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2:03pm

Fri June 17, 2011
Politics

Is There Life After Political Death?

Chris Lee
David Duprey AP

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner may be gone, but his three-quarters apologetic and one-quarter "I'll be back" resignation speech hinted that he believes a future in elective politics may not be out of the question.

History clearly suggests otherwise.

While plenty of politicians who have misbehaved --even criminally-- weathered their scandals and remain in office, the comeback prospects for those who resign or abandon reelection dreams are decidedly dim.

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1:30pm

Fri June 17, 2011
The Record

In Modern Rap, Echoes Of Marvin Gaye's Deep, Damaged Soul

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 5:37 pm

Marvin Gaye (at left), pictured here circa 1964, at the age of 25. At right, the 24-year-old rapper Drake. Gaye died in 1984, two years before Drake was born.
Charlie Gillett Collection (left) / Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

This week may have seen the 40th anniversary of Tupac Shakur's birth, but another soulful revenant has materialized on pop's horizon. Marvin Gaye, whose What's Going On just had it's own 40th anniversary, celebrated with a beautiful new deluxe edition, has revisited us often since his untimely death in 1984.

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1:00pm

Fri June 17, 2011
Space

In A Flash Of Gamma-Rays A Star Is Gone

Two teams of astronomers reporting in the journal Science this week say they've observed tell-tale gamma ray signals indicating that a distant star had been gobbled up by a supermassive black hole. Ira Flatow and guests talk about the finding and other news on black holes.

1:00pm

Fri June 17, 2011
Sports

Can "Stem Cell" Treatments Help Athletes?

Yankees pitcher Bartolo Colon reportedly received a novel stem cell remedy to treat his ailing shoulder and elbow, and has since returned to pitching. Ira Flatow and guests discuss the use of such treatments, and the controversy over using untested therapies in pro athletes.

12:53pm

Fri June 17, 2011
National Security

Money May Change U.S. Calculations Abroad

Darryl St. George, a Navy Corpsman with Weapons Co. 2/8 Marines out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, walks along a mud compound wall with Afghan National Army soldiers while on a foot patrol in Northern Marja, Helmand Provence, southern Afghanistan.
David Gilkey NPR/Redux

As budget concerns multiply, money worries have entered the debate over foreign policy strategy.

Some policymakers cite fiscal savings as one compelling reason to begin a serious withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan next month.

And the Obama administration has had to be fairly modest in its diplomatic efforts regarding the emerging democracies of the Middle East and North Africa. Its proposed $2 billion aid package for Tunisia and Egypt falls far short of being a new Marshall Plan.

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12:49pm

Fri June 17, 2011
Tell Me More

Films For Father's Day

Gregory Peck embraces Mary Badham, 9, a Birmingham Alabama acting discovery who plays his daughter in "To Kill a Mockingbird" March 1963.
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Jimi Izrael is the author of The Denzel Principle: Why Black Women Can't Find Good Black Men and a regular contributor to Tell Me More.

Father's Day is a great day to fix a big meal and share a movie with the family. Why brave the throngs at the theater when you could rent or Netflix a selection and enjoy the company of your family? To be certain, there are traditional Father's Day movies, but there are other films you probably have not seen in a while or forgotten about that would be perfect to share.

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12:48pm

Fri June 17, 2011
Deceptive Cadence

When Perfection Just Isn't Enough

Pablo Helguera

Got an idea for a classical cartoon, or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

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12:41pm

Fri June 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Saudi, Bahraini Royals Announce Wedding

In a move that further symbolizes the strong allegiance between the two nations, the son of the king of Bahrain and the daughter of the king of Saudi Arabia signed a "marriage contract" on Thursday.

The AP reports:

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12:29pm

Fri June 17, 2011
Planet Money

Unemployment In Your State

Jess Jiang and Alyson Hurt NPR

The government released state-by-state unemployment numbers this morning. In the map below, you can mouse over each state to see the unemployment rate.

Only five states had unemployment rates significantly higher than 9.1 percent, the national unemployment rate. But those five include some very big, very hard-hit states. California, which actually lost jobs last month, has the nation's second-highest unemployment rate, at 11.7 percent. (Nevada is highest, at 12.1 percent.)

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12:27pm

Fri June 17, 2011
World of Opera

Lyrical Epic: Rimsky-Korsakov's 'The Tsar's Bride'

Rimsky-Korsakov's 'The Tsar's Bride' at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Bill Cooper courtesy of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

In 1939, the great Russian film director Sergei Eisenstein made a splash in Hollywood with the American release of his sweeping historical epic Alexander Nevsky. Then he followed it up in the '40s with the even more sprawling, three-part drama Ivan the Terrible.

To many American movie buffs, these films surely seemed new and exotic, with their colorful Russian settings and dark, psychological undertones. Opera fans, on the other hand, may have recognized the movies as part of a theatrical trend dating back to the previous century.

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12:17pm

Fri June 17, 2011
Politics

In Raunchy California Ad, Echoes Of Willie Horton

A screenshot from an ad targeting Democrat Janice Hahn. The ad, created by independent conservative filmmaker Ladd Ehlinger Jr., features a scantily clad woman gyrating around a stripper pole, while two black men armed with semi-automatic rifles rap.
RightTurnUSA YouTube

Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn had no idea she was becoming the talk of the town until her phone started ringing earlier this week with friends urging her to check out a new campaign ad on YouTube.

Hahn is running to replace former Rep. Jane Harman, who retired from her 36th District seat to head a Washington, D.C., think tank. The runoff election pits Hahn against Tea Party-backed Republican candidate Craig Huey, a local businessman who has reportedly sunk a half-million dollars of his own money into what was expected to be a pretty sleepy campaign.

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12:14pm

Fri June 17, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

U.S. Cancer Death Rates Decline, But Disparities Persist

The rate at which Americans die from cancer continues to fall, according to the latest estimates from the American Cancer Society.

As a result, nearly 900,000 cancer deaths were avoided between 1990 and 2007, the group figures. Survival gains have come as mortality rates have declined for some of the most common malignancies, including colorectal cancer, breast cancer in women and prostate cancer.

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12:10pm

Fri June 17, 2011
Movie Reviews

'Buck': A Horse Whisperer Wrangles His Dark Past

As a child, Buck Brannaman was badly abused by his father. Cindy Meehl's documentary, Buck, tells the story of how Brannaman overcame his troubled childhood and become the inspiration for the book and movie The Horse Whisperer.
Emily Knight IFC Films

Our therapeutic culture is lousy with stories of people struggling to spin childhood traumas into something positive, something that leaves the world a better place than the one that damaged them; but I've never seen a film in which the link between a trauma and its transmutation is as vivid as in Buck.

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12:00pm

Fri June 17, 2011
Politics

In Politics: Weiner's Fall And Bachmann's Rise

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) resigned Thursday after a nearly three-week-long scandal involving lewd photos. Also, rising star Michele Bachmann created a great deal of buzz after the GOP presidential debate. Host Michel Martin discusses this week's politics with Mary Kate Cary, columnist and blogger for US News and World Report, and Michael Fauntroy, professor of public policy at George Mason University.

12:00pm

Fri June 17, 2011
NPR Story

'Shop Talk': Who Scored And Fumbled In GOP Debate

The Barbershop guys weigh in on former Rep. Anthony Weiner's resignation, the Republican debate, and why candidate Herman Cain doesn't identify as an African American. Host Michel Martin hears from author Jimi Izrael; civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, foreign policy analyst and conservative columnist Mario Loyola, and The National Review deputy managing editor Kevin Williamson.

12:00pm

Fri June 17, 2011
Economy

How Greece's Financial Failure Can Affect America

A protester holds a banner in front of the Greek Parliament during a peaceful rally in central Athens, May 25, 2011.
Thanassis Stavrakis ASSOCIATED PRESS

Riots erupted this week in Athens over the Greek government's efforts to deal with its huge debt. The government is debating more budget cuts that are meant to satisfy the European Union. The E.U. is arguing over whether to help Greece with a bailout. The E.U. is an important trading partner to the U.S., and financial failure in Greece can have global ramifications. Host Michel Martin discusses these ramifications with Roben Farzad, senior writer at Bloomberg Businessweek.

12:00pm

Fri June 17, 2011
BackTalk

Listeners Connect With Father's Day Essays

Host Michel Martin and Tell Me More Editorial Assistant Lena Moses-Schmitt comb through listener responses from past stories. A grandfather responds to the program's week-long Father's Day essays, and one listener offers a correction to the conversation with Puerto Rican governor Luis Fortuno.

12:00pm

Fri June 17, 2011
Author Interviews

New Children's Book For Adults: 'Go The [Expletive] To Sleep'

Even the most loving and dedicated parents are sometimes annoyed by children who refuse to go to bed. Adam Mansbach captures that frustration in Go the [Expletive] to Sleep, a colorfully illustrated 'children's book for adults.' Some readers find the book humorous but others may be appalled. Host Michel Martin speaks with Adam Mansbach to learn more about his controversial book and what it means for parents �" especially with Father's Day just around the corner. Note: this conversation references language that listeners may find offensive.

12:00pm

Fri June 17, 2011
Commentary

At Home And School, Father Teaches Responsibility

In Tell Me More's week-long series of essays honoring Father's Day, guests and friends of the program who are dads, and like a dad, have been reflecting on the joys and challenges of fatherhood. Today's last installment comes from Ray Salazar, Chicago teacher and father of two children.

11:12am

Fri June 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Biden, Boehner, Kasich, Obama: Who Would Be Most Fun To Golf With?

Dec. 29, 2008, file photo: Barack Obama (then the president-elect) golfing in Hawaii.
Getty Images

A not-at-all serious question:

We ask because, as All Thing Considered host Robert Siegel said Thursday:

"When the most politically powerful foursome in America tees off on Saturday, they will not play the most notable round of golf in the Washington, D.C., area. Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, which is just beyond the District Line, is home to this year's U.S. Open, and on Saturday, it'll be time for round three.

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11:00am

Fri June 17, 2011
Music Interviews

Nick Cave: An Australian On Love And Death In America

Nick Cave.
Nigel Treblin AFP/Getty Images

This interview was originally broadcast on April 28, 2008. Four of Nick Cave's studio albums — Murder Ballads, No More Shall We Part, Let Love In and The Boatman's Call — have just been reissued.

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10:30am

Fri June 17, 2011
The Two-Way

'Leading Indicators' Rose In May

There was a 0.8 percent rise in its "leading economic index" in May from April, the private Conference Board just reported.

The indicator, which is supposed to tell us how the economy will be doing over the next six or nine months, is among many recent signals that things will probably be "choppy" through the summer and fall, Conference Board economist Ken Goldstein says in a statement issued with the report.

There was a 0.4 percent drop in the index from March to April.

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10:14am

Fri June 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Estimate: Weiner's Pension And Benefits Could Exceed $1 Million

In about a decade, when he's eligible to start drawing from his Congressional pension and savings plans, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) will be able to tap into benefits worth between $1.12 million and $1.28 million, the conservative-leaning National Taxpayers Union estimates.

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10:10am

Fri June 17, 2011
Krulwich Wonders...

Isn't That A ...?

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 12:11 pm

Clouds by Vik Muniz, skywriting over New York City
Photo by Charlie Samuels Creative Time

It's getting warm enough now to climb a hill, lay down in the grass, look up at the clouds, and, as Shakespeare once said, "mock our eyes with air." Which you can do ... like in this image by Brazilian artist Vik Muniz.

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9:47am

Fri June 17, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Agriculture Funding Bill Passes House, Odd Amendments And All

A genetically engineered AquAdvantage salmon looms behind an Atlantic salmon sibling of the same age.
Courtesy of AquaBounty Technologies

What do genetically engineered salmon, school lunch standards, and a controversial abortion pill have in common? They're all part of the House agriculture appropriations bill that passed Thursday by a vote of 217 to 203.

The ag spending bill that keeps the country's farm and food programs rolling is often a magnet for specialized amendments, and this year it offers a peek into brewing battles over the federal deficit.

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9:45am

Fri June 17, 2011
The Two-Way

'Suspicious' Man Leads To Closed Roads, Traffic Jam Around Pentagon

There was a fair amount of conflicting information in the past hour or so about a situation near the Pentagon, so we waited a bit to see how things played out.

Based on what FBI Special Agent Brenda Heck and U.S. Park Police Sgt. David Schlosser just told reporters, it appears:

-- A "suspicous" man was apprehended before dawn in Arlington National Cemetery, which is near the Pentagon.

-- The investigation led authorities to a red, 2011 Nissan parked somewhere near the Pentagon.

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9:32am

Fri June 17, 2011
From Scratch

Yvon Chouinard, Founder Of Patagonia

Yvon is one of the leading pioneers in the climbing and outdoor apparel field. Since his teens, Yvon has been an avid climber and adventure seeker. He innovated rock and ice climbing equipment, which he sold through his first company Chouinard Equipment (now Black Diamond). Yvon later started Patagonia, and the company has been a model of business and environmental responsibility since its inception in 1973.

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9:08am

Fri June 17, 2011
Around the Nation

California Governor Vetoes Latest Budget Proposal

California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a budget plan approved by lawmakers, saying legislators failed to take the "strong medicine" of tax increases and spending cuts needed to close the state's $10 billion deficit.

With a stroke of his pen, highlighted on a YouTube veto message, Brown said Thursday he could not endorse the budget plan sent to him even if it was passed by his fellow Democrats.

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8:51am

Fri June 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Saudi Women Get Behind The Wheel, Renew Protest Of Driving Ban

Manal al-Sharif, some supporters say, is Saudi Arabia's Rosa Parks.
Facebook

We're starting to see reports on Twitter about today's #Women2Drive campaign against Saudi Arabia's cultural ban on women drivers.

-- From Jeddah, Laila Sindi says that after 10 minutes behind the wheel she came to a police checkpoint. Her tweets indicate she was detained for a couple hours.

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8:45am

Fri June 17, 2011
Opinion

The Root: Why Won't Obama End The War On Drugs?

Fernando Henrique Cardoso (L), former president of Brazil and chair of The Global Commission on Drug Policy, accepts petition to end the war on drugs from Ricken Patel on June 2, 2011. The Commission launched a new report that describes the drug war as a failure and calls for a paradigm shift in global drug policy.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

John McWhorter is a regular contributor to The Root.

The Obama administration's deafness to the growing chorus of opposition to the senseless war on drugs has become so appalling that you almost start thinking Cornel West was right. About Obama's supposed lack of interest in black concerns, that is.

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