8:18am

Sun May 27, 2012
Around the Nation

Reporting The American Dream

Originally published on Sun May 27, 2012 8:55 am

Throughout the summer, NPR News will look at the history, culture and current state of the American Dream. NPR's Ari Shapiro and John Ydstie join host Rachel Martin to take a political and economic look at the ultimate American aspiration.

8:18am

Sun May 27, 2012
Middle East

Is Latest Attack In Syria A Game Changer?

Originally published on Sun May 27, 2012 8:55 am

The United Nations has confirmed that at least 90 people were killed by tank shells and artillery fire in central Syria this weekend. While the UN did not outright say this was the work of the Syrian army, activists and residents say the military is the only institution that has such weapons. NPR's Kelly McEvers in Beirut tells host Rachel Martin the latest.

8:18am

Sun May 27, 2012
Religion

The State Of The Church

Originally published on Sun May 27, 2012 8:55 am

The Catholic Church has been in the public spotlight a lot this year. The issues of contraception and gay marriage have been part of the presidential campaign and church leaders have weighed in. There have also been new revelations in a case involving leaked Vatican documents, and it may actually be a case where the butler did it. Host Rachel Martin speaks with John Allen, a senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter.

8:18am

Sun May 27, 2012
Sports

Women Push Their Limits In Pro Cycling Race

Originally published on Sun May 27, 2012 8:55 am

The Exergy Tour began Thursday night in Boise, Idaho. It's the largest women's five-day stage race in North America. It's also the last major race before cycling teams are chosen for the Olympics in London. This Tour is meant to raise the bar for women's cycling but as Sadie Babits reports, the race began with a major upset.

6:35am

Sun May 27, 2012
Home Front: Soldiers Learn To Live After War

After A Year In Afghanistan, Memories That Stick

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 4:40 pm

Michael Currie was stationed in Afghanistan for the past year, leaving behind his wife and daughters. His most vivid memory of his service was the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

6:34am

Sun May 27, 2012
National Teachers Initiative

Hard Lessons Follow Rocky Start For Chicago Teacher

Originally published on Sun May 27, 2012 9:39 am

Tyrese Graham teaches science at John Marshall Metropolitan High School in Chicago.
StoryCorps

Tyrese Graham is a second-year science teacher at John Marshall Metropolitan High School on the West Side of Chicago. When he started teaching there, Marshall was among the worst public schools in the city.

When Graham walked into his first class, he could hardly speak over the noise of the students. He tried to make a point by not talking.

"I'll let you finish, but realize, every moment that I'm not talking and providing you instruction, you guys will be giving that back to me," he told them.

Graham's remarks were met with a sharp rebuke from one of his students.

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6:32am

Sun May 27, 2012
Religion

Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Takes Combative Turn

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 7:25 pm

Monsignor William Lynn leaves the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia in March. When he finally took to the stand after two months of testimony, the prosecutor called him a liar over and over.
Matt Rourke AP

A clergy sex-abuse trial is intensifying in a Philadelphia courtroom. One defendant is James Brennan, a priest accused of trying to rape a minor.

What's drawing attention is the second defendant, Monsignor William Lynn. Lynn is the first high-level Catholic official to be criminally prosecuted — not for abusing minors himself, but for failing to protect children from predator priests.

Failure To Protect?

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6:32am

Sun May 27, 2012
Economy

Help Wanted. But Not For Mid-Level Jobs

Originally published on Sun May 27, 2012 7:49 pm

Job seekers fill out applications at a job fair in the Queens borough of New York City earlier this month. Economists say jobs in the middle — in sales, administration and assembly, for example — are being squeezed.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Unemployment figures for May come out Friday. While the numbers will show how many jobs have been added or lost, they won't tell us much about the quality of positions filled or illustrate what economists already know: that the middle of the job market is hollowing out.

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6:31am

Sun May 27, 2012
History

75 Years Later: Building The Golden Gate Bridge

Originally published on Sun May 27, 2012 11:29 am

San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937, connecting San Francisco to Marin County in the north.
George Rose Getty Images

Seventy-five years ago today, San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge opened to the public. People walked across the bridge for the first time, marveling at what was then the largest suspension bridge in the world.

Before the project began, many people thought building the bridge was impossible. And when the construction started, most thought that dozens would die in the process. The rule of thumb at the time was that for every million dollars spent on a project, one person would die — and the Golden Gate Bridge was going to cost $37 million.

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9:24pm

Sat May 26, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Broadway Live at the Opera House announces 2012-13 Season

www.lexingtonoperahouse.com

The lineup for the 2012-13 Broadway Live series was announced this week during the annual season preview event at the Lexington Opera House. The Thursday event showcased local talent who performed excerpts from top national touring productions that have been booked for the coming   season. 

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