Sat July 2, 2011

Week In News: Debt Ceiling, Strauss-Kahn Case, Google

President Obama spent the week hammering away at Republicans in Congress for the stalemates over the budget and the debt ceiling. Host Guy Raz speaks with James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, about that story, the saga of Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Google's attempt at a Facebook killer.


Sat July 2, 2011
Music Interviews

The Golden Years Of Nigerian Boogie

Art from the cover of Brand New Wayo: Funk, Fast Times and Nigerian Boogie Badness 1979-1983.
Courtesy of Comb & Razor Sound

Between 1979 and 1983, Nigeria experienced a handful of watershed moments: an oil boom, the return of democracy after years of military dictatorship, and a lot of money flooding into the country. Creative industries — music in particular — responded in kind, and suddenly Nigeria was the right place to be at the right time for musicians all over Africa.

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Sat July 2, 2011
Around the Nation

Minnesota Shutdown Hits Vulnerable First

St. Paul's Driver and Vehicle Services Office stayed dark Friday.
Hannah Foslien Getty Images

Minnesotans are on their second day without a functioning state government as the Democratic governor and Republican lawmakers still cannot agree on how to fill a $5 billion dollar budget hole.

Gov. Mark Dayton wants to raise income taxes on the wealthiest Minnesotans. But Republicans, who control both the House and Senate, say that's unacceptable. The two sides missed a July 1 deadline to hash out a deal, so most state offices and services shut down — except for a few critical ones like police, the courts and Medicaid.

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Sat July 2, 2011
Music Lists

'Global Village' Picks Latin Classics, Reinvented

Mexican singer Magos Herrera mixes bolero and jazz in "Luz de Luna."
Courtesy of the artist

As he does every so often, Betto Arcos joins Weekend All Things Considered host Guy Raz to discuss some of the music he's been spinning on his KPFK world music program Global Village. This week, Arcos offers a handful of modern artists who have mined the long, intercontinental history of Latin music for source material and inspiration.

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Sat July 2, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Harvard Punishes 3 Psychiatrists Over Undisclosed Industry Pay

Child psychiatrist Charles Biederman, of Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Massachusetts General Hospital

Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital have disciplined three faculty members in a long-running conflict-of-interest case that became a prime exhibit in the debate over the federal Physician Payments Sunshine Act of 2010.

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Sat July 2, 2011
Simon Says

Out Of The Mouths Of Hosts, Oft Times, Come Flubs

I have sympathy for anyone who says something stupid into a microphone — any politician, pundit or nervous best man who makes an inane wedding toast.

Been there. Done that.

Mark Halperin, Time magazine's senior political analyst and a frequent commenter on MSNBC, was suspended by the cable network this week for using a locker-room profanity to critique President Obama's latest press conference. The hosts of the Morning Joe program assured Mr. Halperin that a seven-second delay switch would delete any coarse assessment that he wanted to make.

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Sat July 2, 2011

School Trains The Blind On Life With A Guide Dog

Guide Dogs Acting President Morgan Watkins with his guide dog, Will.
Courtesy of Guide Dogs For The Blind

Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, Calif., has been teaching students how to adapt to life with an animal at their side since World War II.

The training process lasts about a month, and recently, about half-dozen blind students were preparing for their second class. Some are here for the first time and have to learn everything from scratch, like how to put on that harness. The school serves about 300 people a year.

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Sat July 2, 2011

Abortion Wars: Taking It To The States

Originally published on Sat July 2, 2011 4:25 pm

The nation's abortion wars, simmering but largely quiet in recent years, have begun boiling again.

Nowhere has the battle been more pitched than in Kansas, where the Legislature this session passed four anti-abortion measures and attempted to adopt strict new licensing rules that this week came within hours of closing down the state's last abortion provider.

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Sat July 2, 2011

In France, The Strauss-Kahn Uproar Gets Even Louder

The case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn has riveted France. His arrest sparked a national debate about the treatment of women and the role of the media. It also upended French politics, as prior to his arrest, Strauss-Kahn was seen as a potential challenger in next year's presidential election. Host Scott Simon speaks to Le Monde Senior Editor Sylvie Kauffmann about how the French are reacting to the latest developments in the case.


Sat July 2, 2011
Around the Nation

He Said, She Said: Now It's Just The Lawyers Talking

Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn was released Friday.
Todd Heisler AFP/Getty Images

The troubles that hit the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn this week may find a place in history books. As presiding judge Michael Obus put it mildly in court Friday, "I understand that the circumstances surrounding this case, from the viewpoint of the parties, have changed substantially."

With full agreement from prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney's office, a man who spent weeks under house arrest walked out of the courthouse Friday with a smile, his arm slung around the shoulders of his wife.

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