12:00pm

Thu July 7, 2011
Space

DeGrasse Tyson: Links Between NASA, Fashion, Food

The final launch of NASA's shuttle Atlantis is this Friday. When that mission ends, so will the shuttle program that produced scientific advances and stunning cosmic photos. To learn about the program's legacy and the future of space exploration, host Michel Martin speaks with Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and host of "NOVA scienceNOW."

12:00pm

Thu July 7, 2011
Education

Arne Duncan: How Dream Act Can Reduce Deficit

During Obama's Twitter Town Hall meeting Wednesday, several questions focused on U.S. schools' needs and budgets. Host Michel Martin and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan discuss No Child Left Behind, the plan aimed to improve failing public schools; as well as the Dream Act, which would create a path to citizenship for some undocumented youth.

11:59am

Thu July 7, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Americans Get An F On Fat

Obesity rates continue to climb in the U.S.
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Did you really think people in this country were getting slimmer? Of course not.

But the latest look at obesity in the U.S. paints an even grimmer picture of our national weight problem than you might have imagined.

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11:57am

Thu July 7, 2011
Books We Like

G.R.R. Martin's Complex Epic For An Ambivalent Age

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In 2005 I wrote a review of George R. R. Martin's novel, A Feast for Crows, in which I called him "the American Tolkien." That phrase has stuck to him, which is what I meant it to do. I think Martin's fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire is the great epic of our era. It's an epic for a more profane, more sardonic, more ambivalent age than the one Tolkien lived in. Tolkien was a veteran of the Somme, and wrote during Word War II, when it really seemed like the fate of civilization was hanging in the balance. Now we can't even agree on what civilization is.

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11:56am

Thu July 7, 2011

11:52am

Thu July 7, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

KY Approves Special License Tags

Two new specialty license plates have been approved by the Transportation Cabinet.  One tag supports the Alzheimer’s Association, while the second carries the slogan “In God We Trust” with a backdrop of the American flag.  Kentucky already has a regular plate with the “In God We Trust” slogan”.  But MaryAnn Gramig, who’s president of the ROCK Cares Foundation which sponsors the new plate, says it bolsters a spiritual message.

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11:50am

Thu July 7, 2011
Space

A 'Faceful Of Earth': Astronauts Recall Shuttle Highs

Originally published on Fri July 8, 2011 9:42 am

American astronaut Leroy Chiao gives a thumbs up during the ride from a suit-up facility in Kazakhstan in 2004. The mission took Chiao to the International Space Station and was his last trip into space before retiring in 2005.
Bill Ingalls AP

There are 30 years between the bookends of the first and last NASA space shuttle flights. In those three decades, the shuttles Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour flew well over 100 missions.

But this summer, the program draws to a close to allow the space agency to dedicate more funding and energy to exploring the farther reaches of space. In the process, NASA hands over greater responsibility to private space companies.

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11:26am

Thu July 7, 2011
Law

Why Jose Antonio Vargas Should Leave The U.S.

Mark Krikorian is the head of the Center for Immigration Studies and a columnist for National Review Online.
Eli Turner Center for Immigration Studies

Mark Krikorian says that Jose Antonio Vargas, the journalist who recently came out as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine, should go back to the Philippines.

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11:26am

Thu July 7, 2011
Around the Nation

A Journalist Comes Out As An Illegal Immigrant

Jose Antonio Vargas works in his New York City apartment May 26. Vargas, a journalist, has revealed to the public that he is an illegal immigrant.
Bonnie Jo Mount Courtesy of The Washington Post

At the age of 12, Jose Antonio Vargas was taken to an airport in the Philippines, loaded onto a plane and shipped to the United States to live with his grandparents. For four years, he lived in California without knowing he was here illegally.

But when Vargas was 16 and tried to get his driver's permit at the D.M.V, a clerk whispered to him that his green card was fake — and that he shouldn't return to the D.M.V.

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11:11am

Thu July 7, 2011
The Two-Way

One Jobs Report Signals Better Growth

There were 157,000 jobs added to businesses' payrolls in June, according to the widely watched ADP National Employment Report, a private-sector look at the labor market that's sometimes an advance indication of what the Bureau of Labor Statistics will say about the same month.

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