Fri June 17, 2011
It's All Politics

A Month In New Job, Chicago Mayor Emanuel Is Having An Impact

Chicago officials be forewarned: Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the city's new chief executive, may drop in on you with no notice and administer a snap quiz.

In a conversation with Weekend Edition Saturday, Emanuel told host Scott Simon that he did just that recently.

Between two scheduled events, Emanuel decided to make an impromptu visit to a police precinct in a high crime area which was just assigned 57 additional extra police officers as part of the new mayor's effort to get more police out of desk jobs and onto the streets.

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Fri June 17, 2011
Planet Money

The Friday Podcast: Why Do We Tip?

Originally published on Tue May 22, 2012 1:26 pm

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In the 16th century, coffee shops prominently displayed coin boxes with the phrase "to ensure prompt service" written on the side. If you wanted your coffee in a hurry, you dropped a little something extra in the box, and made sure the waitress saw you do it.

This, according to at least one version of history, is where tipping began.

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Fri June 17, 2011
Around the Nation

Time To Mark National Theme Day Appreciation Day

Today is National Theme Day Appreciation Day.

OK, we made that up. We can find no such thing. At least not on the various lists of official theme days in the United States.

But have you noticed? Americans give everything a special name — days, weeks, months.

Some are serious and draw attention to grave issues. June, for instance, is Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome Awareness Month — which puts a spotlight on a syndrome that leads to miscarriages, thrombosis, strokes and heart attacks. June is National Scoliosis Awareness Month and National Safety Month.

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Fri June 17, 2011
A Blog Supreme

Around The Jazz Internet: June 17, 2011


Before we continue, an announcement: NPR Music is video webcasting live jazz twice next week. Tuesday, we've got Mark Turner's quartet at the Village Vanguard. Wednesday, is the debut of The Checkout: Live From 92Y Tribeca, with Dan Tepfer, hosted here on A Blog Supreme. Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming:

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Fri June 17, 2011

Never Too Old To Wear A Cap And Gown

Leo Plass, 99, graduated this month from Eastern Oregon University, the school he dropped out of during the Great Depression.

It's never too late to go back and get a college degree, at least not for 99-year-old Leo Plass of Redmond, Ore.

Plass enrolled at Eastern Oregon Normal School in 1929 to become a teacher. He lost his savings in a bank failure, and in 1932, Plass' friend offered him a job with a logging company.

"I needed the money to live on," Plass said. He took the job and dropped out just three credits shy of a degree.

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Fri June 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Study: Honeybees Might Have Feelings, Too

We all know that some animals seem to display emotions. If you've ever had a dog, for example, you can tell when they're feeling down and scientists have found that mammals and birds can exhibit pessimism.

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Fri June 17, 2011
Music Interviews

A Jazz Man's Cuban Pilgrimage, With Band In Tow

Arturo O'Farrill's sons, Zack and Adam.
David Leach Courtesy of the O'Farrill family

Last December, pianist Arturo O'Farrill and his Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra left New York City for Cuba, along with O'Farrill's mother, his wife and his two teenage sons. The orchestra headlined the Havana International Jazz Plaza Festival, which was dedicated to O'Farrill's father, the legendary New York bandleader Chico O'Farrill.

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Fri June 17, 2011
It's All Politics

Pawlenty Keeps Voters Guessing About Which T-Paw They'll Get

Perhaps Mitt Romney's greatest vulnerability is the sense many voters and journalists have of him that his values are situational, that he'll take one position on an issue when it helps him politically and the opposite stance when that's advantageous.

The ideal competitor to a frontrunner with that kind of record then, would arguably be one who could boast of his consistency.

Tim Pawlenty may eventually be able to make that claim. But consistency isn't exactly the word that comes to mind right now with Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor.

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Fri June 17, 2011
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup

It's All Politics, June 16, 2011

GOP White House hopefuls debate in New Hampshire. Tim Pawlenty seems to back off his "Obamneycare" comment. Newt Gingrich's senior staff decamps, many head to Rick Perry's corner. Plus: Rep. Weiner takes the hint and resigns. Obama and House Speaker John Boehner to talk budget between bogeys.


Fri June 17, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

McKinsey Health Insurance Survey Raises Ruckus, Questions


The influential consulting firm McKinsey & Company caused quite a stir when it published an article last week predicting that nearly a third of employers "will definitely or probably stop offering" health insurance to their workers after 2014.

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