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3:00 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Week In Politics: GOP Primaries

Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, of the New York Times.

NPR Story
3:00 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

U.S. To Exchange Ambassadors With Myanmar

The United States announced Friday that it will exchange ambassadors with Myanmar, also known as Burma, partly in response to the release of hundreds of political prisoners there. This is the latest development in what appears to be a dramatic turnaround for the repressive government in that Southeast Asian nation. President Obama calls the prisoner release "a substantial step forward for democratic reform." Currently, the U.S. Embassy is headed by a charge d'affaires rather than an ambassador.

Art & Design
3:00 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Eisenhower Family Objects To Design For Memorial

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 5:16 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

A controversy, now, in our nation's capital. It's over plans for a memorial to President Dwight Eisenhower. As NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports, members of the Eisenhower family object to the design by architect Frank Gehry, and they now want to stop the process altogether.

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The Two-Way
2:50 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

John Edwards Has Life-Threatening Condition, Doctor Says

A cardiologist says former Democratic presidential candidate and senator John Edwards has a life-threatening condition that will require surgery next month, a judge in Greensboro, N.C., announced today.

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The Two-Way
2:23 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

S&P Downgrades France; Deals A Blow To Eurozone

Standard & Poor's downgraded France's sovereign debt rating to AA+.

The AP says France's finance minister announced the downgrade, which could affect the European Union's bailout fund. France and Germany have been the Eurozone's pillars and their good credit has supported the rescues of countries like Ireland and Greece.

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The Two-Way
2:15 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

'Washington Post' Touts First Extensive Post-Scandal Interview With Paterno

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 2:16 pm

The Washington Post just put out the word that it had an "exclusive interview with Joe Paterno, his first extensive comments on the Penn State scandal and its fallout," and expects to post a report about what he had to say on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.

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Music Interviews
2:02 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Bombay Bicycle Club: From Many Sounds, One Band

Led by vocalist Jack Steadman (far left), Bombay Bicycle Club has just released A Different Kind of Fix, its third album in as many years.
Courtesy of the artist

Bombay Bicycle Club isn't from India, nor will any of its members roll through the U.S. on bicycles during their upcoming tour. But the four British indie rockers are bringing a new sound to the States — albeit one with echoes of The Stone Roses, Radiohead and other British rock acts of the past 20 years.

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Shots - Health Blog
1:56 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Drugmakers Boost Prices, Despite Political Risks

AstraZeneca's Nexium is one of many drugs that had a hefty price increase this month.
Rennett Stowe Flickr

One thing big drug companies generally aren't keen on is being the focus of a hot political debate.

In the past, the quickest way to become Exhibit A was to raise prices during a presidential campaign, Richard Evans, a former drug company executive turned industry analyst, tells Shots.

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The Two-Way
1:40 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Transcripts Show A Fed With An 'Embarrassing' Lack Of Foresight Into Housing Crash

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has a heart to heart chat with reporters.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Yesterday, the Federal Reserve released transcripts of the 2006 meetings of the Federal Open Market Committee. While it's well known the Fed missed glaring signs of a housing bubble about to burst in a big way, the transcripts show that top officials not only dismissed the warnings, but they were really worrying about the economy growing too fast.

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The Two-Way
1:25 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

IBM Says It Stored A Bit Of Data On Just 12 Atoms

Twelve atoms can hold one bit, IBM says.
IBM Research Almaden

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 3:26 pm

This sounds impossible, but here it is:

"Scientists from IBM Research have successfully demonstrated the ability to store information in as few as 12 magnetic atoms," the company says.

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Space
1:00 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Kepler Telescope Spots Tiniest Exoplanets Yet

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Welcome to SCIENCE FRIDAY. I am Ira Flatow. A few weeks ago, we talked about the discovery of new exoplanets, those planets outside of our solar system. There were the first Earth-sized exoplanets, and we had another exoplanet smack dab in the middle of the Goldilocks Zone, you know, where liquid water could exist. That was another first.

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Space
1:00 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Lawrence Krauss On 'A Universe From Nothing'

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Speaking of dark matter and space-time, one of the major questions about our universe is how did it all come into being, and my next guest tackles that question in his new book, "A Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather than Nothing." Lawrence Krauss is also a foundation professor and director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University in Tempe. He's also in our NPR Washington studios. Welcome back, Lawrence.

LAWRENCE KRAUSS: It's always good to be back, Ira.

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Health
1:00 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

New Tuberculosis Strain Thwarts All Antibiotics

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. We talk many times about the rise of drug-resistant bacteria, germs that resist most antibiotics, except for a precious few. A case in point is tuberculosis. But now comes word of a strain of TB that is totally drug-resistant, TDR TB as doctors are calling it. There are no second-choice antibiotics here. We simply have no drugs to fight this superbug. There are no weapons left. And it has now infected a dozen patients in India.

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Brain Candy
1:00 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Get Inked For Science

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Welcome to SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. Thinking about a tattoo? Well, forget butterflies, unicorns or mom. Tattoos have gone geek. No more of those blurry anchors and pinup girls. We've got molecules, double-helix strands, mathematical equations all showing up on biceps and other places.

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Health
1:00 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

A Doctor Tells All in 'Confessions Of A Surgeon'

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. Up next, "Confessions of a Surgeon." Have you ever sat in your doctor's office, you know, doctor's going down that long list of aches and pains, and have you ever thought to yourself: I wonder if he's really listening to me. Well, at least one doctor has confessed to not always paying attention to what his patients say.

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Media
1:00 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Talking Science With Arianna Huffington

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 4:59 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Next up: A bit of good news for those of you lamenting the loss of your newspaper science section. The Huffington Post has a new section dedicated to science, also find a lot of technology there. Editors of the news site describe it as one-stop shopping for the latest in scientific news and opinion, with an aim to entertain as well as inform.

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Technology
1:00 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Making A Computer From Bubbles

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Flora Lichtman is here with a Video Pick of the Week. And it's something about an everyday object?

FLORA LICHTMAN, BYLINE: An everyday item. The Video Pick of the Week this week is about - oh, that was really bad.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

LICHTMAN: I tried to do a sound effect. Oh, live radio. Sorry. That was a very weak...

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

FLATOW: You need a fresh bottle.

LICHTMAN: I did shake it up before I came in. All right, anyway. Sorry. Forget it. Let's reverse.

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Performing Arts
12:57 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Eddie George Trades Touchdowns For Togas

Eddie George, a former professional football player, plays the title role in the Nashville Shakespeare Festival's production of Julius Caesar.
Jeff Frazier Nashville Shakespeare Festival

Originally published on Sat January 14, 2012 11:54 am

Jim Brown, Dennis Rodman and O.J. Simpson are all former professional athletes who've tried their hand at acting. Showbiz might seem like a natural path for guys with big egos and million-watt personalities, but Eddie George is a former NFL player who's taken a different path to the limelight.

He's joining a fraternity of actors that includes Charlton Heston in playing William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.

The scene where Marcus Brutus kills Caesar is probably the most famous death scene in all of theater. It's where those famous words, "Et tu, Brute?" are uttered.

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It's All Politics
12:40 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Candidates Focus On S.C. And Florida; Evangelical Leaders Gather In Texas

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum campaigns Friday in Rock Hill, S.C.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

In Texas today, conservative Christian and evangelical leaders begin two days of meetings to discuss political strategy, and perhaps to coalesce around a Republican presidential candidate other than front-runner Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts.

NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty reports on the search for a so-called "Jesus candidate" and the evolving influence of Christian right leaders in the Republican Party.

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Politics
12:30 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

When Did 'Kumbaya' Become Such A Bad Thing?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry greets voters Jan. 10 after speaking to a town hall meeting in Indian Land, S.C. He has said that if voters want someone to sing "Kumbaya," "I'm not your guy."
Jeff Siner MCT/Landov

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The Two-Way
12:24 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

U.S. To Exchange Ambassadors With Myanmar

Zaw Thet Htway, center, a journalist who was arrested during the 2007 Saffron Revolution is welcomed by his colleagues as he arrives at Yangon airport after being released from prison on Friday in Yangon, Myanmar.
Khin Maung Win AP

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 12:33 pm

Secretary of State Hilary Clinton said her office will start the process of exchanging ambassadors with Myanmar. The announcement comes hours after Myanmar released 651 political prisoners.

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The Two-Way
12:20 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Suspect In Natalee Holloway Case Gets 28-Year Sentence For Murder In Peru

Joran van der Sloot, the 24-year-old Dutchman who remains the prime suspect in the still-unsolved 2005 disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba, was just sentenced to 28 years in prison for the 2010 murder of a woman in Peru.

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U.S.
11:44 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Obama Seeks Power To 'Streamline' Government

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with efforts to streamline the federal government.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

GREENE: President Obama is asking Congress, today, to give him the power to consolidate certain U.S. agencies. Doing that, he says, will reduce the number of federal jobs and make government more efficient.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: The government we have is not the government that we need. We live in a 21st Century economy, but we've still got a government organized for the 20th Century.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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The Salt
11:04 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Sick From The Stick: When Teens Cook Venison Kabobs

Epidemiologists say venison kabobs should be cooked carefully so that no harmful bacteria lingers.
iStockphoto.com

It's not every day that you hear about teenagers getting terribly ill from the deer they killed and cooked for a high school class. But that's what happened to 29 teenagers in Minnesota, who got sick after they helped hunt, process and cook seven white-tailed deer for an outdoor recreation and environmental science class.

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Television
10:56 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Walton Goggins: Playing Bad Boy Boyd On 'Justified'

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 12:11 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on May 26, 2010. Justified returns for a third season on Fx on January 17, 2012 at 10pm EST.

One of actor Walton Goggins' earliest moments on stage came at a Georgia hog-calling competition when he was just 10 years old.

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Television
10:56 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Timothy Olyphant: Laying Down 'Justified' Laws

Timothy Olyphant plays Raylan Givens, a present-day U.S. marshal with Wild West inclinations on the FX series Justified.
Mark Seliger FX

This interview was originally broadcast on March 28, 2011. Justified begins its third season next week.

Timothy Olyphant plays Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens on the FX series Justified.

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It's All Politics
10:40 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Obama Government-Streamlining Offer Creates GOP Dilemma

President Obama proposal to streamline government will be challenging for the GOP to counter.
Ann Heisenfelt AP

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 12:54 pm

Maybe even if it weren't a general-election year, President Obama would still be proposing that Congress give him the power to merge federal agencies to make the government smaller and more efficient.

But the fact is it is the year in which the president is seeking re-election, a year in which both the eventual Republican presidential nominee and Obama's GOP opponents in Congress will assert hundreds of times before it's over that he is a big-government Democrat.

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The Two-Way
9:05 am
Fri January 13, 2012

VIDEO: Eggs Fly As Apple Cancels Store Sales Of iPhone 4S In Beijing

Police tried to seal off the area as thousands of customers gathered outside an Apple store in Beijing's upmarket Sanlitun shopping district today.
AFP/Getty Images

Everybody knows things can get a little crazy at Apple stores in the U.S. when the company unveils a new product.

But things got extra crazy in Beijing today when a thousand or more would-be iPhone 4S customers gathered outside Apple's store. They got rather angry when they learned that the company was postponing its plan to start selling the new phone there.

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It's All Politics
8:09 am
Fri January 13, 2012

New Mitt Romney Ad Defends His Bain Capital Career

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 11:57 am

Mitt Romney's campaign has a new TV ad meant to counter attacks on his career at private-equity firm Bain Capital, using the same defense it has ever since his rivals for the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination started taking populist jabs at him.

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