Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 3:34 pm
The Republican-controlled House's vote to cut $40 billion from the food stamp program is just the latest example of how the GOP balance of power has shifted rightward over the past decade.
President George W. Bush isn't fondly remembered by progressives for much. But anti-hunger advocates credited him during his administration for strongly supporting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (the formal name for food stamps) and other policies to help unemployed or low-income workers and their children escape the fear of not knowing where their next meals would come from.
This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, you've heard about the Tennessee woman who sent her adoptive son back to Russia because she decided she couldn't cope. We'll hear from an investigative reporter who says this actually happens more often than you might think because the Internet makes it easy. She's going to explain more about that in just a few minutes.
First, though, we're going to look at some of the latest political headlines.
This is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Later in the program, we'll head into the Barbershop to ask the guys about the video game Grand Theft Auto - once so controversial, now so lucrative. The new version is breaking sales records all over the place, and we'll hear what the guys have to say about that.
Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 5:37 pm
The Republican-controlled House has voted to keep the government funded but its "continuing resolution" comes with a poison pill to defund the Affordable Care Act that Democrats have vowed is dead on arrival in the Senate.
Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 12:12 pm
Today's good-guy award goes to Joey Prusak of Hopkins, Minn.
Prusak, a Dairy Queen manager, back on Sept. 10 saw a woman pick up a $20 bill that a blind customer dropped. When Prusak told her to give it back, she refused. So, the 19-year-old manager refused to serve her. He then took $20 of his own money and gave it to the visually impaired customer.
Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 12:34 pm
Susan Houseworth Herrel, 59, is a research coordinator at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She lives with a 90-pound black Labrador retriever.
What does your life sound like? Send a recording of four sounds that tell the story of your life — at this moment in time — to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, age and where you live. You may be contacted for an interview.
A resident of Barra de Coyuca checks the destruction in a tourist resort close to Acapulco on Thursday.
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Streets in Tixtla were flooded. Storms have inundated vast areas of Mexico since late last week, destroying roads and bridges, and triggering landslides that buried homes.
Residents from La Pintada are shuttled from a temporary shelter at the convention center to another site in Acapulco.
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Residents clean up their neighborhood in Chilpancingo.
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Authorities said more than 200 people were evacuated from Mocorito and other small fishing villages on the coast.
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Mexican soldiers search through mud and debris in La Pintada, Mexico, on Friday, after storms lashed the country and killed almost 100 people. Scores of people were missing in the town, which was buried by a landslide.
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Mexican soldiers search through mud and debris in La Pintada, Mexico on Friday, after storms lashed the country and killed almost 100 people. Rescuers continued digging out La Pintada, which was buried by a landslide, with scores of people still missing.
Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 9:40 am
Perhaps you heard last Sunday when NPR mainstay Jacki Lyden passed the baton to our newest host, Arun Rath. Starting tomorrow, he'll be at the helm of All Things Considered every weekend as the show begins broadcasting from its new home at NPR West in Culver City, Calif.
When writer Tracy Chevalier looks at paintings, she imagines the stories behind them: How did the painter meet his model? What would explain that look in her eye? She shares the story of Vermeer's most famous painting that inspired her best-selling novel "Girl With a Pearl Earring."
Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 10:24 am
"Joy Covey, who helped take Amazon.com Inc. public as the Internet retailer's chief financial officer, died Wednesday when her bicycle collided with a van on a downhill stretch of road in San Mateo County," the Los Angeles Times writes.
Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 12:10 pm
I won't lie to you. I love anthropomorphizing dogs. Maybe it's because I like dogs more than people, but need to believe they're somewhat human in order to sustain the kind of long conversations about life and music I have with my own yellow lab, Cornflake (not her real name), without feeling insane.
All of which is to say that when I saw this new video for the song "Boomerang" by Los Angeles singer Lucy Schwartz, I immediately fell in love.
The radically different Formula One racers James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth, left) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) are at the center of Ron Howard's <em>Rush</em>, a biographical drama that's as strong on character as on cars.
Credit Jaap Buitendijk / Universal Pictures
Hunt's penchant for dangerous driving, as well as his playboy tendencies, fueled his rivalry with Lauda.
You might think that if the driving scenes in your auto-racing movie are the least interesting thing about it, that's a problem. But it's far from a sign of engine trouble for Rush, a swift-moving, character-rich biopic whose kinetic Grand Prix sequences are constantly being overshadowed by genuinely riveting scenes of ... people talking.
But then in a film written by Peter Morgan — of The Queen and Frost/Nixon -- maybe it's no wonder that questions like why they drive, why they want to win and who they want to beat take center stage.
Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 9:54 am
Singer-songwriter Kate McGarry has traveled many musical paths, from Celtic music to swing and various genres in between. That ecumenical outlook on music began early in her childhood. Growing up among nine brothers and sisters, she heard a variety of pop music (the Beatles, Earth Wind and Fire, etc.) but she also recalls family outings to hear live Celtic music groups performing at a local Irish pub.