2:38pm

Sun December 11, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Training Prepares Soldiers for Combat Scenarios

“Rollover! Rollover!” was the refrain bursting forth from a simulated Humvee suspended in the air, slowly working its way beyond its tipping point to an upside down position. The voices cracking over the speakers embedded in the Humvee were those of the soldiers of the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command during a simulation in the Humvee Egress Assistance Trainer at Fort Knox.

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2:33pm

Sun December 11, 2011
Business and the Economy

Christmas Tree Sales Rising

Tree farmers and retailers have reported robust sales of Christmas trees this season, with sales of natural trees increasing over the past couple of years. n most years since 2004, sales of natural trees outstripped artificial Christmas tree sales by a ratio of greater than 3-to-1, according to the National Christmas Tree Association.

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1:40pm

Sun December 11, 2011
Deceptive Cadence

Clouds, Concertos And A Trip To Fiji: New Classical Albums

Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 3:07 pm

Cloud and Light, by Tshio Hosokawa, was written for the ancient Japanes instrument called the sho.
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With all the chatter about the death of the compact disc, anxiety in the recording industry and the domination of downloads, the flood of CDs overflowing my mailbox never seems to recede. Need a new Bruckner 4th, an Adès anthology or piano music by Pärt? How about Azerbaijani concertos, Schubert sonatas or a new Midsummer Night's Dream?

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12:20pm

Sun December 11, 2011
Presidential Race

Former Spokesman: 'Newt, If I Let You Down, I'm Sorry'

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks while former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul look on during the ABC News GOP presidential debate on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Judging by the attacks on Newt Gingrich at Saturday's GOP debate in Des Moines, Iowa, the former House speaker is the man to beat in the Republican presidential field.

The past few weeks have seen a remarkable turnaround for Gingrich's campaign. It wasn't long ago when his bid was all but left for dead. This summer, nearly his entire campaign staff resigned on a single day. One of those staffers was Gingrich's longtime communications aide Rick Tyler.

Tyler explains that he left because he lost perspective, but is now open to rejoining Gingrich's campaign.

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8:00am

Sun December 11, 2011
NPR Story

Iraq PM, Obama Get Together To Break Apart

Originally published on Sun December 11, 2011 9:58 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.

Nearly nine years after the Iraq War began, the U.S. is winding down its involvement there. U.S. troops will be out of Iraq by December 31st. The Obama administration says what comes next will be a new phase in the relationship with Iraq. What that involves will most likely be part of the discussion when Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, heads to Washington to meet with President Obama tomorrow.

NPR's Kelly McEvers reports from Baghdad.

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8:00am

Sun December 11, 2011
Technology

Big Cash Prize For Untangling Shredded Paper

California software developer Octavio Good and his team won $50,000 for reassembling shredded documents. Host Audie Cornish talks to Good about the Pentagon-sponsored contest.

8:00am

Sun December 11, 2011
Sports

What's Major League Soccer Without Beckham?

Originally published on Sun December 11, 2011 9:58 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

David Beckham - when you hear that name, you probably think of one of today's greatest soccer players.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Can he bend it? Beckham. It's in the net. Beckham is going to slide over the half-point line and he is going to (unintelligible) the net. What a goal for David Beckham.

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8:00am

Sun December 11, 2011
World

Youngest South-Pole Skier In Family Of Firsts

Originally published on Sun December 11, 2011 9:58 am

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8:00am

Sun December 11, 2011
NPR Story

Waves Of Russians Fill The Streets To Protest Putin

Originally published on Sun December 11, 2011 9:58 am

Tens of thousands of Russians took to the streets of Moscow Saturday, shouting "We exist!" against Vladimir Putin's inevitable return to the presidency. Host Audie Cornish speaks with Julia Ioffe, Foreign Policy's Moscow correspondent, about post-election protests in Russia.

8:00am

Sun December 11, 2011
Politics

Congress May Be Tied To The Hill For Holidays

Originally published on Sun December 11, 2011 9:58 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Whoever winds up winning the Republican nomination will get a chance to be president, and one of the most trying parts of that job is dealing with Congress. Joining us now is NPR congressional correspondent David Welna to walk us through the issues still on the table as Congress approaches its Christmas recess. Hi there, David.

DAVID WELNA, BYLINE: Hi, Audie.

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