4:37pm

Mon February 20, 2012
All Politics are Local

Romney Tours Local Med Equipment Maker

Governor Mitt Romney brought his campaign to Cincinnati today where he toured a medical equipment manufacturer while talking jobs, the economy and his political adversary, Rick Santorum.  Romney touted his private sector track record while promising to cut regulations he says are driving businesses into the ground. He characterized himself as a Washington outsider and criticized former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum… who leads Romney in Ohio by seven points in a recent poll.

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3:52pm

Mon February 20, 2012
Arts & Life

Our Media, Ourselves: Are We Headed For A Matrix?

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 10:31 am

Design Within Reach? The cool sterility of 2001: A Space Odyssey is just one example of how pop culture expresses an anxiety that's seemingly about technology, but may be as old as time.
MGM

When Hollywood imagines the future, from Logan's Run to Avatar, it tends to picture living spaces as sterile and characterless, without any cultural clues to the person who lives there. No record library, no DVDs, no Hemingway on bookshelves ... often no bookshelves.

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3:13pm

Mon February 20, 2012
Economy

With Business Up, Owners Say Banks Lending Again

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 11:26 am

A big reason for the slow recovery has been that the nation's battered banks haven't been able or willing to lend. There are signs that's changing and that bank lending is helping to support stronger growth.

Paul Kasriel, chief economist at Northern Trust, a Chicago-based bank, say his reading of Federal Reserve data has convinced him that banks have finally taken the baton from the Fed and are now making credit more available.

"We've seen a sharp increase in business loans on the books of banks," he says.

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3:00pm

Mon February 20, 2012
NPR Story

'Hugo' Author Explores His Inspiration Up Close

When Brian O. Selznick wrote The Invention of Hugo Cabaret — a graphic novel about an orphan in 1930s Paris — he imagined the secret spaces of a Paris train station. For inspiration, he visited Grand Central Terminal in New York City. But the scenes in the book — hidden tunnels, secret rooms, the giant clock tower — were all drawn from Selznick's imagination and later turned into the movie Hugo by Martin Scorcese, which is nominated for 12 Academy Awards.

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3:00pm

Mon February 20, 2012
Europe

Eurozone Ministers Close To Greek Bailout Deal

Host Audie Cornish talks with Eric Westervelt about the decision on whether to grant Greece another bailout, this time worth $171 billion.

3:00pm

Mon February 20, 2012
NPR Story

Lawsuits Flying Over Florida's Redistricting

Originally published on Mon February 20, 2012 5:54 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

In Florida, members of Congress and the state legislature are scrambling to decide what districts they'll run for in this year's election. The legislature recently released maps that redraw the districts. It's a once-in-a-decade process every state goes through to reflect population changes since the last census. Because of its growth, Florida is gaining two seats, but there is bipartisan unhappiness with the maps. And NPR's Greg Allen reports that the battle over how they were drawn may ultimately be decided by the courts.

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2:58pm

Mon February 20, 2012
Europe

Portugal Plays By The Rules, But Economy Slumps

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 11:25 am

A once-bustling vegetable market in Lisbon is now beyond the reach of many Portuguese — a sign of their country's economic problems.
Sylvia Poggioli NPR

The eurozone crisis has focused attention on debt-burdened Greece spiraling into decline. Meanwhile, Portugal is seen as the international creditors' poster-child for obediently slashing spending and welfare benefits.

Nevertheless, the Portuguese national debt continues to grow, and the country is mired in recession and soaring unemployment.

The Portuguese national character has long been identified with Fado music. Raquel Freire, an activist with the local Occupy movement, says the melancholy style helps explain decades of resignation.

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1:22pm

Mon February 20, 2012
Faith and Values

Ichthus Plans for Now and Later

Despite some initial doubt, organizers of the nation’s oldest contemporary Christian music festival are preparing for another show this summer.  Work continues on plans for this summer and for the future.  Officials have looked into selling the 111 acre farm property, but it hasn't panned out.  Finances still have Ichthus officials worried,so they're giving thought to the construction of additional facilities.  Then, C-E-O Mark Vermillion says they could open up the property so other events could be staged there.

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12:52pm

Mon February 20, 2012
All Politics are Local

Some Funding for Infrastructure in Federal Budget

President Obama’s new budget includes many sweeteners for Kentucky lawmakers but there also some pain pills they must swallow. 

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12:18pm

Mon February 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Holiday News Roundup: Mardi Gras, Greece And John Glenn

An image captured on Feb. 20, 1962, by NASA shows astronaut John Glenn during his space flight in the Friendship 7 Mercury spacecraft, weightless and traveling at 17,500 mph. The image was made by an automatic sequence motion picture camera.
NASA AP

The Two-Way is formally off-duty for the Presidents' Day holiday. But not only does the news not take a holiday — often, holidays are the news. Here's a quick roundup of some of today's important and most-discussed stories:

  • Syria is reinforcing its military in what seems to be a bid to control Homs. (AP)
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