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The Two-Way
2:00 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

'A Long Time Coming,' Obama Says Of African-American Museum

An artist's conception of what the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture will look like when it's finished in 2015. The Washington Monument is in the background.
Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup Courtesy of the museum

A museum first proposed in 1915 by black veterans from the Civil War is finally, officially, under construction on the National Mall in Washington.

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Oscar's Top Documentaries
1:55 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Underdog Football Team Shines In 'Undefeated'

Filmmakers Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin spent nine months in North Memphis, Tenn. with the Manassas Tigers.
The Weinstein Company

All throughout the school's 110-year history, the Manassas High School football team in Memphis, Tenn., was known as a losing team. In 2009, volunteer coach Bill Courtney led the struggling Manassas Tigers to the playoffs.

Filmmakers Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin chronicle the challenges of the team — on and off the field — in the documentary Undefeated.

Lindsay and Martin talk with NPR's Neal Conan about the film, nominated for an Academy Award in the documentary feature category.

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News
1:48 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

What's Driving The Backlash Against Traffic Cameras

Across the country, fed up drivers are fighting back against traffic cameras that target motorists who speed or run red lights. In Los Angeles, technician Charles Riggings services a traffic camera in 2010.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Have you ever opened your mail and found a traffic ticket sticking you with a not-so-small fine? If so, your reaction might well have been, "What the [expletive]?"

Then maybe you looked carefully at the enclosed photo and realized the vehicle shown (allegedly) running a red light or speeding was, in fact, yours.

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National Security
1:26 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Dealing With Dictators, The U.S. Playbook Varies

The U.S. has taken very different approaches to authoritarian rulers in recent years. President Obama has called for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad, shown here in Damascus on Jan. 11, but has resisted calls for the use of U.S. military force against the Syrian regime.
STR AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 4:44 pm

What is America's policy when it comes to dictators? Well, it depends.

The U.S. has adopted different approaches toward different dictators and authoritarian regimes in recent years. In some cases — notably Iraq and Afghanistan — the U.S. military invaded to change the leaders of those countries.

But American presidents have also hosted friendly visits with leaders from undemocratic countries with questionable human rights records.

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Politics
1:00 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Previewing The High-Stakes Michigan Primary

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 1:59 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. After all the votes are counted, Romney still wins in Maine. Super-donors dominate the superPACs, and new frontrunner Rick Santorum struggles to stay on-message. It's Wednesday and time for a...

RICK SANTORUM: Phony ideal...

CONAN: Edition of the Political Junkie.

PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: There you go again.

VICE PRESIDENT WALTER MONDALE: When I hear your new ideas, I'm reminded of that ad: Where's the beef?

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Around the Nation
1:00 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Fed Up Drivers Fight Back Against Traffic Cameras

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 2:12 pm

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Remembrances
1:00 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Remembering War Correspondent Marie Colvin

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 2:16 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

Forgive us if we hold a special place for the reporters who go into harm's way to tell the stories of civilians and soldiers caught in the horrors of combat. All of them are grown-ups and know the risks. The loss of their lives is no more or less tragic than the death of a doctor or a teacher or a grocer, but we would never learn what happened to those others if the reporters didn't take the cameras and notebooks and risk their lives to tell us the story.

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Digital Life
1:00 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Truth And The World Of Wikipedia Gatekeepers

Wikipedia is the go-to source for succinct information on almost every topic imaginable. It strives to reflect neutral truths that can be verified by reliable sources. The site, known as "The Free Encyclopedia" is written and edited by volunteers.

The Two-Way
12:50 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Mubarak Verdict Due On June 2

Outside the court in Cairo where former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been on trial, a man earlier today held a sign saying there was a noose waiting for Mubarak.
Marco Longari AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 1:00 pm

As the case against former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak came to a close today, the trial judge announced he expects to deliver a verdict on June 2.

According to al-Jazeera:

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The Salt
12:47 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Can Gardening Help Troubled Minds Heal?

Women's Correctional Community Center inmate Lilian Hussein checks on ti leaves she planted as part of the prison's farming and gardening program in Kailua, Hawaii. The green ti leaves are often used to wrap food or weave into leis.
Jennifer Sinco Kelleher AP

If you haven't noticed, gardens are popping up in some unconventional places – from prison yards to retirement and veteran homes to programs for troubled youth.

Most are handy sources of fresh and local food, but increasingly they're also an extension of therapy for people with mental health issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD; depression; and anxiety.

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World
12:00 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Still No End To Killings In Syria, Tumult In Libya

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 12:36 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Shots - Health Blog
11:57 am
Wed February 22, 2012

In Women, Heart Attacks Often Strike Without Chest Pain

Yvan Dub iStockphoto.com

There's yet another difference between the sexes.

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The Two-Way
11:55 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Sales Of Existing Homes At Highest Level In Nearly Two Years

There were 4.3 percent more existing homes sold in January than in December, and the 4.57 million annual rate was the highest since May 2010, the National Association of Realtors reports.

Sales have gone up three of the past four months.

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Movie Reviews
10:53 am
Wed February 22, 2012

After 'Putin's Kiss,' A Young Girl's Change Of Heart

The documentary Putin's Kiss charts four years in the life of Masha Drokova, who became famous as the girl who publicly kissed Vladimir Putin.
Courtesy of the filmmaker

There's a great moment in Tom Stoppard's play Jumpers when a husband tries to convince his wife that an election has been democratic. "I had a vote," he tells her, to which she replies, "It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting."

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The Two-Way
10:35 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Marie Colvin Died In Syria While Exposing 'The Horrors Of War'

Marie Colvin of The Sunday Times, at a service for fallen journalists in 2010.
Arthur Edwards WPA pool/Getty Images
(NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro remembers journalist Marie Colvin, who died today in Syria.)

We were exhausted after a long hot day of reporting. Tripoli had just fallen and it was almost sunset. We pulled up to the house of Muatassim Gadhafi, one of Moammar Gadhafi's most feared and loathed sons.

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U.S.
9:48 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Massey Officials Charged In 2010 Coal Mine Blast

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 9:49 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

We have an update now on a story NPR's been investigating for almost two years. This morning, federal prosecutors filed criminal charges in a 2010 coal mine explosion in West Virginia. Twenty-nine mine workers died in the blast at the Upper Big Branch mine. The charges reach into the management ranks of Massey Energy, the company that operated the mine. NPR's Howard Berkes joins us now for details.

Good morning, Howard.

HOWARD BERKES, BYLINE: Good morning, Renee.

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The Two-Way
9:15 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Massey Mine Boss Charged In Deadly Coal Mine Explosion

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 7:29 pm

(Scroll down for several updates and the document prosecutors filed today.)

Federal prosecutors in Charleston, W.Va., have filed the most serious criminal charges yet in the April, 2010, coal mine explosion that left 29 mine workers dead.

The conspiracy charges reach into the management ranks of Massey Energy and signal an effort to seek evidence against higher-level executives.

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It's All Politics
9:11 am
Wed February 22, 2012

As Polls Tighten, Michigan Voters Weigh Importance Of Social Issues

In Michigan, jobs and the economy lead every stump speech given by the candidates vying to win next Tuesday's Republican presidential primary. But reporter Quinn Klinefelter of WDET found that social issues are gaining traction among the rank-and-file GOP voters.

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All Tech Considered
9:00 am
Wed February 22, 2012

So Pinterest Is A Woman's World. Does That Matter?

A visit to the Pinterest homepage typically reveals images of makeup, women's fashions — and the occasional "pin" of Justin Bieber.
via Pinterest.com

Unless your Internet connection has been disabled for the past month, you've undoubtedly heard of the new darling of the social media world: Pinterest.

The simple and highly visual site lets users save — or "pin" — coveted outfits, recipes, home décor ideas and do-it-yourself projects on virtual bulletin boards, for their own use and to share with others.

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The Two-Way
8:50 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Obama Sings Again: Belts A Bit Of 'Sweet Home Chicago'

Blues legend B.B. King during last night's performance at the White House.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 10:56 am

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Remembrances
8:47 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Journalist Marie Colvin Killed In Syrian Shelling

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Marie Colvin of the Sunday Times in London spent a career documenting the peril that others faced, which meant the American reporter shared their danger. Her paper says she was killed today by artillery fire that struck the Syrian city of Homs. French officials affirm a French photojournalist has also been killed.

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The Two-Way
8:20 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Obama Administration To Propose Cut In Corporate Tax Rate

The Obama administration is today going to propose a cut in the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 28 percent, according to multiple reports. NPR's Scott Horsley notes that the president also wants to scale back some deductions that businesses now get. So, the overall effect of any such changes could be "revenue neutral" and keep corporations' share of the nation's tax burden unchanged, Scott says.

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Middle East
8:19 am
Wed February 22, 2012

2 Veteran Journalists Are Killed In Syria

Activists in the Syrian city of Homs say rockets struck the house where the two journalists were staying. Syrian troops have been shelling the city. French officials identify one journalist as photographer Remi Ochlik. The Sunday Times of London confirms the other was American reporter Marie Colvin.

Presidential Race
7:59 am
Wed February 22, 2012

6 Reasons We're Feeling Debate Fatigue

Depending on how you tally them up, there have been 26 debates so far this GOP primary season. How many is too many?
Brian Snyder Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 8:03 am

Oh no. Not another debate among those guys who are running for the Republican presidential nomination. By at least one count, Wednesday night's Dustup in the Desert — sponsored by CNN and Arizona's Republican Party — is the 26th such face-off — if you count forums and head-to-head encounters.

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The Two-Way
7:45 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Protests Continue In Afghanistan Over Quran Burnings; Some Killed

In Kabul today, demonstrators shouted anti-American slogans.
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

"At least four people have been killed and 20 injured in Afghanistan after protests spread over the burning of copies of the Koran at a US airbase," the BBC writes. "One person was killed in Kabul, one in the eastern city of Jalalabad and two in Parwan province."

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The Two-Way
7:15 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Killing Continues In Syria, Two Western Journalists Among Victims

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 8:07 am

There's more deadly news today from Syria:

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Around the Nation
6:36 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Vermont Troopers Stop Buses Returning From Quebec

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 9:49 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. It used to be easy to cross the border between the U.S. and Canada. Today, there's more scrutiny, as Boston area college students now know. Buses took the students on a ski trip in Quebec. On the way back, the buses were stopped. Vermont state troopers cited 26 students for alcohol. In their defense, the drinking age in Quebec is 18, compared with 21 in the United States. But it was harder to explain the drugs that were onboard the buses. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
6:31 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Dog Chases Mountain Lion Up A Tree

When California officials responded to a call in a wealthy Bay area suburb Tuesday, they found that an 85 lbs. German Shepherd named Cody had scared a mountain lion 30 feet up a tree. The dog is smaller than what big cats have been known to eat.

Around the Nation
6:25 am
Wed February 22, 2012

White House Hosts Blues Night

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 9:49 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Now, to a less controversial collaboration. Last night, the president and first lady hosted a blues night at the White House. They were marking Black History Month, and guests included legends B.B. King, and also newcomers like Trombone Shorty.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Not to mention, Mick Jagger and Buddy Guy, who nudged the president to join the band for an impromptu guest vocal.

BUDDY GUY: I heard you singing Al Green. So you done started something. You gotta keep it up now.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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