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12:21 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Adding Up The Cost Of Low Literacy Among Adults

Matthew Burke graduated from high school even though he was reading at about the third-grade level. He got a job as a welder but found his lack of reading skills held him back.
Kavitha Cardoza WAMU

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 3:34 pm

This is the final report in a four-part series on adult education.

Low literacy rates for adults can have wide-ranging effects on those around them. They may rely more heavily on government services; their children may not get that extra hand with schoolwork; their families may not get sufficient financial support.

But for the millions of adults with low literacy, the ability to read, write and speak English might offer them the most important opportunity of all: a chance to emerge from the shadows and participate as equals in society.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
12:13 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Let's Talk: Can Comments Advance Science?

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Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 1:42 pm

A little over a week ago The National Center for Biotechnology Information launched PubMed Commons, a platform that allows registered users to comment on published abstracts available through PubMed, a database of more than 23 million citations for biomedical research.

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Music Reviews
12:08 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Amir ElSaffar Navigates Uncharted Blue Notes On 'Alchemy'

Amir ElSaffar's new album is called Alchemy.
Nicole LeCorgne Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 3:01 pm

Trumpeter Amir ElSaffar grew up near Chicago, playing jazz trumpet. In the early 2000s, while in his mid-20s, he began investigating the music of his Iraqi heritage, studying in Baghdad and with expatriate musicians in Europe. Then he began combining the two.

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Politics
12:07 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Veteran Pennsylvania Congressman Can't Escape GOP Civil War

From left, Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., walk to the floor of the House for the final series of votes on a bill to fund the government, in Washington on Sept. 28.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 5:26 pm

At 7 a.m. on a recent weekday morning, the Bedford Diner, in Bedford, Pa., is jumping.

Way in the back, some tables have been pushed together for a weekly prayer breakfast that's really a gathering of old friends — all military veterans, some of whom are retired. Art Halvorson, a 58-year-old regular here, is a real estate developer, a former career coast guard pilot and now a Tea Party-backed candidate going after seven-term Rep. Bill Shuster in next year's Republican primary.

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The Two-Way
11:55 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Kenya Charges Four With Aiding Terrorism In Mall Assault

The first formal charges have been filed in the attack and standoff at a Nairobi mall that left at least 67 people dead. Four men are charged with aiding terrorism.
Ben Curtis AP

Four men in Nairobi, Kenya, are facing charges that include harboring terrorists who conducted an attack that left at least 67 people dead in September. The formal charges are the first filed over the assault and standoff at Nairobi's Westgate Mall.

One of the men is accused of offering refuge to a gunman after the attack, according to court documents cited in Kenyan media. Authorities say others allowed the attackers to stay at their homes before the attack. At least one of them also faces charges related to false identification documents.

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NPR Story
11:54 am
Mon November 4, 2013

New Scholarship Boosts Urban Art

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 2:57 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

And now we'll continue with this theme of using hip-hop to teach. When legendary lyricist and DJ MC Lyte first appeared on the national scene 1988, she wasn't thinking about education. This is her hit song, "Lyte as a Rock."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LYTE AS A ROCK")

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NPR Story
11:54 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Jury Nullification: Acquitting Based On Principle

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 2:57 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

A new billboard in the nation's capital is stirring some controversy. It tells jury members to forget the law and vote their conscience. It reads - "Jury duty? Know your rights. Good jurors nullify bad laws." And it's caught the attention of prosecutors, not surprisingly. The group behind the ads is called the Fully Informed Jury Association. It says jurors should acquit defendants if they disagree with the law, even if all evidence points towards a guilty verdict.

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NPR Story
11:54 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Syrian Humanitarian Crisis As Bad As Rwanda?

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 2:57 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, activists in Washington, D.C. are asking jury members to vote their conscience not the law. We'll ask why some people think jury nullification is the only way for minorities to get a fair day in court. That's in just a few minutes.

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NPR Story
11:54 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Cutting SNAP Benefits Not A Snap Decision

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 2:57 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, we'll get an update on the humanitarian crisis in Syria. But first, we turn to an issue that affects one out of every seven humans in America, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP. Back in 2009, in the depths of the recession, President Obama increased SNAP benefits using stimulus funds, but the temporary increase expired this past Friday.

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The Two-Way
11:41 am
Mon November 4, 2013

SAC Agrees To Plead Guilty To Insider Trading

Steven A. Cohen, founder and chairman of SAC Capital Advisors, is interviewed in Las Vegas in 2011.
Steve Marcus Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 4:21 pm

Reaching a plea deal with federal prosecutors, the hedge fund firm SAC Capital Advisors has agreed to plead guilty to insider trading, pay a $1.8 billion fine and end its investment advisory business.

Reuters reports:

"U.S. prosecutors on Monday filed a letter describing the deal to the judges in a pair of cases - one criminal, the other a civil forfeiture action - against SAC Capital stemming from a massive insider trading investigation. The judges would have to approve the deal."

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The Two-Way
11:05 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Pop In A Cassette And Celebrate? Chrysler's Minivans Are 30

It was radical in its day: Chrysler's minivans first rolled off assembly lines in November 1983. This is one of those original model year 1984 editions.
AP

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 11:23 am

Depending on how many hours you spent in the backseat being tortured by a sibling or how many hours you spent in the driver's seat being forced by your kids to listen to Beat It, this may not be an anniversary you wish to celebrate.

And the honoree has many critics who say it was just darn ugly when it debuted in 1983.

But there are those who seem to be looking back with fondness on the now 30-year-old life of the Chrysler minivan. After all, it's a vehicle that basically created a market that didn't exist, was imitated by others and became a cultural icon.

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The Two-Way
10:57 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Google's Eric Schmidt Says Reports Of NSA Spying Are 'Outrageous'

Executive Chairman of Google Eric Schmidt speaks at the Chinese University in Hong Kong on Monday.
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Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 11:24 am

Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says reports that the NSA circumvented the Internet giant's efforts to protect its users' data are "outrageous."

Schmidt made the comments in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

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NPR Story
10:27 am
Mon November 4, 2013

BlackBerry Abandons Plans To Sell Itself, Replaces CEO

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 12:39 pm

A few weeks ago, the smartphone maker announced it had signed a letter of intent to sell the company valued at $4.7 billion to Fairfax Financial Holdings. Instead, in a statement released Monday, BlackBerry announced it will receive a $1 billion investment from Fairfax Financial and others. BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins will step down and be replaced by interim CEO John Chen.

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9:40 am
Mon November 4, 2013

That'll Always Be The Dream: National Novel Writing Month

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Did you know November is National Novel Writing Month?

It isn't by order of Congress, but it is on the internet, where you'll see this combination of letters — NaNoWriMo — all over the place, making absolutely no sense and sounding to the uninitiated like a species of caterpillar or a ship on Star Trek. Amusingly enough, even that is too long for participants trying to pound out a book in a month, so they call it, very often, "NaNo."

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The Two-Way
9:12 am
Mon November 4, 2013

BlackBerry Abandons Sales Plans, Will Replace CEO

BlackBerry's CEO Thorsten Heins officially unveils the Z10 smartphone in January.
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Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 10:43 am

BlackBerry says it is abandoning a $4.7 billion deal to sell the struggling mobile company to a consortium of investors lead by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited.

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The Two-Way
8:52 am
Mon November 4, 2013

For Many Iranians, 'Death To America' Are Just Words

Iranian girls show their hands, marked with the words "Down with USA," at Monday's demonstration in Tehran.
Abedin Tahrkenareh EPA/LANDOV

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 11:24 am

On this 34th anniversary of the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, thousands of Iranians gathered outside that building to once again chant "Death to America."

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It's All Politics
8:28 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Monday Political Mix: A Congressman Comes Out

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 9:15 am

Good morning, fellow political junkies.

This week, the political headlines are expected to be dominated by several important off-year elections whose outcomes seem a foregone conclusion, if you believe the polls.

Democrat Terry McAulliffe in Virginia and Republican Chris Christie in New Jersey have significant polling leads in their governor's races. In New York City, Democrat and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio appears poised to win in a blowout.

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Parallels
8:11 am
Mon November 4, 2013

World Headlines: Pakistan's Musharraf Granted Bail

Police stand guard at a road block near the residence of former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in Islamabad on Oct. 9. An Islamabad court granted Musharraf bail on Monday over a military operation that led to the death of a radical cleric in 2007.
Mian Khursheed Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 1:53 pm

Pakistan, Geo TV

We begin in Pakistan where an Islamabad court has granted former President Pervez Musharraf bail over a military operation to force militants from the capital's Red Mosque.

The former military leader has been charged with murder over the death of a radical cleric who died in the 2007 raid.

Musharraf cannot leave Pakistan without government approval. He has been under house arrest since April.

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The Two-Way
7:34 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Top Stories: Morsi Is Defiant; LAX Shooting Sparks Debate

On patrol: A Los Angeles Police Department officer and her dog were among the security forces on duty over the weekend in Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport. A gunman opened fire there Friday, killing a TSA officer and wounding several other people.
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The Two-Way
7:28 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Book News: Rand Paul To Plagiarism Accusers: 'If Dueling Were Legal In Kentucky ...'

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks during a rally on Sept. 10 in Washington, D.C.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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