NPR Story
12:14 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Unemployment Rate Down To 7.5 Percent

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with some good economic news.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit 15,000 for the first time ever this morning. The S&P 500 also hit a record high. All of this came just after the release of a positive jobs report. The Labor Department says 165,000 jobs were created in April. Economist have been expecting about 150,000 new jobs last month.

11:51 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Michigan Supreme Court considers whether to give advisory opinion on "right to work" law

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Michigan Solicitor General will be allowed to file brief in the case
LANSING, MI - Back in late January, Gov. Rick Snyder asked the Michigan Supreme Court to weigh in on the constitutionality of the state's right-to-work law. The high court hasn't yet issued an advisory opinion or said if it will do so. Snyder's request remains pending.
Movie Reviews
11:41 am
Fri May 3, 2013

'Iron Man 3': Tony Stark As Homebrew Hero

In Iron Man 3, Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as Tony Stark (aka Iron Man), and Gwyneth Paltrow reprises hers as his girlfriend, Pepper Potts.
Paramout Pictures

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 4:01 pm

The third time might be the charm for some things, but the number three after a movie title is typically shorthand for a deal with the devil.

The studio thinks there's more money to be squeezed from a particular property, and voila: Spider-Man 3, Superman III, The Godfather — God help us — Part III. OK, The Godfather's a special case. Most other threes, though, are what happens when a too-thin plot meets a too-fat budget.

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NPR Story
10:49 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Scientists Seek To Take The Measure of Antimatter

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY.

Up next, another installment in the continuing quest to understand antimatter, that stuff that's supposed to be the opposite of matter. It's supposed to have been created during the Big Bang in equal amounts as normal matter, but for some reason, it's all disappeared. No one knows why - yeah, that stuff or actually that anti-stuff.

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NPR Story
10:49 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Ancient Earth May Have Smelled Like Rotten Eggs

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 1:03 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. Imagine stepping onto the Earth two billion years ago, taking a stroll along the shores of an ancient beach near the northern edge of what today is Lake Superior. You wouldn't see any trees. They didn't hit the scene until, oh, another billion-and-a-half years. What you might see, though, if you had a microscope, were tiny bacteria-like organisms on the shore having a ball eating each other.

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NPR Story
10:49 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Living Inside the Box

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Here with us now is Flora Lichtman, our correspondent and managing editor for video. Flora, welcome.

FLORA LICHTMAN, BYLINE: Hi.

FLATOW: What wonderful stuff do you have for us this week?

LICHTMAN: Well, from the less practical or the no practical application to the very practical in this week's Video Pick.

FLATOW: Ooh.

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Movie Interviews
10:08 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Bradley Cooper Finds 'Silver Linings' Everywhere

Bradley Cooper was nominated for an Academy Award for his 2012 role in the film Silver Linings Playbook.
Jojo Whilden The Weinstein Company

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 12:37 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on Feb. 7, 2013.

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Kalamazoo Marathon
9:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Third annual Kalamazoo Marathon this weekend

Credit Kalamazoo Marathon/Borgess Run for the Health of It

Interview with Blaine Lam

The third Kalamazoo Marathon is being run this weekend as part of the Borgess Run for the Health of It

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7:50 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Political battle over Medicaid expansion may cost Michigan hospitals

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Hospitals face cuts to Medicaid reimbursement under federal Affordable Care Act
Lansing - The outcome of a political battle over Gov. Rick Snyder's proposed Medicaid expansion could have serious consequences for Michigan hospitals, particularly the Detroit Medical Center. Snyder is among eight Republican governors to break with his party in support of the Medicaid expansion, which is part of Obamacare.
7:45 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Belding clock tower to come down

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Crews will try to save top of structure
BELDING, MI - After standing watch over the city for 123 years, the iconic Belding silk mill clock tower's final days are winding down quickly. Little besides the tower remains of a once-hulking factory complex that has undergone demolition since late March in the middle of downtown Belding.
Around the Nation
7:29 am
Fri May 3, 2013

School Closes For The Day Due To 'Great Weather'

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 12:14 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. You ever wonder why it took a big snowstorm to close school and on beautiful, sunny days there we are sitting in a classroom? Well, enter Bob Sampson. He's the principal at Bellingham Christian School in Washington state and he canceled school today to, quote, "celebrate an exceptionally nice day." The forecast there: 68 and sunny. No resentment here in the dark studio, all of us at work. Nope, not jealous, because it's always sunny at MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Animals
7:19 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Help Wanted: Polar Bear Spotters

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 12:14 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene with a summer job opportunity - if you're willing to move to the Arctic Circle and if you're not afraid of bears. The Norwegian government is looking for the polar bear spotters. Your job: to warn researchers when bears come in a little too close. A successful candidate should enjoy the outdoors and be competent with firearms. An official said polar bear spotters will not have to fire a gun as long as they have a loud voice to scare off bears. That's reassuring.

6:52 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Kalamazoo Central High School student inspires bill to allow students to miss school for religious holidays

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Madeline Richman testified before the House Education committee on Wednesday
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Madeline Richman, a junior at Kalamazoo Central High School, was reluctant to miss school last fall to mark the Jewish High Holidays because it would undermine her record of perfect school attendance. She mentioned her dilemma to Kate Segal, a Battle Creek lawmaker in the state House and, like Richman, a member of Temple B'nai Israel in Kalamazoo.
6:18 am
Fri May 3, 2013

"No fault" insurance reform clears House committee

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Bill passed Insurance Committee on party-line vote, bill's sponsor says it faces "an uphill battle"
LANSING, MI -- Legislation that would overhaul Michigan's no-fault auto insurance system is headed to the state House for consideration after a Republican-led committee advanced it this evening. "The votes were there, and we'll see if we have the votes on the floor," said state Rep.
Politics
4:29 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Gun Background Vote Causes Heat At Home For N.H. Sen. Ayotte

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 12:14 pm

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After any contentious debate in Washington, it's often interesting to see how a lawmaker is welcomed home, depending on how he or she voted. Some of the senators who voted down bipartisan gun control legislation last month are taking heat in the aftermath of December's mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the state of Connecticut. The bill would have expanded background checks, and the only New England senator who opposed it was New Hampshire Republican Kelly Ayotte. NPR's David Welna traveled to her state and sent this report.

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Asia
4:29 am
Fri May 3, 2013

'Huge Cracking Sound' Heard Day Before Bangladeshi Building Collapsed

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 12:14 pm

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Latin America
4:29 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Obama Encourages U.S., Mexico To Focus On Economic Relationship

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 12:14 pm

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene. President Obama says it is time to focus on the strong economic relationship between the United States and Mexico and not get bogged down on more contentious issues like cooperation on the war on the drugs.

Obama made his comments yesterday as he began a two-day visit to Mexico. He flies on to Costa Rica later today. NPR's Carrie Kahn reports.

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It's All Politics
3:24 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Why Lobbying Is Now Increasingly In The Shadows

The lobbying industry in Washington is becoming more secretive.
Bill Ingalls/NASA Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 12:14 pm

While ideological gridlock continues to immobilize Capitol Hill, another of Washington's institutions is morphing behind the scenes.

The lobbying industry is becoming more secretive — reversing a trend that dates back to the 1990s. And campaign money now looms ever larger as a critical element in the persuasion business.

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The Record
3:23 am
Fri May 3, 2013

The Beyonce Experiment: How Far Can She Go?

Beyonce in her most recent Pepsi ad, which premiered her song "Grown Woman."
Courtesy of Pepsi Co.

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 5:08 pm

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StoryCorps
3:23 am
Fri May 3, 2013

After Years Of Hiding, 'Walking In Love' As Transgender

Alexis Martinez (left) worried that coming out to daughter Lesley as transgender would mean giving up any relationship with her grandchildren. But she needn't have worried.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 12:37 pm

Growing up in a rough housing project on Chicago's South Side during the early 1960s, Alexis Martinez had to hide that she was transgender.

Back then, her name was Arthur, Alexis tells her daughter, Lesley Etherly Martinez, on a visit to StoryCorps in Chicago.

"When I came out to my mom that I was transgender, I think I was 13 or 14," Alexis says. "And she called the police. And I always remember that when the police showed up, they just laughed and told her, 'You've got a fag for a son, and there's nothing we can do about it.' "

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Economy
6:00 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Housing Recovery Lifts Other Sectors, Too

Chevy trucks line the lot of a dealer in Murrysville, Pa. Sales were up by double digits at Chrysler, General Motors and Ford last month.
Gene J. Puskar AP

The government's employment report for April comes out Friday. It's an important measure of the economy's health and the advance signals have been mixed. One report this week showed layoffs falling to a five-year low, but another suggests disappointing jobs creation.

At least one sector is providing some positive news for the job market: housing.

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Shots - Health News
5:27 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Women's Health Groups Angered By Morning-After Pill Moves

Soon after President Obama spoke at Planned Parenthood's national conference in Washington, D.C., last Friday, the administration alienated some women's health groups.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

The administration's actions this week on emergency contraception have left many women's health groups sputtering with anger.

But what really has some of the President Obama's usual allies irritated is the fact that the moves are in direct contrast to speeches he made in just the past week.

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U.S.
4:59 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Bill Would Put Immigration Verification System To The Test

Employers using the E-Verify program are required to post an E-Verify Participation Poster, shown here in a handout photo. A Senate bill would make participation in the system, used to check employees' immigration status, mandatory for all employers.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 5:27 pm

Some employers around the nation have been using E-Verify to check the immigration status of employees for years. Operated by the Department of Homeland Security, the online system is designed to make it harder to hire unauthorized workers — and harder for those workers to find jobs.

While participation in the program has been voluntary since 1996, the immigration bill now in the Senate would make E-Verify mandatory.

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Movies
4:55 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

In 'Iron Man 3,' A Metalhead Gets The Blues

Window Dressing: Tony Stark's ongoing Iron Man research involves more than one suit of self-assembling armor.
Marvel

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 6:07 pm

Y'know, I think this bummed-out superhero thing is catching. Depressed Bat-guy, brooding Spider-dude, even the Man of Steel seems existentially troubled in previews of his most recent incarnation.

And smart-alecky Iron Man? He'd appeared inoculated by Tony Stark's reflexive snark from succumbing to a similar ailment — but even he's having anxiety attacks these days. Ever since that Avengers dust-up with those unpleasant aliens last summer, he's evidently been having trouble sleeping.

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Music Interviews
4:46 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Natalie Maines On Motherhood, Eddie Vedder And Leaving Country Music

Mother is the solo debut of Natalie Maines, former Dixie Chicks frontwoman.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 6:22 pm

Natalie Maines is a small woman with a really big voice. Flanked by Emily Robison on banjo and Martie McGuire on fiddle, Maines powered the Dixie Chicks to some 30 million records sold. And then came the collapse — after what the band calls "the incident."

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Research News
4:31 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Of Flybots And Bug Eyes: Insects Inspire Inventors

These robotic flies, which were built in a Harvard lab, can flap their wings independently of each other and fly around while tethered to a power and control wire.
Kevin Ma, Pakpong Chirarattananon AAAS/Science

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 5:49 pm

A smartphone can tell you where to get a cup of coffee, but it can't go get the coffee for you. Engineers would like to build little machines that can do stuff. They would be useful for a lot more than coffee, if we could figure out how to make them work.

But the rules of mechanics change at small scales. Friction becomes dominant; turbulence can upend a small airplane.

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Shots - Health News
4:25 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Colorado Weighs Reopening Psychiatric Hospital For Homeless

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, center, exits the Fort Lyon Correctional Facility in Las Animas, Colo., on Wednesday after touring the facility. Hickenlooper has proposed closing the facility due to budget concerns.
Andy Cross Denver Post via Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 4:22 pm

Last summer's mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., led Gov. John Hickenlooper to call for stricter gun control and big new investments in mental health care.

Several significant gun bills passed, and a package of mental health reforms is moving forward. But there may not be enough support to win funding for 300 new inpatient psychiatric beds.

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Middle East
4:22 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Sea Of Syrian Refugees Threatens To Overload Jordan

There are more than 100,000 Syrian refugees at the Zaatari refugee camp in Mafraq, Jordan, near the Syrian border.
Mohammad Hannon AP

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 9:23 pm

Jordan's fastest-growing city lies in the middle of the desert, where the sand is so white that from a distance it looks like snow. There's little running water and not much electricity.

The name of this place? The Zaatari refugee camp, home to more than 100,000 Syrian refugees.

"This is a city — not one that anybody would want to create if they had a choice," says Caroline Gluck of Oxfam, one of the aid agencies working in the Zaatari camp. "It's certainly not urban planning at its best."

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Author Interviews
3:40 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Ethical Fashion: Is The Tragedy In Bangladesh A Final Straw?

Casual clothing detail fashion background made in the USA
iStockPhoto.com

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 4:05 pm

A garment factory that manufactures products for international clothing companies collapsed outside of Dhaka, Bangladesh, last month, killing more than 400 workers and injuring scores of others. It came on the heels of a fire at another factory in November 2012; that incident killed 112 workers.

Factories like these in Bangladesh pump out what author Elizabeth Cline calls "fast fashion," or clothes made on the cheap by big chains such as H&M, Zara, Esprit, Lee, Wrangler, Nike, J.C. Penney and Wal-Mart.

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Local Music
3:38 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Old-world Tchaikovsky style from Battle Creek Symphony

Anne Harrigan
Credit anneharrigan.com

Conductor Anne Harrigan can hear a remarkable difference in Tchaikovsky when the musicians of the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra play his music. 

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