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Around the Nation
7:40 am
Fri November 11, 2011

N.Y. Woman Sentenced To Jail For Using The F-Word

Angry that her daughter was eliminated from a 4-H competition, Jeannie Groat of upstate New York protested, using the F-word. According to the Walton Reporter, she was charged with disorderly conduct and sentenced to 15 days in jail. Even prosecutors say they didn't ask for such a harsh penalty. Another judge blocked the jail time.

Around the Nation
7:21 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Friday Is Corduroy Appreciation Day

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. You may think it's Veteran's Day, but that's not what one social club celebrates tonight. The Corduroy Appreciation Club loves this date because it's 11-11-11. They say it most resembles the fabric corduroy. I guess because of all the vertical lines. Anyway, this is a real club which denounces velvet as the poor man's corduroy and is meeting tonight in New York. In order to get in, you may wear at least three items made of corduroy. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

The Two-Way
7:00 am
Fri November 11, 2011

We Pause On Veterans Day To Reread 'In Flanders Fields'

At Arlington National Cemetery.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 9:01 am

Before we move on to the day's news, serious and silly, we want to pause for a moment to note that it's Veterans Day.

As President Obama's declaration states, on this day Americans "pay tribute to our veterans, to the fallen, and to their families." And, the proclamation adds, "to honor their contributions to our Nation, let us strive with renewed determination to keep the promises we have made to all who have answered our country's call."

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Opinion
7:00 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Through The Lens: Seeing Veterans Up Close

Marvin is a great storyteller, which is at odds with his insistence that he can't be around people. A Mohawk from Canada, he thinks the war was responsible for his over-the-top temper.
Suzanne Opton

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

Suzanne Opton is the author of Soldier/Many Wars.

When the war in Iraq began, I worried there would be a draft. What if my son was called? How would he ever recover from going to war?

I decided that I wanted to meet the young men and women who voluntarily sign up. I began at Fort Drum in upstate New York where I photographed soldiers between tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. There was little conversation as I asked each soldier to adopt a vulnerable, intimate position, and lay his or her head on a table. I did not give these images captions.

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Opinion
7:00 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Coming Home To Less Than A Hero's Welcome

Karl Marlantes receives the Navy Cross in the winter of 1969-70.
USMC

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 5:25 pm

Karl Marlantes is the author of What It Is Like To Go To War.

I returned to America in October of 1969 after 13 months as a Marine in Vietnam. While I was there, I would comfort myself by imagining all the girls I ever knew hugging me in a huge warm group embrace. Somehow, I thought something similar would be waiting for me when I came home.

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Politics
4:16 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Allegations Don't Hinder Cain's Tea Party Support

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 6:04 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

More than a week after presidential candidate Herman Cain was confronted with sexual harassment accusations, he appears to be holding on to his base of support. Most polls show him still leading the other Republican candidates.

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NPR Story
4:00 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Clint Eastwood Takes On FBI Legend 'J. Edgar'

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 6:08 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And let's talk now about a man who served his country out of uniform for generations. J. Edgar Hoover created the Federal Bureau of Investigation as we know it today. In his lifetime, he built up an image as a hero. His career went from the end of World War I to the 1970s. Since death in 1972, many have reevaluated Hoover as a menace. Now, Hoover is the subject of a movie in which he is played by Leonardo DiCaprio, in a film directed by Clint Eastwood. Kenneth Turan has a review.

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Environment
4:00 am
Fri November 11, 2011

How To Put A Value On Oil Damaged Life In The Gulf

A law passed after the Exxon Valdez oil spill requires the government to assess the biological damage from big spills so fines can be fixed and damage paid for. The National Academy of Sciences has a report describing the methods and metrics of determining the "ecosystem services" that have been lost due to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Around the Nation
4:00 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Veterans Day Conversation

On this Veterans Day, Steve Inskeep talks with General Eric Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, about veterans returning from war and trying to find employment in a tough economy.

Politics
4:00 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Romney Campaigns In Michigan Against Car Bailout

Michigan is expected to be a battleground in next year's presidential election. The state has a double-digit jobless rate but also has an auto industry that's being revived after getting federal help in 2009. President Obama points to that as a success story. But Republican candidates maintain the bailout was a bad idea. Among them, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney — a Michigan native whose father once ran a car company.

Theater
4:00 am
Fri November 11, 2011

'Clybourne Park' Opens In Chicago

This year's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Clybourne Park" takes place on Chicago's Northwest Side on two distinct afternoons: one in 1959, the other in 2009. Inspired by the Groundbreaking drama, "A Raisin in the Sun," "Clybourne Park" highlights the politics of race and gentrification.

Business
4:00 am
Fri November 11, 2011

The Last Word In Business

The American Farm Bureau Federation has released its 26th annual price survey on the cost of the classic Thanksgiving dinner. That includes the turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin pie. This year, the average cost for a feast for 10 people is $49.20. That's up almost $6 from last year.

Around the Nation
4:00 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Penn State Trustees To Meet

Penn State University's Board of Trustees today holds an open board meeting. Earlier this week, the board fired head football coach Joe Paterno and President Graham Spanier. Two high-level administrators have been charged with failing to report alleged child sex abuse by a former coach.

Business
4:00 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Investors Rattled By Standard & Poor's Alert

The rating agency Standard and Poor's sent out an alert downgrading France's debt on Thursday. It turned out to be a false alarm, but it took nearly two hours for S&P to clarify that. S&P says it's investigating the mistake.

Technology
3:37 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Addressing The Shortage Of Women In Silicon Valley

Women attend a talk on Wednesday at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Portland, Ore. The conference offers mentoring and recruiting for women in technology fields.
Courtesty Anita Borg Institute

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

This week thousands of women gathered in Portland, Ore., for the Grace Hopper Celebration, the world's largest technical conference for women and computing. High-tech companies are hiring, but there aren't nearly enough women to meet the demand.

Kate Schmalzried, a graduate student at Stanford, recalls one of her very first classes at the university — Computer Science 106A.

"That was really a good introduction to women in tech — there weren't many women in the class," she says, chuckling. "I distinctly remember being the only girl in my section."

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Asia
3:34 am
Fri November 11, 2011

In Myanmar, A Wary Welcome For Signs Of Change

Myanmar President Thein Sein (shown here in March 2010, left) has promised change, but some fear that he's a puppet of the repressive military leadership. He pleased many onetime critics by suspending construction on a controversial dam.
Christophe Archambault AFP/Getty Images

The government of Myanmar bars or severely restricts reporting by foreign correspondents. NPR is withholding the name of the veteran journalist who recently entered the country and filed this story, in order to protect his identity and his ability to return in the future.

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Europe
12:01 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Political Paralysis Worsens European Debt Crisis

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi promised Tuesday to resign after parliament passed economic reforms demanded by the European Union. The debt crisis in Europe has been compounded by political problems.
Andrew Medichini AP

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 8:48 am

Barely two weeks ago, it appeared that European leaders had a package to contain their debt crisis. Greece's problems would be managed, with private bondholders taking a hit on their investments and a new bailout to help the government meet its obligations. A European rescue fund would protect Italy and Spain from any risk spreading from Greece.

Markets soared. And then, this week, they crashed.

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StoryCorps
12:01 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Living To Tell The Horrible Tale Of Pearl Harbor

Battleships USS West Virginia and USS Tennessee after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941.The attack initiated U.S. participation in World War II.
National Archives

Warning: Some of the content included here may be disturbing.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Thousands of Americans were killed that day. But Frank Curre, who was just a teenager when he enlisted in the Navy, survived the onslaught.

"When I got out of high school, I went looking for a job. Couldn't find it, so I told Mama, 'I'm joining the Navy — and you've got to sign the papers, because I'm only 17.' I said, 'If you don't sign the papers for me, Mama, I'll go downtown and get a hobo to sign 'em.' "

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All Songs Considered Blog
12:01 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Listener Picks: Songs You Turn Up To 11

The Devil's 11's: Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnel (a.k.a. Christopher Guest) in concert in 2009. If only he had three arms.
AFP Getty Images

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Politics
12:01 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Senate OKs Bill To Boost Hiring Of Veterans

Veterans register for the "Hiring Our Heroes" job fair on Nov. 4 at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, Utah. Some 240,000 veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are out of work.
George Frey Getty Images

The Senate has approved just in time for Veterans Day a series of tax credits designed to make it easier for veterans to find jobs.

Some 240,000 veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are out of work. The Senate bill would provide tax breaks of up to $9,600 to private employers who hire them.

The tax credits are the first sliver of President Obama's $447 billion jobs package to actually win bipartisan approval in the Senate. Obama says service members who fought for their country shouldn't have to fight for jobs when they come home.

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Politics
5:29 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Newly Released Testimony Is Vintage Nixon

President Richard Nixon in the Oval Office on Feb. 19, 1970.
National Archives Getty Images

The National Archives has released President Nixon's long-secret grand jury testimony in the Watergate scandal. Nixon gave the testimony, spanning 298 pages, in 1975 after he had been named an unindicted co-conspirator, resigned and been pardoned for criminal abuses of government power.

From the get-go, the testimony is vintage Nixon — manipulative, self-pitying, and as unrevealing as possible.

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The Two-Way
5:24 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Facebook Will Reportedly Shift Privacy Policy To 'Opt In' — Not 'Opt Out'

Facebook is on the verge of adopting new "opt in" privacy settings, according to reports. Here, company founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a visit to Cambridge, Mass., Monday.
Darren McCollester Getty Images

Facebook moving toward changing its policy about privacy settings, abandoning an "opt-out" approach for one in which its members would have to "opt in" to allow strangers to see personal information stored on their profile pages, according to reports.

The shift is seen as a response to the Federal Trade Commission's accusation that the social media network deceived its members when it changed its policies in 2009.

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It's All Politics
4:56 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

No Joint Press Conference For Cain Accusers, Lawyer Says

Cain accuser and longtime government employee Karen Kraushaar once worked as a spokesperson for the Immigration and Naturalization Service. She offered a statement after meeting with the Miami family of Elian Gonzalez in March of 2000.
Miami Herald Getty Images

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

Karen Kraushaar, who received a 1999 settlement in a workplace sexual harassment complaint against Herman Cain, has decided not to hold a joint press conference with three other women who have also alleged past harassment by the GOP presidential candidate, her attorney said Thursday afternoon.

Only Sharon Bialek, who held a press conference this week to allege that Cain made an inappropriate sexual advance when she met with him to seek help finding a job, had agreed to participate.

She is being represented by well-known lawyer, Gloria Allred.

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The Salt
4:36 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Why We Lie About Using Food Thermometers

It's easy to misuse a meat thermometer.
iStockphoto.com

Come Thanksgiving, cooks tend to go rummaging in the drawer to dig out the food thermometer; it may be the day we feel most compelled to deploy the slender little probe to keep the killer microbes at bay.

Or so we say. But we may be lying.

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The Two-Way
4:29 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

U.S. Puts Oil Pipeline Plan In Limbo Until After 2012 Vote

Originally published on Thu November 10, 2011 7:15 pm

A final decision on building a new oil pipeline to connect Alberta, Canada, to U.S. refineries near the Gulf of Mexico will not be made until after the 2012 presidential election, the State Department said Thursday.

TransCanada's proposal to build the Keystone XL pipeline had come under pressure from environmentalists, as well as government officials in Nebraska. It would cost an estimated $7 billion to build.

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The Two-Way
3:58 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

As Paterno Exits, Rumors Name Urban Meyer As Penn State Successor

With Penn State coach Joe Paterno ousted, rumors are speculating that former Florida coach Urban Meyer will be his replacement. In January, the two shook hands before the Outback Bowl.
Al Messerschmidt Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 10, 2011 7:12 pm

Could former Florida football coach Urban Meyer be the next head coach at Penn State?

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The Two-Way
3:57 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Net Neutrality Survives Republican Challenge

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) was one of the bill's sponsors.
Brendan Hoffman Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 9:17 am

A Senate vote along party lines rejected a Republican proposal to overturn Federal Communications Commission rules that prevent Internet service providers from discriminating against similar websites or content providers.

The net neutrality rules, as they are called, were passed in December and the House passed a bill overturning the rules in April. Today, the Senate rejected the measure, ending the challenge. Reuters reports:

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The Two-Way
3:43 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Receding Sea Ice Helps Storm Hammer Alaska's Coast

One of the strongest storms to hit western Alaska in almost 40 years tore through several coastal communities Wednesday, tearing up roofs and leaving many residents without power. Winds as high as 89 mph were recorded in some places, and flooding was a concern for many villages already soaked by rain.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:22 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Experimental Drug Melts The Fat Off Chunky Monkeys

One of the monkeys that lost weight in a test of an experimental diet drug later regained it.
Patrick Hanley , University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 9:37 am

Fat monkeys, rejoice!

An experimental drug that zeroes in on the blood vessels that feed fatty tissue helped obese monkeys lose quite a bit of weight in a study done by researchers at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Great for monkeys, sure. But maybe great for you, too.

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