Movies
11:38 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Summer Movies: Best Flicks About The News Biz

Hollywood tells many tales of the news business: the doe-eyed music reporter trying to get the big story in Almost Famous, the eager television reporter who has a lot to learn in Up Close and Personal, and the disgruntled news anchor who's fired from his job in Network.

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It's All Politics
11:29 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Janesville Debate: Dissecting Ryan's Claim, Obama's 'Promise' & The Facts

Weeds were already growing in the parking lot outside the GM assembly plant in Janesville, Wis., on May 4, 2009.
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Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 7:02 am

There are claims flying back and forth today over whether Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan has falsely accused President Obama of breaking a promise to make sure a GM plant in Ryan's hometown stayed open.

We posted earlier about Ryan's words in his acceptance speech Wednesday and the "false" rating they got from PolitiFact.com.

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11:25 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Scientists Warned Officials About Hantavirus In Yosemite

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Calls by scientists to warn Yosemite visitors on the dangers of hantavirus apparently went unheeded by park officials until recently. Christina Jewett of California Watch reports that a document from 2010 indicates that public health officials had suggested steps to reduce the risk of infections in the park's tent cabins, and to educate the public about the disease.
Yosemite National Park California public health scientists have twice recommended in the past five years that Yosemite National Park authorities educate visitors about hantavirus, a rare disease that is linked to the deaths of two park visitors, one illness and a possible fourth this summer.
Mom And Dad's Record Collection
11:24 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Cole Porter Scores An Interracial Couple's Highs And Lows

Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine," a favorite song of listener Melanie Cowart's parents, became a fitting symbol for their relationship.
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Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 3:09 pm

As summer winds down, All Things Considered is winding down its series "Mom and Dad's Record Collection."

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Religion
11:13 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Romney Campaign Focuses Spotlight On Mormons

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 12:13 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Like John Kennedy before him, Mitt Romney faces questions about his faith, as well as politics. And like Roman Catholics in 1960 and African-Americans in 2008, Mormons find themselves in an unaccustomed spotlight.

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Seen Hear

Valley Public Radio's photoblog about life in the San Joaquin Valley, yesterday and today.

It's All Politics
10:57 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Federal Court Rules Against Texas Voter ID Law

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 11:21 am

A federal court has rejected a Texas law that would have required voters to show a photo ID before allowing them to cast a ballot, saying the measure would effectively discriminate against racial minorities and the poor.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., said the Texas law — passed by the state's Republican-dominated Legislature in 2011 but not yet enacted — "imposes strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor, and racial minorities in Texas."

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10:53 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Rotary Donates Water Filters to Monson Residents

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Many rural Tulare County residents can't drink water from their wells due to nitrate pollution. But now a group of Visalia Rotarians are working to change that, by donating $15,000 worth of reverse-osmosis filters to residents in the small community of Monson.
Although Monson residents each have their own well, none of them can safely drink from them because of high nitrate levels. Guadalupe Perez cannot drink her water or cook with it, she said. Like many residents, she purchases her drinking water in Orosi a few miles away. But that is about to change.
Middle East
10:46 am
Thu August 30, 2012

The Diplomatic Options For Dealing With Syria

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 11:44 am

The Syrian crisis continues to deepen as the conflict rages on. And pressure grows on the international community as refugees stream out. NPR foreign correspondent Kelly McEvers, former ambassador to Syria Edward Djerejian and Washington Post columnist David Ignatius discuss diplomatic options.

Afghanistan
10:46 am
Thu August 30, 2012

'Manhunt' Author Reviews Navy SEAL's 'No Easy Day'

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 1:09 pm

Matt Bissonnette wrote No Easy Day under the pseudonym Mark Owen. He has drawn criticism for publishing details of the Osama bin Laden mission without Pentagon approval. Peter Bergen, author of Manhunt, says this account of the raid fits almost exactly with his understanding of the operation.

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