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Middle East
3:06 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Syria Creates Hand-Wringing, But No Intervention

A Syrian rebel fires his weapon during clashes with Syrian troops near Idlib, in northern Syria, on June 15. The conflict has gone on for well over a year, but the international community has shown no appetite for a military intervention.
Anonymous AP

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 3:50 pm

The fighting in Syria has been escalating. The U.N. peace effort is in shambles. And there's no appetite right now for outside military intervention.

The Syrian crisis is prompting renewed calls for international action, and there have been plenty of dire warnings and lots of hand-wringing. But after a decade of fighting in the broader region, the United States and its Western allies have shown no interest in getting involved in another military adventure in a Muslim country.

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The Two-Way
2:57 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Moon Shot From JPMorgan's Dimon Is Day's Money Quote

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon during testimony today before the House Financial Services Committee.
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  • Rep. Sean Duffy and JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon

The top news from Capitol Hill testimony today by JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon is that he says "the bank did its best to fully inform investors about its risk strategy several weeks before it suffered a $2 billion-plus trading loss," The Associated Press reports.

But the quote from him that seems to be getting the most attention came in response to a question from Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., who wanted to know if the bank could ever lose "a half a trillion dollars or a trillion dollars?"

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From Our Listeners
2:55 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Letters: Genetic Tests And Parenting

NPR's Neal Conan reads from listener comments on previous show topics including the challenges facing single parents, difficult choices raised by advances in genetic testing and the jokes that define a community or group.

The Two-Way
2:34 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Frankel Runs Away At Ascot, Firms Up Standing As World's Top Horse

Frankel, with jockey Tom Queally aboard, as he sped away with the win today at Royal Ascot.
Alan Crowhurst Getty Images

While there was no Triple Crown again this year, horse racing is not lacking for news about an amazing horse.

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Mental Health
2:28 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Many Who Are Sexually Abused Keep Quiet

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 10:37 am

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Last week on the first day of the sex abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, a 28-year-old man referred to as Victim Four in court papers took the stand and offered graphic detail of years of abuse.

He also expressed regret for not coming forward earlier. He told the jury he had spent, quote, so many years burying this in the back of my head forever that when he heard there were other cases like his, he felt responsible.

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The Two-Way
2:20 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Bumps Tiger Woods, Becoming Forbes' Top-Paid Athlete

Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, punching Victor Ortiz during their WBC welterweight title fight in Las Vegas in September.
Julie Jacobson AP

According to Forbes, the boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is now the world's highest-paid athlete, dethroning Tiger Woods who had held the spot since 2001.

Two bouts during the past 12 months — beating Victor Ortiz and Miguel Cotto in less than an hour combined — netted Mayweather $85 million. That's more than LeBron James ($53 million), more than Roger Federer ($52.7 million), more than Kobe Bryant ($52.3 million).

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National Security
2:20 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Secrecy Stifles Debate On Black Operations

Originally published on Sun June 24, 2012 8:38 am

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. For years, U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen remained an open secret. There are reasons why missile attacks on the territory of quasi-allies weren't acknowledged, but because of that secrecy, legal justification started to emerge only last year, and the process that the president and his advisors use to put individuals on the kill list only came into focus this month in Daniel Klaidman's book "Kill or Capture."

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The Salt
2:17 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Why You Shouldn't Panic About Pesticide In Produce

Apples made the top of the list for produce containing pesticide residue, but how much is unsafe?
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Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 3:37 pm

The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit health advocacy organization, says you should be concerned about pesticide residues in fruits and vegetables, but not so concerned that you stop eating these foods.

That's the mixed message delivered in the eighth edition of EWG's annual Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce released today.

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Sports
2:12 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Despite Verdict, Many Still Find Clemens Guilty

A jury found Roger Clemens not guilty on all charges of obstruction and lying to Congress about steroid use. Clemens has always denied the accusations, but despite the verdict, many fans and sportswriters declared Clemens guilty long ago and refuse to believe he's innocent.

Art & Design
2:12 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

For One Counterfeiter, It's Art, Not A Crime

Hans-Jurgen Kuhl featured his face on bills as an announcement for an art show.
David Wolman

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 10:13 am

Hans-Jurgen Kuhl started painting when he was 10. He loved gazing at the artwork in Cologne's Ludwig Museum. As a young adult, he discovered silk-screening and soon made something of a name for himself producing Andy Warhol imitations.

Years later, frustrated by his meager living as an artist, he decided to imitate a more difficult but more immediately rewarding piece of art: the U.S. Treasury's $100 bill. Kuhl still considered it art, though the authorities used a different word when he manufactured hundreds of thousands of maybe the best counterfeit C-notes ever.

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The Two-Way
1:35 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Microsoft's 'Surface': The Early Reviews Are In

Microsoft's Surface.
Microsoft

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 1:51 pm

Microsoft announced yesterday that it was jumping into the tablet market with "Surface." That foray has been hotly anticipated and analysts believe with sales of PCs falling, it's an important move for the company known more for its software than its hardware.

Now that the tech writers have had a chance to get their hands on the device, we've rounded up a few of their first impressions:

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Parallel Lives
1:00 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Obama And Congress: Bipartisanship Talk Met Reality

President Obama addresses a joint session of Congress while delivering his State of the Union speech in 2011. During his first two years in office, Obama used big Democratic majorities in Congress to muscle through major legislation, but since the 2010 midterm elections, he's increasingly been stymied by a wall of GOP opposition.
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Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 6:59 pm

From now until November, President Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will emphasize their differences. But the two men's lives actually coincide in a striking number of ways. That includes struggling with their respective legislatures. Earlier, NPR's David Welna explored Romney's time as governor of Massachusetts. In this installment of "Parallel Lives," a look at Obama and Congress.

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The Two-Way
12:52 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Ex-Rutgers Student Released After Serving 20 Days Of 30-Day Sentence

Dharun Ravi, 20, as he walked way from the Middlesex (N.J.) County jail with his attorney Steven Altman, left, earlier today.
Mel Evans AP

Dharun Ravi walked out of a New Jersey jail this morning after serving 20 days of the 30-day sentence he was given for using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate at Rutgers University in 2010.

The case drew national attention after it became known that the roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide soon after learning about what Ravi had done and that Ravi had told others about it.

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The Two-Way
12:45 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Most Likely Voters Support President's New Immigration Policy

Niouseline St. Jean, originally from Turks and Caicos Islands who lives in the U.S. illegally, reacts as she talks to the media about the new immigration ruling for students at the Miami Dade Community College in Miami last Friday.
J Pat Carter AP

Sixty-four percent of likely voters surveyed by a new Bloomberg poll said they agreed with President Obama's decision to defer deportation for some young, undocumented immigrants.

The poll also found that 30 percent disagreed and independents backed the new policy by two-to-one margin.

Bloomberg reports:

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The Two-Way
12:44 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Russian Ship Carrying Helicopters Bound For Syria Turns Back, U.K. Says

A Russian cargo ship loaded with refurbished attack helicopters has turned back toward home after having its insurance canceled, British Foreign Secretary William Hague says, according to the BBC.

The MV Alaed was was passing by Scotland's north coast at the time. The policy was canceled by The Standard Club, a London-based insurer. According to the BBC, the insurer issued a statement saying:

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Sports
12:17 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Bob Ojeda: Pitching Through The Pain

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 3:27 pm

Over the course of his 14 years in baseball, Bob Ojeda threw more than 1,000 strikeouts and countless pitches across the plate.

The lefty, who spent most of his career with the Boston Red Sox and the New York Mets, retired in 1994 after winning a World Series in 1986 and leading the American League in shutouts in 1984.

During that entire time, his left pitching arm hurt.

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Economy
11:46 am
Tue June 19, 2012

What Will New Immigration Policy Mean For Jobs?

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 6:58 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News.

Coming up, congressman Keith Ellison is among the Progressive Democrats meeting in Washington, D.C. this week at a conference called Take Back the American Dream. We'll ask him what the meeting's all about in a few minutes.

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Politics
11:46 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Rep. Ellison On 'Taking Back The American Dream'

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 6:58 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, the prosecution rested its case yesterday in the trial of former Penn State assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky, who's accused of sexually abusing a number of children over the course of many years. We'll get an update from Sports Illustrated reporter David Epstein.

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Sports
11:46 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Is Penn State's Football Culture On Trial?

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 6:58 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now, we turn to a very different subject. That's the trial of former Penn State University assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky. He's charged with 51 counts of child sexual abuse, which prosecutors say took place over the course of 15 years.

The prosecution rested its case yesterday and the defense has started calling witnesses in a case that's featured some graphic and disturbing testimony, as well as some complicated legal questions.

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Shots - Health Blog
11:09 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Pills On The Job: Companies Add Prescription Services

On-the-job filling of prescriptions is becoming more common.
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Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 12:37 pm

Nearly everybody has to fill a prescription now and then. For a lot us, there are several to fill each month.

To make it easier, some companies are adding drug dispensaries to their on-site health clinics. Others offer concierge services that deliver drugs right to workers' desks.

Now, it's true that people could also fill their usual prescriptions by mail, something many employers and managers of pharmacy benefits encourage with lower copays.

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Author Interviews
11:01 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Edible Fermentables: Wine, Beer, Cheese, Meat

Beer may be the oldest fermented beverage on the planet.
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Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 10:15 am

In the beginning, the self-described "fermentation fetishist" Sandor Katz loved sour pickles.

"For whatever reason, I was drawn to that flavor as a child," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "And then when I was in my 20s, I did quite a bit of dietary experimentation and ... I started noticing that whenever I ate sauerkraut or pickles, even the smell of it would make my salivary glands start secreting."

After Katz moved from New York City to a rural community in Tennessee, his fascination with all things fermented increased.

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Music Reviews
11:01 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Ray Anderson: A Pocket-Size Suite Makes A Huge Racket

It's tricky making a little band sound big on Sweet Chicago Suite, but trombonist Ray Anderson knows his tricks.
Jeanne Moutoussamy Ashe

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 3:47 pm

Ray Anderson's Pocket Brass Band is about watch-pocket size: With three horns and drums, it couldn't get much smaller. On its new Sweet Chicago Suite, Anderson makes what the group does sound easy. Just write some catchy, bluesy tunes and then have the band blast them out.

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The Two-Way
10:51 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Historic Southern Baptist Vote Coming Up, Live On The Web

Pastor Fred Luter, of New Orleans, who's set to be president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 3:11 pm

NPR.org's lead story this hour is Barbara Bradley Hagerty's Morning Edition report headlined "Southern Baptists See Their Future In A Black Pastor."

As she writes:

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The Two-Way
9:51 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Adidas Cancels Its 'Shackle Shoes'

The JS Roundhouse Mids.
Facebook.com/adidasoriginals

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 11:46 am

Sneakers that come with prison orange shackles to wrap around your ankles?

That was Adidas' idea for the "JS Roundhouse Mids" it planned to start selling in August. It was to be "a sneaker ... so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles."

Was to be, that is.

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Asia
9:48 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Pakistan's Prime Minister Disqualified From Office

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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The Two-Way
9:10 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Signs Of Strength In Latest Housing Data

San Mateo, Calif.: Construction was underway earlier this year at a new housing development.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 10:01 am

There was a 7.9 percent jump in the number of construction permits issued to home builders in May, the Census Bureau says.

That increase boosted permits to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 780,000 — the most since September 2008, The Associated Press adds. It's a signal that construction will be strong in coming months.

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The Two-Way
8:23 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Pakistan's Prime Minister Ousted From Office By Country's Highest Court

Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Reza Gilani as he arrived at court on April 26 in Islamabad.
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Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:31 am

There's fresh political turmoil in Pakistan today after the country's highest court "disqualified" Prime Minister Yousuf Reza Gilani from office, The Associated Press writes.

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The Two-Way
7:51 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Should Roger Clemens Go Into Baseball's Hall Of Fame?

Roger Clemens in 1991, when he pitched for the Boston Red Sox.
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Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 8:31 am

Now that Roger Clemens has been found not guilty of lying to Congress and obstructing its investigation into the use of performance-enhancing drugs by Major League Baseball players, the debate resumes about whether one of baseball's greatest pitchers should or shouldn't get into the sport's hall of fame.

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Around the Nation
7:26 am
Tue June 19, 2012

N.C. Elephant Is The First To Get Contact Lenses

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

At the zoo in North Carolina C'sar the elephant seemed sad. He was lethargic and losing weight. Vets thought it was his poor eyesight. Cataract surgery helped but now he's far sighted. So his caretakers ordered contact lenses — they'll be a bit smaller than tennis balls.

World
7:14 am
Tue June 19, 2012

New Zealand Couple Spends $80,000 On Bucket List

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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