5:03pm

Wed June 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Target Tuesday: In Afghanistan, A Mortar Attack Caught On Tape

Specialist Gregory Goodrich, from Paw Paw Michigan, with Butcher Troop, part of the US Army 1st Infantry Division, fires a Mark 19 grenade launcher at a Taliban mortar team as incoming rounds were hitting just outside the bunker at Combat Outpost Wilderness in Paktia provence, eastern Afghanistan.
David Gilkey NPR

Our colleagues, embedded with troops in Afghanistan, witnessed a dramatic attack yesterday. NPR's Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman tells Michele Norris on today's All Things Considered that the attack happened while they were at a Combat Outpost called Wilderness, which is a short helicopter ride from the city of Khost.

"I was actually coming back from brushing my teeth and there was this massive explosion, maybe 40 yards away," said Tom. Soldiers started screaming "mortars, mortars!" And Tom headed for cover.

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4:57pm

Wed June 22, 2011
Economy

Auto Industry Adjusts To New Normal: Low Sales

A salesman looks at Ford Fusion cars with customers on the lot at the Serramonte Ford dealership in Colma, Calif. This year, Ford Motor Co. reported its best first-quarter earnings since 1998, at $2.6 billion.
David Paul Morris Getty Images

The U.S. auto market is slowly rebounding. But even as sales increase, they're still not at the peaks hit 10 years ago. In 2000 and 2001, more than 17 million automobiles were sold in America. Last year, just under 12 million were sold.

But many analysts, dealers and executives believe the industry is actually healthier selling far fewer cars.

"That 16 to 17 million sales level that we experienced was not a normal situation," says Jeremy Anwyl, CEO of car site Edmunds.com.

He says a lot of the factors that kept car sales high won't be seen again.

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4:53pm

Wed June 22, 2011
NPR Story

Grunting At Wimbledon

Michele Norris and Robert Siegel check in on complaints of grunting at Wimbledon.

4:25pm

Wed June 22, 2011
The Record

Following Claire Chase: A Week In The Life Of The Modern Freelance Musician

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:43 am

Melanie Burford

Claire Chase offered to send a helicopter to pick me up each morning during the seven days I followed her to produce this story.

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4:15pm

Wed June 22, 2011
Planet Money

Why We Tip

If you ask people why they tip, they'll say it's obvious. They tip for good service, of course. It's a reward for a job well done.

But a leading theory on tipping suggests that's not really why we do it.

Studies show that the size of the tip doesn't have much to do with the quality of service. The weather, how sunny it is, what kind of mood people are in, these factors matter just as much as how satisfied the customers are with the service they receive.

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4:02pm

Wed June 22, 2011
Education

Schools Blend Computers With Classroom Learning

Kindergartners at KIPP Empowerment Academy in South Los Angeles work on laptops while in another corner of the room, a group of students do an activity with a teacher.
Larry Abramson NPR

Part 1 of a two-part report.

Many school districts are reluctantly cutting staff and dropping courses in a desperate effort to respond to tighter budgets. But some educators are looking at ways to save money and improve instruction at the same time.

The answer for some schools: blended learning, which is part computer lesson, part classroom instruction.

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3:54pm

Wed June 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Double Standard? US Airways Allows Man Wearing Panties To Fly

You remember we wrote about the University of New Mexico football player who was arrested at a San Francisco airport for his sagging pants, right?

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3:10pm

Wed June 22, 2011
It's All Politics

The Republican Presidential Field: Why Are They All Running?

Underwhelmed by Tuesday's formal announcement of candidacy by Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., some may ask why he's running for president.

Those asking might include people who had not heard of Huntsman heretofore, or who read a glowing magazine profile of him and expected more from his Statue of Liberty speech on Tuesday. Note to future candidates: If you kick off your campaign from a spot famously used by Ronald Reagan, be prepared to be compared – and not favorably.

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3:08pm

Wed June 22, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Berea Delays Fairness Ordinance Decision

On Tuesday night, the Berea City Council announced it will take longer than expected to come to a decision about the possibility of a city fairness ordinance.  The council has held public forums on the ordinance, which would prohibit discrimination in the workplace and housing market due to sexual orientation and gender identity.

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3:06pm

Wed June 22, 2011
The Commonwealth

Non-Profits Lose Tax-Exempt Status

More than 3,000 Kentucky nonprofits recently lost their tax-exempt status with the IRS and a few are working to reverse that. The thousands of nonprofit organizations that lost their tax-exempt status with the IRS represent a wide range of interests, including county fair associations, American Legion chapters, and religious groups. Danielle Clore of the Kentucky Nonprofit Network says the groups were affected by the 2006 federal Pension and Protection Act.

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