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Author Interviews
12:01 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Barry Eisler's 'Detachment' From 'Legacy' Publishing

Barry Eisler is a former CIA operative turned thriller writer. His latest book, The Detachment, was e-released on Amazon in September.

Courtesy Barry Eisler

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 12:38 pm

Thriller writer Barry Eisler has turned his back on traditional publishing — or as he calls it, legacy publishing. His latest book, The Detachment, was released as an e-book in September. It comes out in paperback in October. Both versions are published by Amazon.

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Author Interviews
12:01 am
Fri October 7, 2011

'Gardener' Gives 'Heirloom Life' To Forgotten Flora

The Yokohama squash was first introduced to North America around 1860 by James Hogg of Yorkville, N.Y. after his brother, Thomas, sent him the seeds from Japan.

Jeremiah C. Gettle and Emilee Freie Gettle Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. LLC

As a child growing up on his family's farm in the 1980s, Jere Gettle didn't spend his evenings watching TV; instead, he read seed catalogs. To him, the endless varieties of seeds with exotic sounding names were full of possibility. He loved the idea of planting them in the ground, tending the crops that grew from them and preparing the harvested vegetables for a family meal.

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Economy
12:19 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Obama To Congress: Make Jobs Proposal Top Priority

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

President Obama sought this morning to put his proposal to create American jobs at the top of Congress' to-do list. The president has traveled the country in recent weeks, trying to rally public support for his $447 billion plan. And today, he held a press conference at the White House.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: And the reason I keep going around the country talking about this jobs bill is because people really need help right now. Our economy really needs a jolt right now.

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Europe
7:27 am
Thu October 6, 2011

Horshack Move Banned At British School

Teachers say the new method of giving thumbs up has a calming effect, and makes it easier not to overlook students who don't want to draw attention to themselves. The new method is more like The Fonz on Happy Days and less like Arnold Horshack on Welcome Back Kotter.

Around the Nation
7:17 am
Thu October 6, 2011

Squirrel Steals Spotlight At Phillies-Cardinals Game

The Philadelphia Phillies played the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday night, and for the second straight game a squirrel stole the show. This time the creature darted in front of the batter's box and dashed into the stands at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals' 5-3 victory was celebrated on Twitter by a new user called @BuschSquirrel.

Europe
7:02 am
Thu October 6, 2011

How Belgium Mirrors Europe's Economic Divide

Belgium has spent 16 months struggling to form a federal government. Observers say that issue is a microcosm of the financial crisis that has hit the eurozone.

Remembrances
6:56 am
Thu October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs Left His Mark On Pixar

Pixar computer-generated animation kicked off a renaissance in animated films — including blockbusters Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Wall-E. After Steve Jobs left Appple in 1985, he bought Pixar from George Lucas. In 2006, Jobs sold Pixar to Disney.

Politics
6:53 am
Thu October 6, 2011

Christie Allies Freed To Support Other Candidates

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced this week they would not be seeking the Republican presidential nomination. Among the most enthusiastic advocates of a Christie presidential bid were a handful of Northeastern investors. Some of them have already jumped to join Mitt Romney.

Economy
6:46 am
Thu October 6, 2011

Thousands Join In Occupy Wall Street Protests

Thousands of protesters filled the streets of Manhattan's financial district Wednesday night. They came to show support for Occupy Wall Street, a demonstration that is now in its third week. Some of the marchers represented labor unions and other organizations, but many were just ordinary New Yorkers who came to voice their support for the populist protest.

Remembrances
6:41 am
Thu October 6, 2011

Remembering Steve Jobs' 'Attention To Detail'

Originally published on Thu October 6, 2011 7:02 am

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LYNN NEARY, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Lynn Neary.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

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NPR Story
4:00 am
Thu October 6, 2011

Arab Bloggers Gather In Tunisia After Arab Spring

Hundreds of bloggers from across the Arab world are meeting in Tunis, Tunisia, this week to discuss cyber-activism and political change. This is their third annual gathering, and it follows a dramatic year since Arab uprisings began last December. Saudi blogger Ahmed Al Omran, an NPR social media intern, talks to Renee Montagne about the role bloggers played in inspiring change.

NPR Story
4:00 am
Thu October 6, 2011

Tough Ala. Immigration Law Changes Way Of Life

A federal judge has ruled that Alabama's strict immigration laws will go forward even as appeals are made through the judicial system. Hispanic-owned businesses in the state say their customers have vanished. Among other things, the new law requires police to verify the immigrations status of suspects if there's "reasonable suspicion" they are in the country illegally.

NPR Story
4:00 am
Thu October 6, 2011

Egypt, 30 Years After Anwar Sadat's Death

Lynn Neary talks to Steven Cook, senior follow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, about the 30th anniversary of the assassination of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. They discuss how the past is shaping Egypt's future.

Business
4:00 am
Thu October 6, 2011

Business News

Originally published on Thu October 6, 2011 7:33 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with the big loss for the tech world.

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MONTAGNE: Steve Jobs died yesterday. The co-founder of Apple was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer seven years ago. From the time a young Steve Jobs introduced the Apple I, his products changed consumer behavior.

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Business
4:00 am
Thu October 6, 2011

The Last Word In Business

Lynn Neary has the Last Word in business.

Around the Nation
7:46 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Clerk Inadvertently Helps Ga. Woman Win Powerball

Kathy Scruggs of Georgia went to the store to buy a Mega Millions lottery ticket. By mistake, the clerk gave her a ticket for Powerball. Scruggs decided to buy both. The unemployed woman's Powerball ticket was worth more than $15 million.

Around the Nation
7:32 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Bible Belt Oktoberfest Adds Beer To The Party

To celebrate its German roots, residents of Cullman, Ala., usually donned liederhosen and ate bratwurst in. But keeping with Bible Belt values, beer was verboten. This year kegs are being tapped at what had been billed as the world's only dry Oktoberfest.

Europe
4:00 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Public Sector Workers Strike Paralyzes Greece

Originally published on Wed October 5, 2011 5:28 pm

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LYNN NEARY, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Lynn Neary. Steve Inskeep is away.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

We're going to hear now about the continuing economic woes of Greece. It's one of the small European Union countries drowning in debt. Today it faces yet another protest. This time, a general strike by workers in the public sector furious about more cuts aimed at them. The pressure to shrink the government payroll is coming from international creditors.

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Middle East
4:00 am
Wed October 5, 2011

U.N. Resolution Against Syria Fails In Security Council

The U.N. Security Council has failed to agree on what to do about Syria's brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters. Tuesday night, Russia and China vetoed a resolution condemning Syria, even after the text was watered down and stripped of any threats of sanctions.

Economy
4:00 am
Wed October 5, 2011

How Greece's Financial Crisis Hurts The U.S. Economy

David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal talks to Lynn Neary about why the economic situation in Greece is affecting European banks and the U.S. financial picture.

Education
4:00 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Thieves Scam Aid From Online Education Sites

The Department of Education says that as distance learning has grown so has fraud. An inspector general's report found that scam artists are taking advantage of the popularity of online education to steal federal education money.

Business
4:00 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Apple's Latest iPhone Underwhelms Investors

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LYNN NEARY, host: Samsung says it will file court injunctions in France and Italy to try and block the sale of Apple's latest iPhone, citing patent infringement. Apple unveiled its latest version of the popular smartphone just yesterday. As NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports, the new device, called the 4S, didn't make the usual splash.

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Business
4:00 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Bank of New York Mellon Faces 2 Government Suits

Originally published on Wed October 5, 2011 5:28 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with lawsuits against a big New York bank.

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MONTAGNE: The Bank of New York Mellon is facing two more government lawsuits involving its currency trading business. The suits were filed yesterday by the Manhattan U.S. attorney and New York attorney general. The lawsuits accuse the bank of promising clients, including public pension funds, the best exchange rate, then giving them the worst rate and pocketing the difference.

Business
4:00 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Sandy Pope Tries To Unseat Hoffa As Teamsters Head

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host: The presidency of one of the biggest unions in the country is up for grabs. James Hoffa currently heads the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and he's facing the first challenge by a woman in the Teamsters' 108-year-old history. Sandy Pope is a former truck driver. If she becomes head of the union and its 1.4 million members, her challenge would be to turn around years of declining membership.

NPR's Beenish Ahmed reports.

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