12:00pm

Wed June 8, 2011
NPR Story

Connie Chung Talks News, Family And Fighting With Humor

Host Michel Martin has a "Wisdom Watch" conversation with Connie Chung, whose award-winning broadcast news career began in 1969. Chung is the first Asian and the second woman to become a nightly news anchor at a major network. She talks about rising in a field where women and minorities were discriminated against. She also reflects on her mistakes, controversial interviews, and desire to make something of the "Chung" family name.

12:00pm

Wed June 8, 2011
Health

Institute of Medicine Finds LGBT Health Research Gaps In US

Host Michel Martin and Judy Bradford of the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health discuss the report's findings and the LGBT community's most prevalent health issues. Demographer Gary Gates also joins the conversation. He is debunking famous sex researcher Alfred Kinsey's claim that 10% of males in the U.S. are gay. He talks about this percentage, the real number of America's LGBT people, and challenges to gathering accurate data.

12:00pm

Wed June 8, 2011
Economy

'Patriotic Millionaires' Ask Obama, Congress To Raise Their Taxes

The 200 members of Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength are advocating higher taxes on the wealthy. Group member Dennis Mehiel says this is part of balancing the country's fiscal policy. Host Michel Martin speaks with Mehiel to learn more about this concept. Martin also checks in with Washington D.C. restaurant owner Andy Shallal for his views on taxing the business elite.

10:54am

Wed June 8, 2011
Education

Candidate Admits Urban Experience Limited

With topics ranging from parental involvement to school testing to teacher accountability, Jessamine County School superintendent Lu Young met with the Fayette County community Tuesday. The 51-year-old is a finalist to replace Stu Silberman, who is retiring from FCPS. At last night's public forum, Young recognized that moving from Jessamine County to a larger district would be a challenge.

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10:50am

Wed June 8, 2011
The Two-Way

'Most Embarrassing Dad Ever?'

Dale Price, perhaps the most embarrassing dad ever, on the last day of his costumed goodbyes to his son.
WaveAtTheBus

You're a high school sophomore.

A guy.

And that's your dad in the Little Mermaid costume waving to you as the school bus pulls away.

And it's dad dressed as a pirate, a Star Wars storm trooper or the Wicked Witch from The Wizard of Oz.

For 170 straight school days. A different costume each day.

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10:42am

Wed June 8, 2011
Middle East

Tank Convoys Reportedly Grind Toward Syrian Town

Syrian refugees waited to cross the border into Turkey near the Turkish city of Hatay on Wednesday. Turkish authorities confirmed that 120 Syrians had crossed the border late Tuesday.
Mustafa Ozer AFP/Getty Images

Dozens of Syrian tanks were rumbling toward a northern border town Wednesday, witnesses said, as residents abandoned their homes in fear of a brutal strike by government troops after dozens of security forces died there earlier this week.

A human rights worker in Syria confirmed that large convoys of tanks and elite troops were closing in on the area around Jisr al-Shughour and that an attack seemed imminent.

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10:32am

Wed June 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Update: Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix Off Again

It looks like Bahrain will not be hosting a Formula One Grand Prix in October, as was announced last week.

The BBC reports that:

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10:08am

Wed June 8, 2011
Books We Like

Bad 'Bots, Bad 'Bots, Whatcha Gonna Do?

To Robopocalypse, his debut novel of a near-future machine revolution that sets about deleting the human race as if we were a particularly buggy subroutine, author Daniel H. Wilson brings plenty of 'bot-related bona fides. He's got a doctorate in robotics, and his previous works of nonfiction include How to Build a Robot Army and How to Survive a Robot Uprising. You can't say the guy hasn't taken the dictum "write what you know" to heart.

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10:08am

Wed June 8, 2011
The Two-Way

'Texas Bodies' Non-Story Is Reminder To News Media: Slow Down

We've made the same mistake — reporting something we've been told by someone who should know when we really should have waited for more information to come in.

So we won't get all sanctimonious.

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10:00am

Wed June 8, 2011
All Politics are Local

Williams Praises Labor Crackdown

In an interview with conservative talk radio host Bill Bennett Tuesday, Kentucky Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams endorsed the controversial steps taken by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker as necessary measures given the state’s labor union laws. During the discussion, Williams was asked which governors he admired most and named Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour. The question turned to the recent actions taken by Walker, who was embroiled in a fight with labor unions earlier this year after a vote successfully curtailed public employee bargaining rights as a way to balance the Wisconsin state budget.

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