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NPR Story
9:15 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Groupon Makes Market Debut

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 9:15 am

Shares of the daily deal company Groupon hit the Nasdaq stock exchange Friday after an IPO raised about $700 million. The company has been dogged by investor concerns over management and questions about its accounting methods.

Strange News
5:53 am
Fri November 4, 2011

England's Oldest Family-Run Business Still Selling

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 10:20 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne with congratulations to R.J. Balson and Son. The butcher shop on the south coast of England has been named Britain's oldest family-run business, and is it ever. Balson's began selling sausages and bacon in 1535 when Henry VIII was king and still married to Ann Boleyn. Twenty-five generations later, owner Richard Balson tells the Daily Mail his son will join the business next year, and that son has a son, too. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Strange News
5:46 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Employee Cleans Up German Artwork

A cleaning woman working at the Ostwall Museum in Berlin noticed a wet stain on the floor by a modern-art sculpture. She scrubbed away the stain, not realizing it was part of the piece called, "When It Starts Dripping From the Ceiling." Back in 1986, another cleaner in Germany wiped away a grease stain valued at 400,000 euros.

NPR Story
4:00 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Greek Prime Minister Struggles To Retain Power

Prime Minister George Papandreou has backed down from a referendum on the European Union bailout package and he faces a vote of confidence Friday. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli tells host Steve Inskeep his future is uncertain.

StoryCorps
10:00 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Memory Loss Sparks A Plan For Running, And Living

Gweneviere Mann with her boyfriend, Yasir Salem, visited StoryCorps in New York City, where the pair will be running their second marathon Sunday.
StoryCorps

Remembering even the smallest details of her life can be hard for Gweneviere Mann. She has suffered from short-term memory loss since 2008, caused by complications from an operation. But that's not enough to stop Mann and her boyfriend, Yasir Salem, from running a marathon — with a unique strategy.

Recently, Mann, 41, sat down with Salem, 34, to talk about her daily life.

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Strange News
6:19 am
Thu November 3, 2011

When ATM Machines Bite Back

Originally published on Thu November 3, 2011 7:54 am

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Strange News
6:15 am
Thu November 3, 2011

Woman Passes Driver's Test While In Labor

Originally published on Thu November 3, 2011 7:54 am

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Planet Money
5:10 am
Thu November 3, 2011

When Governments Pay People To Have Babies

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Chung Sung-Jun Getty Images

How much is a baby worth?

Let's set aside for a moment all those goo-goo feeelings about that big ball of cute chubba-chubba. A baby is also an economic investment.

Businesses get a new worker and a new consumer for products. Parents get someone who will support them in their old age. Governments get a taxpayer — and a guarantee that the country lives on.

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Education
12:30 am
Thu November 3, 2011

College Students' Borrowing Hits An All-Time High

College students who graduated in 2010 carried 5 percent more debt than in the previous year, according to new data. In this photo from last December, a student fills out an application for a chance to win a scholarship worth $30,000, at a Cash for College event organized by the California Student Aid Commission.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Students are borrowing more money to pay for college than ever before. New data shows that students who graduated in 2010 carried 5 percent more debt than in the previous year. And education debt is expect to grow in the coming years, as students struggle to pay higher tuition costs.

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Strange News
7:15 am
Wed November 2, 2011

Police Say Railroad Robbers Got Away With Pork

Police are on the hunt for the bandits who robbed a Union Pacific Railroad car after it made an emergency stop in Victorville, Calif. They made off with 20 boxes. Police told the Victorville Daily Press that the robbers couldn't have known what was in the car; they made off with $200 worth of pigs feet.

Strange News
7:07 am
Wed November 2, 2011

NBA's Kevin Durant Plays Flag Football At Okla. State

The pro basketball season still hasn't started, but Kevin Durant got a workout. The Oklahoma City star drove across the state to a flag football game. On Twitter the other night, he wrote, "This lockout is really boring. Anybody playing flag football?" An Oklahoma State student invited Durant to join a game his team had planned.

Strange News
7:08 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Liquor-Shop Shenanigans: A Nonagenarian And A Ghost

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 10:28 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with tales of British alcohol. The one stop shop in Essex refused to sell whiskey to Diane Taylor. She didn't have proper I.D., and the shop said rules are rules, even though she is 92. Ms. Taylor at least caused less trouble than the ghost supposedly inhabiting a pub in Birmingham, England. At Halloween, the ghost has smashed bottles of wine it didn't like. It's not clear why the staff thinks it's a ghost and not a customer. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Strange News
6:59 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Russia Encounters Glitch In Daylight Savings Switch

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Monkey See
5:30 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Mindy Kaling On Diets, High School And Other American Pastimes

Mindy Kaling is an Emmy Award-nominated writer and an actress on NBC's The Office.

Autumn deWilde

Much of Mindy Kaling's humor is rooted in something that might seem unfeasible: using logic to explore American culture. But it works — and works well — because Kaling uses a type of circular logic that's all her own. Just consider this recent Tweet: "Can everyone buy my book please? I wanna quit the business and homeschool my kids real weird."

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Author Interviews
4:46 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Sorrowful 'Blue Nights': Didion Mourns Her Daughter

Quintana Roo Dunne takes in the ocean view with her parents, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion in Malibu in 1976. Quintana Roo fell ill in 2003, and her father had a fatal heart attack several days later. Blue Nights is Didion's elegy for her daughter who died in 2005 at age 39.

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In The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion wrestled with the death of her husband, John Gregory Dunne. The book was published in 2005, months after their daughter Quintana Roo Dunne — their only child — died at age 39. In her new book, Blue Nights, the 76-year-old author has pieced together literary snapshots, retrieved memories and unanswered queries about her daughter's life and death.

"It has not left my mind since it happened," Didion says. "I live with it, so naturally I can talk about it. ... I couldn't talk about it at first, but I can now."

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NPR Story
12:33 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

MF Global Files For Bankruptcy

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 8:44 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with bad bets and a big bankruptcy.

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Planet Money
8:41 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Is Europe's Bailout 'A Gigantic Con Game'?

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 8:51 am

Italy needs the backing of Europe's bailout fund. But Italy's a huge economy — much, much bigger than Greece, Portugal, and Ireland combined. And the Europeans don't want to put enough money into their bailout fund to back Italy.

So they're getting creative.

The rest of Europe is likely offer investors insurance that will pay back the first 20 percent of any losses on new Italian bonds.

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Planet Money
7:33 am
Mon October 31, 2011

The New EU Rescue Fund: Where Will Money Come From?

A $1.4 trillion rescue fund is a central part of the deal reached by European leaders to stave off financial catastrophe on the continent. But there are many big question marks about the fund.

Strange News
7:22 am
Mon October 31, 2011

London Cash Machine Has Cockney Language Option

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Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

Strange News
7:18 am
Mon October 31, 2011

World Series Fan Gives Back Game Six Homer Ball

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 8:44 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

A baseball fan named David Huyette used a word you don't hear so much. The word was honorable. Mr. Huyette ended up holding the homerun ball that won Game 6 of the World Series for the St. Louis Cardinals. It could've been worth thousands, but Mr. Huyette returned the historic ball. He said it was the honorable thing to do. And he was rewarded with another baseball, an autographed bat and tickets to Game 7 of the World Series. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Television
5:32 am
Mon October 31, 2011

'Rock Center': Serving Hard News, But Will It Sell?

Brian Williams will set the course for the new NBC newsmagazine Rock Center. The network is positioning it as a serious news program — and expecting a ratings struggle, at least at first.

Justin Stephens NBC Universal

At 10 p.m. on Monday, NBC anchor Brian Williams will do something that hasn't been done in nearly 20 years: launch a new network TV newsmagazine.

Hosted live from NBC's Rockefeller Center headquarters — thus the name, Rock Center — it's an ambitious attempt to showcase both Williams' serious news skills and his signature dry wit. And if it's going to succeed, he and NBC may have to reinvent the newsmagazine for a new age.

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Strange News
8:32 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Giant Lego Man Washes Up On Florida Beach

Originally published on Fri October 28, 2011 8:48 am

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Strange News
8:29 am
Fri October 28, 2011

A Romance Sparked By Pepper Spray

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ARI SHAPIRO, host: Good morning, I'm Ari Shapiro. She was an Occupy Wall Streeter in tears from pepper spray. He was a volunteer medic who rushed to her side. Their eyes met, and the energy between them felt like a show of excessive force. The cooing new couple told the New York Daily News, nothing strengthens a relationship like a chemical agent. The police officer who fired the pepper spray was stripped of ten days vacation. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

Movie Interviews
10:47 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

For 'Anonymous' Scribe, A Shakespearean Speculation

Strange, even as fiction: Rhys Ifans (right, with Vanessa Redgrave) plays the 17th Earl of Oxford in Anonymous, a political melodrama inspired by a discredited theory about who "really" wrote the plays of Shakespeare.

Reiner Bajo Columbia Pictures

"What if" — two words that ignite the plot of Roland Emmerich's new movie Anonymous, which conjures up an Elizabethan England rife with dark motivations, political maneuverings and bold conspiracy, and dares to imagine a different identity for the world's most celebrated playwright. John Orloff wrote the screenplay for the movie, which starts with the premise that Shakespeare didn't write Shakespeare.

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StoryCorps
10:00 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

A Stone Carver's Daughter Tells Of Mount Rushmore

It took 14 years for stone carvers to create the Mount Rushmore monument, seen here in 1995. Gloria Del Bianco's father, Luigi, led the carving team.

Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

On Halloween 70 years ago, an iconic American monument was completed — Mount Rushmore. It took 14 years of blasting and chiseling granite to finish the work. And chief stone carver Luigi Del Bianco, an Italian immigrant, was there for most of them. Del Bianco was responsible for many of the finer details in Lincoln's face.

Del Bianco's daughter Gloria and her nephew, Lou, recently sat down at StoryCorps to share their memories of him and the work he did. The Mount Rushmore project began in 1927, when Del Bianco was 35. And it ended 14 years later.

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Strange News
7:20 am
Thu October 27, 2011

Long-Lost Pets Resurface

"Jack the Cat" became an Internet sensation when he disappeared in baggage claim at New York's Kennedy airport. Two months later, American Airlines says, Jack has resurfaced at customs. A Jack Russell terrier named Petey traveled a bit farther: from Tennessee to Detroit — nearly 600 miles.

Strange News
7:12 am
Thu October 27, 2011

For One Arizona Bride, Something Blew

A wedding video shows a couple pouring two bottles of sand into one to represent their union. Then a lot more sand arrives as a full-fledged Arizona sandstorm blasts through, turning the scene dusty red.

NPR News Investigations
5:00 am
Thu October 27, 2011

Native Survivors Of Foster Care Return Home

When Dwayne Stenstrom was 8 years old a state worker told him that he and his brother were going to a special camp for the summer. Instead, he spent 12 years in foster care.

John Poole NPR

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 6:02 pm

Part 3 of a three-part investigation

Dwayne Stenstrom is a professor of American history. His office is lined with towers of obscure books and poetry on the walls. There's even a copy of the Declaration of Independence in a binder.

He teaches this document like many other professors, beginning with, "We hold these truths to be self evident." But he stops on another phrase — "the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages."

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NPR Story
4:00 am
Thu October 27, 2011

Egypt To Release Israeli-American In Prisoner Trade

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 8:25 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Israel has announced a new deal to exchange prisoners. It involves an Israeli-American who's been held in Egypt for the past four months. Ilan Grapel will be freed from Egyptian custody this afternoon in return for 25 Egyptian prisoners freed by Israel. The deal was mediated by the U.S. Sheera Frenkel reports from Jerusalem.

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Strange News
7:19 am
Wed October 26, 2011

Man Who Lost Ageism Suit Says Judge Was Too Old

Manhattan violinist Martin Stoner, 60, sued the nonprofit Young Concert Artists after it barred him from a contest based on age restrictions. When his ageism suit was thrown out, reports the New York Daily News, Stoner moved to have the 88-year-old judge replaced, saying the judge isn't qualified — because he's too old.

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