U.S.
2:01 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Looming Cuts Could Mean Big Changes For U.S. Military

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan, in Washington. If no budget deal is reached by March 1st, automatic, across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester kick in. And that includes the defense budget, which accounts for roughly 20 percent of federal spending.

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Sports
2:01 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Sports Fixing: When Gambling And The Game Collide

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 2:30 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. If you walk into any clubhouse in organized baseball, from Yankee Stadium to a rookie-league park, you'll see a large poster that specifies the prohibitions against gambling, and they'll specify the penalty. There is only one: a lifetime ban.

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From Our Listeners
2:01 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Letters: Drawing A Gun And America's Boom Towns

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

It's Tuesday, and time to read from your comments. Last week, we asked you tell us what happened after you drew a firearm. One caller, Alexander, said he shot a karate expert trying break into his house after wrestling over an assault rifle.

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Book Reviews
1:38 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

A Soured Student-Teacher Friendship Threatens 'Everything'

Matjaz Boncina iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 2:55 pm

Over the past week or so, I've mentioned James Lasdun's new book, Give Me Everything You Have to a bunch of colleagues; they've all heard about it already and they're all dying to read it. What Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother was to parenting a couple of years ago, Lasdun's Give Me Everything You Have may well be to teaching: a controversial personal reflection on the professor-student relationship — except Lasdun, unlike Chua, really has no advice to offer; no certitude, nor help for pain.

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Religion
12:05 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Going Global With A New Pope?

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 3:09 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, you probably heard that girls are now getting the majority of Associate's, Bachelor's and Master's degrees. We'll talk with a scholar who says that that is in part because the educational system is failing boys in a big way. And we'll hear from parents too, coming up later in the program.

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Politics
12:05 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

What to Expect From The President

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 3:09 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, Pope Benedict XVI surprised the world when he announced his resignation yesterday, so we decided to talk about some of the issues facing the church worldwide and to see if there are any potential papal candidates from the developing world, which is where most Catholics actually live. That's coming up later in the program.

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Education
12:05 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Dads Weigh In On Why Boys Fall Behind

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 3:09 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but maybe you just need a few moms and dads in your corner every week. We check in with a diverse group of parents for their common sense and savvy advice. Now, we are continuing our conversation about the so-called achievement gap with boys.

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Oscar's Top Documentaries
11:20 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Harrowing Stories Of 'How To Survive A Plague'

Director and producer David France chronicles the efforts of HIV/AIDS activists in the '80s and '90s in his documentary How to Survive a Plague. Above, AIDS activist Peter Staley is arrested in a scene from the film.
William Lucas Walker

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 3:34 pm

For the last in our series of conversations with Oscar-nominated filmmakers in the best documentary feature category, we turn to How to Survive A Plague. The film documents the efforts of HIV/AIDS activists to improve availability of and access to AIDS drugs in the 1980s and '90s.

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WMUK News
11:13 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Saving undocumented migrants in the Arizona desert

No More Deaths desert camp medical aid tent
Credit Steve Johnson / No More Deaths

As the renewed debate over immigration reform unfolds in Washington, thousands of undocumented immigrants still try to cross the border with Mexico. A humanitarian group in Arizona says many are at risk of dying from thirst, starvation, or attacks by criminals. Representatives of No Más Muertes/No More Deaths will talk about the issue in Kalamazoo Wednesday, February 13th.

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10:10 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Hunting fishing license fees could be increased in Michigan

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Governor Snyder's budget proposal calls for higher fees to generate $18-million.
Much has changed in Michigan since 1997: Gasoline prices have tripled, food prices increased more than 40 percent and health-care costs have skyrocketed. It seems that everything costs more today than it did 16 years ago - unless you hunt or fish in Michigan.
Michigan 2014 election
8:53 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Schauer still considering a run for governor

Mark Schauer
Credit Blue Green Alliance

Former Congressman Mark Schauer of Battle Creek says he hasn't decided whether he will run for governor next year. 

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7:54 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Benton Harbor's new Emergency Manager gets support from City Commissioners

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Tony Saunders took over this month from former Emergency Manager Joseph Harris.
BENTON HARBOR - When Benton Harbor's old emergency financial manager arrived in town, there were protests.
7:44 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Grand Rapids brewery part of eco-friendly movement

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Brewery Vivant works with Green Brewery Project to improve sustainability.
Its former funeral parlor location isn't the only thing recycled at this brewery blazing a sustainability trail. Sure you can treat yourself to a Belgian-inspired farmhouse beer and some escargot or duck nachos. But you will also be part of the growing trend of environmentally-conscious craft breweries.
Asia
7:29 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Haute Tokyo Restaurant Serves Up: Dirt

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. For Valentine's Day dinner, consider Ne Quittez Pas. The haute Tokyo restaurant has patrons digging deep in their wallets for an apparently chic ingredient - dirt. For $110 each you can dine in four courses of favorites like the soil surprise, a dirt-dusted potato ball with a truffle center. Or if you're feeling gritty, try the soil sorbet. I say go for the fish soup. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
7:17 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Montana TV Station Warns Of Attacking Zombies

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

KRTV viewers in Great Falls, Montana were interrupted by a bizarre emergency message yesterday: Zombies On The Attack.

(SOUNDBITE OF EMERGENCY MESSAGE)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: The bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and attacking the living...

6:41 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Unions sue, challenging Michigan's right to work law

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Last month a lawsuit was filed alleging that the Open Meetings was violated when the Capitol was locked down during protests in December.
A group of labor unions filed suit in federal court Monday, challenging one of the state's newly passed right-to-work laws. The Michigan AFL-CIO, the Building and Trades Council, the Teamsters, SEIU, United Farm Workers and the United Food and Commercial Workers say the law that affects private-sector employees is a violation of the U.S.
6:34 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Security increased at Lakeview District elementary schools

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Camera and buzzer systems at four elementary school buildings could be installed by spring break.
Bernadette Johnson wanted assurances that her eighth-grade son would know exactly what to do if a shooter walked into Lakeview Middle School while he was in the cafeteria. Such was the conversation at a public forum Monday night at Lakeview High School, where about 30 people heard Lakeview School District officials lay out the district's short- and long-term plans for improving school safety.
6:23 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Portage officials pull one of four billboards from proposed outdoor advertising agreement

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Acting Superintendent Rob Olson says Adams Outdoor Advertising has agreed to drop billboard at Angling Road Elementary School.
PORTAGE, MI - One of four controversial billboards to be placed on Portage Public Schools properties will be pulled under a proposal between the school district and Adams Outdoor Advertising. Acting Superintendent Rob Olsen said that Adams has agreed not to do the controversial Angling Road Elementary School billboard that was most opposed by more 75 people who turned out Feb.
6:20 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Saint Joseph City Manager Search won't include internal candidates

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Commissioners say they want a candidate who has experience as a city manager.
ST. JOSEPH - St. Joseph City Commissioners have inked an agreement with the Michigan Municipal League to comb the state for candidates to replace City Manager Frank Walsh.

As NPR's senior national correspondent, Linda Wertheimer travels the country and the globe for NPR News, bringing her unique insights and wealth of experience to bear on the day's top news stories.

A respected leader in media and a beloved figure to listeners who have followed her three-decade-long NPR career, Wertheimer provides clear-eyed analysis and thoughtful reporting on all NPR News programs.

Asia
4:47 am
Tue February 12, 2013

North Korea Admits It Carried Out Nuclear Test

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 6:06 am

North Korea confirmed on Tuesday that it had successfully conducted a third nuclear test. It's an important step toward North Korea's goal of building a bomb small enough to be fitted on a missile that could reach United States.

Business
4:47 am
Tue February 12, 2013

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 7:13 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Let's talk about another high-profile job vacancy - this one for pontiff. Now that Pope Benedict has said he'll step down, everyone is wondering who will replace him. Our last word in business today: holy bookmakers.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Gambling houses have placed odds on who might become the next leader of the Catholic world. At the top of the list of frontrunners are men not from Europe. Names like Ghana's Cardinal Peter Turkson and Canada's Cardinal Marc Ouellette, both popular choices among the bookmakers.

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Politics
4:47 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Obama Speech To Set Second Term's Tone

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 5:00 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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It's All Politics
3:45 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Fixing Long Lines At The Polls May Be Harder Than You Think

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 5:00 am

Minutes after he was re-elected in November, President Obama vowed to fix the long lines that many voters faced at the polls. He mentioned the problem again in his inaugural address. And now, the president is expected to raise it once more in the State of the Union address on Tuesday — this time with some possible solutions.

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Politics
3:43 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Sen. Rubio's Response Gives GOP A Chance To Woo Hispanics

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during a fundraiser in Altoona, Iowa, on Nov. 17. He is delivering the GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 8:44 am

Republican leaders have tapped Marco Rubio, a 41-year-old Cuban-American senator from Florida, to deliver the official GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night.

It's a chance for a party that has fared badly with both young and Hispanic voters to showcase a fast-rising, youthful Latino with a new stance on immigration.

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Governing
3:40 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Treasury Nominee's Citigroup Experience Raises Questions For Some

Jack Lew testifies before a House budget panel in 2011. The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to consider Lew's nomination to be Treasury secretary on Wednesday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 9:02 am

Jack Lew, the man President Obama has chosen to help oversee the country's biggest banks, has said it plainly — he's no expert on banking. Lew said as much when the Senate was vetting him to head the White House Office of Management and Budget in 2010.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., asked Lew if he thought deregulation of Wall Street caused the financial crisis. Lew said he didn't consider himself the best person to answer that question.

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National Security
3:25 am
Tue February 12, 2013

In Cyberwar, Software Flaws Are A Hot Commodity

An analyst looks at code in the malware lab of a cybersecurity defense lab at the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Sept. 29, 2011.
Jim Urquhart Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 8:50 am

There have been security flaws in software as long as there has been software, but they have become even more critically important in the context of cyberweapons development.

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9:41 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Former Kalamazoo County Drain Commissioner dies

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Bill French suffered a stroke while scuba diving in Florida in 2007.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Former Kalamazoo County Drain Commissioner Bill French has died. French, 63, died on Saturday, according to an obituary in the Kalamazoo Gazette. French, a Republican, won the 2004 election for drain commissioner and served until 2008 when he was removed from office nearly a year after he was convicted of misdemeanor extortion.
WMUK News
9:33 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Attorneys discuss helping women facing abuse

Dancers prepare for One Billion Rising event in Kalamazoo on Valentine's Day
Credit Gordon Evans, WMUK

WMUK’s Gordon Evans reported on the One-Billion rising event to raise awareness about violence against women. He also spoke with Susan Reed, supervising attorney for the Michigan Immigrants’ Rights Center and Megan Reynolds, managing attorney of the Battle Creek office of Legal Services of South Central Michigan. 

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One Billion Rising
9:31 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

One Billion Rising event in Kalamazoo

Rehearsal for One Billion Rising event
Credit Gordon Evans, WMUK

Valentine’s Day will mean dancing in the streets of Kalamazoo. The One Billion Rising event is being held Thursday to bring attention to the issue of violence against women. WMUK’s Gordon Evans reports. 

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