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Economy
4:52 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Americans On Disability Play An Increasingly Important Role In The Economy

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 7:55 pm

Audie Cornish talks with Chana Joffe-Walt of the Planet Money team about her series on federal disability benefits.

Media
4:51 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

NPR To End Production Of 'Talk Of The Nation'

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 7:55 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH HOST: And I'm Audie Cornish.

NPR announced today it will stop producing its call-in program TALK OF THE NATION. The end will come this summer after more than two decades on the air. The show's host Neal Conan has decided to leave the network.

As NPR's David Folkenflik reports, the network will offer instead a news magazine in partnership with Boston Public Radio station WBUR.

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Asia
4:46 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Is North Korea's Warmongering Rhetoric-As-Usual Or Something To Worry About?

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 7:55 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

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Religion
4:46 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Thousands Trek To New Mexico Chapel On Good Friday

Students playing the roles of Roman soldiers lead a man playing the role of Jesus during a re-enactment of the Stations of the Cross at the Sanctuary of Chimayo in New Mexico on Thursday.
Brian Snyder Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 1:09 pm

Driving in northern New Mexico requires special caution on Good Friday. Tens of thousands of people — some walking all night — are converging on the village of Chimayo to pray inside a 200-year-old chapel before a carved wooden image of Jesus.

As it does every year, the highway department has put out portable toilets, orange barriers, and signs warning motorists of "Santuario walkers."

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Economy
4:46 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Housing Recovery Offers Little Comfort To Family Whose Home Is Underwater

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 7:55 pm

The steady stream of good news about the recovering housing market isn't without its limits. Thad Salter and his family live in the Phoenix suburb of Maricopa since moving from California in 2006. He's seen his home drop in value by more than half and has been underemployed as an human resources professional since 2008. NPR's Ted Robbins reports that, for the Salters, the housing news isn't as good as reports in the housing industry would suggest.

Sports
4:46 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

In Florida, It's David Versus Goliath In NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 7:55 pm

The NCAA men's basketball tournament is back in action on Friday. The Cinderella squad, Florida Gulf Coast University, hits the court against its long dominant in-state rival: the University of Florida. UF knows about post-season success. It won the men's basketball national championship in 2006 and 2007.

Sports
4:46 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Personality Of Each Coach Reflected In NCAA Men's Basketball Teams

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 7:55 pm

To achieve a deep run in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, players have to be skilled and well-trained but also well-motivated.

Architecture
4:36 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Self-Taught Architect Behind Brooklyn's 'Broken Angel' Faces Eviction

Over the past three decades, Arthur and Cynthia Wood turned their four-story home into a work of art. They purchased the brick tenement at the intersection of Downing and Quincy streets in 1979 for $2,100 in cash.
Courtesy of Chris Wood

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 7:55 pm

A New York landmark of sorts is in danger of being wiped off the map. The building now known as Broken Angel was an ordinary 19th-century brick structure until self-taught artist and sculptor Arthur Wood started building on top of it in the late 1970s. Now Wood faces eviction from his own masterpiece — a towering structure that looks like a cathedral built out of salvaged junk.

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NPR Story
4:36 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Nationals, Braves, Dodgers Could Be Baseball's Teams To Watch This Season

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 7:55 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

A clean slate, that's what baseball teams and baseball fans have right now with the season about to begin on Sunday night. Or at least that's what fans can imagine as we look ahead at this year's games across the field at fresh grass, blank scorecards in our hands. Enough romance, already. Joining us for a reality check on baseball is sportswriter Stefan Fatsis, who joins us most Fridays. Stefan, who's good? Who are you excited to see this year?

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NPR Story
4:36 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

'Western Money, Local Boots' Could Be New Model For Intervention In Africa's Troubled Spots

The French want to get out of Mali, and the French and U.S. authorities are calling for a regional African force to take over the fight, modeled after the multinational African force fighting in Somalia. So why has an African-led force has achieved such military success against Al Shabaab? African commanders say it has a lot to do with perception — their soldiers are fellow Africans in an African country, thus faster to integrate with local security forces and less likely to be viewed by the local populace as "colonizers" or invaders.

The Two-Way
4:32 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

UPS Agrees To Forfeit $40 Million In Payments From Illegal Online Pharmacies

A UPS truck drives along Grant Street on in San Francisco, California.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

United Parcel Post has agreed to forfeit $40 million it made in payments from pharmacies that shipped controlled substances to Americans without valid prescriptions.

Reuters reports:

"The company also agreed to put a compliance program into place to prevent illegal online pharmacies from distributing drugs through its shipping services in the future, authorities said.

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Economy
4:32 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

As Housing Industry Builds Up, Other Sectors Follow

Home Depot is hiring 80,000 employees for its spring season. As the housing market picks up, other industry sectors — like gardening, construction and furniture — move upward, too.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 11:31 pm

When fortunes rise in the housing industry — as they currently are — it tends to lift sales for other businesses, too. Home construction, sales and prices are all improving. And according to many analysts, the market is gaining steam.

For nearly two decades, Scott Gillis has owned his own moving company, Great Scott Moving in Hyattsville, Md. Moving high season is just around the corner, which means Gillis is hiring.

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Africa
4:24 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Western Money, African Boots: A Formula For Africa's Conflicts

Ugandan soldiers serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia prepare to advance on the central Somali town of Buur-Hakba.
Stuart Price AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 7:55 pm

For the past six years in Somalia, Western countries have been putting up the cash and African nations have been supplying the soldiers, a formula that has pushed back al-Qaida-linked militants and allowed Somalia to elect it's first democratic government in 20 years.

"We can fix our problems in Africa," says Brig. Michael Ondoga, a contingent commander with the African Union Mission in Somalia or AMISOM. "All we need is your support."

It's not at all hard to see why this plan is so agreeable to the American government.

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The Two-Way
4:16 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Scores Of People Rescued From Breakaway Ice Floes In Latvia

Latvian fishermen were among those rescued from ice floe in Riga on Friday.
Ilmars Znotins AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 4:36 pm

More than 200 Latvians were rescued by helicopters and Navy ships after suddenly finding themselves adrift on ice floes that were broken off and swept out to sea.

The rescue of 219 people from two ice floes in the Gulf of Riga on Friday was hampered by bad weather and high waves, according to Latvian police and fire officials quoted by Russia Today, or RT.com:

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Planet Money
3:37 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Episode 290: North Korea's Illegal Economy

An idle North Korean factory, seen from the Chinese border.
AFP Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 7:31 pm

Note: This podcast was originally published in 2011. With North Korea in the news again this week, we're re-running it today.

North Korea relies on charity to feed its starving people. But the country's elites like their luxuries — imported wine, fine china, dancing shoes.

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The Two-Way
3:24 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

New Federal Scrutiny In Wake Of NPR Grain Bin Reports

Will Piper and Annette Pacas visit the grave of Annette's son, Alex, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Mount Carroll, Ill. Piper says he hopes to raise money to replace the makeshift, plastic marker with a permanent gravestone.
John W. Poole NPR

Congress, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Justice Department are beginning to respond to the NPR-Center for Public Integrity Series on hundreds of persistent and preventable deaths in grain storage bins and weak enforcement by federal agencies.

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The Two-Way
3:15 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

U.S. Navy Funding Development Of Giant Jellyfish Robot

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 4:09 pm

We've already seen drones shaped like various animals, including humming birds and dogs. Next is one made to look (and swim) like a jellyfish.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
2:49 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

On Making It Up In The Media

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 2:26 pm

The other day I heard a remarkable conversation between Lawrence Weschler, the journalist and author, and Bob Garfield, host of WNYC's On the Media. The topic was accuracy and honesty, truth and fiction, in reporting. Weschler remarked that when he was working on a story, he never recorded interviews and rarely made verbatim notes, and yet he'd never once been accused of misquoting or in any way misrepresenting a source. "I write what people remember having said."

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The Two-Way
2:46 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Illinois Man Charged With Stealing 42,000 Pounds Of Muenster Cheese

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 11:38 pm

Seems cheese crime is booming: Today we get news that an Illinois man is being charged with trying to steal 42,000 pounds of Muenster cheese from a Wisconsin creamery. Last year we had news of the "mozzarella mafia," which was smuggling American cheese into Canada and selling it for a third of the price.

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The Two-Way
2:34 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Christians Trace The Steps Of Jesus As They Mark Good Friday

A worshipper prays during Good Friday Mass in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Muhammed Muheisen AP

It's Good Friday, one of the holiest days of the Christian year, when tradition holds that Jesus was crucified and died.

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