Tue July 5, 2011

Artist Cy Twombly Dies At 83

American artist Cy Twombly died Tuesday in Rome. He was 83. Melissa Block speaks with Josef Helfenstein, the director of the Menil Collection in Houston, where much of Twombly's art is on display.


Tue July 5, 2011

Indonesian School Accused Of Ties To Banned Group

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 10:12 am

Students and parents wait to register for a new term at Al-Zaytun, Indonesia's largest "pesantren," or Islamic boarding school.
Anthony Kuhn NPR

A student's call to prayer echoes through an empty mosque at dusk. The scene is Al-Zaytun, Indonesia's largest "pesantren," or Islamic boarding school. More than 6,000 students in 12 grades study at its sprawling campus in Indramayu, West Java. They memorize the Koran, and they study computers, human rights and journalism.

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Tue July 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama: Lawmakers Made 'Progress' On Budget Over Holiday Weekend

President Obama said that over the holiday weekend lawmakers had made progress, with "greater progress ... within sight" on striking a deal on the budget and raising the debt limit.

The president made an appearance at the beginning of the White House press briefing today, saying he had called for a White House meeting with Congressional leaders on Thursday.

"I expect everyone will leave their ultimatums and rhetoric at the door and do what's best for the country," he said.

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Tue July 5, 2011

What A Debt Default Would Really Mean For The U.S.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke (from left), Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair host the first meeting of the Financial Stability Oversight Council last October.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Washington lawmakers returned from a long holiday weekend on Tuesday, with just four weeks left to raise the federal debt ceiling or run the risk of a government default.

Many lawmakers insist that they won't vote to raise the debt limit unless there's also a deal to cut the deficit.

That would leave the government, which now borrows more than 40 cents of every dollar, suddenly without a working credit card.

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Tue July 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: Cisco Join China In Developing Massive Surveillance Network

In a piece today, the Wall Street Journal reports that Cisco Systems Inc. will help China build a massive surveillance network in the city of Chongqing. The technological part of it is impressive, as it will "cover cover a half-million intersections, neighborhoods and parks over nearly 400 square miles, an area more than 25% larger than New York City."

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Tue July 5, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Managed Care Creeps Into The Doctor's Office


Help wanted: Doctors to limit expensive tests, hospital visits and surgeries.

You're not likely to see such a brazen job listing, but managed care companies are getting into the business of running physician groups to keep costs down, as Kaiser Health News reported over the weekend.

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Tue July 5, 2011

New UK Head Meets Rank and File

The new leader of the state's flagship university says he wants to meet with as many people, in as many departments, as quickly as possible. As Alan Lytle reports, the school's administration is doing its best to make that happen. New University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto continues to make the rounds getting to know the school's students, faculty, and staff.

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Tue July 5, 2011
Music Reviews

Femi And Seun Kuti Keep Their Father's Rebellious Beat

Femi Kuti and Seun Anikulapo-Kuti.
Julien Mignot; Kelechi Amadiobi Courtesy of Knitting Factory Records

Nigeria's Fela Kuti was the creator of Afrobeat, a funky, brassy, fiercely political style of music that earned a worldwide following before Fela's death in 1997. That following has only grown in the years since, in part because two of Fela's sons, Femi and Seun, carry on the Afrobeat tradition with bands, tours and recordings of their own.

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Tue July 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Syrian Foreign Minister: Opposition Should Join 'Dialogue'

Even as there were more reports today about deaths of demonstrators in Syria, the country's foreign minister was telling reporters that President Bashar Assad's regime is serious about wanting a "national dialogue" that will lead to reform.

NPR's Deborah Amos was among the reporters who Walid Moallem spoke with in a series of one-on-one interviews in Damascus.

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Tue July 5, 2011
The Candidates' Guide To Campaigning

In New Hampshire, Every Handshake Counts

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shakes hands while marching in the Fourth of July parade in Amherst, N.H.
Darren McCollester Getty Images

It's officially summer vacation time. But if you're a candidate running for president, you'll spend your summer shaking hands in early voting states. Here, a look at the required stops and must-see attractions in the first primary state, New Hampshire.

Up and at 'em, candidates — the campaign day in New Hampshire starts early. Those pancake breakfasts don't eat themselves.

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