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Africa
4:03 am
Sat April 28, 2012

In His Own Country, Charles Taylor Still Has Support

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor takes notes during his trial Thursday. He was found guilty of aiding war crimes in Sierra Leone.
AFP Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 10:22 am

The guilty verdict against former Liberian President Charles Taylor, who was convicted of aiding and abetting war crimes in Sierra Leone this week, is sinking in across West Africa. The historic judgment of the first African president to be prosecuted in an international court leaves Taylor facing a lengthy sentence in a British prison.

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Fresh Air Weekend
3:48 am
Sat April 28, 2012

Fresh Air Weekend: Jack Black, Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie has received two Golden Globe awards and two Screen Actors Guild awards for his portrayal of Dr. Gregory House.
Fox

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 10:18 am

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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Law
3:03 am
Sat April 28, 2012

Free After 25 Years: A Tale Of Murder And Injustice

Michael Morton and his mother, Patricia Morton, in October after a judge announced him free on bond after nearly 25 years in prison for a wrongful conviction.
Courtesy of The Williamson County Sun

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 9:15 pm

The past few years in Texas have seen a parade of DNA exonerations: more than 40 men so far. The first exonerations were big news, but the type has grown smaller as Texans have watched a dismaying march of exonerees, their wasted years haunting the public conscience.

Yet a case in Williamson County, just north of Austin, is raising the ante. Michael Morton had been sentenced to life in prison for murdering his wife. He was released six months ago — 25 years after being convicted — when DNA testing proved he was not the killer.

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Election 2012
3:03 am
Sat April 28, 2012

Presidential Politics Hits The Hill, And Students Win

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, accompanied by fellow Republicans John Kline (left) of Minnesota and Jeb Hensarling of Texas, speaks about the student loan bill on Wednesday.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 10:22 am

The general election campaign for president is springing to life, now that Mitt Romney is all but certain to be President Obama's Republican opponent next fall. On Capitol Hill, though, the battle over who will sign or veto Congress' bills next year is already blazing.

In two key votes this past week, many Republicans fell in step with candidate Romney and his quest for more support from younger voters and women.

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The Two-Way
4:52 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Ukraine's Opposition Leader Is 'Wasting Away' In Prison

A picture taken on April 25 shows jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko in the Kachanivska penitentiary colony for women in Kharkiv.
AFP/Getty Images

Yulia Tymoshenko is "wasting away in prison," her family told the AP. Tymoshenko went on a hunger strike and her family said she was "bruised from prison beatings and afraid she will be force-fed by her political foes."

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The Salt
4:20 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Taming Those Wild, Stinging Backyard Greens Into Dinner

Leah Lizarondo. with her hands covered in plastic bags, gathers stinging nettles.
Larkin Page-Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 10:22 am

On a chilly grey morning I come across a big, lush patch of nettles in a Pittsburgh park. Leah Lizarondo, the food writer who brought me here, has her hands wrapped in old plastic bread bags.

Those bags are crucial because touching stinging nettles with your bare hands can be pretty unpleasant. "It's like something pricked you, like a little ant bit you, and then it starts being a little painful," said Lizarondo.

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Election 2012
3:54 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Obama Team Changes Line Of Attack Against Romney

Vice President Biden defends the administration's foreign policy --€” and questions Mitt Romney's ideas — on Thursday at New York University.
Lucas Jackson Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 5:02 pm

General-election battle lines are taking shape between President Obama and likely Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Romney is sticking with his long-standing attack on the president as someone not up to the huge job of turning around the economy.

But the Obama campaign has recently changed its message: Instead of portraying Romney as a flip-flopping, say-anything politician, it is now arguing that the former Massachusetts governor is a man with extreme positions far outside the American mainstream.

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The Two-Way
3:31 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Secret Service Tightens Conduct Rules Following Prostitution Scandal

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 4:53 pm

The fallout from the Secret Service prostitution scandal in Colombia continues: Now the Secret Service says it is tightening and clarifying its policies for traveling employees.

NPR's Tamara Keith spoke to a Secret Service spokesperson who says the Secret Service leadership detailed the new rules in an internal message regarding personal conduct sent to all employees.

The new policy covers alcohol consumption and what types of businesses employees can patronize, Tamara tells our Newscast unit. "The Agency is also adding additional briefings on standards of conduct."

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Economy
3:20 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Mixed Signals: Weaker Growth, Higher Profits

Consumers spent more than expected in the first quarter of 2012, partly because they dipped into their savings, but businesses spent less.
Don Ryan AP

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 4:05 pm

The U.S. economy lost some steam during the first three months of the year. The Commerce Department said Friday that growth slowed to just 2.2 percent, down from 3 percent at the end of last year.

The good news was that the economy continued to grow during the first quarter of the year. But anyone who was waiting for growth to kick into a higher gear was disappointed once again. One reason for that was a slowdown in business investment — companies spent less on new equipment and software even though profits were surprisingly strong.

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The Two-Way
2:57 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

LIVE: Can You Dig It? Introducing NPR's Official AntCam

Behind the scenes.
Mark Memmott NPR

Originally published on Sat August 4, 2012 6:44 pm

We've written about the Decorah Eagle Cam and about the Jewel bear cam.

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Around the Nation
2:57 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Thieves' Cover-Ups Raise Concerns Among Muslims

The Philadelphia Police Department and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force are seeking the public's assistance in identifying and locating the suspects responsible for a bank robbery at the Sovereign Bank, 8310 Stenton Ave., on March 20.
Courtesy of Philadelphia Police

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 4:05 pm

The surveillance tape shows what looks like a Muslim woman, her face and body hidden by her traditional clothing, robbing a Philadelphia bank. But the robber in the abaya and khimar is actually a man. He's part of a recent crime spree involving perpetrators in Muslim garb.

The worst of the incidents happened in Upper Darby when, Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood says, someone who appeared to be a Muslim woman went into a barbershop.

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Politics
2:19 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Holder: 'More Work To Do' Before Term Is Over

Attorney General Eric Holder, shown speaking at the 2012 National Law Enforcement Training on Child Exploitation earlier this month, tells NPR he's achieved his highest goal: leading a Justice Department that shaped him as a lawyer and as a person.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 4:05 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder — the first African-American to hold the nation's top law enforcement job — is in the homestretch of his first, and probably last, full term in the post.

And after more than three years on the job, Holder is in an unusually reflective mood. He's thinking about the country's ongoing struggle over civil rights and what he wants to accomplish in his last months of government service.

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Middle East
1:58 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

In A Change, Turkey Tightens Its Border With Syria

Turkish army personnel patrol near the border with Syria in Kilis earlier this month. Activists and smugglers say it's getting harder to get medical and communications equipment into Syria across the Turkish border.
Bulent Kilic AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 4:05 pm

The spring sun is warming the fields and orchards along the Turkey-Syria border, and new refugee camps are sprouting as well.

Smugglers who have long worked these mountain border trails are now busy moving civilians out of Syria to the safety of Turkish camps. They're also moving medical and communications equipment and people into opposition-held neighborhoods in Syria. But recently, some say that's getting harder.

A smuggler known as Abu Ayham says Turkish guards, who used to permit nonlethal aid to pass freely, have suddenly grown much tougher on the smugglers.

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NPR Story
1:57 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

NHL Playoffs Head Into Second Round

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 4:05 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From time to time, people say on this program perhaps we should show more emotion, a little more excitement. Perhaps something like this.

(SOUNDBITE OF A SPORTS CLIP)

JOHN WALTON: The Boston Bruins now turn it over, a two on one. Kanuvel(ph) coming with Ward. Kanuvel with a chance (unintelligible). They score. They score. They score. It's over. Ward on the rebound. Good morning. Good afternoon and good night, Boston. The king is dead. There will be a new Stanley Cup champion. The Capitals are still dancing.

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Shots - Health Blog
1:52 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Nonprofit Hospitals Faulted For Stinginess With Charity Care

Lori Duff with her baby, Henry, and other son, Logan, at home in Columbus, Ohio.
Jenny Gold Kaiser Health News

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 4:05 pm

Even before the hospital bills started coming, Lori Duff and her family were living paycheck to paycheck. So when the debt collector called the Columbus, Ohio, mother and demanded $1,800 for the prenatal visits she'd had while pregnant with her third son, she panicked.

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It's All Politics
1:19 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

FCC Requires Top Market TV Stations To Post Political Ad Data Online

The Federal Communications Commission on Friday approved a rule requiring TV stations to post details online about the amount of advertising time political candidates and campaigns buy, as well as how much the stations charge for those ads.

TV stations already are required to keep such public records. But in most cases, the information has been accessible only to those who visit a TV station and physically look through paper files, NPR's Brian Naylor reported.

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Shots - Health Blog
12:40 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Choose Health Coverage Like An Economist

Picking an insurance plan can be a little like this.
ryasick iStockphoto.com

If you want to eat well, find out where the chefs go after they clock out.

If you're wondering how to deal with a health problem, ask your doctor what she'd do for her mom.

And if you're puzzling over which insurance plan to pick, take a look at how some health economists size them up.

Clever journalist Dinah Wisenberg Brin got some big names in the world of health economics to reveal details about their insurance status. And you might learn a thing or two from their thinking.

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Opinion
12:22 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

For Baseball Fans, May the Force Be With You

Baseball's 10th player: you, on your couch, willing a win.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 4:05 pm

Hart Seely is the author of The Juju Rules: Or, How to Win Ballgames from Your Couch: A Memoir of a Fan Obsessed.

Remember that pod on the Death Star, where Darth Vader would go to be alone? Did you ever wonder what he was doing in there?

Well, I have a theory: I think he was watching ballgames.

The new baseball season is here. For me, it means reclaiming the war pod, the living room — or, as I prefer to call it: my personal corporate luxury skybox.

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The Two-Way
12:19 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Former CIA Clandestine Chief Describes Waterboarding 9/11 Mastermind

This undated handout photo provided by the CIA shows Jose Rodriguez.
AP

In an explosive interview with CBS' 60 Minutes, the former chief of the CIA's clandestine service describes waterboarding Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. (A Warning: The interview contains some offensive language.)

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Asia
11:59 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Blind Chinese Activist Flees House Arrest

Yuan Weijing, the wife of activist Chen Guangcheng, is shown with the couple's daughter in a 2007 interview in Beijing. The girl, now 6, is followed to school every day by Chinese security agents, who always check her schoolbag, according to Chen.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 2:56 am

A blind Chinese activist, one of the country's most prominent, has made an audacious escape from house arrest and is safe from Chinese authorities, according to his supporters.

Yet days after Chen Guangchen fled his home, it's not clear exactly where he is. A diplomatic source indicates that he is inside the U.S. embassy, but this has not been confirmed officially.

Chen has attracted international attention with his efforts to prevent forced illegal abortions in China. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has spoken out in support of him.

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The Two-Way
11:29 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Obama Administration Backs Down From New Child-Labor Rules On Farms

After tough criticism from Republicans, the Obama administration withdrew its proposal for new rules to limit child labor on farms.

The AP reports that yesterday, the Labor Department withdrew the proposed rules "that would ban children younger than 16 from using most power-driven farm equipment, including tractors. The rules also would prevent those younger than 18 from working in feed lots, grain bins and stockyards."

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The Two-Way
11:16 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Major College Football Edges Closer To Playoffs

Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, left, hands off to running back Trent Richardson during the BCS National Championship college football game against LSU in New Orleans last January.
Bill Haber AP

"Major college football is on the verge of implementing a playoff, its own version of the final four — two semifinals and a title game," The Associated Press writes.

Or, as The Wall Street Journal reports:

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'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup
10:19 am
Fri April 27, 2012

It's All Politics, April 26, 2012

Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 2:12 pm

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Mitt Romney sweeps five primaries and all but locks up the GOP nomination. Even Newt Gingrich agrees Romney is the presumptive nominee. More veepstakes speculation on Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. Two centrist House Democrats bite the dust in Pennsylvnaia, while Utah GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch lives to fight another day.

NPR's Ken Rudin and guest host Mara Liasson have the latest political news in this week's roundup.

Race
9:59 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Rodney King: 'Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right'

The beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers sparked the chain of events that led to the deadly L.A. riots 20 years ago this weekend. Host Michel Martin speaks with Rodney King about his memories of the riots, the beating, and his new book, The Riot Within: My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption.

Race
9:59 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Korean Store Owner On Arming Himself For Riots

The Los Angeles riots stunned the nation in 1992, claiming more than 50 lives in that city. As the unrest approached Koreatown, store owner Kee Whan Ha mobilized his fellow business owners to arm themselves and defend their property. Host Michel Martin talks with him about the riots, and the neighborhood today.

World
9:59 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Charles Taylor Verdict Spurs Anger From Liberians

In an historic judgment, the UN-backed court at The Hague found Liberia's former president, Charles Taylor, guilty of war crimes. He was convicted of abetting murder, rape, and the forced enlistment of child soldiers during Sierra Leone's civil war. Host Michel Martin talks about reactions in Liberia and Sierra Leone with journalist Tamasin Ford.

Shots - Health Blog
9:59 am
Fri April 27, 2012

How Work Is Messing Up Your Sleep

One-third of workers say they're seriously short on sleep.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 3:24 pm

It's no secret that Americans are short on sleep. But there's been disagreement as to why. A new study says here's one big reason: work.

An analysis from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health asked people where they're working, and how much they sleep. The more people work, the less sleep they're likely to get. And some jobs are much less sleep-friendly than others. Sort of saw those coming, even through our bleary eyes.

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The Salt
9:53 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Fresh Food Advocate Links Farmers, Doctors, Low-Income Families

Wholesome Wave President and CEO Michel Nischan
Wholesome Wave

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 12:02 pm

It must take a boatload of energy to be Michel Nischan. He owns a restaurant, writes cookbooks and lead the fast-growing non-profit Wholesome Wave, which connects low-income neighborhoods with local, farm fresh foods. WW has doubled its reach over the last few years, linking about 2,300 local farmers with thousands of people.

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The Two-Way
9:45 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Blind Activist Flees House Arrest In China

Blind activist Chen Guangcheng with his wife and son outside their home in northeast China's Shandong province in 2005.
AFP/Getty Images

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World Cafe
9:42 am
Fri April 27, 2012

World Party's Karl Wallinger On World Cafe

Karl Wallinger has just released a new box set titled Arkeology.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 2:29 pm

Karl Wallinger is best known as the brains behind the Britpop band World Party. A Welsh singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Wallinger displayed an early obsession with all things folk and pop. After experience directing The Rocky Horror Show on stage and working in music publishing, he played keyboards for the Scottish folk-rock band The Waterboys.

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