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Economy
1:00 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

What Happened To The Rainy Day Fund?

Americans have tended to save more and spend less in the years since the economic downturn in 2008. But according to a survey from BankRate.com, only 54 percent of Americans have more emergency savings than credit card debt.

From Our Listeners
1:00 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Letters: 'Linsanity', The Meaning Of 'Black Cool'

NPR's Neal Conan reads from listener comments on previous show topics including the concept of "black cool," Jeremy Lin and "Linsanity," and which country's constitution Egypt should use as an example.

The Two-Way
12:47 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Iranian General Warns Of Pre-Emptive Action If Threatened

International tension over Iran's disputed nuclear activities was ratcheted up today, when an Iranian general warned that his country would take pre-emptive action if its national interests were threatened.

Reuters reported Gen. Mohammed Hejazi made his comments in an interview with the semi-official Fars News Agency.

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Shots - Health Blog
12:37 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

When Body Piercings Go Bad

Will it look as good with a scar?
iStockphoto.com

Thinking about getting a body piercing? Who hasn't, right?

Well, one thing to consider is that about 20 percent of the time there are complications from the procedure, such as infection or scarring, a fresh review of the medical literature finds.

Piercings of the bellybutton and upper ear are especially prone to problems.

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The Fresh Air Interview
12:19 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Catherine Russell: The Fresh Air In-Studio Concert

Catherine Russell.
Stefan Falke

Blues and jazz singer Catherine Russell says she frequently listens to the radio while washing dishes. One night, she was by the sink listening to a Chick Webb compilation when Ella Fitzgerald's "Under the Spell of the Blues" came on. The song struck her.

"The lyric came on, and it was just a beautiful story, and then I [was] compelled to learn the tune, and then I learned about everything surrounding it," she says.

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The Two-Way
11:48 am
Tue February 21, 2012

High Court Will Weigh Discount Fees In Quicken Mortgage Case

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 12:35 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in a case testing whether it is illegal for mortgage lenders to tack on fees to closing costs for services that were not provided. The case was brought by three Louisiana couples who claim their lender violated a 1974 federal law aimed at preventing abusive practices in real estate closings.

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The Two-Way
11:45 am
Tue February 21, 2012

A Year Later, One Libyan Fighter Says 'Nothing Has Changed'

Danny Vampire, "a battle-hardened veteran of Libya's 2011 revolution."
Andy Carvin

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 11:54 am

A lanky Libyan man leans hard against the railing, looking out at the waves of the Mediterranean crashing below us on the seafront in Benghazi. He's lost in thought for a moment, then shakes his head and takes a long drag from his cigarette.

"They were dropping like flies," he says. "I knew I was going to die next."

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Music Reviews
11:31 am
Tue February 21, 2012

'Barchords': An Intense, Pensive Album About Love

Afie Jurvanen
Dave Gillespie All Eyes Media

Originally published on Wed March 14, 2012 10:54 am

The song "I Got You Babe," on Bahamas' new album, Barchords, is obviously not Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe." This version is an original song the Canadian singer-songwriter Afie Jurvanen, who records under the stage name Bahamas, has written about holding and losing someone.

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The Salt
11:10 am
Tue February 21, 2012

How Using Antibiotics In Animal Feed Creates Superbugs

Many livestock groups say there's no evidence that antibiotics in livestock feed have caused a human health problem, but researchers beg to differ.
Scott Olson/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 5:19 pm

Researchers have nailed down something scientists, government officials and agribusiness proponents have argued about for years: whether antibiotics in livestock feed give rise to antibiotic-resistant germs that can threaten humans.

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The Two-Way
11:00 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Supreme Court To Hear Affirmative Action Case That Could Be Campaign Issue

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 11:05 am

The Supreme Court today agreed to hear oral arguments in a Texas affirmative action case that has, as NPR.org's Liz Halloran wrote last fall, "the potential to rewrite law on how or whether public colleges and universities may consider race and ethnicity as a factor in admissions."

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Religion
10:58 am
Tue February 21, 2012

The Religious Language In U.S. Foreign Policy

Historian Andrew Preston says George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton were not religious themselves but did see religion as a source of morality.
Three Lions Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 11:10 am

Historian Andrew Preston first became interested in the overlap between religion and America's foreign policy decisions while teaching an undergraduate class on American foreign policy in the days leading up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:26 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Convenient Methods For Birth Control Take More Work For Payment

Insurance coverage may vary.
Tiplyashin Stanislav Gennadevic iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 5:59 pm

Free contraception has sure been a hot topic lately. But there's still one facet that hasn't received much attention.

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Digital Life
10:18 am
Tue February 21, 2012

How Companies Are 'Defining Your Worth' Online

Ugurhan Betin iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 12:01 pm

One of the fastest-growing online businesses is the business of spying on Internet users. Using sophisticated software that tracks people's online movements through the Web, companies collect the information and sell it to advertisers.

Every time you click a link, fill out a form or visit a website, advertisers are working to collect personal information about you, says Joseph Turow, a professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. They then target ads to you based on that information.

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The Two-Way
9:40 am
Tue February 21, 2012

U.S. General Apologizes To 'Noble People Of Afghanistan' For Quran Burnings

An Afghan demonstrator holds a copy of a half-burnt Quran, allegedly set on fire by soldiers at Bagram Air Field, during a protest outside the base today.
Massoud Hossaini AFP/Getty Images

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The Two-Way
8:00 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Back On The Air, Stephen Colbert Gives Nod To Ailing Mom

Stephen Colbert, explaining his absence.
ColbertNation.com

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 8:04 am

Without directly saying so, Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert all-but-confirmed last night that he was off the air for two days last week because his 91-year-old mother Lorna has been ill.

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Around the Nation
7:55 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Nature Lovers Forced To Store 30,000 Books

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 7:57 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. A couple who met working in a bookstore in Denver have spent their marriage amassing books about their passion - nature. Tales of birds and bees and literature like "The Mad Farmer" poem spill out of every corner of their home - 30,000 volumes. Now the house is up for sale and they're scrambling to find storage. One admirer joked to the Denver Post, it's a thin line between collecting and hoarding, but this collection is the best. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Digital Life
7:47 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Pakistan's Military Unveils iPad Copy PACPAD

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. A look at a factory in Pakistan tells you a lot about how the country works. The high security air force complex makes jet fighters and weapons systems and consumer electronics. The military is deeply involved in the economy, so its workers are making a low budget tablet computer. With Pakistani engineering and Chinese hardware, they make their version of a popular American product. The original is Apple's iPad. The copy is the PACPAD. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

The Two-Way
7:35 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Lawyer Says Strauss-Kahn Didn't Know Women At Orgies Were Prostitutes

Dominique Strauss-Kahn in the studio of the French TV network TF1.
Francois Guillot AFP/Getty Images

Former International Monetary Fund managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who famously faced a sexual assault charge in New York City last year — a charge that was later dropped — is now being questioned by police in France about whether he was a customer of an alleged multinational prostitution ring.

His attorney, though, says Strauss-Kahn has a defense.

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The Two-Way
7:10 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Doubts Linger After Late-Night Deal On Bailout For Greece

Luxembourg Prime Minister and Eurogroup President Jean-Claude Juncker scratches his eyes during a press conference following the meeting of Eurozone nations earlier today in Brussels.
Georges Gobet AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 9:36 am

  • NPR's Eric Westervelt, reporting on 'Morning Edition'

The top of the news today about the ongoing financial crisis in Europe is that:

"Greece won a second massive financial bailout early Tuesday morning when its partners in the 17-country eurozone finally stitched together a $170 billion rescue, meant to avoid a potentially disastrous default and secure the euro currency." (The Associated Press)

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It's All Politics
6:57 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Santorum's Problem With Women Could Be His Glass Ceiling

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at the Kent County Lincoln Day Dinner on Monday in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Al Goldis AP

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 11:21 am

As February began, Rick Santorum's presidential bid was polling in the mid-teens among Republicans. Now, we find ourselves two weeks deep in the Santorum Era. His national polling number has doubled since he won the Trifecta Tuesday events in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri.

Those were small contests with few participants and zero delegates at stake. But Santorum threatens to win far larger and more meaningful tests in Michigan and Arizona a week from now, and in Ohio a week after that.

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Business
4:00 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Business News

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Europe
4:00 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Spain's Jobless Benefits Bogged Down by Fraud

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 6:49 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Hard as it may be to believe, it is Spain, not Greece that has Europe's highest jobless rate - almost one in four workers are unemployed in Spain. Official statistics are based on the number of people who register for unemployment benefits.

But as Lauren Frayer reports, Spaniards have a secret: many collect a paycheck while they're on the dole.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (Spanish language spoken)

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Technology
4:00 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Why Twitter Ties Resemble Airline Hub Maps

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 6:26 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Some new research throws into question things we say all the time about the Internet. The research focuses on Twitter, the service that lets many millions of people send short messages to each other from computers or cell phones. It's commonly said that social networking like this is revolutionary, that it's created new communities, even that it's obliterated geography. You can connect with people who share common interests, not just people who happen to live nearby. NPR's Shankar Vedantam is here to explode all that. Hi, Shankar.

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Business
4:00 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Jeremy Lin Jerseys To Go On Sale In China

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 8:07 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business follows up on the business of Jeremy Lin, the Chinese-American sensation for the New York Knicks. You know, if you had a dollar for every news story that has used puns on his name, like linsanity, you would be lincrediably wealthy, but we would never lindulge in such things. So let's go straight to the way people are making money.

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Science
4:00 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Nature Has A Good Beat, But Can You Dance To It?

Rhythm in music is about timing — when notes start and stop. And now scientists say they've found a curious pattern that's common to musical rhythm. It's a pattern also found in nature.

Movies
4:00 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Production Company Bets Bad Movies Are Good For Business

There area a lot of bad movies out there. Some movies are so bad that they're good. For some reason people love them. Is there an art to making films that are deliberately bad? Can a company be successful by producing bad movies?

Children's Health
4:00 am
Tue February 21, 2012

More Children Struggle With Gender Identity Disorder

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 7:04 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The March issue of the medical journal, Pediatrics, features a striking editorial. It begins with the following sentence: A new pediatric problem is in town. That new problem, according to the editorial, is gender identity disorder in children. Pediatricians are apparently seeing more young patients who express an interest in changing their gender. NPR's Alix Spiegel reports.

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Europe
4:00 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Bailout Reminds Greek Village Of WWII

Nikos Bouras, 37, stands next to a monument for those massacred by the Nazis on June 10, 1944, that stands atop the highest hill in the Greek town of Distomo.
Joanna Kakissis NPR

Europe is still a continent that looks over its shoulder at a long and sometimes dark past. That extends even to the protracted Greek bailout negotiations, where Germany's dominant role has scratched at some historical wounds.

Germany occupied Greece during World War II, committing atrocities that some older Greeks can't forget. This history defines the pretty village of Distomo in central Greece, where Nazi soldiers killed 218 men, women and children in June 1944.

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