Wed December 21, 2011
The Salt

South Dakota Buffalo Farmers Relish Bison Meat Boom

Shane Brown, a butcher with the Wild Idea Buffalo Company, labels packages of ground bison.
Charles Michael Ray/SDPB

2011 wasn't a banner year for the stock market, and anyone heavily invested in the Euro zone might be biting their nails right now. But if your business is buffalo, you may be looking at some very happy holidays.

The buffalo market is booming. Look no further than the buffalo ambling across the wide open South Dakota prairie munching on grass as they go. Bison raised on grass don't require corn or grains to fatten up. That's part of why they're seen by many as better for the environment.

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Wed December 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Army Charges 8 Soldiers In Connection With Private's Death In Afghanistan

Charges including negligent homicide, involuntary manslaughter and dereliction of duty have been brought against eight American soldiers in connection with what was thought to be the Oct.

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Wed December 21, 2011


Wed December 21, 2011
It's All Politics

Taking Nothing For Granted, Romney Launches N.H. Bus Tour

Originally published on Wed December 21, 2011 11:06 am

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets voters after his campaign speech in Bedford, N.H. on Dec. 20.
Elise Amendola AP

All eyes are on Iowa this week, but former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is far away — on a campaign bus tour in must-win New Hampshire.

As NPR's Ari Shapiro reports on Wednesday's Morning Edition, somehow there are still New Hampshire voters who remain undecided about Romney — despite the fact that he's practically camped out in their living rooms for the last four years.

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Wed December 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Accused Of Sexually Abusing Children Decades Ago, Sportswriter Retires

Originally published on Wed December 21, 2011 8:44 am

July 23, 2011: Sportswriter Bill Conlin speaking at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Mike Groll AP

Bill Conlin, a Philadelphia Daily News sportswriter for 46 years and this year's winner of the National Baseball Hall of Fame's award for "meritorious contributions to baseball writing," retired Tuesday after three women and a man came forward to accuse him of molesting them in the 1970s when they were between the ages of 7 and 12.

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Wed December 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Mood In North Korean Capital Is 'Subdued But Calm,' U.K. Diplomat Says

This image taken today from North Korean TV footage shows people mourning for Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang.
AFP/Getty Images

While North Koreans in Pyongyang are "in a state of mourning and ... paying their respects at landmarks across the city," the overall mood is "subdued but calm" as people there react to Saturday's death of leader Kim Jong Il and the likelihood that his son Kim Jong Un is now in charge, according to one of Britain's diplomats in the capital city.

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Wed December 21, 2011
Strange News

Pen Removed 25 Years After Woman Swallowed It

Originally published on Wed December 21, 2011 10:35 am



Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. Picture this: A woman in Britain felt a lump in her throat. She tried to take a closer look with a mirror and a pen, but slipped and fell and swallowed the pen. It sounded so improbable, her doctor and her husband did not believe her.

Twenty-five years later, they're eating their words. The woman just had the pen removed. She is in good health - and the pen still works. Doctors scribbled "hello" on a piece of paper.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.


Wed December 21, 2011

6-Year-Old British Boy Wins $4,700 Pie In Raffle

Mince pies are a centuries-old Christmas tradition. And this year, a six-year-old boy in England won the most expensive mince pie in the world. A London pie maker raffled it off. To make the $4,7000 dessert, he used rare ingredients. And, buried in the holiday treat was a solid platinum coin worth nearly $1,000.


Wed December 21, 2011

"What's Scrooge's Problem?!"

Whether interpreted by actors Alistair Sims or George C-Scott or Patrick Stewart, fans of “A Christmas Carol” must wonder ‘what was Scrooge’s problem?”  Most explanations of his behavior are superficial.  Fortunately, Charles Dickens provides a list of symptoms and a nearly complete case history.   It allowed a couple psychologists at the University of Kentucky to speculate on Mister Scrooge’s mental health. 

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Wed December 21, 2011

Booming Buffalo Market Comes With Growing Pains

More consumers are turning to buffalo meat as a healthier choice that's often better for the environment. South Dakota is the biggest producer of buffalo, and ranchers there say their biggest challenge is keeping up with the demand.