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10:41am

Tue May 31, 2011
Planet Money

Housing Bust: No End In Sight

Nobody's home.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

U.S. home prices fell to new, post-bubble lows in March, according to the latest Case-Shiller home price numbers. And with the wave of foreclosures continuing, it's hard to see an end to the housing bust.

Foreclosures and short sales are a key driver of falling home prices. They contribute to the glut of houses on the market, and tend to sell at discounted prices.

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10:36am

Tue May 31, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Europe Grapples With Outbreak Of Deadly Foodborne Illness

A farmer holds cucumbers in a field in Malaga, Spain. Cucumbers from Spain have been eyed as the source of a disease outbreak in Germany.
Jorge Guerrero AFP/Getty Images

The United States isn't the only country to be hit with E. coli in its food supply.

Germany is in the midst of a foodborne disease outbreak that has reportedly claimed 16 lives. The problem is a variety of E. coli that produces a toxin that can lead to severe kidney damage.

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10:15am

Tue May 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Consumer Confidence Slips

Anxiety about the job market, inflation and the general economic outlook combined to push down consumer confidence in May, the private Conference Board business research group just reported.

It's Consumer Confidence Index slipped to 60.8 from 66 in April.

Lynn Franco, director of the group's Consumer Research Center, says in a statement released with the report that:

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10:04am

Tue May 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Pakistani Journalist Is Missing; He Wrote Of Alleged Ties To Terrorism

There are conflicting reports at this hour about the fate of Syed Saleem Shahzad, Pakistan bureau chief for Asia Times Online, who has been missing since Sunday evening.

Pakistan's Daily Times says that Human Rights Watch has been told by "credible sources" that Shahzad "is in custody of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)" — Pakistan's intelligence agency.

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9:58am

Tue May 31, 2011
Opinion

The Nation: Military Help A Regret in Monterrey

Nik Steinberg is a researcher in the Americas division of Human Rights Watch.

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9:57am

Tue May 31, 2011
Sasquatch Music Festival 2011

Wilco, Live In Concert: Sasquatch 2011

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 10:53 am

James Bailey for KEXP

Wilco never makes the same record twice, which makes it doubly remarkable that so many of them are tremendous. As formidable as frontman Jeff Tweedy's catalog is, the sonically inventive rock band really stands out on stage — the place where extreme technical skill meets the chemistry and rousing showmanship of passionate rock veterans. Of course, it helps that the group has the luxury of drawing highlights from seven very different records when it performs.

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9:55am

Tue May 31, 2011
Sasquatch Music Festival 2011

The Decemberists, Live In Concert: Sasquatch 2011

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 10:59 am

Colin Meloy of The Decemberists performs at Sasquatch Music Festival 2011.
James Bailey for KEXP

The Decemberists must have brainstormed many ways to follow the massively ambitious, best-selling 2008 "folk opera" The Hazards of Love: After all, not every Decemberists album can feature a large supporting cast, interlocking narratives and a generous body count. The hyper-literate Portland, Ore., band made a canny move in simplifying its attack on this year's The King Is Dead, which focuses on Colin Meloy's gift for bright, infectious roots-folk songwriting.

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9:27am

Tue May 31, 2011
Opinion

Weekly Standard: Slight Lean Left Key In Right Win

Wisconsin, a left-leaning swing state, will be important for the next presidential election.
iStockphoto.com

Jeffrey H. Anderson was the senior speechwriter for Secretary Mike Leavitt at the Department of Health and Human Services.

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9:09am

Tue May 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Home Prices At 'New Recession Low'

There was a 4.2 percent drop in home prices during the first quarter according to the widely watched S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices report, which was just released.

And after the 3.6 percent decline in fourth-quarter 2010, prices have "hit a new recession low" and are down 5.1 percent from first-quarter 2010.

"Nationally, home prices are back to their mid-2002 levels," the report adds.

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8:53am

Tue May 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Rep. Weiner Seeks Advice About Legal Action Over Lewd Twitpic

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY). Oct. 2, 2010, file photo.
Amy Sussman Getty Images/The New Yorker

"New York Rep. Anthony Weiner [D] has retained an attorney to advise him 'what civil or criminal actions should be taken' after a lewd picture was sent from his Twitter account," Politico reports.

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8:50am

Tue May 31, 2011
Opinion

The Root: Walking 8 Miles A Day For Winfrey's Wink

Helena Andrews is a regular contributor to The Root.

I met Oprah once. Well, actually, to be clear, I met Oprah, but I'm entirely positive that she didn't meet me.

In the fall of 2002, I had a fresh diploma from Columbia in one hand and a fistful of bills in the other. For the past four years, declaring myself an English-literature and creative-writing major seemed extremely old worldy.

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8:36am

Tue May 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Karzai: Afghans 'Can No Longer Tolerate' NATO Strikes That Hit Civilians

Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaking earlier today (May 31, 2011) at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

"Angered by civilian casualties, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Tuesday that he will no longer allow NATO airstrikes on houses, issuing his strongest statement yet against strikes that the military alliance says are key to its war on Taliban insurgents," The Associated Press reports.

In the latest incident, AP says, "at least nine civilians were killed" Saturday in Helmand province during a NATO strike.

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8:14am

Tue May 31, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: GOP, Don't Turn Your Back To Teddy

Michael Green is a senior adviser and holds the Japan Chair at CSIS, as well as being an associate professor of international relations at Georgetown University.

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8:10am

Tue May 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Northbound Interstate-95 Closed Near Richmond; Four Dead In Bus Crash

"Four people have been confirmed dead in an Interstate-95 bus wreck," The Richmond Times-Dispatch writes, and the northbound side of the heavily traveled route is now closed starting at Exit 98 in Virginia's Caroline County.

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7:48am

Tue May 31, 2011
Opinion

New Republic: Optimism Spells Democracy's Decline

Joshua Kurlantzick is Fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations. This article originally ran in the June 9, 2011, issue of the magazine.

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7:48am

Tue May 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Rental Homes For Joplin Victims; Obama Taps New Joint Chiefs Chairman

Good morning.

If you're just getting going after the holiday weekend and need a quick recap of the top news:

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7:32am

Tue May 31, 2011
The Two-Way

In Syria, The Death Of 13-Year-Old Hamza Creates A Child Martyr

From a Facebook page created about Hamza.
Facebook.com/hamza.alshaheed

A video showing a 13-year-old boy's mutilated corpse has shocked many Syrians and is turning the victim, Hamza Ali al-Khateeb, into a martyr. Many of those demanding the end of President Bashar Assad's regime say his death will strengthen their resolve and inspire others to come to their cause.

Too graphic for us to post, but not hard to find, the video, as The New York Times writes:

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6:50am

Tue May 31, 2011
Religion

Vatican Cracks Down On Rome Monastery

Officials at the Vatican have shut down a monastery attached to one of Rome's oldest churches. Santa Croce is known these days for more contemporary methods of worship. Like the nun who was once a lap dancer performing a suggestive "Holy Dance."

6:45am

Tue May 31, 2011
Europe

Head Over Heels For Cheese

About 200 people gathered in England Monday for the traditional cheese rolling contest. The idea is to slip and somersault to the bottom of Cooper's Hill, near Gloucester in pursuit of a wheel of Double Gloucester cheese. Police had canceled the event out of concerns over safety and ticket prices, but rebel cheese rollers still turned up.

6:00am

Tue May 31, 2011
Latin America

Mexican Teacher Praised For Protecting Students

A kindergarten teacher in northern Mexico was honored Monday for her courage after a video showed her calmly instructing children to duck and cover as gunfire rattled outside their school.

5:28am

Tue May 31, 2011
Science

Sensorium: A Feast For The Senses And Memories

Can you think of a favorite meal you really enjoyed? What if you could remember these special meals — the food and how it tastes? Chef Bryon Brown has created a theatrical dinner project in Washington, D.C. that uses memory science to help diners remember what they eat.

5:14am

Tue May 31, 2011
Health

Energy, Sports Drinks Aren't So Healthy For Kids

A report from the American Academy of Pediatrics says caffeine is a no-no for children, so energy drinks should be off limits. Sugary sports beverages are also an issue. The doctors recommend that children drink water instead.

4:00am

Tue May 31, 2011
Sports

5 Years Later: Heat, Mavericks Meet Again In NBA Finals

Renee Montagne talks with NPR's Mike Pesca about the NBA Finals, which start Tuesday night. The Miami Heat takes on the Dallas Mavericks.

4:00am

Tue May 31, 2011
Business

Business News

Mary Louise Kelly has business news.

4:00am

Tue May 31, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Mary Louise Kelly has business news.

4:00am

Tue May 31, 2011
Sports

Corruption Accusations Swirl Around Soccer's FIFA

World soccer's governing body has been besieged with allegations of corruption. FIFA's president has been cleared of wrongdoing, but others weren't so lucky. Now there are accusations that Qatar bought the rights to host the 2022 World Cup.

4:00am

Tue May 31, 2011
Middle East

Activists In Bahrain Lay Low After Crackdown

NPR's Kelly McEvers has an update on how things are going in Bahrain after security forces cracked down on anti-government protests.

2:18am

Tue May 31, 2011
Live From Sasquatch 2011

Sasquatch 2011: Twin Shadow, Live In Concert

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 10:52 am

Twin Shadow perform at the 2011 Sasquatch Music Festival.
Brittney Bush Bollay for KEXP

Audio for this feature is no longer available.

Twin Shadow is George Lewis, a man whose soulful, crooning vocals tease out the aching sense of longing of his lyrics. He also wrote and performed the entirety of his 2010 debut album, Forget. Produced by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor, the record is filled with lovelorn synth-pop backed by crisp drum machines and sparkling electric guitars.

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12:05am

Tue May 31, 2011
Live From Sasquatch 2011

Gayngs, Live In Concert: Sasquatch 2011

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 10:57 am

James Bailey for KEXP

The rock world is full of revivalists, from the garage bands who exploded in New York in the early 2000s to the current crop of bedroom producers who draw heavily from '80s New Wave acts. Minneapolis' Gayngs may also owe much to predecessors, but Ryan Olson and his revolving-door collective of 25-odd Midwesterners are hardly riding a nostalgic wave. They play with such aching sincerity and conviction that listening to their debut album Relayted in its entirety can be a draining experience.

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12:01am

Tue May 31, 2011
Making Babies: 21st Century Families

Egg Freezing Puts The Biological Clock On Hold

Robyn Ross and Mark Cohen with their baby, Camden, who's here thanks to eggs Robyn froze several years ago when she was single.
Marisa Penaloza NPR

This story is part of an occasional series.

As more women postpone motherhood into their 30s, even 40s, they're hitting that age-old constraint: the biological clock. Now, technology is dangling the possibility that women can stop that clock, at least for a while.

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