Politics
4:34 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Without Opponent, Sen. Kay Hagan Already Faces Re-Election Fight

Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 10:45 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

In North Carolina, the ads are starting early - the political ads, that is. Republicans are setting their sights on defeating first-term Democrat Kay Hagan. Senator Hagan's GOP opponent won't be known until the spring but her support for President Obama and the Affordable Care Act has already hurt her with voters. She's also being targeted by outside groups, spending millions of dollars hoping to unseat her. NPR national political correspondent Don Gonyea reports.

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NPR Story
4:34 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Karzai's Political Games Overshadow Hagel's Visit To Afghanistan

Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 10:45 am

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel returned to the Middle East today, after a weekend tour of Afghanistan and a stop in Pakistan. Hagel's visit to Afghanistan was overshadowed by continuing difficulties with President Hamid Karzai. Afghanistan has not yet agreed to terms that would allow U.S. forces to stay there beyond 2014. As NPR's Larry Abramson reports, Afghanistan is not the only country where the U.S. faces questions about its military staying power.

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Planet Money
3:32 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

The Afterlife Of American Clothes

Bales of imported clothing are wheeled into the Gikombo Market in Nairobi, Kenya.
Sarah Elliott for NPR

Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 10:45 am

This story is part of the Planet Money T-shirt project.

Jeff Steinberg had a maroon and white lacrosse jersey that he wore for years. It said "Denver Lacrosse" on the front and had his number, 5, on the back.

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Author Interviews
1:38 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Delia Ephron On The Closeness And Complexity Of Sisterhood

Delia Ephron is a novelist and playwright. Her essays have been published in The New York Times, O, Vogue and the Huffington Post. Her older sister, writer Nora Ephron, died in June 2012.
Elena Seibert Penguin Group

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 4:56 pm

In the opening chapter of her latest book, novelist Delia Ephron writes that losing her older sister, writer Nora Ephron, was like "losing an arm, it's that deranging." Nora, who wrote When Harry Met Sally, died of acute myeloid leukemia in June 2012. Delia and Nora were writing partners; they co-wrote the movies You've Got Mail and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants as well as the off-Broadway hit Love, Loss and What I Wore. Delia was an assistant producer on Nora's film Sleepless in Seattle.

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Music
1:38 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Review: Jonas Kaufmann Sings Wagner And Verdi

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 4:28 pm

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TERRY GROSS, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. At 44, the German tenor Jonas Kaufmann may be the most popular tenor of his generation and one of the most versatile. Music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews two of his recordings this year, dedicated to both Verdi and Wagner, celebrating the bicentennials of their birth.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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12:23 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Eastern Michigan University considers in-state tuition for veterans, undocumented residents

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Western Michigan University offers in-state tuition rates to students who can prove they live in Michigan
Eastern Michigan University is poised to join a growing number of public universities in Michigan that offer in-state tuition for undocumented residents. EMU administrators will ask the Board of Trustees on Tuesday to approve a plan that would make anyone who attended a Michigan high school for at least three years and graduated from the high school eligible for in-state tuition.
Music
12:05 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Actress Naomie Harris Dances To 'Brown Girl In The Ring'

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 3:44 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

Now, it's time for the occasional feature we call In Your Ear. That's when our guests tell us about the music that keeps them going. And today, as the world mourns former South African President Nelson Mandela, we'll hear from Naomie Harris. She stars in the new film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." We recently talked to her about the movie, and she shared with us some of the songs that inspire her.

NAOMIE HARRIS: Hi, I'm Naomie Harris, and what's playing in my ear is "Brown Girl in the Rain," by Boney M.

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Book Reviews
12:05 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Latino Children's Literature That Should Top Lists

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 3:44 pm

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History
12:05 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Recalling Nelson Mandela's 'Funny And Humble' Side

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 3:44 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

We end our program today with another tribute to anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela. He died last Thursday, and South Africa is preparing for his memorial tomorrow. Many Americans learned about Mandela on screen through the movies that dramatized his life. Here's a clip of Danny Glover and Alfre Woodard in the 1987 film, "Mandela."

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "MANDELA")

ALFRE WOODARD: (As Winnie Mandela) Baba Mandela, when I see you walking about in this country, my joy overflows and my faith is made real enough to touch.

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Sports
8:17 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Broncos' Prater Kicks Record 64-Yard Field Goal

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 8:18 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Anybody who grew up watching football has seen video of Tom Dempsey's historic field goal. In 1970, the New Orleans Saint kicked a field goal from a record 63 yards to win a game. He did it though he was born with no toes on his right foot. The record stood for decades, sometimes equaled never exceeded, until Sunday. Denver's Matt Prater kicked one from 64 yards, though it was not decisive since his team won by 23 points.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Strange News
8:17 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Napping United Passenger Wakes Up To A Dark, Empty Plane

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 8:18 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. Good morning. Good morning, sir. That's what should have been said to a passenger on one United flight but no one woke up Tom Wagner. The passenger was on his way from Louisiana to California to visit his sister. He was napping when his plane landed for a layover in Houston and he awoke locked inside a dark and empty plane.

7:43 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Community leaders weigh search for new Battle Creek Assistant City Manager

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Replacement needed for Jim Ritsema who is City Manager of Kalamazoo
Battle Creek's next assistant city manager - whoever that will be - is in for a ride. "Without a doubt, those are going to be big shoes to fill," at-large Commissioner Mark Behnke said of the person who will replace the departed Jim Ritsema.
NPR Story
6:49 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Other-Than-Honorable Discharge Burdens Like A Scarlet Letter

Reed Holway spent 13 months in Iraq. He says PTSD brought on a drinking problem when he returned to the States — and that eventually led to a bad-conduct discharge. Vets with "bad paper" have trouble getting any VA health benefits — even for PTSD.
Quil Lawrence NPR

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 11:21 am

Eric Highfill spent five years in the Navy, fixing airplanes for special operations forces. His discharge papers show an Iraq campaign medal and an Afghanistan campaign medal, a good-conduct medal, and that he's a marksman with a pistol and sharpshooter with a rifle.

None of that matters, because at the bottom of the page it reads "Discharged: under other than honorable conditions."

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Business
6:49 am
Mon December 9, 2013

New York's Insurance Exchange Readies For Holiday Rush

Joey Cappuccitti, who works at a Maximus call center, talks with a person looking for help with New York's insurance exchange.
Fred Mogul

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 10:55 am

New York's health insurance marketplace has been running relatively smoothly, compared with healthcare.gov, the site the federal government is running for 36 states.

But that's a low bar, and even though about 50,000 New Yorkers had signed up in the first two months, almost every day still brings complaints and glitches. Donna Frescatore, the head of the New York State Of Health, says there are no serious patterns of trouble, just individual issues that the state and its contractors address one by one.

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Politics
6:49 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Will Seniors Leave Republicans Out To Dry In 2014?

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 8:18 am

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Some of the Republican Party's most reliable support has come from voters over the age of 65. But a recent survey suggests this could be changing.

NPR's Ina Jaffe went to the Palm Springs to look at a congressional race where we might be seeing this change play out.

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6:21 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Watervliet works to get rust out of water

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Work on the new plant is ahead of schedule
WATERVLIET - Rusty water should be a thing of the past by February in Watervliet. That's when the city's $1.25 million iron filtration plant for the water system is expected to be in operation.
7:55 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

A year later "right to work" brings little obvious change to Michigan's economic climate

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No examples of businesses coming to state because of new law. Unions report few defections
A year after right-to-work laws were approved with the promise of radically changing Michigan's business climate, little has actually changed.
7:40 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

East Lansing police vow charges against those involved in riots

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Police say there were no injuries reported, but there were multiple arrests late Saturday night
East Lansing Police said Sunday they would pursue charges against anyone involved in violent incidents during celebrations of Michigan State University's first Rose Bowl appearance in a quarter century.
7:32 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Report finds cuts in state funding driving up college tuition in Michigan

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State lawmakers have tied funding to factors such as limiting tuition increases
Students at Michigan's universities can blame state politicians for about 60% of the tuition increases they've experienced over the last 13 years, a new report by the nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency finds. The other 40% of the blame goes to universities for increasing their spending, according to the report authored by HFA Deputy Director Kyle Jen.
7:23 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Battle Creek pushes sustainability

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City is working toward a goal of using 15% renewable energy for all municipal operations by 2015
Who knew sewage and trash handling could be so innovative? Battle Creek officials made a $5 million commitment earlier this year that was the first of its kind: inventive equipment, made by a local company, would be purchased and operated by the city to treat municipal sewage sludge and transform it into a marketable fuel source.
7:17 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Portage School Board member Tom Eddy dies

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Eddy served on the school board from 1996 to 2008. Then ran again and was elected in 2011
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- Tom Eddy, current secretary of the Portage Public Schools Board of Education and its past president, died today. He was 66. School board president Bo Snyder said he could not confirm details about Eddy's unexpected death but said Eddy was out of town with his family when he passed away.
Author Interviews
6:13 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

'Getting Away With Murder': A Study Of Benazir Bhutto's Death

In 2007, Benazir Bhutto — twice prime minister of Pakistan and then-leader of the Pakistan People's Party — was killed in a suicide bombing attack that claimed 38 lives. The factors at play in her assassination, however, reached deeper than many imagined.

In his new book, Getting Away With Murder, Heraldo Munoz portrays the tense political climate that surrounded Bhutto's return to politics and examines the circumstances of her death.

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Around the Nation
5:06 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Temperatures Dip From Sea To Icy Sea

Originally published on Sun December 8, 2013 6:12 pm

Frigid weather and freezing rain have beset large swaths of the country. Those below-average temperatures are expected to stay well into the week.

Music Interviews
5:06 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Why Would Nick Lowe Make A Christmas Album? Ask Nick Lowe

Nick Lowe's Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family is an album of original holiday songs and some reworked classics.
Zoran Orlic Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun December 8, 2013 6:12 pm

Not long ago, Nick Lowe was approached by his American record label about releasing a Christmas album. The esteemed UK songwriter, who gave the world "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" and "Cruel to Be Kind," says the idea seemed laughable.

"But I was confused by how snooty I felt when they asked me about doing it," Lowe says. "I think it's a Brit thing, really: Making Christmas records is seen as a not very cool thing to do. And I thinkg it's all bound up with strange ideas from the 1960s, about selling out and things like that."

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Television
5:06 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

The Intended Madness Of Comic Eric Andre's 'Anti-Talk Show'

Originally published on Sun December 8, 2013 6:12 pm

Late-night comedy show hosts are known for opening their programs in a certain style. David Letterman takes to the stage with a wave and a smile. Jay Leno comes out and shakes hands with the audience.

Eric Andre takes quite a different approach: flying into an uncontrollable rage as soon as the band plays him on and smashing nearly everything on the set.

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Author Interviews
5:33 pm
Sat December 7, 2013

'Pomegranate Lady' Depicts The Comedy And Tragedy Of Exile

iStockphoto

Originally published on Sat December 7, 2013 6:33 pm

Goli Taraghi writes about life in Iran — about love, loss, alienation and exile. She is particularly equipped to the task, as her own exile from the country began in 1980 at the outset of the Iranian Revolution.

In 1979, she was a professor living in Tehran with her two young children, and initially supported the movement.

"Of course the turmoil started, and then the executions, and the university was closed, and I thought the best thing is to go abroad and stay just one year," says Taraghi.

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Around the Nation
5:33 pm
Sat December 7, 2013

N.Y. Train Crash Spotlights Push For Automatic Safety System

A police officer stands guard at the scene of a Metro-North passenger train derailment in the Bronx borough of New York on Dec. 1.
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 11:36 am

A commuter train crash that killed four passengers in New York is raising questions about whether a high-tech safety system could have prevented the derailment.

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The New And The Next
5:33 pm
Sat December 7, 2013

An 'Accidental Activist,' And England's World Cup Hope

Michael Regan Getty Images

Originally published on Sun December 8, 2013 3:47 pm

The online magazine Ozy covers people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder Carlos Watson joins All Things Considered regularly to tell us about the site's latest discoveries.

This week, Watson tells NPR's Arun Rath about about a rising star in soccer who could turn things around for England in the World Cup, and a Bahraini woman who calls herself an "accidental activist." He also shares a clip from an Ozy interview with President Bill Clinton regarding Nelson Mandela's legacy.

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SW Michigan
11:46 am
Sat December 7, 2013

Ham recall affects Michigan

Credit WMUK

Federal officials say a Canadian company has recalled some packages of prosciutto ham shipped to Michigan because of bacterial contamination. The U.S. Food Safety Inspection Service says the contamination by a variety of listeria was discovered during a routine inspection.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the ham was shipped by Santa Maria Foods in Brampton, Ontario. The agency says to look for this information on the label:

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Fresh Air Weekend
9:03 am
Sat December 7, 2013

Fresh Air Weekend: Alexander Payne, Baby Photos And Ted Williams

Alexander Payne arrives at the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards in 2012.
Chris Pizzello AP

Originally published on Sat December 7, 2013 11:12 am

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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