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11:56 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Food Stamp Fight: Great For GOP Base But Not For Outreach

During George W. Bush's presidency, Republican leaders won praise for expanding food assistance. Now the House GOP is drawing criticism for cutting it.
Matt Rourke AP

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.

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Politics
11:54 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Insider: 'Nobody Wins' In Budget Showdown

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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.

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Barbershop
11:48 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Is Public Numb To Mass Shootings?

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U.S.
11:48 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Frustrated Adoptive Parents Turn To Online 'Exchanges'

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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.

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The Two-Way
11:22 am
Fri September 20, 2013

House GOP Votes To Fund Government, Kill Obamacare

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) talks to reporters Thursday about the deadline to fund the government while simultaneously eliminating President Obama's health care law.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

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.

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The Two-Way
11:21 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Praise Pours In For Dairy Queen Manager Who Helped A Blind Man

Joey Prusak has been a busy man since his act of kindness went viral. CBS Minnesota is among the TV outlets that have spotlighted his story.
Minnesota.CBSlocal.com

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.

Prusak's good deed might have gone unnoticed. But, as KARE-TV reports:

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Fri September 20, 2013

How It Sounds To Be 59

Susan Houseworth Herrel

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.

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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 protojournalist@npr.org. Please include your name, age and where you live. You may be contacted for an interview.

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NPR Story
10:55 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Photos: Mexico's Floods Continue As Death Toll Rises

A resident of Barra de Coyuca checks the destruction in a tourist resort close to Acapulco on Thursday.
Claudio Vargas AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 1:54 pm

A photo gallery of flooding in Mexico after several days of heavy rains from Hurricanes Ingrid and Manuel.

Parallels
10:53 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Diplomacy With Iran: Deja Vu All Over Again?

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani talks to NBC — part of a charm offensive ahead of his visit to the U.N. General Assembly in New York next week.
Rouzbeh Jadidoleslam AP

Originally published on Sun September 22, 2013 8:27 am

Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, has launched a charm offensive ahead of his visit to the U.N. General Assembly in New York next week.

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The Two-Way
10:48 am
Fri September 20, 2013

In First Step, Syria Outlines Chemical Weapons Program

Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department on Friday, where he addressed the situation in Syria and the recent U.N. report on the use of chemical weapons.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 12:45 pm

Syria has submitted the first details of its chemical arsenal to an international watchdog in the Netherlands that monitors compliance with agreements on such weapons.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, or OPCW, says it has received an "initial declaration" from Damascus outlining the extent of the Syrian program — a requirement under a U.S.-Russia deal "to ensure the destruction of the Syrian chemical weapons program (CW) in the soonest and safest manner."

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This Is NPR
10:46 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Host ProFile: NPR Was Like A Secret World, A Home For Intelligent And Witty Discourse

NPR's All Things Considered Weekend Host Arun Rath.
Melissa Kuypers, Claire Mueller NPR

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.

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TED Radio Hour
10:28 am
Fri September 20, 2013

What Are The Clues To A Good Story?

Andrew Stanton on the TED stage in 2012.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Framing The Story.

About Andrew Stanton's TEDTalk

Filmmaker Andrew Stanton shares what he knows about storytelling — starting at the end and working back to the beginning. Earlier this episode, Stanton shared a story that does exactly that.

About Andrew Stanton

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TED Radio Hour
10:28 am
Fri September 20, 2013

What Makes A Good Story?

Filmmaker Andrew Stanton on the TED stage in 2012.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 1:45 pm

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Framing The Story.

About Andrew Stanton's TEDTalk

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TED Radio Hour
10:28 am
Fri September 20, 2013

How Do Book Covers Tell Their Own Stories?

"A book cover designer is making a piece of art — a piece of design — that's very much in service to another piece of art." — Chip Kidd
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Framing The Story.

About Chip Kidd's TEDTalk

Chip Kidd doesn't judge a book by its cover; he creates covers that embody the books — and he does it with a wicked sense of humor. Kidd showcases the art and deep thought of his cover designs.

About Chip Kidd

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TED Radio Hour
10:28 am
Fri September 20, 2013

How Do You Find A Story In A Painting?

Author Tracy Chevalier speaking at the TED Salon in 2012.
Dayfdd Jones TED

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 1:45 pm

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Framing The Story.

About Tracy Chevalier's TEDTalk

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."

About Tracy Chevalier

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The Two-Way
10:13 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Joy Covey, Who Was Key To Amazon.com's Success, Dies

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.

She was 50.

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All Songs Considered
10:03 am
Fri September 20, 2013

First Watch: Lucy Schwartz, 'Boomerang'

A dog plays trombone in a new video for the song "Boomerang," by Los Angeles singer Lucy Schwartz.
Courtesy of the artist

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.

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Movie Reviews
9:52 am
Fri September 20, 2013

In 'Rush' As In Real Life, It's The Driver, Not The Car

The radically different Formula One racers James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth, left) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) are at the center of Ron Howard's Rush, a biographical drama that's as strong on character as on cars.
Jaap Buitendijk Universal Pictures

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.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
9:50 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Kate McGarry On Piano Jazz

Kate McGarry.
Matteo Trisolini

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.

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Monkey See
9:18 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Autumn Leaves, Cumberbatches, And More Fall Amusements

Martin Freeman as the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug.
Mark Pokorny Warner Brothers Pictures
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This week's show finds me, Stephen, Trey and Glen together again in the studio, but due to a scheduling tweak, finds us in Historic Studio 45 instead of Historic Studio 44, so we hope you can all still follow the conversation.

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