12:02pm

Thu April 5, 2012
Book Reviews

Lionel Shriver's Not-So-'New Republic'

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Lionel Shriver's new novel, called The New Republic, is actually an old manuscript with a star-crossed history. As Shriver explains in a prefatory note, this satire on (among other things) terrorism was finished in 1998, but, back then, publishers weren't interested. That was five years before Shriver's break-through novel, We Need to Talk About Kevin. Then, Sept. 11 happened: sincerity was in; irony was out. Publishers wouldn't touch this story that offered an ironic take on violent extremism.

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12:00pm

Thu April 5, 2012
Race

In Trayvon Martin Case, Who's Considered White?

Race is central to the debate surrounding Trayvon Martin, the black Florida teen shot by neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman. Many media outlets first identified Zimmerman as "white," but his father describes him as a Spanish-speaking minority. Host Michel Martin explores the question, "who is white?" with sociologist Jean Halley.

12:00pm

Thu April 5, 2012
Education

NYC Chancellor On Turning Around City's Schools

Dennis Walcott oversees a school system with more than one million students. Graduation rates are below the national average, and studies suggest most of the city's high school graduates are not ready for college. But Chancellor Walcott tells host Michel Martin that, after one year on the job, New York City schools are on the mend.

11:57am

Thu April 5, 2012
The Salt

Chocolate Bilbies, Not Bunnies, For An Australian Easter

The bilby is an endangered Australian marsupial that has been run out of its habitat by humans and rabbits.
Courtesy of Australia's Queensland State Government.

In the turf war between rabbits and bilbies that plays out in burrows dug into Australia's arid grasslands, rabbits, those aggressive and fertile European immigrants, have largely won out.

But the chocolate bilby has staked its claim on the springtime candy shelf — an honor that could help the threatened species make a real comeback.

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11:24am

Thu April 5, 2012
Economy

Debt Struggles As Old As America Itself

An 18th century political cartoon entitled "A New Way to Pay the National Debt."
Library of Congress

As of today, the national debt held by the public is more than $10 trillion. That's more than $30,000 for every man, woman and child living in the United States.

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10:12am

Thu April 5, 2012

9:32am

Thu April 5, 2012
It's All Politics

Thursday Political Grab Bag: Poll Shows Romney Surge In PA

Mitt Romney has taken the lead in voter support in Pennsylvania, according to a new poll from Public Policy Polling which shows the Republican frontrunner ahead of Rick Santorum, the former U.S. senator from the Keystone State, 42 percent to 37 percent. That lead was just on the 4.9 point margin of error, suggesting a tie. That's bad news for Santorum, however, as he dropped six percentage points while Romney gained 17 percent from a month ago.

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9:30am

Thu April 5, 2012
Station News and Events

Spring Fund Drive - Thanks!

Background image © Kazuhiko Teramoto

Thanks for your support during this year's Spring Fund Drive. 

Although the drive ended Friday evening April 20, you can still help us reach our goal of $85,000 by making your donation to WEKU.

>>Make a One-Time Gift for WEKU's Spring Fund Drive

>>Set Up a Sustaining Monthly Gift for WEKU's Spring Fund Drive

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8:40am

Thu April 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Stay Around Four-Year Low

The number of people filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance stayed around a four-year low last week, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

It says there were 357,000 such applications, down 6,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 363,000.

Claims have been running at the lowest rate since March and April 2008 for several weeks now.

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8:31am

Thu April 5, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Cancer Diagnosis Raises Risk Of Death From Heart Attack, Suicide

Originally published on Thu April 5, 2012 10:51 am

The danger of death by heart attack or suicide is greatest in the first week after a cancer diagnosis.
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Finding out that you have cancer greatly increases the risk of death by heart attack or suicide, according to a new study. That risk is especially big in the first week after getting the bad news.

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