7:44am

Wed June 6, 2012
Pop Culture

Muppet's Elmo Campaigns To Carry Olympic Torch

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 12:07 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Eight thousand people will carry the Olympic torch before it reaches London to open the summer games, though one would-be torch barer isn't even human. He's a small red fuzzy monster.

KEVIN CLASH: (As Elmo) Elmo's ready to start training to be a monster torch-bearer. Yay. Oh, oh, Cramp, cramp.

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7:33am

Wed June 6, 2012
Around the Nation

Clouds Block Florida Crowd's View Of Venus

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 12:07 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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7:14am

Wed June 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Win For Wisconsin's Walker Seen As Blow For Democrats, Boost For The GOP

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 7:50 am

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) after his victory Tuesday.
Scott Olson Getty Images
  • NPR's Don Gonyea, reporting on 'Morning Edition'

Now that it's over and Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin has easily defeated a recall attempt, the morning-after analyses are in. There's a common theme:

-- Walker's win "is a stinging blow" to President Obama's re-election chances, says National Journal's 2012 Decoded blog.

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6:49am

Wed June 6, 2012
Education

Linking the College with the Town

In college towns, locals are often in conflict with school officials and students.  An organization dedicated to eliminating such conflict holds its annual conference this week at Eastern Kentucky University.  Kim Griffo, who’s executive director of the International Town and Gown Association, sees a lot of friction between students and their neighbors.

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6:41am

Wed June 6, 2012
Business

Spain's Industrial Output Falls In April

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 12:07 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with yet another setback for Spain.

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6:27am

Wed June 6, 2012
All Politics are Local

GOP Senators Block Equal Pay Legislation

Kentucky’s two Republican senators Tuesday helped their party block the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have given women new tools to combat pay discrimination in the workforce.

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6:14am

Wed June 6, 2012
Business and the Economy

Layoff Notices Go Out at UK

The Lexington Herald reports this morning layoff notices are going out to some University of Kentucky employees.    UK spokesman Jay Blanton says administrators are gathering information from individual departments.  He’s not speculating on how many people will face layoffs.   In an e-mail to UK employees, President Eli Capilouto said the school has been cut 50 million dollars in state funding since 2007.

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5:10am

Wed June 6, 2012
Economy

European Debt Woes Cast Pall Over U.S. Economy

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 12:07 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And let's turn to the issue that is front and center this election year - the economy. Austerity measures aimed at curing Europe's debt crisis have thrown a number of eurozone countries into recession. The threat of defaults in Greece and even larger countries like Spain have rattled U.S. financial markets, and President Obama recently said that Europe's troubles are casting a shadow over the U.S. economy.

To better understand what the president is talking about, we brought in NPR economics correspondent John Ydstie.

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5:03am

Wed June 6, 2012
The Salt

Road Brew: How To Make Hooch With Tunisian Date Juice (Or Try)

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 6:26 am

Filling up on legmi by the side of the road
John Poole NPR

Over the next couple of weeks, NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep is taking a Revolutionary Road trip across North Africa to see how the countries that staged revolutions last year are remaking themselves.

Inskeep and his team are traveling some 2,000 miles from Tunisia's ancient city of Carthage, across the deserts of Libya, and on to Egypt's megacity of Cairo.

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4:29am

Wed June 6, 2012
Around the Nation

Rep. Pascrell Victorious In Redrawn N.J. District

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 12:07 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Congressional redistricting has reshaped many elections this year. In New Jersey, it forced two friends into battle against one another. Veteran Democratic Congressman Steve Rothman lost primary yesterday to fellow Democrat, fellow Congressman Bill Pascrell. They became opponents after New Jersey lost a congressional seat following the last census. Nancy Solomon from New Jersey Public Radio has the story.

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