Afropop Worldwide
11:40 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Scenes for Adventurous Armchair Travelers

User Wonderlane Flickr

Fri. 12/7 10p: Winter is coming on…time to fire up your travel imagination.

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Native America Calling
11:37 am
Wed December 5, 2012

2012 December Music Maker: Sihasin

Fri. 12/7 11a: Sihasin is a Navajo word meaning to think with hope and assurance. It also means the process of making critical affirmative action of thinking, planning, learning and becoming experienced and confident to adapt.

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Economy
10:30 am
Wed December 5, 2012

How Helpful Is Extending Unemployment Benefits?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, for years now we've been talking about ways to close the achievement gap. Now some states are asking to set standards based on race. You can imagine why this is controversial. So we'll try to learn more about this in just a few minutes.

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Education
10:30 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Grading Kids Based On Race

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 10:04 am

Some public schools across the U.S. are setting different standards for students based on their race. The goal is to cut the achievement gap in half. Host Michel Martin speaks with Emily Richmond, of the Education Writers Association, about criticisms to this approach.

History
10:30 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Buying Freedom Through Dressmaking

The new movie 'Lincoln' explores the last months of Abraham Lincoln's life and sheds light on prominent figures of the time. One lesser-known person is former slave Elizabeth Keckley. She became a close confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln. Host Michel Martin speaks with professor Clarence Lusane about Keckley's contributions to American history.

The Two-Way
10:10 am
Wed December 5, 2012

VIDEO: Missouri Bridge Blows Up Real Good (On Purpose)

Boom! The westbound side of Missouri's Blanchette Bridge went down Tuesday.
Missouri Department of Transportation

We're little kids when it comes to watching things blow up.

So we're happy to pass along video of the westbound sections of the Blanchette Bridge that connects St. Louis and St. Charles, Mo., going boom Tuesday.

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The Two-Way
10:02 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Legendary Jazz Musician Dave Brubeck Dies

Dave Brubeck performs along with his Dave Brubeck Quartet in November 2005.
Timm Schamberger AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 9:36 am

Dave Brubeck, the legendary jazz pianist and composer, known for defying jazz conventions and for recordings like "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo a la Turk," has died.

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Entertainment
9:14 am
Wed December 5, 2012

A Classics Radio Theater Version of Dicken's “A Christmas Carol”

Wed. 12/5 10a:  Spencer Beckwith speaks with playwright and director Becky Mayo about her new adaptation of "A Christmas Carol."  The production takes the audience into a radio station broadcasting Charles Dickens‘ beloved story live before a studio audience.  The radio theater production runs from November 30 through December16 at the Adobe Theater in Albuquerque.

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The Two-Way
9:11 am
Wed December 5, 2012

China's Communists Declare War ... On Boring Meetings

Must ... stay .... awake: A Chinese paramilitary police officer yawns and his colleagues fall asleep while then-President Hu Jintao delivers a speech at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Dec. 18, 2008.
Andy Wong AP

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 7:14 pm

Suffer from insomnia? The droning rhythm of a Chinese Communist official reading a work report out loud will likely do the trick.

It certainly does for many party members: Just 10 minutes into any party meeting, look down the serried ranks of the attendees, and you'll spot the dozers and snoozers, napping away, heads lolling lazily toward their neighbors.

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The Two-Way
9:09 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Citigroup Cutting 11,000 Jobs, Taking $1.1 Billion In Charges

Chris Hondros Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 12:48 pm

Saying it needs to "further reduce expenses and improve efficiency across the company," Citigroup announced today that it is eliminating about 11,000 jobs — 4 percent of its global workforce.

The banking giant also said it is expects to take "pre-tax charges of approximately $1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012 and approximately $100 million of related charges in the first half of 2013."

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