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World
1:00 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Saudi Woman Sentenced To Lashings After Violating Driving Ban

A group of activists in Saudi Arabia has launched a campaign to overturn a court ruling against a woman who defied the kingdom's ban on driving by women. The woman was sentenced to 10 lashes with a whip after she defied the ban in her home city on the Red Sea Coast. Melissa Block talks with NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson for the details.

Law
1:00 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Loughner Appears In Court

Originally published on Wed September 28, 2011 5:04 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, Host:

In Tucson, Arizona, a federal judge has sent Jared Lee Loughner back to a prison hospital for more treatment. Loughner is the 23-year-old charged with the January shooting rampage in Tucson that killed six and left 13 wounded, among them Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Loughner was in court today for a hearing to assess his competency to stand trial. A psychologist told the judge that Loughner's condition has improved with antipsychotic medication and that he could be made competent with more treatment.

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NPR Story
1:00 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Cast Of Characters Compete In Irish Elections

Melissa Block talks to Irish Times reporter Ronan McGreevy about the interesting mix of candidates in this year's presidential election in Ireland. Among those in the race: a gay rights campaigner, a former IRA commander and a singer who won the Eurovision song contest back in 1970.

NPR Story
1:00 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Amazon Debuts Its New Tablet

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced Wednesday the release of a full-color tablet device called Fire, as well as three new Kindle E-Ink models starting at $79.

Monkey See
1:41 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

DVD Picks: 'Ben-Hur'

Warner Home Video

Time for our movie critic Bob Mondello's suggestions for home-viewing. Today he's recommending a wide-screen 1950s epic that was specifically designed to draw people away from their TV sets: Ben-Hur.

Everything about Ben-Hur was big. Reeeeally big. The sound was stereophonic (which was new back then), the screen wider than all outdoors, and that chariot race — flat-out enormous.

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Music Reviews
1:40 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

Dan Zanes Plants A 'Little Nut Tree'

Dan Zanes released Little Nut Tree on Sept. 27.
Gala Narezo

When Dan Zanes became a father 16 years ago, he took seriously the decision of which song to play to his newborn daughter first. He chose the 1968 Jamaican hit "Little Nut Tree." Now, after more than a decade of recording music for families, the godfather of the kids' music renaissance has released a new album called Little Nut Tree on his own label.

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The Salt
2:30 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Lemongrass Brings Essential Spark To Southeast Asian Cooking

A freshly tossed Thai lemongrass salad is served on betel leaves at Naj, a Bangkok restaurant
Anthony Kuhn NPR

Originally published on Mon September 26, 2011 5:06 pm

Imagine you're trekking through the concrete jungle of just about any Southeast Asian city. The first thing you notice is the smorgasbord of smells, some enticing, others downright rank. Amid the urban odor-rama, one sweet herbal fragrance stands out. It's lemongrass. And it's just about everywhere.

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NPR Story
1:00 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Saudi Women Get The Vote

Originally published on Mon September 26, 2011 5:06 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, Host:

Over the weekend, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia announced that women will get the right to vote and to run in municipal elections, but not until 2015. And King Abdullah said women will be appointed to the Shura Council, which advises the monarchy. This in a country where women still don't have the right to drive.

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Commentary
1:00 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Impending Doom — Or Not?

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MELISSA BLOCK, Host:

Now that fall is officially here, many of us are trying to cool off from a long hot summer. But commentator Andrei Codrescu is just getting warmed up.

ANDREI CODRESCU: It's been a year like a ride in hell's own at Disney World. From weather the politics, the world seems bent out of shape. But this may be the result of extensive coverage, rather than an unusual number of disasters.

I watched an episode of "The Hour," set in the days of the Cold War and remembered just how different things used to be.

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Environment
1:00 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

New York's New Shipping Plan Sparks Feud

New York state is poised to implement new rules that could have a major impact on the global shipping industry. Invasive species sometimes move from place to place in "ballast water" — that's the water ships suck in and discharge to level their loads. Officials in New York want all that ballast water treated to kill any "living pollution" before it reaches their harbors. But the treatment technology is expensive and untested. Because the state serves as a gateway to the Great Lakes and ports in New Jersey, other states and countries are disputing the new rules.

Music Reviews
11:06 am
Mon September 26, 2011

Wilco's New Album: Love The 'Whole' Thing

Wilco, from left: Mikael Jorgensen, Glenn Kotche, Patrick Sansone, Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, Nels Cline.
Zoran Orlic

Usually, the whispers start after rock groups have been around for a while, as die-hard fans begin to worry about their beloved band getting stale. Despite its incredibly long run, Wilco has escaped that fate, and managed to stay fresh since 1994. It just released its eighth studio album in 17 years, and the first issued on Wilco's own dBpm Records label. The Whole Love represents a new peak for the critically acclaimed sextet.

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Religion
2:11 pm
Sun September 25, 2011

'Biblical Womanhood': A Year Of Living By The Book

In deference to Titus 2:3-5 and 1 Timothy 5:14, Rachel Held Evans tried to stay "busy in the home," honing her cooking, cleaning and hospitality skills. She is seen here with homemade matzah toffee for Passover.
Dan Evans

As an evangelical Christian, Rachel Held Evans often heard about the importance of practicing "biblical womanhood," but she didn't quite know what that meant. Everyone she asked seemed to have a different definition.

Evans decided to embark on a quest to figure out how to be a woman by the Bible's standards. For one year, she has followed every rule in the Old and New Testaments. Her project will end next Saturday.

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Author Interviews
12:50 pm
Sun September 25, 2011

'Awesome Man' Is Super, And Maybe You Are, Too

Awesome Man, the creation of author Michael Chabon and illustrator Jake Parker, can shoot positronic rays out of his eyeballs. Click here to read an excerpt of The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man.
Balzer Bray

Originally published on Mon September 26, 2011 7:50 am

Michael Chabon won a Pulitzer Prize for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay back in 2001. Ten years later, he has a new book out, called The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man.

This one may sound like a sequel, but Chabon isn't after another Pulitzer. He's looking for ohhhs and ahhhs, hearty giggles and gleeful faces as kids from coast to coast bed down for the night.

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Author Interviews
2:30 pm
Sat September 24, 2011

Drug Trafficking, Corruption At The 'Triple Crossing'

The novel Triple Crossing opens at the San Ysidro crossing in San Diego, where a new border patrol officer named Valentine Pescatore is on duty.

After Pescatore chases down a family of three trying to cross the border, he does something unusual.

"He slips them money," author Sebastian Rotella tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered.

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Arts & Life
1:00 pm
Sat September 24, 2011

Three-Minute Fiction: Time Is Running Out

Short story writers, your time is short! The deadline for this round of our contest Three Minute Fiction is Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time. The rules set by this round's judge, writer Danielle Evans, are simple: One character must come to town and, one character must leave town. And remember, your story can't longer than 600 words. Enter here.

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Music Interviews
12:00 pm
Sat September 24, 2011

Ivy: Speaking The Shared Language Of Pop

Ivy's new album is All Hours. Left to right: Adam Schlesinger, Dominique Durand, Andy Chase.
Courtesy of the artist

In 1989, Dominique Durand left her home in Paris to live in New York. Her goal was simple: to learn English. But fate took over, and five years later she became the frontwoman for the indie pop band Ivy.

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Music Interviews
2:51 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

Wild Flag: Making Chaos Useful

Wild Flag's self-titled debut album was released earlier this month. Left to right: Rebecca Cole, Carrie Brownstein, Mary Timony, Janet Weiss.
Courtesy of the artist

Carrie Brownstein helped start Sleater-Kinney, the celebrated punk trio, when she was still in college. That band split in 2006, and though Brownstein kept busy — as a blogger and commentator for NPR Music, among other things — she says that by the end of 2010, she was feeling antsy.

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Music Interviews
1:07 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

The Mad Musical Scientist Of Burbank, Calif.

Composer and sound designer Diego Stocco at work.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 9:50 am

"I was probably 12 when I trashed my first electric guitar," Diego Stocco says. "I totally disassembled it, and I wasn't able to put it back together."

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NPR Story
1:00 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

Senate Blocks Stopgap Bill

A federal loan program to build more fuel-efficient cars became the latest budget flash point, with House Republicans wanting to raid the fund to help pay for FEMA disaster aid. Senate Democrats refused to go along. The standoff comes in a bill that would fund the entire government beyond next week.

NPR Story
1:00 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

Movie Reviews: Three Bio-Pics

NPR's Bob Mondello reviews a true-life triple feature: Machine Gun Preacher, Moneyball and Toast, three unlikely stories based on real people.

NPR Story
1:00 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

Week In Politics: Jobs Bill; Spending Bill; GOP Presidential Race

Michele Norris speaks with our regular political commentators E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, of the New York Times.

World
1:00 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

Palestinians React To U.N. Bid For Statehood

Palestinians react to their leader's bid for statehood recognition at the United Nations. Mass rallies are planned across the West Bank. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro.

Energy
1:00 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

Solyndra's Execs Take The Fifth

Top executives of Solyndra, a bankrupt solar-energy company, have declined to testify in a congressional hearing Friday, invoking their Fifth Amendment rights. The company is under investigation for a half-billion dollar government loan guarantee it received.

Space
1:00 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

NASA: Satellite's Rate Of Descent Has Slowed

We reported on the variables that make it hard to, even at this late date, predict exactly when and where a dead 6-ton NASA satellite will fall to Earth. The Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, or UARS, will be the biggest NASA spacecraft to crash back to Earth, but it's now baffling scientists as its descent toward Earth slows — delaying its ultimate crash until the early part of the weekend. The space agency is now predicting the satellite will crash down to Earth late Friday or early Saturday, Eastern Time.

From Our Listeners
1:00 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

Letters: Alexander; Boston Red Sox

Melissa Block and Michele Norris read emails from listeners.

Planet Money
11:53 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Germany's Painful Unemployment Fix

Marchers demonstrate against the German labor reforms, known as Hartz IV. (November 5, 2005)
Sean Gallup Getty Images

As the U.S. and much of Europe struggle to bring down unemployment rates, one country stands apart: Germany, where the unemployment rate is just 6.2 percent.

The story of how Germany got here goes back nearly a decade.

In 2002, Germany looked a lot like the United States does today: it had no economic growth, and its unemployment rate was 8.7 percent and climbing.

Gerhard Schroeder, the German chancellor at the time, made an emergency call to a trusted friend.

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NPR Story
9:00 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Palestinian President Asks U.N. For State Recognition

Originally published on Fri September 23, 2011 1:00 pm

The president of the Palestinian Authority has asked the U.N. to recognize his state. The Israelis say such a move would violate past agreements and are threatening retaliation. U.S. and European diplomats are scrambling to head off what could be a diplomatic train wreck.

NPR Story
1:00 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Set To Debate

Originally published on Thu September 22, 2011 4:01 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, Host:

The Republican candidates for president will gather for another debate tonight, this time in Orlando, Florida. It's sponsored by Fox News and YouTube, and some of the questions will be submitted by homemade video from voters. The debate also comes as a new two-man dynamic is emerging in the race: Texas Governor Rick Perry versus former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

MICHELE NORRIS, Host:

NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson is in Orlando and she joins us now.

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Book Reviews
1:00 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Book Review: 'Apricot Jam'

Apricot Jam is a newly posthumously published collection of short pieces by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Politics
1:00 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Obama Stresses Need For Infrastructure Improvements

To make the point that America's infrastructure is in need of repair and the federal government should do it, President Obama traveled to the Brent Spence Bridge. It runs over the Ohio River, and it connects House Speaker John Boehner's Ohio to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's Kentucky. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Ari Shapiro for more.

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