Fri June 3, 2011
NPR Story

Two Black Veteran Activists Remembered

Host Michel Martin marks the passing of two historic lives. Former Black Panther Geronimo Pratt died on Thursday in Tanzania. He served 27 years in prison for a murder he insisted he did not commit, before his conviction was overturned in 1997. Martin also marks the death of Albertina Sisulu, a veteran of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. Sisulu spent months in jail for her work championing the rights of women and children. She was 92 years old.


Fri June 3, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: British Intelligence Battled Al-Qaida With Cupcakes

Customers look at the cupcakes in London, England.
Cate Gillon Getty Images

British anti-terror activities took a decidedly sweet turn, last year. The Telegraph, The Guardian and the Associated Press, among others, are reporting that British intelligence agents hacked into one of al-Qaida's English language publications and swapped out a recipe for home-made bombs with recipes for American cupcakes.

The Telegraph reports:

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Fri June 3, 2011
Middle East

'Then They Came For' Journalist Maziar Bahari

This interview was originally broadcast on June 15, 2010. Mazair Bahari's memoir Then They Came For Me, about his time in captivity, will be released on June 7, 2011.

On June 21, 2009, Newsweek correspondent Maziar Bahari was arrested by Iranian intelligence officers in the aftermath of the election demonstrations that swept across Tehran.

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Fri June 3, 2011
Planet Money

25 Million Americans Are Unemployed Or Can't Find Full-Time Work

*Have looked for work in the past year, but not in the past four weeks
Jess Jiang NPR

Today's jobs report was even worse than expected. The economy added only 54,000 jobs during May — not even enough to keep up with population growth — and the unemployment rate rose to 9.1 percent.

Dig a little deeper, and the unemployment picture looks even worse. Here are a few key numbers.

There are 13.9 million Americans who are out of work and actively looking for a job. These are the people counted in the traditional unemployment number.

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Fri June 3, 2011
The Two-Way

Was Poet Pablo Neruda Poisoned In 1973? Chile Will Investigate

Pablo Neruda in October, 1971.
AFP/Getty Images

After a call from Chile's Communist Party for a formal investigation into whether poet Pablo Neruda was assassinated under orders from Gen. Augusto Pinochet, a judge has ordered a probe of Neruda's 1973 death.

As the BBC writes:

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Fri June 3, 2011
Live Fridays From XPN

Live Today: Okkervil River In Concert

Okkervil River.
Alexandra Valenti

Indie-rock band Okkervil River is one of the most prominent acts in one of our country's most musical cities: Austin, Texas. Formed in 1998 by high school buddies, Okkervil River went through the typical garage-band phase when it self-released its first material. In 2000, the band, taking its intriguing name from a piece of Russian fiction, paired with producer/engineer Brian Beattie for the LP Don't Fall in Love with Everyone You See.

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Fri June 3, 2011
NPR Story

Recipe: 'White Chocolate-Macadamia Nut Cookies'

Antonis Achilleos

If you are a white chocolate lover, this is the cookie for you. I love this combination; white chocolate and macadamia nuts are perfect partners — rich and sweet.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies

Vanilla Base Dough

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Fri June 3, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

MRSA Bug Found In Cows And Humans Can Evade Some Tests

A colorized scanning electron micrograph showing clumps of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria in 2005.
Janice Carr; Jeff Hageman CDC

European researchers have found a strain of drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus that appears to have a novel way of defeating the antibiotic methicillin.

Bugs that can beat that antibiotic are known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, and present real challenges for prevention and treatment.

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Fri June 3, 2011
It's All Politics

If Obama Wins Re-Election, It May Be Despite Economy, Not Because Of It

We have it from no less an authority than David Axelrod, his political strategist, that President Obama knows better than most that it was the prevailing economic gloom in 2008 that helped put him in the White House.

Axelrod recalls once saying wistfully to the president during a White House meeting as crises abounded: "I wonder what it would be like to be here during good times?"

To which Obama said: " 'Don't kid yourself. If things were good, we wouldn't have gotten the job.' "

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Fri June 3, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Dozens of Citations Given Letcher, Perry Mines

Federal inspectors issued 30 citations at an underground coal mine in Letcher County during a special inspection last month, according to a news release. Among other things, the citations allege that the operator of Vision Coal Inc.'s Mine No. 2 failed to follow the approved plans for supporting the mine roof and drilling test holes, exposing miners to potential injuries from roof falls and the danger of being inundated by water and harmful gases, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration said.