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4:08 am
Sun November 6, 2011

Custom Cycle Ferries Sperm To Fertility Clinics

Alan Dowden, lab scientist and occasional courier, works at the Seattle Sperm Bank.
Keith Seinfeld for NPR

Originally published on Sun November 6, 2011 6:58 pm

Sometimes, couples need help getting pregnant. In Seattle, that help may arrive by bicycle.

To be more specific, a bicycle with a giant sperm cell replica on it.

"It's a delivery bike, purpose-built delivery bike, and inside the front of the sperm we can store one of our cryogenic shipping containers," says Alan Dowden, lab scientist and occasional courier.

Dowden works at the Seattle Sperm Bank. The front of the bike is the bulbous head of a sperm, about the size of very large beach ball, with a long tail stretching behind. It's framed in electric blue.

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Asia
3:44 am
Sun November 6, 2011

'Cake Theory' Has Chinese Eating Up Political Debate

Chinese children celebrate the Communist Party in Chongqing municipality in March. Bo Xilai, the region's party secretary who is vying for a place in the Politburo Standing Committee, espouses a government-intervention model to economics.
STR AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 6, 2011 6:58 pm

What goes on inside China's leadership is usually played out behind the closed oxblood doors of the compound where the top leaders live. This year, though, a political debate has sprung out in the open — and it has leaders and constituents considering how to move forward politically.

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Around the Nation
6:30 pm
Sat November 5, 2011

Who Benefits When A Private Prison Comes To Town?

The entrance to the Two Rivers Regional Detention Facility in Hardin, Mont. The 464-bed detention facility was built with the promise of bringing jobs and stimulating the economy, but it has sat empty since it was completed in 2007.
Matthew Brown AP

Originally published on Sun November 6, 2011 8:24 am

Federal and state officials are increasingly contracting private companies to run prisons and immigration detention centers.

Critics have long questioned the quality of private prisons and the promises of economic benefits where they are built. But proponents say private prisons not only save taxpayers money, but they also generate income for the surrounding community.

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Around the Nation
4:28 pm
Sat November 5, 2011

Unlikely Advocates Fight For Gay Rights In Mich. City

The Rev. Bill Freeman reads from a copy of the U.S. Constitution during a public hearing before the Holland City Council in June. Despite appeals from Freeman and others, the council decided not to expand its anti-discrimination laws to include gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Lindsey Smith

Originally published on Sat November 5, 2011 10:33 pm

Last June, the city council in Holland, Mich., voted against adding sexual orientation and gender identity to its local anti-discrimination laws. Now an unlikely coalition is pressuring the city council to change that vote.

On Wednesday nights, Pastor Bill Freeman turns the podium of the city council meeting into a pulpit. He wants Holland to adopt local laws that would protect people from getting fired or kicked out of their homes because they are gay, bisexual or transgender.

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Afghanistan
3:00 pm
Sat November 5, 2011

'Darkhorse' Battalion And The Afghan War

This past week, All Things Considered has been sharing stories about the Darkhorse Battalion — that's the Marine unit that suffered the highest casualty rate of any Marine unit during the 10-year Afghan war. NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman wraps up the series today, as he tells weekends on All Things Considered guest host Laura Sullivan about some of the people he met — both on the battlefield and on the home front.

Author Interviews
10:08 am
Sat November 5, 2011

'Train Of Small Mercies': RFK's Last Journey Imagined

Penguin Group USA

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 11:51 am

In the news business, time is marked by great events: the anniversaries of elections, wars, hit songs and the births and deaths of famous people.

But each of us also has a personal timeline by which we measure our life: the day we start our first job, fulfill a dream or glimpse history passing by, close enough to touch.

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Election 2012
8:00 am
Sat November 5, 2011

A Week Of Harassment For Herman Cain

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SCOTT SIMON, host: This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Quite a week for Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain. He came to Washington, D.C. for a series of public events and meetings with members of Congress, but decade-old sexual harassment allegations dogged him all week long, and then late yesterday the story took another turn when the lawyer for one of the accusers made a public statement. NPR's Tamara Keith has the latest.

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Election 2012
8:00 am
Sat November 5, 2011

Herman Cain's Base Ponders His Accusations

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SCOTT SIMON, host: Now, listening to this news you may come away with an impression of Herman Cain beset by controversy and scandal. But at a Washington, D.C. conference hosted by the Conservative Americans for Prosperity group, Mr. Cain elicited a very different response. NPR's Andrea Seabrook has this report.

ANDREA SEABROOK: Judging by this crowd, Herman Cain has taken conservatives by storm.

FREDERICK MCKINLEY: Mr. Cain is wonderful individual.

SEABROOK: Frederick McKinley from Jackson, Mississippi.

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Election 2012
8:00 am
Sat November 5, 2011

GOP Front-Runners Pass Iowa By

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SCOTT SIMON, host: While Herman Cain was wrapping up his week in Washington D.C., five of his fellow Republican presidential contenders were in Iowa last night for the GOP's Ronald Reagan dinner. Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum spoke at the annual fundraiser, but Mr. Cain and Mitt Romney did not attend the Iowa event. In fact, compared to the current crop of Republican presidential candidates, Cain and Romney have spent little time in Iowa.

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Economy
8:00 am
Sat November 5, 2011

Latest Jobs Numbers Not Great, But Not Bad, Either

The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment ticked down last month from 9.1 percent to 9 percent. Overall, job growth was modest, a continuation of a trend that's been with us all year. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's business correspondent Yuki Noguchi.

Europe
8:00 am
Sat November 5, 2011

Greece Votes To Keep Its Head, For Now

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Politics
8:00 am
Sat November 5, 2011

What The U.S. Got From A Euro-Focused Summit

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SCOTT SIMON, host: President Obama spent the last two days in France wrestling with Europe's financial problems. He's back in the United States this morning where America has its own economic challenges. Home and abroad, Mr. Obama and his fellow leaders are confronted with slow growth, big debts and the political battles over how to deal with them. NPR Scott Horsley reports.

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Sports
8:00 am
Sat November 5, 2011

College Football's Big Game; NBA's Stalled Start

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SCOTT SIMON, host: Time now for sports.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

SIMON: Tonight: Alabama, LSU. College footballs two top-ranked teams play for the number one spot, and new crop of baseball free agents are now on the market - and this just in: still no basketball. Maybe ESPN will pick up that big game next week between the (unintelligible) High School Bulldogs and the Von Steuben Panthers. Howard Bryant, from ESPN.com, ESPN the magazine and ESPN the pesto sauce joins us from the studio of WBUR in Boston. Howard, thanks very much for being with us.

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Space
8:00 am
Sat November 5, 2011

Fake Mission Accomplished For Mars500

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SCOTT SIMON, host: Six men in Moscow are readjusting to life on Earth today after enduring a long simulated mission to Mars. They spent 520 days locked inside a fake spaceship. The hatch was opened yesterday.

NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce reports that this pretend trip involved real psychological challenges that may still persist.

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Author Interviews
8:00 am
Sat November 5, 2011

Basketball Legend Shares 'Charmed, Tormented Life'

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SCOTT SIMON, host: Jerry West is the symbol of the National Basketball Association - truly so. The NBA's logo silhouette of a player dribbling the ball down court in perfect form is drawn from a 1969 photo of Jerry West when he played for the Los Angeles Lakers, which he did for 14 years and was an All Star 14 times.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

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Simon Says
8:00 am
Sat November 5, 2011

America's Stake In A United Europe

President Obama salutes service members from both sides of the Atlantic as he walks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy during the G-20 summit in Cannes, France, last week.
Markus Schreiber AFP/Getty Images

It is always tempting for Americans to look at problems in Europe and ask, "What does that have to do with me?"

Well, U.S. banks hold almost $17 billion in Greek debt and billions more bought through European banks. Billions of dollars that Americans have saved for retirement, college — or the rainy days that may be — are now invested in Greece.

But we also might remind ourselves why the euro and the European Union were created.

The problems of Europe led to two world wars in the 20th century, and America got involved in each.

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Remembrances
7:13 am
Sat November 5, 2011

CBS: '60 Minutes' Veteran Newsman Andy Rooney Dies

Journalist Andy Rooney poses in his office at CBS in New York City on June 19, 1998. Rooney delivered his first 60 Minutes commentary on July 2, 1978.
Jim Cooper AP

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:18 am

A distinctive voice — and character — in television news has died. Andy Rooney was a signature essayist on the CBS news program 60 Minutes for decades. He was 92.

CBS said Rooney died Friday night in New York of complications following minor surgery last month. Just a month ago, he delivered his last regular essay on the CBS newsmagazine.

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Generational Politics: Silents to Millennials
5:00 am
Sat November 5, 2011

Generation X Divided Over 2012 Candidates

Generation Xers — grown up now and in their 30s and 40s — are feeling hardest-hit by the recession, and are the most divided over the presidential candidates for 2012, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.

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Latin America
5:00 am
Sat November 5, 2011

Daniel Ortega Seeks Re-Election In Nicaragua

Daniel Ortega is seeking a third term in Sunday's elections despite a constitutional limit on holders of the office to two terms.
Rodrigo Arangua AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:16 am

Nicaragua has a constitutional ban on sitting presidents running for re-election. But Daniel Ortega is doing just that, and he looks set to win an unprecedented third term.

This is an election filled with shifting ghosts. Characters from all sides of Nicaragua's tumultuous recent history are involved in the campaign.

Ortega, the former Marxist guerrilla and longtime Sandinista leader, is promising neoliberal reforms and a pro-business environment to attract foreign capital.

Ortega is leading in the polls — but legal scholars say he is ineligible to run.

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It's All Politics
6:14 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

No Interview Planned, Gloria Cain Continues To Shun Spotlight

Yet another woman seemed ready to break her silence about Herman Cain on Friday, but it was not to be.

The emergence this week of sexual harassment accusations made against Herman Cain has intensified curiosity about Gloria Cain, the candidate's wife of 43 years. Cain himself helped pique the interest earlier this week when he said America would soon "meet my wife publicly in an exclusive interview that we are currently planning."

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The Two-Way
5:40 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Greek PM Faces Confidence Vote

Greek deputies debate during a confidence vote at the Greek Parliament in Athens.
Louisa Gouliamaki AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 8:13 pm

(Note that we've re-written the headline and lede of this post to reflect the latest news.)

To cap a dramatic week, in which the Greek prime minister angered both his European Union partners and his own political party, George Papandreou survived a vote of confidence.

The AP reports that his Socialist party backed him with 153 votes — out of 300 — in his favor.

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It's All Politics
5:32 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Cain Accuser Issues Statement, Alleges 'More Than One Incident' Of Harassment

A woman who accused GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment when he headed the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s alleged Friday that the incidents were "a series of inappropriate behaviors and unwanted advances from the CEO."

In a brief statement released by her lawyer, the woman, who continued to maintain her anonymity, responded to Cain's claims this week that the harassment charges were either false, or that the woman had misinterpreted his brand of humor.

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The Two-Way
5:09 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Cain Accuser Says She Complained Over A 'Series Of Unwanted Advances'

The attorney for one of the women who filed a sexual harassment complaint against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain says the woman made a complaint in 1999 to the National Restaurant Association about "a series of inappropriate behaviors and unwanted advances from the CEO." At the time the CEO was Cain.

Attorney Joel Bennett said the woman did not want to go into the details of the incident, because it would be "extremely painful to do so."

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Generational Politics: Silents to Millennials
4:18 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

What's The Defining Moment Of Your Generation?

As a major new survey from Pew Research Center examines the generation gap in politics, we take a closer look at what, besides year of birth, differentiates one generation from the next. From the dawn of rock 'n' roll to the emergence of hip-hop, from "We Like Ike" to "Yes We Can," from a man on the moon to an iPhone in the pocket, here are some highlights from each of the four generations covered in the survey.

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Around the Nation
4:12 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

MAP: TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline

NPR

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 6:26 pm

In 2010, TransCanada completed a major pipeline — the Keystone — which runs from Alberta to Illinois. The company is now planning a second line, called the Keystone XL, that would run from Alberta to Nebraska with an extension from Oklahoma to the refineries on the Gulf Coast.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

The Two-Way
3:58 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Oregon Lawn-Chair Balloonist Will Take His Show To Bagdhad

Kent Couch made news back in 2008, when he tied a lawn chair to a cluster of helium balloons and flew it 235 miles from Oregon to Idaho. Yesterday, Couch boarded a plane and announced he was headed to Baghdad to attempt a similar trip with Iraqi extreme sports enthusiast Fareed Lafta.

Couch's story has been making the rounds in Oregon since Wednesday. But it's now beginning to make its way across the country. Here's how he describes his plans for Iraq on his website:

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Generational Politics: Silents to Millennials
3:41 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Baby Boomers Remain Skeptical Of The Establishment

The baby boomers were born in the two decades after World War II and known for their anti-establishment liberalism in the 1960s. But their beginnings have not made them a predictable Democratic voting block. In 2008, boomers narrowly backed Barack Obama, but they swung over to Republicans in 2010.

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'Darkhorse' Battalion And The Afghan War
3:34 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

For Wounded Marines, The Long, Hard Road Of Rehab

Lance Cpl. Jake Romo does physical therapy at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, Calif. He lost both legs in an explosion in Sangin, Afghanistan, in February 2011, while serving with the 3/5 Marines.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:17 am

A year ago, nearly 1,000 U.S. Marine officers and enlisted men of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment deployed to restive Helmand province in southern Afghanistan. By the time their tour ended in April 2011, the Marines of the 3/5 — known as "Darkhorse" — suffered the highest casualty rate of any Marine unit during the past 10 years of war. This week, NPR tells the story of this unit's seven long months at war — both in Afghanistan and back home.

Sixth of seven parts

Jake Romo loved running.

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Europe
3:13 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

G-20 Leaders Head Home With Euro Crisis Unresolved

British Prime Minister David Cameron (left) speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Obama at the G-20 summit Friday in Cannes, France.
Chris Ratcliffe Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 7:03 pm

President Obama joked that the G-20 summit in Cannes, France, offered a crash course in European politics, with impromptu bargaining sessions that stretched late into the evening.

Yet the summit produced no big breakthroughs, only vague promises to prevent the political and economic turmoil in Greece from spreading.

After huddling with leaders from throughout the eurozone, Obama reiterated his belief that the countries on the continent can solve their own debt problems.

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The Salt
2:57 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Do People Pick Super-Sized Portions To Boost Their Social Status?

Denny's Beer Barrell in Clearfield, Penn. features a 15 pound burger for $39 that is free if the customer can finish it.
Jeff Swensen Getty Images

Choosing a Triple Whopper burger off the menu may say a lot more about feeling inadequate than it does about feeling hungry. In a new study, people chose jumbo portions of food and drink when they felt they lacked power and status.

If true, this data nugget could go a long way towards explaining why 32 percent of Americans are obese. Who doesn't have a day when they feel powerless and dissed? A Super Big Gulp or an extra-large pizza could seem like a quick, cheap fix.

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