3:15pm

Wed June 8, 2011
The Picture Show

The Secret World Of Child Brides

Long after midnight, 5-year-old Rajani is roused from sleep and carried by her uncle to her wedding. Child marriage is illegal in India, so ceremonies are often held in the wee hours of morning. It becomes a secret the whole village keeps, explained one farmer.
Stephanie Sinclair National Geographic

Today on All Things Considered, Michele Norris talks with National Geographic Magazine reporter Cynthia Gorney and photographer Stephanie Sinclair about their June piece, "Too Young to Wed: The Secret World of Child Brides." I also caught up with Sinclair — a photojournalist specializing in gender and human-rights issues — to ask her a few questions about the project she has been working on for eight years.

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3:06pm

Wed June 8, 2011
The Commonwealth

New Law Targets Metal Theft in Kentucky

Among the many new laws taking effect today is one whose purpose is to deter the growing problem of metal theft in Kentucky. House Bill 242 unanimously passed both houses of the Kentucky General Assembly during the 2011 legislative session and was signed into law by Gov. Steve Beshear on March 16.

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3:00pm

Wed June 8, 2011
Environment

Obama Takes Heat From Some Environmentalists

The gray wolf has been a controversial entry on the endangered species list. Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt is concerned Congress may kick them off the list altogether.
AP

Environmentalists have been quietly grumbling about the Obama administration for months. Now one of the country's most prominent conservationists — former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt — is retaking the public stage to scold President Obama.

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3:00pm

Wed June 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Critical Day For Arizona Fire Crews; Power Lines To Other States In Danger

Wind gusts of 35 mph or more and timber that has less moisture than what you'd get if you bought kiln-dried lumber at your local hardware store are combining to make this a critical day for the several thousand firefighters battling the huge wildfire in northeast Arizona.

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2:58pm

Wed June 8, 2011
Japan In Crisis

Despite Radiation, Some Japanese Villagers Stay Put

Nisaka Mieko gathers chives, which have been contaminated by radiation from the Fukushima nuclear reactor accident. She says she may lose $25,000 in crops, and hopes to plant some of the seeds next year.
Louisa Lim/NPR

Japan has doubled its estimate for the amount of radiation leaked by the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, but the process of evacuating the zone around the plant has not been smooth.

In some villages where evacuation orders have been issued, Japanese residents have stayed put.

The village of Iitate, about 20 miles from the plant, has radiation levels well above those considered safe. But it appears there are still quite a few people in the village, including one couple busy in their fields.

Salvaging Crops And Livestock

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2:33pm

Wed June 8, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

The Black Angels: Tiny Desk Concert

Adele Hampton NPR
  • Audio Only: The Black Angels' Tiny Desk Concert

The Black Angels' music is hardly the stuff of stripped-down acoustic confessionals: It's the sound of a distant rumble, possibly beamed from a garage in the early '70s. So when we got word that the Austin-based psych-rock band would go acoustic for this Tiny Desk Concert in the NPR Music offices, a mystery was born: namely, "Huh?"

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2:33pm

Wed June 8, 2011
NPR FM Berlin Blog

Special Exhibitions At Berlin's DMY International Design Festival

DMY was hosted at Airport Tempelfhof over the last week.
Hannah Burn for NPR

Collaboration is a hot topic in Design.

Design conferences everywhere are asking, "Where should the audience end and the presenters begin?"

Berlin's DMY International Design Festival was no exception. Held in the former Airport Tempelhof, the large pre-World War II hangar was open, flat, lined with long windows and very inviting.

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2:29pm

Wed June 8, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Police Escorts for Funerals At Risk

Some tough budget decisions are expected today when Lexington’s Urban County Council convenes.  One of the items up for debate is the future of police escorts for Lexington area funerals. The future of police escorts for funeral processions could be decided Thursday at Lexington’s city hall.  Hoping to cut costs, Mayor Jim Gray wants to eliminate the service.  However, former Urban County Council member Jim Combs, who helped launch the service in 1980, says the escorts protect the processions.

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2:29pm

Wed June 8, 2011
It's All Politics

RNC Chair Weiner-izes Pelosi, Continues Resignation Drumbeat

Congressional Democrats spell "distraction" a lot differently than most everyone else these days. They spell it w-e-i-n-e-r.

Rep. Anthony Weiner may want to tough it out through the current scandal. But his crisis is taking a predictable trajectory in the wake of his Monday admission that he sent lewd photos and engaged in explicit online conversations with several women.

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