Fri December 2, 2011
The Picture Show

Russia By Rail: Setting Off From Moscow

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:13 am

Sergei Tarkhov, a geology professor and Trans-Siberian veteran, stands near the zero kilometer mark at Yaroslavsky Rail Station in Moscow.
David Gilkey NPR

Seven time zones, nearly 6,000 miles, and a lot of tea and borscht. That only begins to describe the long journey by David Greene, NPR's Moscow correspondent. He's been in Russia for just over two years and for his last reporting trip, he's riding the Trans-Siberian Railroad from Moscow to Vladivostok.

While crossing the world's largest country and bridging two continents, he'll make stops to capture the mood and the culture of Russia at an important milestone, two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union.

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Fri December 2, 2011
The Two-Way

Unemployment Rate Drops To 8.6 Percent; 120,000 Jobs Added

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 11:46 am

A job fair in San Francisco last month.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

The nation's unemployment rate fell to 8.6 percent in November from 9 percent in October as payrolls went up by 120,000 jobs, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says.

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Fri December 2, 2011
The Two-Way

'Freakishly Powerful Winds' To Ease In Southern California, Utah

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 8:01 am

Toppled trees in the Highland Park section of Los Angeles did some heavy damage to vehicles parked along a street.
Mike Meadows AP

The worst is over in Utah, where winds that topped 100 mph Thursday toppled trucks trees and power lines.

And things should be calmer in Southern California too, where "freakishly powerful winds" on Thursday stunned people and left behind shredded rooftops and "yards littered with downed trees," as the Los Angeles Times says.

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Fri December 2, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Several Plays, A Couple Concerts and Two Messiahs

The holiday theater and music season gets underway in a big way this weekend.  Two versions of the Messiah are performed this evening.  Several plays, including “Madeline’s Christmas” and “Book of Liz” open this weekend.  And there are holiday shows at several universities.  Providing a preview, as he does every Friday, is Rich Copley, who reports on the arts for the Lexington Herald Leader.


Fri December 2, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S. Officials Say Pakistan Gave Go-Ahead For Airstrikes

The airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers have sparked protests. In Peshawar, Pakistan, on Thursday students shouted anti-U.S. slogans.
A. Majeed AFP/Getty Images

"Pakistani officials at a border coordination center gave the go-ahead to American airstrikes that inadvertently killed 24 Pakistan troops, unaware that their own forces were in the area, according to U.S. officials briefed on the preliminary investigation," The Wall Street Journal reports this morning.

A Pakistani official quoted by Reuters says that's not true.

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Fri December 2, 2011
Around the Nation

Bin Laden Capture Celebrated With Expensive Wine

Some time ago, a restaurateur made a bet with Leon Panetta, then head of the CIA, that if the U.S. found Osama bin Laden, he would open a bottle of wine from 1870. Panetta said this week that he has collected on the bet. After the raid, Panetta sent word to Ted Balestreri to watch TV and prepare to deliver the $10,000 bottle of wine.


Fri December 2, 2011

Maker's Mark Battles Jose Cuervo Over Bottle Wax

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 11:30 am



Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with a court battle over trademarked wax. Maker's Mark, the Kentucky bourbon, comes in a bottle sealed by dipping it in red wax. The company considers that a trademark, even though no two bottles are exactly the same. So Maker's Mark was not happy when the makers of Jose Cuervo tequila tried to sell bottles the same way. The two sides have now taken this issue to an appeals court instead of simply settling it over a drink. You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.


Fri December 2, 2011

Icon Of U.S. Military Now In Iraqi Hands

Inside palace walls built by Saddam Hussein, U.S. generals plotted the war's course, tracked the mounting death toll and swore in new American citizens under gaudy glass chandeliers.

Just outside the palace, American troops whacked golf balls into man-made lakes or fished for carp while others sat down with a cigar and a can of nonalcoholic beer hoping for a respite from incoming rockets or mortar shells.

Along another lake some distance away, a jailed Saddam tended to tomatoes and cucumbers in a small, walled-off enclosure with guards patrolling overhead.

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Fri December 2, 2011

U.S. Troops Monitor Volatile Afghan Province

Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Quil Lawrence, who is embedded with U.S. forces in a volatile Afghan province near the Pakistani border. They discuss U.S. operations against the Taliban and Haqqani network, and the repercussions of last week's NATO airstrikes on an army border post that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.


Fri December 2, 2011

Clinton Tests Myanmar's Commitment To Change

While on her visit to Myanmar, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Nobel Peace Prize winner and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi at her home. She has been freed from house arrest after many years, and says she trusts the new government's changes enough to run for office in upcoming elections.