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Economy
11:02 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Smiley, West: Poverty Is A Political Issue

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 11:22 am

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This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan.

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11:03 am
Wed September 12, 2012

The Turns Ahead On The Campaign Trail

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This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan at NPR West today. We'll bring you the latest on Libya and Egypt later this hour, after the death of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and an attack on the U.S. embassy in Cairo, where a mob took down the American flag.

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Middle East
11:03 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Outrage Builds After U.S. Embassy Attacks

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 11:29 am

Ambassador Chris Stevens and four other Americans died Tuesday after a mob attacked the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya in protest of a film that mocks Islam. In Egypt, protesters stormed the U.S. embassy in Cairo. These attacks raise concerns about U.S. policy in the region.

Asia
11:03 am
Wed September 12, 2012

The Role For The U.S. In The South China Sea

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 11:35 am

As tensions mount between China and several neighboring countries over control in the Asia-Pacific region, U.S. Sen. James Webb talks with NPR's Neal Conan about the role the United States can and should play in the growing disputes in the South China Sea.

NPR Story
11:46 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Amish Beard-Cutting: An Attack Or A Hate Crime?

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 12:15 pm

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Environment
11:06 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Arctic Sea Ice Melt Sets Record

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 11:46 am

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

Every summer, some of the ice that covers the Arctic Ocean melts. Come mid-September, it begins to refreeze. Scientists began to monitor this cycle in the late 1970s, and this year, they saw less ice than ever before - a lot less ice. NPR science correspondent Richard Harris joins us here in Studio 3A. Richard, nice to have you on the program.

RICHARD HARRIS, BYLINE: Always a pleasure, Neal.

CONAN: And how big is this change?

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Middle East
11:03 am
Tue September 11, 2012

What We Know About Iran's Nuclear Program

Originally published on Sun September 16, 2012 5:26 am

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This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. There are new questions about Iran's nuclear program after a report from the IAEA late last month. The U.N. inspectors expressed frustration with Iran's tactics. At one site, Parchin, they worry that what may be critical evidence is being destroyed. At another, Fordow, they found that Iran has doubled the number of centrifuges available to enrich uranium, and now there's a report that Iran ran computer models of atomic warhead explosions.

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NPR Story
10:48 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Subdued Reflection On 9/11 Anniversary

A flag sits atop one of the memorial panels at the World Trade Center site in New York City on Tuesday.
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Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 2:39 pm

On the morning of the eleventh anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the sound of bagpipes pierced the air at the site of the World Trade Center memorial in New York City.

At the Pentagon, in New York and in Shanksville, Pa., thousands of Americans came together to remember those who were killed in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

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10:48 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Corporal Punishment In Schools: Does It Work?

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 11:46 am

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This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan, in Washington. To many people, a teacher spanking a student for starting a fight or talking back in class might seem like a relic of distant times, but it's more common than you might think. Though the trend is down, as recently as six years ago, a quarter of a million students were spanked at school, and laws in 19 states allow corporal punishment.

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10:48 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Letters: Doctors And Health, Heroes And Bystanders

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 11:46 am

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National Security
11:09 am
Mon September 10, 2012

How 9/11 Changed How America Sees The World

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 12:51 pm

After the terror attacks on 9/11, a public opinion survey by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs showed widespread support for increased spending on national security and counterterrorism. A decade later, a new survey shows that "Americans have become increasingly selective about how and where to engage in the world."

Opinion
11:07 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Op-ed: America Needs Strikes

Public school teachers in Chicago walked off the job Monday after failed contract negotiations with the city. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the strike "unnecessary." In a piece for CNN.com, Chris Rhomberg, sociology professor at Fordham University, argues that America would be better off with more strikes.

Economy
11:04 am
Mon September 10, 2012

The Housing Market: Have We Finally Hit Bottom?

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 12:51 pm

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This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. After five years of plunging prices and spiraling foreclosures, maybe, just maybe, the bubble's stopped bursting. Home prices are beginning to rebound in many parts of the country. Recent reports show fewer foreclosures in several hard-hit states.

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10:29 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Lessons For College Students From 'The Zombie War'

Max Brooks World War Z is required reading for freshmen at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas.
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Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 12:26 pm

Several colleges and universities have adopted a common read program, where freshmen read the same book during the summer and discuss it once on campus.

Author Max Brooks' World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War is one of the less traditional books appearing on required reading lists. The book captures scenes from a global zombie apocalypse through a series of first-person accounts.

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Health
10:51 am
Fri September 7, 2012

The Secrets In A Cigarette

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. In a few days, my next guest will be in Florida. He's going there to testify against Big Tobacco in a lawsuit brought by a smoker with health problems. Oh, you didn't know that tobacco lawsuits like this are still going on today? You certainly don't hear a lot about them in the news. But some 8,000 more cases just like this one exist in Florida alone.

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Science
10:47 am
Fri September 7, 2012

The Importance of Strange Science

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This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. Consider the shrew, a small harmless, nearly blind animal. If you were to find one scrambling across your kitchen floor, you might shriek or stomp on it. Shrews look a lot like mice. Or you could catch it and release it outside. But what if you ate the shrew, whole, instead? No, you don't debone it. You don't even chew it. You just hack the tail off and swallow it whole. Why? Well, for science, of course.

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Health
10:45 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Study May Link Pro Football, Brain Decline

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This is SCIENCE FRIDAY, I'm Ira Flatow. Football season is getting into full swing this week: tailgating parties, point spreads, Tim Tebow. But amid all the excitement of a new season comes an old and disturbing ghost. This week, a new study finds that pro football players may be more likely to die from various neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's or ALS, more likely than the rest of us.

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10:38 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Tracking Viruses From Animals To People

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 11:04 am

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I'm Ira Flatow. This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. We're going to talk now about West Nile virus, it showed up in 48 states, reports in viruses in either people or birds or mosquitoes, and it's not exactly clear just why the virus is so widespread this year or why the state of Texas has been particularly hard-hit.

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10:38 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Oregon Power Project Needs The Motion Of The Ocean

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 10:59 am

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10:38 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Tour A Bat Cave

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 10:56 am

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Joining us now is Flora Lichtman, our multimedia editor, with our Video Pick this week.

FLORA LICHTMAN, BYLINE: This week, Ira, we're going to the bat cave. Well...

FLATOW: I saw the movie, you know. So not that, not that, I know.

LICHTMAN: Exactly. Another bat cave.

FLATOW: Oh, shucks.

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