4:50pm

Tue June 5, 2012
World

On Pakistan's 'Sesame Street,' Everything's Not A-OK

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 7:53 pm

Baily the donkey (right) and Munna, characters from the Pakistani version of Sesame Street, perform at the launch ceremony for the show, Sim Sim Hamara, at Rafi Peer Theater Workshop in Lahore, Nov. 26, 2011.
Mohsin Raza Reuters/Landov

The U.S. is withdrawing millions of dollars in funding for the Pakistani version of Sesame Street. Officials say the decision stems from serious allegations of fraud directed at the Pakistani theater company that's producing the children's TV program.

Sim Sim Hamara, the Pakistani version of Sesame Street, is set in a mock-up of a typical Pakistani town. There's a school, the ubiquitous Banyan tree, a restaurant and a colorful cast of characters centered on a 6-year-old girl named Rani who loves the sport of cricket.

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4:32pm

Tue June 5, 2012
It's All Politics

How Accurate Is Obama's Attack On Romney's Jobs Record?

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 7:53 pm

Mitt Romney talks about his plan for creating jobs at a 2011 campaign speech in Las Vegas.
Julie Jacobson AP

A new Obama campaign ad says the Massachusetts economy actually fared poorly during Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's four years as governor, challenging the notion that Romney knows how to fix the nation's ailing economy.

The ad says that between 2003 and 2007, Massachusetts had one of the worst economic records in the country, lost 40,000 manufacturing jobs at "a rate twice the national average, and fell to 47th in job creation."

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4:19pm

Tue June 5, 2012
Mom And Dad's Record Collection

Mike Huckabee's Musical Education

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 7:53 pm

Mike Huckabee sits in on bass with the Tonight Show band in 2008.
Paul Drinkwater NBC via Getty Images

All Things Considered continues its "Mom and Dad's Record Collection" series with former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. The politician currently hosts a TV show on Fox News and plays bass guitar in his rock band, Capitol Offense. His musical tastes are similarly multifaceted: Huckabee says he grew up listening to big-band jazz.

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4:13pm

Tue June 5, 2012
Monkey See

Home Video Picks: 'The Sting'

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 7:53 pm

The cover of The Sting.

Time now for a home-viewing recommendation from movie critic Bob Mondello. He's says he's excited about the Blu-ray release of The Sting...and that's no con.

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3:27pm

Tue June 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Report Of First Doctor To Treat Lincoln Rediscovered

Hulton Archive Getty Images

"When I entered the box the ladies were very much excited. Mr. Lincoln was seated in a high backed arm-chair with his head leaning towards his right side supported by Mrs. Lincoln who was weeping bitterly. Miss Harris was near her left and behind the President.

"While approaching the President I sent a gentleman for brandy and another for water."

Those are the words of Dr. Charles A. Leale, 23, the first physician to reach Abraham Lincoln's side on April 14, 1865, after assassin John Wilkes Booth shot the president in the head.

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3:22pm

Tue June 5, 2012
Health and Welfare

Disney Takes a Stand to Curb Childhood Obesity

The Mickey Check logo will be placed on Disney-licensed products that meet nutrition guidelines.

By 2015, the Walt Disney Co. will require advertising that targets kids and families to be in line with federal nutrition guidelines that promote eating fruit and vegetables; limiting calories; and reducing fat, sodium and sugar. The Disney Channel, its sisters (Disney XD, Disney Junior, Radio Disney) and Disney-owned online sites will follow suit.

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3:21pm

Tue June 5, 2012
Monkey See

Aubrey Plaza Takes Quite A Trip In 'Safety Not Guaranteed'

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 7:53 pm

Aubrey Plaza in Safety Not Guaranteed.
Benjamin Kasul FilmDistrict

3:18pm

Tue June 5, 2012
The Commonwealth

State Police Concerned About Highway Fatality Rate

Frankfort - Kentucky State Police are worried about the state's highway fatality rate for 2012. That's because the fatality rate is running much higher than 2011's rate. Through June 3, KSP said 305 people have died this year on Kentucky roads. That's 41 more than reported during the same period last year. Of the 305 deaths this year, 253 were the result of motor vehicle accidents. And of those, 148 people were not using seat belts. That means 58 percent of wreck victims were not using seat belts, according to state police statistics.

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2:39pm

Tue June 5, 2012
The Salt

The Storied History Of A Tunisian Tuna Pastry Called Bric

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 4:25 pm

Steve Inskeep displays his "bric," a fried pastry containing runny egg and canned tuna.
John W. 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 of the Arab Spring are remaking themselves after revolutions last year.

Steve 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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1:50pm

Tue June 5, 2012
Environmental Watchdog

McConnell Criticizes EPA Ahead of Public Forums

As the Environmental Protection Agency begins its public forums on coal mining permits in Kentucky, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell is rallying for coal to be a bigger part of the nation's energy portfolio. McConnell has consistently criticized the EPA for its regulatory stances, saying they are harmful to Kentucky’s mining and agriculture industries. And he doubled down on that stance in remarks on the Senate floor Tuesday.

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