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7:32am

Wed October 5, 2011
Around the Nation

Bible Belt Oktoberfest Finally Taps A Beer Keg

To celebrate its German roots, residents of Cullman, Ala., usually donned liederhosen and ate bratwurst in. But keeping with Bible Belt values, beer was verboten. This year kegs are being tapped at what had been billed as the world's only dry Oktoberfest.

4:00am

Wed October 5, 2011
Europe

Public Sector Workers Strike Paralyzes Greece

Originally published on Wed October 5, 2011 5:28 pm

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LYNN NEARY, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Lynn Neary. Steve Inskeep is away.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

We're going to hear now about the continuing economic woes of Greece. It's one of the small European Union countries drowning in debt. Today it faces yet another protest. This time, a general strike by workers in the public sector furious about more cuts aimed at them. The pressure to shrink the government payroll is coming from international creditors.

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4:00am

Wed October 5, 2011
Middle East

U.N. Resolution Against Syria Fails In Security Council

The U.N. Security Council has failed to agree on what to do about Syria's brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters. Tuesday night, Russia and China vetoed a resolution condemning Syria, even after the text was watered down and stripped of any threats of sanctions.

4:00am

Wed October 5, 2011
Around the Nation

USDA Wants To Limit Potatoes In School Lunches

The Agriculture Department plans to limit potato consumption among schoolchildren to two servings a week. But politicians and farmers in potato-growing states such as Maine say the spud is being unfairly targeted. As it turns out, schoolchildren have strong opinions about potatoes too. Josie Huang of Maine Public Radio reports.

4:00am

Wed October 5, 2011
Education

Thieves Scam Aid From Online Education Sites

The Department of Education says that as distance learning has grown so has fraud. An inspector general's report found that scam artists are taking advantage of the popularity of online education to steal federal education money.

4:00am

Wed October 5, 2011
Economy

How Greece's Financial Crisis Hurts The U.S. Economy

David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal talks to Lynn Neary about why the economic situation in Greece is affecting European banks and the U.S. financial picture.

4:00am

Wed October 5, 2011
Business

Apple's Latest iPhone Underwhelms Investors

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LYNN NEARY, host: Samsung says it will file court injunctions in France and Italy to try and block the sale of Apple's latest iPhone, citing patent infringement. Apple unveiled its latest version of the popular smartphone just yesterday. As NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports, the new device, called the 4S, didn't make the usual splash.

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4:00am

Wed October 5, 2011
Business

Sandy Pope Challenges James Hoffa To Lead Teamsters

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host: The presidency of one of the biggest unions in the country is up for grabs. James Hoffa currently heads the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and he's facing the first challenge by a woman in the Teamsters' 108-year-old history. Sandy Pope is a former truck driver. If she becomes head of the union and its 1.4 million members, her challenge would be to turn around years of declining membership.

NPR's Beenish Ahmed reports.

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4:00am

Wed October 5, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

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LYNN NEARY, host: Our last word in business today is...

(SOUNDBITE OF THEME SONG FROM TV SHOW, "THE SIMPSONS")

UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: (Singing) The Simpsons.

NEARY: The animated comedy "The Simpsons" is in its 23rd season, and there may not be a 24th. The actors who voice the parts of Homer, Bart and other key characters are fighting with 20th Century Fox over pay. Fox says it may end the hit comedy if an agreement can't be reached. The actors reportedly make about $8 million a season. Fox wants them to take a 45 percent pay cut.

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4:00am

Wed October 5, 2011
Business

Bank of New York Mellon Faces 2 Government Suits

Originally published on Wed October 5, 2011 5:28 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with lawsuits against a big New York bank.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MONTAGNE: The Bank of New York Mellon is facing two more government lawsuits involving its currency trading business. The suits were filed yesterday by the Manhattan U.S. attorney and New York attorney general. The lawsuits accuse the bank of promising clients, including public pension funds, the best exchange rate, then giving them the worst rate and pocketing the difference.

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12:01am

Wed October 5, 2011
Monkey See

Skipping The Ads On TV? Get Ready For The Shows That Are The Ads

My Pretty Pony is a Hasbro toy, but it's also a Discovery/Hasbro TV show on The Hub.

The Hub

You know regular product placement, right? Top Chef and its plugs for frozen meals and Gladware, cars being name-checked by action stars speeding away in them, and — of course — the carbonation-off currently taking place between American Idol (COKE! COKE! COKE!) and The X Factor (PEPSI! PEPSI! PEPSI!). But as Elizabeth Blair reports on Wednesday's Morning Edition, you haven't seen anything yet.

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7:31am

Tue October 4, 2011
Asia

Chinese ATMs Dispense Gold Bars

Recently unveiled, the new ATMs shell out bars of gold in different weights and shapes. Gold is a popular investment in China, and there are plans to introduce 2,000 of the machines. Each can hold more than 440 lbs. of gold.

7:28am

Tue October 4, 2011
Around the Nation

Frustrated Consumer Sues Walmart Over 2 Cents

Mary Bach says the price for her Brown and Serve sausage scanned for two pennies more than what the price tag showed. The Pennsylvania woman, who's a consumer activist, accused Walmart of unfair trade practices and she won. A judge awarded her $100 in damages. Walmart has a month to appeal.

4:00am

Tue October 4, 2011
Business

Obama Sends Trade Agreements To Congress

President Obama has sent to Congress long-delayed trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. The deals are hailed as a boon to job creation, but also feared as a threat to existing jobs.

4:00am

Tue October 4, 2011
Science

2011 Nobel Prize In Physics

Three U.S.-born scientists won the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for their studies of exploding stars that revealed that the expansion of the universe is accelerating. The three will share $1.5 million.

4:00am

Tue October 4, 2011
Business

Business News

Lynn Neary has business news.

4:00am

Tue October 4, 2011
Economy

Venture Capitalist cautions Against Job Creation Myths

Bill Frezza, a venture capitalist and a fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute says the idea that creating jobs leads to growth and prosperity is a fallacy. He tells Lynn Neary that the jobs myth is at the heart of the nation's unemployment problems.

4:00am

Tue October 4, 2011
Politics

Presidential Election Money Race Is On

The presidential campaigns don't have to file their third-quarter disclosure reports until the end of next week. Numbers, however, are leaking out. NPR's Peter Overby has more.

4:00am

Tue October 4, 2011
Economy

Soldier Deals With Harsh Reality Of War, Economy

In 2009, David Greene took a road trip across the country to mark President Obama's first 100 days in office, and to try to get a sense of how people were faring in the recession. Today, he talks again with Jeff Taylor. In 2009, Taylor re-enlisted and went back to Iraq because his family couldn't afford for him not to return. But now Taylor and his wife are facing a new level of economic difficulty.

12:01am

Tue October 4, 2011
Author Interviews

Immigrants' Status Explored In 'Barbarian Nurseries'

If Hector Tobar turns out to be the Charles Dickens or the Tom Wolfe of the 21st century, he owes a big thank-you to the people of California.

Some of them, anyway.

"Really, 187's passage is what made me want to write this book," he says.

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12:01am

Tue October 4, 2011
Author Interviews

Stevens Chronicles 'Five Chiefs' Of The Supreme Court

John Paul Stevens, shown in 2003, served on the Supreme Court from 1975 to 2010.

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Supreme Court justices don't usually tell tales out of school, and retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens pretty much adheres to that tradition in his new book, Five Chiefs. But in an interview, the 91-year-old justice showed a little leg, as it were, when asked about recent controversies over Supreme Court ethics.

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7:42am

Mon October 3, 2011
Latin America

Mexico City Lawmakers Try To Reduce Divorce Rate

Originally published on Tue October 4, 2011 7:19 am

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DAVID GREENE, host: Good morning. I'm David Greene.

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7:35am

Mon October 3, 2011
Animals

Latest Nestle Ad Campaign Is Going To The Dogs

On Friday, Nestle launched a new dog food commercial in Germany geared to canine sensibilities. The 23 second spot features "squeaky noises" and a high-pitch tone that only dogs can hear.

4:00am

Mon October 3, 2011
NPR Story

The Last Word In Business

David Greene has the Last Word in business.

4:00am

Mon October 3, 2011
NPR Story

Politics In The News

NPR's Cokie Roberts talks to David Greene about the latest political news.

4:00am

Mon October 3, 2011
NPR Story

3 Scientists Win Nobel For Immune System Studies

Originally published on Tue October 4, 2011 7:19 am

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LYNN NEARY, host: Three scientists have been awarded the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for their work on understanding the immune system. However, it turns out one of the scientists died several days ago, which could mean that he was not eligible for the prize. Joining us now is NPR science correspondent Jon Hamilton.

Thanks for joining us, Jon.

JON HAMILTON: Good to be here.

NEARY: Let's start with this scientist who died. Who was he, and why might his death make him ineligible for the Nobel Prize?

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4:00am

Mon October 3, 2011
Europe

Italian Appeals Court To Decide Amanda Knox's Fate

American Amanda Knox has a chance at freedom after spending four years behind bars in Italy. An Italian appeals court will decide Monday whether she killed her British roommate. Knox, who says she's innocent, was convicted in 2009 along with Raffaele Sollecito in the death of fellow student Meredith Kercher. David Greene talks about the trial with Barbie Nadeau, a reporter for Newsweek, who has written a book about the trial.

4:00am

Mon October 3, 2011
Business

Business News

David Greene has business news.

4:00am

Mon October 3, 2011
Africa

Anti-Gadhafi Loyalists Accused Of Abusing Power

Residents of the Libyan capital Tripoli are growing increasingly angry at abuses said to be carried out by armed anti-Gadhafi groups. Some allege that once rebel fighting brigades have become criminal gangs, looting and intimidating at will.

12:01am

Mon October 3, 2011
Books

In 'Boomerang,' Cheap Credit Exposes Nations' Flaws

For his book exploring the global financial crisis, Michael Lewis visited countries to see where the money went.
Tabitha Soren

No two countries are experiencing the global financial crisis in the same way. And according to author Michael Lewis, you can tell a lot about each country by looking at its problems — and how they're being dealt with.

To research his new book, Boomerang, Lewis went on what he has called a "financial disaster tour." He surveyed some of the most financially challenged countries in the world from Iceland and Ireland to Greece and the United States.

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