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10:00pm

Thu May 26, 2011
StoryCorps

Army Couple Deploys To Iraq, But Only One Returns

Max Voelz and his wife, Kim, were both part of the 703rd Explosive Ordnance Detachment, based in Fort Knox, Ky.
StoryCorps

Max and Kim Voelz served together in Iraq in the same Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit β€” that's the Army's elite bomb squad.

The couple met on Valentine's Day in 1997 at EOD school. They married on June 12, 1999.

"We deployed in 2003. We were in the same unit. She ripped bombs apart by hand in Iraq just like I did," Max says. "There was no being scared, no doubt, no 'I might die' β€” we never talked about that."

One night in 2003, Max called in the location of an explosive and sent his wife to disarm it.

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6:29pm

Thu May 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Senate Approves Extension Of Patriot Act Anti-Terror Provisions

With a 73-23 vote, the Senate voted to approve a four-year extension of three controversial provisions of the Patriot Act.

The AP reports:

It extends two provisions of the 2001 USA Patriot Act, one allowing roving wiretaps, the other allowing searches of business records in the pursuit of terror threats. A third provision gives the government power to watch non-American "lone wolf" suspects with no certain ties to terrorist groups.

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6:20pm

Thu May 26, 2011
It's All Politics

Bill Clinton Retracted GOPish Debt-Ceiling Remark After White House Request

It was more than passing strange when former President Bill Clinton said Wednesday that the nation could endure a short default on its debt without a calamity ensuing.

His precise words at a fiscal summit hosted by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation were:

"If we defaulted on the debt once for a few days, it might not be calamitous. But if people thought we were literally not going to pay our bills anymore, then they would stop buying our debt."

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5:51pm

Thu May 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Libyan Government Proposes Cease-Fire, Says It's Ready To Negotiate

The AP reports that the Libyan government is pushing for a cease-fire and that Prime Minister Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi told reporters in Tripoli that he was ready to talk to the rebels.

The AP adds:

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5:27pm

Thu May 26, 2011
The Impact Of War Project

When A Soldier Brings War Back Home

In 2007, during their senior year of high school, Jadira Angulo and Ivan Angulo skipped school, wore matching red shirts, went to the mall and had their photo taken.
Courtesy of Jadira Angulo

This Memorial Day, we remember our fallen soldiers. Many have died in combat, but increasingly, for off-duty members of the National Guard and Army Reserves, soldiers are dying by their own hands. Nationally, the number of those who've committed suicide has nearly doubled from 80 in 2009 to 145 last year.

On the track team of Philadelphia's Thomas Edison High School, Jadira Angulo was fast. But not as fast as Ivan Lopez, her teammate.

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5:01pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Movie Reviews

'The Tree Of Life': A Creation Trip Worth Taking

Part creation epic and part family drama, The Tree of Life stars Jessica Chastain and Brad Pitt as the parents of three boys in the '50s. Critic David Edelstein says Terrence Malick's film is self-indulgent β€” but that some selves are better indulged than others.
Merie Wallace Fox Searchlight Pictures

The Tree of Life is Terrence Malick's big one β€” part creation epic, part Oedipal family drama, an answer to Kubrick's 2001 and maybe Paradise Lost. Malick's films all touch on Eden, the natural world into which humans are born, and the Fall, marked by male aggression as well as the soulless aspects of civilization.

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5:00pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Movie Reviews

A 'Puzzle' For A Woman In Danger Of Going To Pieces

Natural Born Puzzler: Bored housewife Maria (Maria Onetto) discovers a knack for jigsaw-solving and befriends an enthusiast (Arturo Goetz) who helps her hone her craft β€” and rediscover herself in the process.
Sundance Selects

In the opening sequence of Puzzle, director Natalia Smirnoff quietly introduces both her intimate style and her protagonist's plight. Reduced to bustling hands and a worried face by a series of a close-ups, a woman single-handedly makes and serves a birthday dinner. It's only when Maria (Maria Onetto) brings out the cake that we realize she's been slaving on her own birthday.

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4:59pm

Thu May 26, 2011
It's All Politics

Sarah Palin Bus Tour, Home Purchase, Film Fuel 2012 Speculation

Can't an Alaskan woman announce an East Coast bus tour that will take her to New Hampshire; buy a house in the lower 48, and be the subject of a new, authorized documentary without triggering all kinds of speculation that she'll soon be running for president?

Not if she's Sarah Palin.

News of all these events is generating coverage of the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee this week and causing some to ask whether she's gearing up for a presidential run. Or not.

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4:46pm

Thu May 26, 2011
A Blog Supreme

Where Jazz Meets Classical, In A 'Caribbean Rhapsody'

Emarcy Records

Any new recording from the spectacular saxophonist James Carter is pretty much guaranteed to produce fireworks. But his new album, Caribbean Rhapsody, is his grandest work yet: It's a collaboration with the Puerto Rican classical composer Roberto Sierra. About 10 years ago, Sierra started writing Carter a concerto for saxophones and orchestra; more recently, he's topped it off with the title track, a piece for saxophones, jazz violin and string quartet.

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4:45pm

Thu May 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Wikipedia Lobbies UN To Be On It's World Heritage List

It's been 10 years since Wikipedia came into existence. It launched with a wide ranging and ambitious idea that it would be a place where humanity could "share in the sum of all knowledge."

Now, a German branch of Wikimedia, the non-profit that runs Wikipedia, is saying the online encyclopedia has evolved into "nothing less than the greatest collection of human knowledge."

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4:25pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Planet Money

The G-8 Still Exists!

President Obama is in France for the G8 summit in Deauville. The annual summit of the world's major industrial nations will include discussions about shoring up democracy in the Arab world, and dealing with the financial crisis in Europe. (source)

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4:11pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Latin America

Mexican Cartels Spread Violence To Central America

First of a three-part series

Mexico's drug cartels are carving out new territory in Central America, in some of the poorest and most fragile countries in the hemisphere.

Mexican gangs are cutting clandestine airstrips in the Guatemalan jungle, laundering money in El Salvador and unloading boatloads of cocaine on the coast of Honduras.

The World Bank recently warned that narcotics trafficking poses one of the greatest threats to development in the region.

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4:10pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Memo to GOP: Cutting Medicaid Is Unpopular, Too

Not that there was much doubt left, but Tuesday's uphill victory by Democrat Kathy Hochul in a special election in a New York congressional district long dominated by the GOP has made it pretty clear that the budget blueprint approved by House Republicans last month, which would effectively privatize Medicare, isn't so popular with lots of actual voters.

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4:09pm

Thu May 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Laura Ingraham Tells Ed Schultz: 'Apology Accepted'

Ed Schultz.
MSNBC.com

Another broadcaster has gotten in trouble for offensive behavior.

But it doesn't look like there will be any lingering contoversy.

Liberal talker Ed Schultz of MSNBC has apologized at length for the very vile word he used in reference to conservative talker Laura Ingraham. And Schultz has been suspended for a week by the network.

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3:54pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Europe

Youth Protests Sweep Spain As Unemployment Soars

Debt-heavy European countries are again raising anxiety in international financial markets. Greece, Spain, Ireland and Portugal are trying to cut deficits drastically despite their deep recessions.

The austerity measures have fed a growing sense of hopelessness and anger among young people. And in Spain, many young citizens are making their anger heard.

Madrid's central square, Puerta del Sol, is the epicenter of a new and unexpected movement of those who call themselves the indignados β€” the angry ones.

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3:51pm

Thu May 26, 2011
This Is NPR

Public Broadcasting Shines At Peabodys

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 12:12 pm

Emily Hellewell NPR

This week a contingent from NPR and others from the public broadcasting community met up in New York City for the 2010 Peabody Award ceremony.

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3:31pm

Thu May 26, 2011
The Two-Way

First Person On Joplin's List Of The Missing Reports She's OK

"Get me off of there!" 75-year-old Sally Adams told The Associated Press earlier today when a reporter informed her that her name is the first on the list of 232 people who haven't been accounted for since a massive tornado blew through Joplin, Mo., on Sunday.

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3:09pm

Thu May 26, 2011
It's All Politics

Paul Ryan: Time's On GOP Side On Winning Voters To Medicare Plan

Rep. Paul Ryan.
Erin Schwartz NPR

You don't get to be chairman of a major congressional committee like the House Budget Committee if you're the type to shrink from a challenge and Rep. Paul Ryan certainly doesn't appear to be that.

His current challenge, of course, is a daunting one, to convince fellow Republicans that his plan to privatize Medicare won't be as toxic to their 2012 electoral hopes as Democrats gleefully insist it will be, especially if they have anything to say about it.

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3:04pm

Thu May 26, 2011
The Picture Show

Before And After: Street Views In Joplin

Interactive images provide a street view of Joplin, Mo., before and after the tornado.
Google/Aaron Fuhrman

Before and after photos of Joplin, Mo., have been floating around the Internet since the tornado swept through on Sunday β€” and one of the more striking comparisons is attributed to Aaron Fuhrman. We reached out to him and he shared several more photos, as well as his story.

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3:00pm

Thu May 26, 2011
World

Mladic To Be Sent To The Hague To Await Trial

The man most-wanted by the U.N. war crimes tribunal, a fugitive on the run for 16 years, Ratko Mladic has been arrested. Serbian president Boris Tadic announced the Serbian Intelligence Agency had found Mladic in the north of the country. There, he's said to have assumed another identity. Now, Mladic will be sent to The Hague in the Netherlands to wait for a trial.

3:00pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Law

Top Court Upholds Arizona Employer Sanctions Law

The Supreme Court of the United States has upheld an Arizona law that would allow the state to penalize businesses that hire illegal immigrants. NPR's Nina Totenberg tells Robert Siegel about the opinion.

3:00pm

Thu May 26, 2011
World

North Africa, Middle East Top Priority At G8 Summit

Originally published on Thu May 26, 2011 5:43 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

MICHELE NORRIS, host:

And I'm Michele Norris.

President Obama is attending the G8 summit in France today. He's encouraging his fellow G8 leaders to provide financial support to newly emerging democracies in North Africa and the Middle East.

As NPR's Scott Horsley reports, Mr. Obama is also using the summit to meet one on one with some of the other G8 leaders, including Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

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3:00pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Education

New Fellowship Pays For College Kids To Drop Out

Michele Norris talks with entrepreneur Peter Thiel about his foundation's latest endeavor: a fellowship that encourages young people with big ideas to drop out of college and pursue their dreams. The "Twenty Under Twenty" fellowship provides $100,000 over a two-year period to each of the recipients. Their projects range from technological advances to new educational ideas. Thiel suggests that higher education is over valued. And he argues that sometimes the university setting is actually an obstacle to innovation. Thiel is a co-founder of Pay Pal and an early investor in Facebook.

3:00pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Commentary

Letters: Presidential Gifts, Stolen Cars

Michele Norris and Robert Siegel read emails from listeners.

3:00pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Books

Shteyngart Wins Wodehouse Prize

Writer Gary Shteyngart recently won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize for comic fiction. The 11-year-old award was named for British author P.G. Wodehouse and has been awarded to Brits β€” until this year when it was given to a self-proclaimed Russian-Jewish nebbish from New York. Shteyngart won for his third work of fiction, Super Sad True Love Story, and he will be given a pig named after the novel as a part of the prize. Shteyngart told Robert Siegel, "This is what I've been writing for all my life.

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3:00pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Space

A Correlation Between Age, Winning NBA Games?

The Dallas Mavericks are headed to the NBA Finals, thanks to their 4-1 series victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Throughout the series, the Thunder were young and athletic β€” the Mavs, old and ultimately successful.

3:00pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Latin America

Brazilian Companies Offer Education To Needy Kids

Brazil's public education system handles 50 million students but, according to many, not very well. Private initiatives funded by thousands of Brazilian businesses have created a parallel education system.

3:00pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Technology

Study May Shed Light On How To Stop Spam

Transcript

MICHELE NORRIS, host:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Michele Norris.

ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

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3:00pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Africa

In Mozambique, Poverty Takes Toll On The Young

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

MICHELE NORRIS, host:

And I'm Michele Norris.

This summer, we'll be launching a series on women and childbirth. We'll bring you stories from China, Egypt, France and, of course, from all over the United States. And we'll be reporting on everything from the latest science to cultural trends, to the many challenges that pregnant women face around the world.

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3:00pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Politics

After Senate's Medicare Vote, Ryan Remains Unbowed

Transcript

MICHELE NORRIS, host:

It's been a tough week for Congressman Paul Ryan. He wrote the House Republican's budget, including the plan that would eventually privatize Medicare. Ryan's plan played a big part in a special election in upstate New York this week, an election that flipped the seat from Republican to Democrat. Then yesterday, a majority of the Senate, including five Republicans, voted to kill the Ryan budget.

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