a historically white, suburban Pentecostal denomination. When you walk into the denomination's largest church, it's sensory overload: The auditorium is jam-packed with hundreds of Latino worshipers singing in Spanish, swaying and dancing.

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Job 1: Careers That Shaped The GOP Candidates
12:01 am
Wed October 19, 2011

In White House Run, Cain Counts On Corporate Skill

Herman Cain became a vice president at Pillsbury, left that job and started over at Burger King, where he climbed the corporate ladder again. Eventually, he became CEO of Godfather's Pizza, which he is credited with turning.

Robert Paskach The Omaha World-Herald

Fourth in a series

Herman Cain grew up in Atlanta, graduated from Morehouse College and worked briefly for the Navy. He got a master's degree in computer science and worked in that field at Coca-Cola for a while.

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Music
12:01 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Girl In A Coma: Rockers Tackle Their Second Language

Girl in a Coma performs in both English and Spanish — though none of the members is fluent in the latter.

Josh Huskin Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 21, 2011 4:19 pm

Girl in a Coma is a trio of young women from San Antonio who play rock music — loud rock music — in both English and Spanish. Lead singer and songwriter Nina Diaz, 23, is the youngest member of the band. Her sister Phannie plays drums, while their longtime friend Jenn Alva slaps the bass. Girl in a Coma is signed to Blackheart Records — a label owned by rocker Joan Jett — and takes its name from the song "Girlfriend in a Coma" by The Smiths.

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Sweetness And Light
10:00 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

Sometimes, One Is Enough

Bored with a best-of-seven series? Frank Deford has some alternative suggestions.

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Sometimes in sports, like in the rest of life, stuff just hangs around because, well, it's always been there. Such is the best-of-seven game series to determine our champions of professional baseball, basketball and hockey.

A seven-game series is a wretched excess, and I'm going to tell you why, but nobody in charge is going to pay any attention to me because a best-of-seven series has just always been the way of the world.

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Environment
9:01 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

Six Miles Offshore: The Wreck Of Montebello

An unmanned ROV (remotely operated vehicle) is launched 900 feet underwater to study the wreckage of the SS Montebello.

Robert Schwemmer NOAA/USCG

A task force is evaluating the risk posed by a sunken oil tanker, the SS Montebello. It went to the bottom after being attacked by a Japanese submarine during World War II. State and federal officials want to know if the ship is still carrying its cargo of oil, and if that oil could escape.

At stake is a coastline known for its stunning scenery and wildlife sanctuaries. The task force was put together a couple of years ago at the urging of state Sen. Sam Blakeslee.

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The Two-Way
7:04 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

Must Watch Video: Quantum Levitation

A levitating puck.

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This is coolest thing we've seen in a long time:

The video was posted to YouTube two days ago by the Association of Science-Technology Centers and has already garnered 641,230 views. But what is going on here? It's quantum levitation, dude!

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The Two-Way
6:40 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

Cain's 9-9-9 Plan Would Cut Taxes For Millionaires; Raise Them For Poor

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain campaigns on Oct. 15 in Cookeville, Tenn.

Mark Humphrey AP

The first detailed analysis of Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan found that it would cut taxes for Americans making $200,000 or more a year and raise taxes for those making less than $200,000 a year.

The analysis was released today by the independent Tax Policy Center, a joint venture by the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute.

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The Two-Way
5:57 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

Hamas Official: Prisoner Swap Was Victory For All Palestinians

In two interviews, today, NPR's Robert Siegel got reaction from Hamas and the Israeli government over a prisoner swap deal that freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and 1,027 Palestinian prisoners.

When Robert asked Osama Hamdan, a senior official from the Hamas international relations department, what the deal meant for future relations between Hamas and Israel, Hamdan said it "depends on the Israeli side."

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The Two-Way
5:00 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

'The Sense Of An Ending' By Julian Barnes Awarded Booker Prize

Julian Barnes is the author of Metroland, Flaubert's Parrot and England, England.

Alan Edwards Knopf

Judges announced that Julian Barnes' The Sense Of An Ending was awarded the 2011 Man Booker Prize. The Leicester-born Barnes was a Booker finalist three times before: in 1984 for his novel Flaubert's Parrot; in 1998 for England, England and in 2005 for Arthur and George

The AP reports:

Judges announced the winner of the 50,000 pound ($82,000) prize Tuesday at a ceremony in London.

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It's All Politics
4:41 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

What Word Comes To Mind When You Think Of The GOP Candidates?

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 5:17 pm

How to explain Herman Cain's ascent among Republican presidential candidates?

Perhaps a partial reason is that he so far evokes more positive than negative responses among Republicans and GOP leaning independents in a Pew Research Center/Washington Post survey than two other highly touted candidates in the race, Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

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Shots - Health Blog
4:35 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

When It Comes To Baby's Crib, Experts Say Go Bare Bones

A pediatrician says parents often mistakenly believe all baby accessories are safe.

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No more blankets in the baby's bed. Not even when it's cold outside. No bumpers, pillows, or toys. All these accoutrements are hazards for newborns and infants, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, which has released new expanded guidelines for reducing deaths from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, and other causes including suffocation, entrapment and asphyxia.

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