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Children's Health
1:00 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Channeling Dragons To Parent Terminally-Ill Kids

Emily Rapp and her husband eagerly anticipated their baby's birth. But when their son Ronan was nine-months-old, he was diagnosed with a terminal disease. All of their plans suddenly felt inconsequential and they refocused their lives on being fierce, loyal and loving "dragon parents."

NPR Story
1:00 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Lamenting The Loss Of Local Rock Radio

DJ Christine Pawlak enjoyed playing music by the band Rise Against, which hails from Chicago.
Courtesy Of The Band

Rock music on FM radio faces more competition than ever. With iPods, satellite radio and online streaming, many companies have given up on rock music to boost ratings and revenue.

But former Q101 Chicago DJ Christine Pawlak argues that there will always be an important role for rock on the radio, played by DJs rooted in their communities, not voice-tracked elsewhere and piped in.

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The Two-Way
12:40 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Arrests Being Made At Occupy Portland Protest, Scene Is 'Orderly'

In Los Angeles today: Occupy protesters march.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 4:31 pm

The focus is on Manhattan today as protesters mark the two-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, but there are things happening in other U.S. cities as well. We'll add to this post as reports come in.

-- 4:15 p.m.: Our colleague Bill Chappell has used Storify to gather other feeds and reports about what's happening at various protests.

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Around the Nation
12:38 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Occupy Demonstrators Mark Two Months Of Protests

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

From New York to California and places in between, Occupy protesters are in the streets today. That's because it was exactly two months ago that the movement began in a New York City park. Police in riot gear were deployed in lower Manhattan this morning, as hundreds of demonstrators marched with the aim of shutting down Wall Street. NPR correspondent Margot Adler has been following the events, and she joins us now live. Good morning, Margot.

MARGOT ADLER, BYLINE: Good morning.

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Around the Nation
12:22 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Historic GM Plant Finds New Life As A Pharmacy

Members of the nascent United Auto Workers union staged sit-down strikes in several Flint, Mich., Fisher Body plants in late 1936 and early 1937.
Sheldon Dick Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 24, 2011 6:30 am

The former Fisher Body 1 plant in Flint, Mich., produced a lot of cars, thousands of jobs and lots of history — it was one of the places where sit-down strikes led to recognition of the United Auto Workers in 1937.

But General Motors abandoned what remained of the site after its bankruptcy, and the new occupants don't make cars there. Instead, they're riding the next economic wave, selling prescription drugs to an aging population.

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Around the Nation
12:19 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Occupy Day Of Protests Coordinated Nationwide

Thousands of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators took to the streets around the U.S. on Thursday to mark two months since the movement's birth and signal they aren't ready to quit, despite the breakup of many of their encampments by police.

At least 175 people were arrested in New York, many for blocking streets near the New York Stock Exchange. One man was taken into custody for throwing liquid, possibly vinegar, into the faces of several police officers, authorities said. Police in Los Angeles arrested 23 people.

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Opinion
12:15 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

National Book Award Winner Tells Tale Of Katrina

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Jesmyn Ward's novel, Salvage the Bones, won this year's National Book Award in fiction.

When you live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, stories of hurricanes are passed down through generations. For my parents the storm was called Camille, and on Aug. 17, 1969, it made landfall.

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Movie Interviews
12:08 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Troubled Tropical Paradise In Payne's 'Descendents'

George Clooney plays an indifferent husband and father to two daughters, including Shailene Woodley, in The Descendants.
Merie Wallace Fox Searchlight

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 8:04 pm

Though he's directed only five feature films, Alexander Payne has built a reputation as one of Hollywood's most respected filmmakers. His movies find comedy in the crises of his flawed protagonists — among them Matthew Broderick as a high school teacher in Election, Jack Nicholson as a widower in About Schmidt and Paul Giamatti as a struggling author and wine snob in Sideways, for which Payne shared an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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The Two-Way
11:52 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Occupy Wall Street: As Morning Rush Ends, Things Settle Down

A couple of protesters dance on Wall St.
Eyder Peralta NPR

I took a walk up and down the main arteries into Wall Street and things seem to be settling down. As the protesters dispersed this morning, they made the decision to leave large groups of people at different intersections in New York's Financial District.

What police have done to control the crowds is block access to certain blocks and they've also barricaded protesters in sidewalks. So what you have now is a fractured protest with, for example, 30 protesters at one intersection and 15 at another.

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The Two-Way
11:52 am
Thu November 17, 2011

90 Is The New 85: 'Oldest Old' Population Is Expanding Rapidly

From 720,000 in the year 1980 to more than 1.9 million in 2010, the number of Americans who are 90 years of age or older has nearly tripled, the Census Bureau reports today in its first comprehensive look at the over-90 population.

And according to the Census Bureau, "over the next four decades, this population is projected to more than quadruple."

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Shots - Health Blog
11:10 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Bird Flu Research Rattles Bioterrorism Field

H5N1 avian flu viruses (seen in gold) grow inside canine kidney cells (seen in green).
Cynthia Goldsmith CDC

Originally published on Sun November 20, 2011 11:23 am

Scientists and security specialists are in the midst of a fierce debate over recent experiments on a strain of bird flu virus that made it more contagious.

The big question: Should the results be made public?

Critics say doing so could potentially reveal how to make powerful new bioweapons.

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Music Reviews
10:51 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Miles Davis' Great, Often Bizarre 1967 Quintet

Miles Davis performs at the 1967 Newport Jazz Festival.
New York Daily News Archive Getty Images

Most of the material from Live in Europe 1967 has surfaced before — the set is subtitled The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1 — but the Belgian concert that performance comes from makes its debut here. This Miles Davis quintet was consistently amazing, not least on its last big tour, when Davis' trumpet chops were in good shape.

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The Two-Way
10:25 am
Thu November 17, 2011

At Occupy Wall Street: Some Arrests; A Chaotic 'Morning Rush'

As Eyder continues to file posts from the streets of lower Manhattan, where Occupy Wall Street protesters have been on the march today, here are some other views of what's happening there and other resources for monitoring what's happening:

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The Salt
10:17 am
Thu November 17, 2011

For Thanksgiving, Pumpkins That Won't Be Found In Cans

David Heisler grows 38 varieties of pumpkins on his Maryland farm.
Melissa Forsyth NPR

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:15 am

There are jack o' lanterns, and then there is the pumpkin that comes in cans.

But farmer David Heisler says the world of pumpkins has much, much more to offer.

Heisler grows 38 varieties of pumpkins and winter squash on his farm in Comus, Md., about 50 miles north of Washington, D.C. His farm stand is a riot of pattern and color — red, orange, pink, white, green, yellow, even blue. Though pumpkins originated in the Americas, they're grown and prized around the world: "every continent except Antarctica," says Heisler.

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The Two-Way
10:01 am
Thu November 17, 2011

White House Shooting Suspect Reportedly Hates Obama, Washington

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, who is in custody for allegedly firing shots toward the White House last week, "hates the president, he hates Washington, he hates society," a law enforcement official tells The Washington Post.

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The Two-Way
9:10 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Solyndra Loan Decisions 'Were Mine,' Energy Secretary Chu Says

"The final decisions on Solyndra were mine, and I made them with the best interest of the taxpayer in mind," Energy Secretary Steven Chu plans to tell Congress today, as a House committee digs into the controversial $528 million in federal loans made to the now-bankrupt solar energy company.

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The Two-Way
9:03 am
Thu November 17, 2011

'A Responsibility To Represent The People:' Occupy Protest In Full Swing

Occupy Wall Street protesters gather about a block from the New York Stock Exchange.
Eyder Peralta NPR

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 2:06 pm

You could say that the real point of this march began in the past half-hour or so, as Wall Street employees try to navigate choked streets to get to work.

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The Two-Way
8:45 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Jobless Claims Decline By 5,000

There were 388,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down 5,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

The agency also said that the "4-week moving average" of claims — a way of gauging the trend over a slightly longer period of time — was "396,750, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's revised average of 400,750."

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Politics
8:30 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Supercommittee Scenarios: How The Debt End Game May Play Out

Supercommittee member, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., third from left, holds his hand out at a hearing Oct. 26. From left are, Supercommittee Co-Chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., Baucus, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 2:40 pm

The congressional supercommittee — charged with developing a plan for cutting the nation's deficits by $1.2 trillion over 10 years — is days away from its Thanksgiving deadline.

But at this point, no deal is on the table, and pessimism is growing. Economists are worried: Failure to reach a deal would add yet another cloud of uncertainty to an already-dark outlook.

The supercommittee grew out of a heated fight in August in Congress over whether to raise the nation's debt ceiling.

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Politics
8:30 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Automatic Cuts: Necessary Medicine Or Doomsday?

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has warned Congress that automatic across-the-board cuts to the Pentagon's budget would "invite aggression from U.S. adversaries."
Mark Wilson Getty Images

As the congressional "supercommittee" runs out of time to reach a deficit-cutting deal, the word "sequestration" is being spoken more and more in Washington.

Depending upon the speaker's political views, the word can be spit out as a curse word, or intoned as a blessing. But love it or hate it, "sequestration" may turn out to be a word that dramatically changes the world's most powerful military, and reshapes domestic programs for public health, education, the environment and much more.

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The Two-Way
8:10 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Top Stories: Occupy Wall Street Day Of Action; Penn State Scandal

Good morning.

Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York have begun what they say will be a day full of marches, civil disobedience and other actions aimed at — this is their goal — shutting down Wall Street.

Eyder is there to follow the story as it develops. His posts from the streets are being collected here.

Our other early-morning headlines:

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Europe
7:59 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Silvio Berlusconi To Release Album Of Love Songs

Now that Silvio Berlusconi has resigned as Italy's prime minister, he'll have more time for his music. Berlusconi's newest album is called True Love. It will be releases this month.

Around the Nation
7:50 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Couple Celebrates 50 Years With Another Big Plunge

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The Two-Way
6:59 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Crowd Gathers In New York, Ahead Of Wall Street Protest

Occupy protesters argue with a passerby.
Eyder Peralta NPR

As the sun rose on Zuccotti Park, a crowd began to gather. Amid the falling leaves and the the occasional shouts for a "mic check," the park was flooded by TV camera lights and the constant hum of two helicopters flying high above the buildings.

It's a cold day in New York and the Occupy Wall Street movement is hoping for a strong showing to mark their second anniversary, but by 6:30 a.m., the crowd was thin, perhaps 100 people.

Robert Segal, 47, said he was not going to march today, but he was here to "support community building."

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The Two-Way
6:55 am
Thu November 17, 2011

EPA Takes Action Against Toxic Arizona Copper Plant

A haze can be seen at night hovering over the Asarco copper smelter, which turns copper ore into nearly pure copper bars.
Emma Schwartz Center for Public Integrity

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 12:40 pm

The Environmental Protection Agency has taken tough enforcement action against a copper smelter in Arizona that has drawn complaints about toxic pollution for years.

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Business
4:32 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Would-Be Accountant Takes To Streets To Find Work

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 2:37 pm

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College graduates face one of the bleakest job markets on record. Reporter Sayre Quevedo of TurnstyleNews.com met an aspiring accountant who emailed resumes for six months and then tried on something more daring.

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Latin America
4:04 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Sao Paulo's Redesign: 'Big Worm' Could Come Down

Sao Paulo, Brazil, is an economic engine in a booming country. It's also a huge mess, with traffic jams that go for miles, crumbling infrastructure and shoddy airports. Urban planners say it needs a major makeover, including razing the Minhocao, an elevated highway known as the "Big Worm."

Neide Batochio loves to sew on her old Singer, strategically placed at a desk in front of her window. She says that way she can see the Minhocao, which twists and turns feet from bedroom windows for 2.2 miles through the center of the city. She says the sound's not so bad.

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NPR Story
4:00 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Rwanda Genocide Survivor To Sit On Holocaust Museum Board

Renee Montagne talks to Rwandan refugee Clemantine Wamariya about her recent appointment to the board of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Wamariya survived the Rwandan genocide and is now a student at Yale.

Business
4:00 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Labor Department Wants To Make Farming Safer For Kids

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 12:40 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Life as a kid on a farm can seem idyllic. The work, though, can be dangerous. Kids who do farm work are six times more likely to be killed than those doing other jobs.

The Department of Labor now wants new regulations that would bar children under the age of 16 from doing the most dangerous farm jobs. As Harvest Public Media's Peggy Lowe reports, that's angered many who depend on such labor, and see it as a right of passage.

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Africa
4:00 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Congolese Presidential Candidate Orders Jail Breaks

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 12:40 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Voters in the Congo head to the polls at the end of this month. The campaigning has been beset by violence which threatens to undermine an electoral process in a giant nation that's at the heart of Africa. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports.

OFEIBEA QUIST-ARCTON, BYLINE: Campaigning took a stormy turn when veteran Congolese opposition politician and presidential candidate Etienne Tshisekedi sent a bombshell. He proclaimed himself president and ordered his supporters to stage jailbreaks to free their detained colleagues.

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