12:01am

Fri June 17, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Tourist Attractions now Attract Kentuckians

Summer destinations rely more this year on their neighbors for support.  Instead of tourists, summer events like the Ichthus Christian Rock Festival near Wilmore, The Stephen Foster Story in Bardstown and A Grand Night for Singing at the University of Kentucky, now target local audiences.  Reporter Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader offers an explanation.

12:01am

Fri June 17, 2011
Movie Interviews

Journalists Navigate New 'Times' In 'Page One'

In Page One, Andrew Rossi provides an extended glimpse of The New York Times through the keyhole of its media desk.
Magnolia Pictures

There was a time when The New York Times was known as a leader in daily news. Today, the new documentary Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times finds that paper struggling to get a footing in the new media landscape.

Beginning in 2009, filmmaker Andrew Rossi spent over a year embedded with the Times' media desk. Rossi tells NPR's Renee Montagne that he was attracted to the "play within a play" quality of shadowing media writers at a time when the paper was renegotiating its place in the media world.

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12:01am

Fri June 17, 2011
Planet Money

How To Buy A Stolen Credit Card

Joe Raedle Getty Images

To find the online megamall for stolen credit cards, I have to go to Pittsburgh.

That's where Keith Mularski works. He's a cybercrime agent with the FBI, and he's going to show me how to buy thousands of stolen credit card numbers.

Mularski pulls up a login screen on his browser.

To even be able to see this site — to register and get a password here — Mularski had to use an an alias to persuade two criminals already on the inside to vouch for his criminality.

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12:01am

Fri June 17, 2011
Crisis In The Housing Market

Homebuilder 'Rolls' Along, Deals With Hard Times

Martha Rose has been building houses for nearly four decades. Despite the hard times, she's upbeat and optimistic.
Wendy Kaufman NPR

Construction of new homes rose more than expected last month. But with the glut of foreclosures and other houses already on the market, home prices in many places continue to fall. For homebuilders it remains a very tough market, and many are struggling to survive.

Martha Rose has been building houses for nearly four decades, and despite the hard times, she still loves it. The Seattle-area homebuilder refers to herself as a building nerd and worries about every detail, from the overall plan and energy efficiency of a project to how a particular corner will be built.

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12:01am

Fri June 17, 2011
Animals

Squeaking Up A Storm: Yes, That Mouse Is Singing

Mighty Mouse? Male Alston's mice use high-frequency songs to entice females.
Bret Pasch University of Florida

When you think of animals that sing, birds will certainly come to mind. Whales might, too. But mice? Or fish?

It turns out mice and fish do sing, although "vocalizations" might be a more technically correct way of describing the sounds they make.

Bret Pasch, a graduate student at the University of Florida, says there are plenty of mouse species that sing. "The more we search, the more we find that rodents and other small mammals produce vocalizations," he says.

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10:00pm

Thu June 16, 2011
StoryCorps

A Writer And His Father, And 'A Barrier Between Us'

Walter Dean Myers, 73, spoke with his son, Christopher Myers, 36, about his efforts to make an impression on his father.
StoryCorps

Walter Dean Myers grew up in Harlem, the son of a janitor. He became an author, writing young adult fiction that's especially popular with teenage readers. But as he tells his son, Christopher, there was one person Myers always wanted his writing to impress: his dad.

"He bought you a typewriter at one point," Christopher says. "Why do you think he knew that that was important to you?"

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9:21pm

Thu June 16, 2011
Law

High Court: Age Must Be Considered In Interrogation

The U.S. Supreme Court has broadened use of the Miranda warning for suspects, extending it to children questioned by police in school. By a 5-to-4 vote, the court said for the first time on Thursday that age must be considered in determining whether a suspect is aware of his or her rights.

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8:26pm

Thu June 16, 2011
It's All Politics

Ethanol Subsidies Down But Not Out After Senate Opposes Them

Demonstrating just how much concern over the nation's fiscal problems has changed the political climate, ethanol has lost its mojo and now appears vulnerable, with the Senate voting Thursday 73-27 to cut tax subsidies to the industry.

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7:59pm

Thu June 16, 2011
Movie Reviews

'Page One': The 'Times,' A-Changing On All Fronts

Paper Tigers? Employees of The New York Times occupy a prominent perch in the journalism world — but in the year chronicled in Andrew Rossi's Page One, they and the Gray Lady both face how precarious the heights can be.
Magnolia Pictures

We've all heard the litany: Newsprint is expensive, circulation is down, ad revenues are declining, and bloggers can do everything faster and cheaper. Dead-tree journalism, in short, is on its last legs. Except somehow it staggers on, inspiring the likes of young New York Times reporter Tim Arango to do what generations of reporters have done before him: grab a notebook and fly into a war zone. (In this case, Iraq.)

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