10:00pm

Thu October 27, 2011
StoryCorps

A Stone Carver's Daughter Tells Of Mount Rushmore

It took 14 years for stone carvers to create the Mount Rushmore monument, seen here in 1995. Gloria Del Bianco's father, Luigi, led the carving team.

Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

On Halloween 70 years ago, an iconic American monument was completed — Mount Rushmore. It took 14 years of blasting and chiseling granite to finish the work. And chief stone carver Luigi Del Bianco, an Italian immigrant, was there for most of them. Del Bianco was responsible for many of the finer details in Lincoln's face.

Del Bianco's daughter Gloria and her nephew, Lou, recently sat down at StoryCorps to share their memories of him and the work he did. The Mount Rushmore project began in 1927, when Del Bianco was 35. And it ended 14 years later.

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6:25pm

Thu October 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: Fukushima Released More Radioactive Material Than Japan Estimated

Originally published on Fri October 28, 2011 7:18 am

An unpublished study by European scientists has found that the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant may have released much more radioactive active material than the Japanese government estimated.

NPR's Richard Harris filed this report for the Newscast unit:

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6:03pm

Thu October 27, 2011
The Salt

Crop Insurance: A Pricey 'Safety Net' For Farmers

Originally published on Fri October 28, 2011 2:36 pm

Illinois farmers harvest corn crops near Monticello, Ill. An unseasonably hot summer likely damaged much of this year's corn crop, which means farmers may seek support through their crop insurance.

Seth Perlman AP

Farming nowadays is risky business — it's not uncommon for a farmer to invest $500,000 in 1,000 acres of corn or soybeans, and run the risk of losing a chunk of their income to pests or fickle weather events like droughts and floods.

That's why farmers say crop insurance is "the most important safety net program" for them, says Joe Glauber, chief economist of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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5:55pm

Thu October 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Saudi King Names 78-Year-Old Nayef Bin Abdulaziz His Successor

Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud waving before delivering a speech at the Shura (consultative) Council in Riyadh in 2007.

Hassa Ammar AFP/Getty Images

As expected, King Abdullah of Egypt has appointed his half-brother, 78-year-old Nayef bin Abdulaziz, crown prince. The news comes, after the heir to the throne, Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdel Aziz Al Saud died on Saturday.

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5:03pm

Thu October 27, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Hormones And Metabolism Conspire Against Dieters

Originally published on Thu November 3, 2011 8:24 pm

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There are some fresh insights from Australia that help explain why it's so difficult for dieters to keep off the weight they lose.

Willpower will only take you so far, in case you haven't run that experiment yourself. Turns out our bodies have a fuel gauge, not entirely unlike the gas gauge on our cars, that tell us when it's time to tank up on food.

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4:56pm

Thu October 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Markets Rally After Europe Cements Debt Deal

Originally published on Thu October 27, 2011 4:57 pm

With European debt deal worked out, world markets rallied. The U.S. markets' rally managed to get them into positive territory for the year.

Here's how The New York Times frames the story:

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4:31pm

Thu October 27, 2011
The Commonwealth

Thriller Parade in Lexington

Lexington's Thriller Parade LFUCG Department of Parks and Recreation

This Sunday, more than a thousand zombies are expected to fill the streets as the 10th anniversary Thriller Parade dances through downtown. The recreation of Michael Jackson's classic video has become more elaborate every year. Though Thriller may have turned 25 a few years back, for many fans in Lexington, the dance never gets old.

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4:27pm

Thu October 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Nintendo Predicts Its First Annual Loss In 30 Years

Originally published on Thu October 27, 2011 4:28 pm

Based on a strong Yen and lower-than-expected sales of its 3DS system, Nintendo predicted it would post a yearly loss for the first time in its 30-year history.

Bloomberg reports:

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4:25pm

Thu October 27, 2011
Music Interviews

Chris Isaak Pays Tribute To Sun Studio's Golden Years

For Beyond the Sun, Chris Isaak picked classic songs that he'd been singing his whole life.

Courtesy of the artist

What if you could time-travel back to Memphis' Sun Studios in the 1950s? Behind the console would be none other than producer Sam Phillips. You might hear such classic songs as "My Happiness," "Crazy Arms" or "Walk the Line," originally recorded at Sun Studio by Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash, respectively.

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4:16pm

Thu October 27, 2011
Politics

Muslim Activist Challenges Fla. Republican's Views

There's no member of the Republican freshman class in Congress more outspoken than Florida Rep. Allen West.

Since he was elected last year, West has become a strong voice on Capitol Hill for fiscal restraint, socially conservative values — and responding to the threat posed by Islamic extremists.

On the topic of Islam, West has been particularly controversial. He calls it not a religion but a "theocratic political ideology" that's a threat to America.

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