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12:37 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Is It Possible To Walk And Work At The Same Time?

Studies say just 30 minutes of walking a day can reduce several lifestyle diseases many Americans are living with.
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Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 8:01 am

When it comes to walking, the easy part is understanding the benefits: Regular, brisk walks can strengthen our bones, help control blood sugar, help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and the list goes on. The hard part is finding the time to fit it in.

Engineering physical activity back into Americans' daily lives is the goal of an educational campaign launched by Kaiser Permanente,an Oakland, Calif.-based health plan.

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Author Interviews
4:00 pm
Sun May 6, 2012

'Teachers Make' A Difference, What About You?

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Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 8:45 am

Teaching, once a revered profession, has of late been much maligned. Teachers are accused of laziness and greed. They're blamed for low test scores, and a general decline in the nation's educational standing. Most people believe their work day is short and their vacations are long. But teachers also have their defenders — perhaps none so passionate as Taylor Mali.

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Politics
3:58 pm
Sun May 6, 2012

Libertarians Find Their Audience In 2012 Race

Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson was nominated as the Libertarian party's candidate for president at their national convention in Las Vegas over the weekend.
Joe Burbank AP

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 8:45 am

Somewhere on the path to the White House this year, a powerful set of ideas began to creep into the mainstream debate over which direction the country will take.

These are ideas that not too long ago were written off as marginal, or even worse, a little kooky. They come from Libertarians: free and open markets and extremely limited government. Those ideals are now becoming more mainstream and are influencing the Republican Party.

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Arts & Life
3:42 pm
Sun May 6, 2012

When Dick Cavett Shared Carnegie Hall With Groucho

In 1970, Groucho Marx appeared on the Dick Cavett Show. Two years later, Cavett introduced Groucho in Carnegie Hall.
Ann Limongello ABC via Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 4:39 pm

Forty years ago Sunday, history was made at Carnegie Hall.

On May 6, 1972, comedian Groucho Marx made his debut at the famed New York venue to a packed house. Tickets sold out as soon as it was announced.

Marx was 81 at the time and had been out of the spotlight for many years. His one-man show only toured a handful of venues, and his Carnegie Hall show was later released as an album called An Evening with Groucho.

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NPR Story
3:22 pm
Sun May 6, 2012

Hollande Ousts Sarkozy in French Vote

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 4:39 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Guy Raz.

In France, the voters have spoken: a new president elected today and his name is Francois Hollande.

PRESIDENT-ELECT FRANCOIS HOLLANDE: (Foreign language spoken)

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

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NPR Story
3:22 pm
Sun May 6, 2012

College Hazing On The Rise, But So Is Scrutiny

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 8:45 am

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

This past week, charges were filed against members of the Florida A&M marching band in the hazing death of a former member. In recent weeks, there have been a string of hazing scandals on campus. In April, five Boston University students were bound and beaten in a fraternity house basement. And Rolling Stone magazine recently profiled a Dartmouth student's humiliating hazing experiences.

But as New Hampshire Public Radio's Dan Gorenstein reports now, all of this attention may be a good thing.

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NPR Story
3:22 pm
Sun May 6, 2012

Three-Minute Fiction: This Week's Featured Stories

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 4:39 pm

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(SOUNDBITE OF CLOCK TICKING)

GUY RAZ, HOST:

She closed the book, placed it on the table and finally decided to walk through the door. That's the starting sentence for Round 8 of Three-Minute Fiction. That is our contest where we ask you to write an original short story that can be read in about three minutes. We are no longer accepting submissions for this round.

Our readers from across the country are almost done going through all of the more than 6,000 submissions this round. So let's hear a few samples of their favorites so far.

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Europe
2:26 pm
Sun May 6, 2012

Austerity Loses As Greece's Fringe Parties Win Big

Members of the Greek neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party celebrate in Thessaloniki on Sunday. Golden Dawn is now set to enter parliament for the first time since the end of the military junta in 1974.
Sakis Mitrolidis AFP/Getty Images

According to exit polls, angry Greek voters have overwhelmingly punished the two major parties that endorsed draconian international loan agreements.

There is no front-runner in sight, but the fringe parties on the left and the right that strongly oppose the bailout terms have benefited the most.

The socialist PASOK and the conservative New Democracy parties that have alternated for four decades — and uneasily co-governed for the last six months — are imploding.

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It's All Politics
11:51 am
Sun May 6, 2012

Big Money, Free-Marketers, And The Fight Of Sen. Lugar's Career

Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., attends a state dinner at the White House on Oct. 13, 2011.
Yuri Gripas Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 10:27 am

The end of Republican Sen. Richard Lugar's 35-year career representing Indiana in the U.S. Senate could be imminent.

A new Howey/DePauw Indiana Battleground Poll shows the octogenarian trailing State Treasurer Richard Mourdock by 10 percentage points ahead of Tuesday's GOP Senate primary. The survey also finds that the venerable Lugar is increasingly viewed by home-state voters in a negative light.

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The Two-Way
11:09 am
Sun May 6, 2012

Pictures Of The Supermoon, As The Whole World Saw It

The "supermoon" over Athens Saturday night.
Aris Messinis AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:49 am

Well before night fell stateside, the "supermoon" was already a star. Cameras from Tokyo to Athens gazed into its light, just a little bit brighter than usual.

It was enough to inspire some beautiful photos, so we thought we'd share what we've found.

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Author Interviews
8:26 am
Sun May 6, 2012

The 'Marvelous' Rise Of King Henry's Adviser

Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 1:57 pm

When Hilary Mantel's new book opens, the spark has gone out of Henry VIII's second marriage. His roving eye leaves Anne Boleyn and begins to settle on Jane Seymour, another woman at court. The monarch doesn't go to a marriage counselor or divorce lawyer, not when Thomas Cromwell is his chief adviser.

Bring Up the Bodies is the sequel to Wolf Hall, which won the Man Booker Prize and worldwide acclaim. It is also the latest in a planned trilogy about Cromwell.

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Around the Nation
5:27 am
Sun May 6, 2012

Black Christians Struggle Over N.C. Gay Marriage Ban

Winslow Sherrill has two daughters who are lesbian. While he loves them and gets along with their partners, he's going to vote in favor of banning gay marriage in North Carolina.
John Biewen for NPR

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 9:38 am

North Carolina's African-American voters could be crucial in Tuesday's vote over the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions. Blacks make up a little more than 20 percent of the state's population, and some polls show they strongly favor a ban.

While activists on both sides make phone calls and put up yard signs, many African-Americans are struggling with the issue inside their churches and homes.

A Pastor's Perspective

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Sports
5:27 am
Sun May 6, 2012

With Steroids In Sports, It's A Case Of Who Did What

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 9:38 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

If life is a ball game, Mike Pesca is our umpire, calling the shots as he sees them. Pesca is NPR's sports correspondent and WEEKEND EDITION's guide to the intersections between sports and life, and he joins us now. Hey, Mike.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello.

MARTIN: OK. So, this week baseball in the headlines and steroids - back in court again. Give us a rundown of what's happened.

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Presidential Race
5:27 am
Sun May 6, 2012

Presidential Race Takes Libertarian Tilt In Nev.

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 9:38 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And in case you missed it, the Libertarian Party held its national nominating convention in Las Vegas yesterday and chose a former Republican named Gary Johnson as its presidential nominee. Meanwhile, in Sparks, Nevada, supporters of Republican presidential contender Ron Paul dominated the state's GOP convention with Paul himself addressing the gathering. NPR's David Welna has more.

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Law
5:27 am
Sun May 6, 2012

Pleas Delayed In Sept. 11 Case

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 9:38 am

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Europe
5:27 am
Sun May 6, 2012

France's Next President: Incumbent Or Socialist?

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 9:38 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

This morning, voters in two European countries hit hard by the continent's crippling economic crisis are going to the polls. In a moment, we'll speak with NPR's Sylvia Poggioli in Greece. But first, we turn to France where incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy has been campaigning against the background of widespread discontent and a strong Socialist opponent, Francois Hollande.

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Europe
5:27 am
Sun May 6, 2012

Greeks Cast Ballots In Presidential Election

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 9:38 am

People are going to the polls on Sunday to cast their ballots in what has become a referendum on international loan agreements. The election is the most unpredictable in recent history and could produce a hung parliament. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli talks to host Rachel Martin from Athens.

Around the Nation
4:07 am
Sun May 6, 2012

Friends And Foes Of Gay Marriage Woo Voters In N.C.

Jennifer Cockrham, a nurse from Walkertown, N.C., holds her hand over her heart for the Pledge of Allegiance during a rally supporting a constitutional ban on gay marriage Friday in Raleigh.
Allen Breed AP

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 9:38 am

In North Carolina, voters will decide on Tuesday whether to add an amendment to the state's constitution that would ban same-sex marriage and civil unions, as well as domestic partnerships.

State law already prohibits same-sex marriage, but this measure would have broader consequences. Throughout the state, advocacy groups are stepping up their efforts to woo voters.

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Animals
4:04 am
Sun May 6, 2012

The Dinosaurs' Nemeses: Giant, Jurassic Fleas

An illustration of the Chinese Jurassic "pseudo-flea," which lived in the Middle Jurassic in northeastern China.
Wang Cheng Current Biology

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 9:38 am

Fossil-hunting scientists are coming to grips with a new discovery that could change forever how we think of dinosaurs. What they've found is that dinosaurs may well have been tortured by large, flealike bloodsucking insects.

Yes, it appears that the greatest predators that ever roamed Earth suffered just as we mammals did — and as we still do. Fleas were thought to have evolved along with mammals — they like our soft skins and a diet of warm blood.

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Election 2012
3:57 am
Sun May 6, 2012

Pledge Holds Attack Ads At Bay In Mass. Senate Race

Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren holds up a poster of herself as Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., looks on during the annual St. Patrick's Day Breakfast in Boston on March 18. A civility pledge between the candidates has kept attack ads largely on the sidelines in their race.
Michael Dwyer AP

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 9:38 am

It was no big surprise when outside groups started spending millions of dollars on attack ads in the high-stakes U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts between Republican incumbent Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

Republican strategist Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS superPAC aired spots highlighting Warren's ties to the Occupy Wall Street movement, saying she "sides with extreme left protests who support radical redistribution of wealth and violence."

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Europe
3:56 am
Sun May 6, 2012

For Putin's Third Term As President, A New Russia

Vladimir Putin, currently prime minister, begins his third term as Russia's president on Monday.
Alexander Zemlianichenko AP

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 6:38 pm

On Monday, Vladimir Putin will again become president of Russia. When he is inaugurated in the Kremlin, it will be for a third term, even though the Russian constitution limits presidents to two four-year terms.

The restriction, however, is for two consecutive terms. It doesn't rule out a third term if someone else holds the presidency in the interim. That's exactly what Dmitri Medvedev did. He was elected president after Putin, but declined a run for a second term.

This political swap succeeded, but Putin will be leading a different Russia after his re-inauguration.

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Presidential Race
11:41 pm
Sat May 5, 2012

Obama: Focus On The Next 4 Years, Not The Last Ones

President Obama speaks during a campaign rally at Ohio State University, Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.
Haraz N. Ghanbari AP

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 6:39 pm

President Obama says the country has come too far in the last four years to change course now. He kicked off his re-election campaign Saturday with a pair of high-profile rallies in two pivotal states, Ohio and Virginia.

Obama acknowledged the economic recovery still has a long way to go. Yet he argued his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, would move the country backward, not forward.

Unsatisfied With Unemployment

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Sports
3:11 pm
Sat May 5, 2012

Ex-NFL Player To Draft Picks: 'Your Privacy Is Gone'

After the lights turn elsewhere, former NFL player Nate Jackson warns top draft picks Robert Griffin III, left, and Andrew Luck that their every breath will be a public affair.
Al Bello Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 5, 2012 4:42 pm

Former Denver Bronco's tight end Nate Jackson posted an open letter on Buzzfeed.com this week to Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, the NFL's top two draft picks this year.

It begins, "You have been mentioned in the same breath for the last several months. But once you get drafted and shake hands with Darth Vader, your lives will diverge and you will be immersed fully in the identity of your new employers."

The story doesn't get much better, Jackson continues.

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National Security
3:09 pm
Sat May 5, 2012

Delays And Disarray At 9/11 Case Arraignment

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed reads a document during his arraignment at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba.
Janet Hamlin AP

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 5:53 am

The alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and four other men charged with helping launch those attacks ended their first day in a military commission arraignment by saying they would wait to enter their pleas.

The day was contentious. The men refused to answer routine questions from Judge James Pohl, refused to participate in the proceedings, and even refused to listen to the simultaneous Arabic translation of what was going on all around them.

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Movies
3:09 pm
Sat May 5, 2012

Million Time Movies: What's Your Comfort Film?

Virginia Huston and Robert Mitchum in a scene from the 1947 movie, Out of the Past.
RKO Radio Pictures/Photofest

Originally published on Sun June 24, 2012 11:29 am

Weekends on All Things Considered's series, Movies I've Seen A Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

For writer-director Lawrence Kasdan, whose credits include The Big Chill, The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark, the movie he can't get enough of is Jacques Tourneur's Out of the Past. Kasdan says that the 1947 movie is a great piece of film noir cinema.

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NPR Story
2:57 pm
Sat May 5, 2012

President Obama Officially Kicks Off Campaign

Originally published on Sat May 5, 2012 4:42 pm

President Obama held a pair of campaign rallies today, his first big public events of the 2012 election. He targeted two key battleground states: Ohio and Virginia. NPR's Scott Horsley is traveling with the president and joins weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz to talk about the events.

The Two-Way
2:38 pm
Sat May 5, 2012

Defendents Delay And Disrupt Guantanamo Hearing

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 4:43 am

It wasn't a wild scene in the Guantanamo Bay courtroom where the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and four others were being arraigned on Saturday, but it was certainly in disarray.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the rest of the defendants repeatedly refused to answer the judge's questions and employed other distractions to bog down the proceedings, as the AP reports.

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Asia
2:36 pm
Sat May 5, 2012

For Dissidents, Escape Means Fighting From Afar

This undated handout image provided by ChinaAid shows Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng, whose escape from house arrest spurred a delicate dance of U.S.-China relations.
EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sat May 5, 2012 4:42 pm

The case of Chen Guancheng, the blind Chinese dissident who sought refuge at the U.S. embassy in Beijing last week, could soon be resolved.

Chen was released into Chinese custody earlier this week after six days at the embassy. He's now recovering at a Beijing hospital from injuries he suffered during his escape from house arrest.

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The Picture Show
2:26 pm
Sat May 5, 2012

Defendents Delay And Disrupt Guantanamo Hearing

It wasn't a wild scene in the Guantanamo Bay courtroom where the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and four others were being arraigned on Saturday, but it was certainly in disarray.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the rest of the defendants repeatedly refused to answer the judge's questions and employed other distractions to bog down the proceedings, as the AP reports.

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Music Interviews
2:03 pm
Sat May 5, 2012

Jason Mraz: A Breakup Record, Served With A Smile

Jason Mraz's latest album is Love Is a Four Letter Word.
Emily Shur

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 4:39 pm

Jason Mraz's 2008 single "I'm Yours" was a multiplatinum global hit. In fact, it set a record by staying on Billboard's Hot 100 chart for 76 weeks — more than any other song in the magazine's 51-year history.

Although Mraz's new record, Love Is a Four Letter Word, was written on the heels of a breakup, the songs are mostly sunny and positive. Mraz says he was more interested in making something relatable than in zeroing in on his own experiences.

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