3:02am

Fri June 8, 2012
Election 2012

Will Economy Push Washington To Make A Deal?

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 3:03 pm

President Obama speaks with House Speaker John Boehner during a meeting at the White House in 2011. A slowdown in job growth and a looming tax deadline could force the president to try to revive his "grand bargain" with Republicans.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

The Obama administration is searching for a "sweet spot" in economic policy: measures that could increase job growth right now without worsening the federal deficit. That task gained new urgency this month when the Labor Department reported a sharp slowdown in job growth in May.

The challenge could force the president to try to revive his "grand bargain" with Republicans.

Read more

3:01am

Fri June 8, 2012
Science

'Eliminate Dengue' Team Has A Deep (Lab) Bench

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 3:03 pm

Scott O'Neill is leading a global effort to rid the world of dengue fever. "Finding a way to manage a group of people who are all quite individualistic and having them work together towards this common goal is critical," he says.
Greg Ford

Second of a two-part series. Read Part 1

Every profession has its symbols of success. For opera singers, it's performing at La Scala or the Met. For mountain climbers it's making it to the top of Everest. For scientists, if you get two papers published in the same issue of a prestigious journal like Nature, you're hot.

Read more

3:00am

Fri June 8, 2012
Europe

Soccer In Ukraine Brings Fans, Fear Of AIDS

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 3:03 pm

A man plays soccer in Kiev on Thursday. The first games of the Euro 2012 tournament are on Friday.
Alex Livesey Getty Images

Hundreds of thousands of soccer fans, most of them men, are set to arrive in Ukraine and Poland for Euro 2012, the monthlong European soccer championship that kicks off Friday.

But what's expected to take place off the field has health experts concerned. An estimated 360,000 Ukrainians — more than 1 percent of the population — are infected with AIDS or the virus that causes AIDS, the highest rate in Europe. Sex workers are one of the hardest-hit groups.

Read more

10:03pm

Thu June 7, 2012
StoryCorps

Finding 'A Very Kind Way' To Lead Special Olympians

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 3:03 pm

Jose Rodriguez and Charles Zelinsky at StoryCorps in Trenton, N.J. Jose is now a Special Olympics coach — he'll be overseeing games this weekend.
StoryCorps

States around the country are hosting their regional Special Olympics games this summer. In New Jersey, the games' opening ceremonies begin Friday.

Jose Rodriguez participated in the New Jersey Special Olympics back in 2003, when he was 13. Special Olympics offers a chance for people with intellectual disabilities to pursue a sport. Jose has trouble learning — mostly through reading and writing.

Speaking at StoryCorps, Jose, 23, told his former basketball coach, Charles Zelinsky, 57, what his life was like before he found the games.

Read more

6:34pm

Thu June 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Issa To Holder: 'No, Mr. Attorney General You're Not A Good Witness'

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 6:53 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Attorney General Eric Holder faced a grilling today during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing.

Rep. Darrell Issa was the main questioner, asking Holder if his Justice Department knew of the tactics used in the flawed gunrunning operation known as Fast and Furious.

NPR's Carrie Johnson reports Republicans also accused Holder of not coming clean and not complying with subpoenas. She sent this report to our Newscast unit about the four-hour long hearing:

Read more

6:24pm

Thu June 7, 2012
Education

Town & Gown officials discuss issues, concerns

L-R: Dr. Doug Whitlock, Dr. Lesley Di Mare, Mayor Jim Barnes, Pete Haga
John Hingsbergen

The 7th annual conference of the International Town and Gown Association, took place at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky June 4 though 8, 2012.  On June 6th, a group of about 20 attended  a breakfast session for mayors, university presidents, city managers and other campus and municipal officials.

Read more

6:22pm

Thu June 7, 2012
The Two-Way

In Syria, Some Places 'Are Already Living The Civil War'

A Syrian boy sits in the rubble of house which was destroyed during a military operation by the Syrian pro-Assad army in April in the town of Taftanaz, Syria.
AP

NPR's Deborah Amos has been covering the uprising in Syria since it began more than a year ago. Like other foreign reporters, she has had to cover much of the conflict from afar because the Syrian government has only rarely granted visas. She has just returned to Syria for the first time since last fall and sent this dispatch:

Read more

5:54pm

Thu June 7, 2012
Music Reviews

Music Review: 'Can You Canoe'

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.

For many kids, summer means no homework, playing outdoors and, of course, traveling. Our children's music reviewer, Stefan Shepherd, tells us about a new album inspired by a trip down America's original interstate highway.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CAN YOU CANOE?")

Read more

5:54pm

Thu June 7, 2012
Youth Radio

Calf. Schools Try Out A Gentler Form Of Discipline

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 6:57 pm

A gavel rests in a makeshift courtroom at Richmond High School in Richmond, Calif. The local school district has cut the number of student suspensions in half in six years by adopting a youth court program and other new discipline methods.
Robyn Gee

Each school year, more than 700,000 California students — predominantly black and Latino — are suspended or expelled.

Robert, a talkative sixth-grader in the city of Richmond, has been suspended three times from his elementary school in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. If he gets suspended one more time, he says, he might get expelled. [NPR has withheld his last name because he is a minor.]

Read more

5:54pm

Thu June 7, 2012
It's All Politics

There's More Secret Money In Politics; Justice Kennedy Might Be Surprised

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 6:39 pm

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the Citizens United opinion saying that corporations can pay for ads expressly promoting or attacking political candidates.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Federal election law has required the public disclosure of campaign donors for nearly 40 years.

But this year, outside groups are playing a powerful role in the presidential election. And some of them disclose nothing about their donors. That's despite what the Supreme Court said in its controversial Citizens United ruling two years ago.

Read more

Pages