4:00am

Fri December 9, 2011
Latin America

5 Years Later: Calderon's War On Cartels

Originally published on Fri December 9, 2011 10:35 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This Sunday marks the fifth anniversary of Mexican President Felipe Calderon declaring all-out war against the drug traffickers in his country. On December 11th of 2006, he vowed to use all the powers of the state to bring the druglords to heel. The narco-war of Calderon´s presidency has left a stunning casualty toll - more than 40,000 people dead.

NPR's Jason Beaubien joins me from Mexico City to talk about the Calderon administration's battle with the cartels. Good morning, Jason.

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4:00am

Fri December 9, 2011
Sports

Is Albert Pujols Worth $250 Million?

The Los Angeles Angels have signed slugger Albert Pujols. He's considered one of the best baseball players of his generation, but is the $250 million the Angels are paying Pujols worth it?

3:09am

Fri December 9, 2011
Best Books Of 2011

Booksellers' Picks: Catch The Year's Freshest Reads

Priscilla Nielsen for NPR

This winter, our independent booksellers have selected books that range in subject from toasters to typeface, odd bookmarks to old Volkswagons, department stores to pasta design. Whether you need a picture book for a toddler, kid lit for a young reader, or quirky non-fiction for the grown-up set, these booksellers have just the thing on their shelves.

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11:47pm

Thu December 8, 2011
StoryCorps

A Livin' Thing: After Decades, A Couple Reconnects

MaryAnn and Jim Fletcher pose for a photo on the night of their junior prom dance, in the Half Hollow Hills School District of New York's Long Island.
Jim Fletcher

Jim and MaryAnn Fletcher met when they were just children, in the first grade. Later, they became high school sweethearts. But then they split up — until they found each other again, more than 20 years later.

Both Jim and MaryAnn are now 50 years old. And they spoke recently about how they met, and the twists and turns their lives have taken since that day. Jim started by recalling the first time he laid eyes on MaryAnn.

"It was the first day of first grade. And there was this kid who said to me, 'That's MaryAnn Lando. She can read.'"

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7:32pm

Thu December 8, 2011
The Two-Way

A Survivor's Duty After Pearl Harbor: Telling The Story

Pearl Harbor survivor Frank Curre gave his eyewitness account of the attack in an interview with StoryCorps in Waco, Texas.
StoryCorps

It turns out that Frank Curre, who survived Pearl Harbor and then died on Dec. 7, 2011, 70 years after the attack, may have hit the attack's anniversary exactly. We heard from his family late Wednesday that Curre died around noon, in Waco, Texas. That means it was around 8 o'clock in the morning in Pearl Harbor — the hour the aerial attack began.

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5:21pm

Thu December 8, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

To Keep Marriage Healthy When Baby Comes, Share Housework

Originally published on Thu December 8, 2011 5:24 pm

A survey identifies traits, like generosity, that help couples buck the trend toward marital discord once baby arrives.
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As many couples can attest — and lots of research backs this up — marital happiness plummets with the arrival of a baby. Sleepless nights, seemingly endless diaper changes and the avalanche of new chores that come with a newborn leave little time for the intimacies of marriage. It's a situation ripe for mental stress and marital discord.

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5:20pm

Thu December 8, 2011
Health and Welfare

Tobacco Possible Flu Fighting Tool

Kentucky-grown tobacco could someday be used in the fight against influenza.  It’s the premise of research work underway at Kentucky Bio-Processing in Owensboro.  C-E-O Hugh Hayden says the western Kentucky company has worked on the experimental program with the U-S Department of Defense.  Hayden says proteins found in tobacco could be used to cultivate flu vaccines.

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5:16pm

Thu December 8, 2011
Newt Gingrich

Why Some Evangelicals Back Thrice-Wed Gingrich

Originally published on Fri December 9, 2011 12:37 pm

Newt Gingrich, shown with his wife, Callista Gingrich, attends a pre-debate rally sponsored by the Faith and Freedom Coalition earlier this year in Florida. The thrice-married former House speaker, who cheated on his first two wives and was punished by the House for ethical violations, is now outperforming family man Mitt Romney among Iowa's evangelicals.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

One of the puzzles of the Republican presidential campaign is Newt Gingrich's appeal to religious conservatives. The irony is that Gingrich, a Catholic convert who has had three marriages, is outperforming Romney, a lifelong Mormon and family man. In fact, less than a month before the Iowa caucuses, the former speaker of the House has three times the support of evangelicals in that state that Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, does.

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5:00pm

Thu December 8, 2011
All Politics are Local

Republicans Block Consumer Bureau Nominee

Kentucky’s senators helped the GOP block the president’s nominee to head the nation’s new bureau to protect consumers from financial fraud. Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray didn’t stand a chance and it’s not because he’s viewed as extreme or controversial in the least. Republicans just don’t like the consumer bureau the president asked him to head.

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4:56pm

Thu December 8, 2011
It's All Politics

Obama In No Appeasing Mood As He Goes After Republicans

It has been President Obama's misfortune to be accused of appeasement by both his political supporters and foes.

For much of his presidency, liberals have accused the president of being too willing to compromise away their priorities in his negotiations with Republicans.

Meanwhile, Republicans have called Obama an appeaser for not doing more to constrain U.S. enemies in the Middle East, specifically Iran.

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