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Wed June 8, 2011
You Must Read This

'Big Machine' Churns Out A Twisting Collage of Crime

Dolen Perkins-Valdez is the author of the bestselling novel Wench. She lives in Washington, DC.
Gianni Neiveller

I like what Victor LaValle is doing. Let me rephrase. I love what he is doing. His third book — Big Machine — is, itself, a big machine.

Its ambition is epic, characters flawed and unpredictable, plot fantastical. As I read this novel, I realized: I think of myself as possessing a lot of certainty about my politics, my perspectives. This book, however, gives me doubts. And for that reason, you must read this book.

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4:11am

Wed June 8, 2011
Politics

Democrats Ponder Should Rep. Weiner Stay Or Go?

Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York says he will not resign from his House seat.

Weiner admitted this week that he had inappropriate exchanges with women online — exchanges that included tweeting a lewd picture of himself.

Weiner isn't the first member of Congress to be caught up in a scandal.

Test your memory by recalling who said: "I did not have sexual relations with that woman."

And then later said: "Indeed I did have a relationship with Ms. Lewinsky that was not appropriate. In fact, it was wrong."

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4:00am

Wed June 8, 2011
NPR Story

Big Names, Celebrities Missing From World Series Of Poker

Renee Montagne talks to Oskar Garcia, the Associated Press's Las Vegas reporter, about the start of this year's World Series of Poker. The tournament is taking a hit after the Justice Department shut down online poker operators in April.

4:00am

Wed June 8, 2011
Economy

Controversial Pension Perk Up For Debate In Philadelphia

A perk that allows government workers in Philadelphia to collect on their pensions before they retire is in jeopardy. Mayor Michael Nutter says the early pensions aren't affordable. But the City Council wants to preserve them.

4:00am

Wed June 8, 2011
Business

Business News

Linda Wertheimer has this morning's business news.

4:00am

Wed June 8, 2011
Afghanistan

Senate Report: Examines U.S. Efforts In Afghanistan

Renee Montagne and Linda Wertheimer report on today's release of a policy review of the U.S.-led nation-building effort in Afghanistan. The review was prepared by the Democratic Majority staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

4:00am

Wed June 8, 2011
Sports

Mavericks Tie NBA Final At 2 Games Each

Originally published on Wed June 8, 2011 12:22 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

A stellar fourth quarter performance from an ailing Dirk Nowitzki pushed the Dallas Mavericks past the Miami Heat last night. Game Four of the NBA Finals went to Dallas by a score of 86-83. The best-of-seven series is now tied at two games apiece. NPR's Tom Goldman was at last night's game, he's with us from Dallas. Hi Tom.

TOM GOLDMAN: Good morning.

WERTHEIMER: So how did the Mavericks do it? How were they able to break through against the Heat right at the end?

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4:00am

Wed June 8, 2011
Middle East

Mystery Shrouds Yemen President's Injuries

Renee Montagne talks to Neil MacFarquhar, of "The New York times," about the latest developments in the uprising in Yemen. MacFarquhar is in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, where Yemen's wounded president is receiving treatment. He was wounded over the weekend when the presidential palace was attacked.

4:00am

Wed June 8, 2011
Business

Atari Returns To Focus On Internet, Mobile Games

The arcade video game Pong was cutting edge in 1972. After several deaths and resuscitations, Atari, the company behind Pong, is back again. Atari recently launched an app called Atari's Greatest Hits. It's a collection of classic arcade games — including Asteroids and Battlezone — refitted for mobile screens.

12:01am

Wed June 8, 2011
Digital Life

Is Sexting Cheating? Read This Before You Hit Send

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On Monday, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) announced he had tweeted to the world a lewd photo of himself he had meant to send to one woman privately.

For many, the reaction to Weiner's lewd photo texts has been disgust and bewilderment. But the phenomenon is more common than you may think. Even the AARP has covered the trend, with the headline: "Sexting Not Just for Kids."

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12:01am

Wed June 8, 2011
Business

What's Martha Stewart Cooking Up For Her Company?

Martha Stewart may sell the company that bears her name, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Stewart has long enjoyed a reputation as a canny businesswoman as well as a decorator, cook and TV personality.

After going to jail in 2004, she resuscitated her career. But her company has been losing money, and is looking for a path back to profitability — possibly by being sold.

In 2010, Martha Stewart sold almost $43 million worth of products. But when the year ended, her company had lost almost $10 million. In fact, it's lost money seven out of the last eight years.

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12:01am

Wed June 8, 2011
Asia

Pakistan: Many Identities, Insecurity Shape A Nation

Many American history students learn of a concept called the Frontier Thesis, the idea that the American experience on the frontier shaped the American character. Pakistanis have their own common experiences, from mass migration to war. NPR wanted to know how those experiences affect the country, and posed the question to two Pakistani thinkers Najam Sethi, a leading newspaper editor, and Mosharraf Zaidi, a Pakistani writer and development consultant.

Sethi tells NPR's Steve Inskeep his compatriots are both hospitable to visitors and suspicious of them.

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12:01am

Wed June 8, 2011
National Security

Terrorism Case Exposes Gaps In Refugee Screening

Iraqi refugees Waad Alwan (left) and Mohanad Hammadi (right) were arrested May 25 in Kentucky for allegedly conspiring to aid al-Qaida. If convicted on all charges, each could face life in prison.
U.S. Marshals Service AFP/Getty Images

Two Iraqi men are due in court in Kentucky on Wednesday to face charges that they tried to send missiles to al-Qaida. The men moved to the U.S. as part of a program to resettle thousands of refugees from Iraq. But national security experts say their presence here has exposed an alarming gap in the screening process.

Waad Alwan arrived in Bowling Green, Ky., two years ago to build a new life. But when he applied to a refugee program for Iraqis, Homeland Security officials didn't know the military had lifted his fingerprints from a bomb designed to hurt U.S. troops in Iraq.

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12:01am

Wed June 8, 2011
China: Beyond Borders

In Greek Port, Storm Brews Over Chinese-Run Labor

Workers for China's state-run Cosco company, at the port in Greece on Sept. 13, 2010. The company is accused by Greek unionists and by employees of importing Chinese labor practices.
Nikolas Leontopulos

This month, NPR is examining the many ways China is expanding its reach in the world — through investments, infrastructure, military power and more.

China has capitalized on the financial crisis to expand its influence in Europe, promising to buy Greek, Spanish and Portuguese bonds. But its most important infrastructure deal in Europe has been its investment in the Greek port of Piraeus.

Through such deals, Chinese influence is changing more than just the financial landscape in Greece — with ramifications for the rest of Europe.

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12:01am

Wed June 8, 2011
Tina Brown's Must-Reads

Tina Brown's Must-Reads: Exploring The Arab Spring

Tina Brown, editor of The Daily Beast and Newsweek, checks in again with the recommended-reading feature that Morning Edition likes to call Word of Mouth.

This month, Brown selects three pieces of writing that revolve around traveling to or from places we've come to identify in the past few months with what's known as the "Arab spring." One is a work of journalism, a report from the streets of Syria. Another is a cry for serious, dedicated travel writing from a serious travel writer. Third is a novel about the desperate desire to escape one such country.

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12:01am

Wed June 8, 2011
Crisis In The Housing Market

For Many, It's Still A Good Time To Buy A Home

"For Sale" and "For Rent" signs are seen on the front of townhomes in Centreville, Va.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Home prices around the country have fallen into a double dip. After declining around 30 percent from their peak, they started to rise a bit last summer with the help of a federal tax credit.

But with that stimulus gone, prices are now sliding again to new lows. And while some pundits say a lease makes more sense than a mortgage, other economists insist it's a great time to buy.

'American Dream' Under Fire

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12:01am

Wed June 8, 2011
Space

Scientists Undeterred By Hubble Successor's Costs

NASA engineer Ernie Wright looks on as the first six primary mirror segments for the James Webb Space Telescope are prepped to begin final cryogenic testing at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. The telescope will have 18 primary mirror segments.
David Higginbotham NASA

The successor to the Hubble Space Telescope is facing cost overruns and years of delay before it launches, but that hasn't dampened the enthusiasm of scientists who are meeting in Baltimore this week to talk about the amazing research they want to do with the James Webb Space Telescope.

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10:00pm

Tue June 7, 2011
Sweetness And Light

International Sports: Fair Or Foul Play?

FIFA President Joseph S. "Sepp" Blatter talks to media at a press conference after being re-elected during the 61st FIFA Congress on June 1 in Zurich.
Julian Finney Getty Images

As sure as death and no new taxes, American sports fans are always convinced that the people who run sports here are dimwits. Well, yes, we have occasionally had some real nincompoops in charge of various professional American sports, and not even Pericles could successfully manage the NCAA, but in point of fact, our domestic sports are a paragon of efficiency and integrity compared with the way international athletic organizations are managed.

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9:50pm

Tue June 7, 2011
All Tech Considered

At E3, Nintendo Unveils New Wii

Nintendo's new game console, the Wii U, was unveiled Tuesday at the E3 expo in Los Angeles.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Today was the official start of E3 in Los Angeles. The biggest announcement of the day — and likely the week — was the new Nintendo console. The Japanese gaming company changed the way people play video games with its last console, the Wii. The Wii brought millions of casual gamers into an entertainment format many had never tried before. The company looks to bring serious gamers back with the new system.

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7:59pm

Tue June 7, 2011
Planet Money

The Tuesday Podcast: Poor Economics

Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo in Hyderabad, India.
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There's a lot of hand waving in economics. People make big-picture arguments and throw around equations, but often there's not much good evidence to work with.

MIT economists Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo want to change that. They study global poverty, and their goal isn't so much to make big, sweeping statements as to find clear answers to specific questions.

In other words, they're economists who actually do experiments in the real world.

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7:10pm

Tue June 7, 2011
The Two-Way

New FIFA VP Seeks Discussion On Hijab Disqualification

Last Friday, the Iranian women's soccer team got some pretty disheartening news in their quest to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London.

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6:26pm

Tue June 7, 2011
China: Beyond Borders

China's Global Reach

China has been steadily increasing its foreign investments outside of bonds in recent years. Between 2005 and 2010, it made more than $224 billion in overseas investments and also entered into engineering and construction contracts of more than $94 billion, according to data compiled by The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C. The group tracks China's foreign nonbond investments and contracts worth more than $100 million.

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6:15pm

Tue June 7, 2011
It's All Politics

Oklahoma's Lone Congressional Democrat To Retire

Rep. Dan Boren, the only Democrat in Oklahoma's congressional delegation, announced Tuesday that he intends to retire at the end of his term.

The announcement by the 37-year old conservative Democrat should make it easier for Republicans to turn the Oklahoma delegation entirely red.

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5:55pm

Tue June 7, 2011
A Blog Supreme

Twelve Great Jazz Nicknames

NPR

A listicle without commentary. Completely subjective.

  1. Kenny "Pancho" Hagood
  2. Michael "Dodo" Marmarosa
  3. "Mr. Five by Five," Jimmy Rushing
  4. "Fat Girl," aka Theodore "Fats" Navarro
  5. David "Fathead" Newman
  6. Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson
  7. Jimmy "Spanky" DeBrest
  8. Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton
  9. James "Bubber" Miley
  10. "Big Eye" Louis Nelson Delisle
  11. Paul "Vice Pres" Quinichette
  12. "Jelly Roll Morton"
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5:53pm

Tue June 7, 2011
NPR Story

Photo Gallery: Chile Volcano Erupts

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:46 am

Columns of smoke and volcanic lightning are seen over the Puyehue volcano in Chile Sunday after a spectacular eruption a day earlier.
Francisco Negroni AP

Photos of what's happening above the volcano range in southern Chile reflect Mother Nature at her showiest.

5:52pm

Tue June 7, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

In Latest Diet Ranking, DASH Races To The Top

Keep the rice brown and the skin off the chicken for a Spanish rice dinner that could qualify for the winning diet.
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The ratings gurus at U.S.News and World Report have put some of the nation's most popular diets through the wringer and crowned as champion a diet originally developed to help people lower their blood pressure.

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5:39pm

Tue June 7, 2011
The Picture Show

Embraced In Space: A Rare Glimpse Of The Shuttle And Space Station

Paolo Nespoli NASA

Look closely, and you can see a rear view of Endeavor's wings and engines as the space shuttle sits on top of the International Space Station. This image was taken May 23 by an astronaut on board the Russian Soyuz spacecraft as it headed back to Earth. It's a rare perspective — one of the first-ever photos of the station shuttle complex captured from a distance.

"All previous views have come from cameras on the station's exterior, or from cameras used by the crew from windows inside the station," says NASA spokesman Kelly Humphries.

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5:30pm

Tue June 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Making The Best Out Of Invasion, Missouri Shop Makes Cicada Ice Cream

Originally published on Tue June 7, 2011 5:38 pm

What is it that they say? If life gives you a cicada invasion, make ice cream. OK that's not what anyone says, but Columbia, Mo. is in the midst of cicada mating season. It means that once every 13 years, cicadas leave their homes underground as nymphs, they molt and emerge as adults. Sparky's Homemade Ice Cream decided that while they were out there, they might as well make a cicada flavored batch.

Here's how the Columbia Missourian describes the process:

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4:31pm

Tue June 7, 2011
It's All Politics

Mitt Romney: Palin Sharing His NH Spotlight Was Actually Good For Him

CNN talk show host Piers Morgan playfully baited Mitt Romney Monday night, trying to get the Republican frontrunner to show some just the slightest bit of irritation about Sarah Palin popping up in New Hampshire last week and stealing some of media attention at the very same time the former Massachusetts governor was officially announcing his presidential bid.

But Romney is a pretty disciplined man. As he told Morgan he's never done drugs and he only "tested" alcohol only once.

If Romney was upset with Palin, he sure wasn't going to let that show on television.

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4:09pm

Tue June 7, 2011
Deceptive Cadence

George Szell: One Conductor's Long-Haul Commitment

George Szell, conducting the Cleveland Orchestra in Tokyo in 1970.
Peter Hastings Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra Archives

Today marks the birth date of Hungarian-born conductor and pianist George Szell. It's not a round-numbered anniversary (the 114th), but there is a birthday present of sorts — a brand new biography. Michael Charry's George Szell: A life of Music was published by University of Illinois Press last week.

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