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Monkey See
9:25 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Entirely Real Photos: There Can Never Be Too Many Weird Reproductions Of Royals

A special cake re-enacting the scene of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge's wedding in 2011 where he drove the car with his wife the Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, as he attends a reception prior to the annual October Club dinner in aid of the St Giles Trust on Wednesday night.
WPA Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:54 pm

I admit that it's hard for me to turn down a strange-looking depiction of Prince William and the Duchess Formerly Known As Kate Middleton. In this case, they are a cake. She looks very happy!

He looks a little sad, though. I'm not sure why, since this wedding-themed cake doesn't even have tiers. TIERS! [Taps microphone.] Is this on?

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The Checkout: Live
9:11 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio: Live At Berklee

The Chihiro Yamanaka trio is Yoshi Waki, bass; Ferenc Nemeth, drums; Yamanaka, piano.
Michael Borgida Berklee College Of Music

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:13 am

Chihiro Yamanaka is big in Japan — of course, it helps that the pianist was born and grew up there. Now, she's based in New York City and making strides in the stateside jazz world. Her 2012 album Reminiscence features two trios: one is her working band, while the other features special guests Larry Grenadier (bass) and session artist Bernard "Pretty" Purdie (drums). An imaginative virtuoso on the piano bench, she's enjoyed a recent itinerary which has seen her play in many of the East Coast's most prominent jazz clubs and concert halls.

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Field Recordings
8:55 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Carla Morrison: Out Of The Past, Into The City

Carla Morrison performs with her band at The High Line in NYC.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:02 am

"Eres tan moderno, que mis caricias ya son anticuadas," Mexican singer Carla Morrison croons to an indifferent lover in "Falta De Respeto" ("Disrespect"). That beautiful line — which translates as "You are so modern that my caresses are antiquated" — captures Morrison's essence. Part tragic heroine, part bold feminist, she's always a pining romantic, yet she won't sit pretty in a corner and wait to be swept off her feet. She'll get in your face and tell you just how much she loves you.

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The Two-Way
8:48 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Jobless Claims Take Sharp Jump: Rose By 46,000 Last Week

The number of first-time claims for jobless benefits rose by 46,000 last week, to 388,000, the Employment and Training Administration says.

The previous week's total — 342,000 — was the fewest since early 2008. The increase last week put claims back into the range where they've been stuck for a year, between 350,000 and 400,000.

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Monkey See
8:48 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Morning Shots: George Takei, 'Moby-Dick,' And Magical Realism In Film

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Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 10:49 am

I don't know when we decided to start celebrating the 161st anniversaries of things, but it's the 161st anniversary of the publication of Moby-Dick, and there's a Google Doodle to celebrate. [The Telegraph]

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The Two-Way
8:06 am
Thu October 18, 2012

'Newsweek' Kills Its Print Edition

Say goodbye.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 8:40 am

Saying that "we have reached a tipping point at which we can most efficiently and effectively reach our readers in all-digital format," editor Tina Brown announced this morning that Newsweek's Dec. 31 issue will be its last print edition.

Going forward, she said:

"Newsweek will expand its rapidly growing tablet and online presence, as well as its successful global partnerships and events business.

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All Songs Considered
8:03 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Barbra Streisand Live: Brooklyn Girl, Still Making Good

Barbra Streisand on stage at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on October 11, 2012
Michael Loccisano Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 11:48 am

This past week Barbra Streisand, born and raised in Brooklyn, played the borough for the first time since she was eight years old. Back then it was on somebody's stoop on Pulaski Street in Bed-Stuy. Now 70 — after winning all the awards (Emmy, Grammy, Tony, Oscar, etc.) — she was only the second performer at a new venue in her hometown, a 19,000 seat basketball and entertainment arena called the Barclays Center.

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Europe
7:40 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Marie Antoinette's Slippers Sell At Auction

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 12:11 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Back in the late 1700s, the resentful subjects of France's Marie Antoinette gave her the nickname Madame Deficit. The queen's extravagant lifestyle ended at the guillotine. But she left behind some treasures, including a delicate pair of green and pink silk striped slippers. On the anniversary of her execution this week, they were sold by a Parisian auction house at a price fit for a queen - more than $65,000. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

The Two-Way
7:18 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Week After Latest Death Rumors, Cubans Get Letter From Fidel Castro

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro in March, when Pope Benedict XVI visited Havana.
L'Osservatore Romano Vatican-pool Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 7:19 am

One week after the latest rumors of his death, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has emerged — sort of — in a letter he's said to have written.

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Assaying The Legacy Of 'The Big Screen'

Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 9:56 am

"The fact is I am quite happy in a movie, even a bad movie," admits Binx Bolling, the hero of Walker Percy's 1961 novel The Moviegoer. It's the same for a lot of us — cinema affects us in ways we don't always understand, and even the worst films appeal to our nostalgia and sense memories in manners that defy the normal rules of taste and logic. (Currently, on my DVR: La Dolce Vita, a classic I know I should see at some point, and Gymkata, a truly terrible 1985 martial-arts flick I've watched a dozen times.

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Analysis
6:49 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Debate Polls Indicate Obama Impressed Viewers

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 12:11 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And the Governor is one of many politicians from both parties who we're hearing from in this election season. Was it the town hall or a town brawl? That's what some pundits are asking a day after the very heated second presidential debate, between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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Business
4:37 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Japan's Softbank CEO Demonstrates Appetite For Risk

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 12:11 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Earlier this week, a Japanese company announced a $20 billion bid for a majority stake in Sprint-Nextel, America's third-largest mobile carrier. The deal was launched by the CEO of Softbank - an executive who says he has a 300-year business plan and who is fond of making investments his peers call crazy.

Lucy Craft has this profile.

LUCY CRAFT, BYLINE: In a society where conformity, conservatism and harmony are virtues, CEO Masayoshi Son breaks all the rules, says his biographer, Shinichi Sano.

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Asia
4:37 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Shanghai Twitter Fans Weigh In On U.S. Election

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 12:11 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

America's presidential debates have long inspired debate parties and media coverage that brings together American voters to offer their impressions. This week, we've expanded that concept all the way to China. NPR invited eight people to watch the debate at our bureau in Shanghai and then asked them for their opinions. Perhaps not surprisingly, the candidates' on China generated some interesting reactions.

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Business
4:37 am
Thu October 18, 2012

E.U. Summitt To Discuss Currency Commission

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 12:11 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts a plan to save the euro.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MONTAGNE: A week after the European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize, its leaders are meeting in Brussels to discuss strengthening their fiscal union to help stabilize European economies. Any the afterglow from receiving the peace prize has been dimmed by renewed divisions on how best to tackle the debt crisis, which suggests that this meeting won't make much progress.

NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports.

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Health
4:37 am
Thu October 18, 2012

'Social Mobilizers' Combat Polio in Pakistan's Slums

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 12:11 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And let's turn now to Pakistan, where an international effort is underway to eradicate polio. Some 34 million children need to be inoculated multiple times in order to wipe out the virus, and making that happen in Pakistan is daunting. Here's why. There's a Taliban insurgency and religious extremism. The population of Pakistan is highly mobile and there is no shortage of rumors. For our series Chasing Down Polio, NPR's Jackie Northam travelled to the eastern city of Lahore.

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Television
4:37 am
Thu October 18, 2012

ABC's Kimmel To Compete Against Late-Night Kings

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 12:11 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Let's go now to a different type of media: late night television, where huge changes are afoot. Jimmy Kimmel is getting a better time slot. Arsenio Hall is coming back. Jay Leno took a pay cut, and Jon Stewart cleans up at 11 o'clock.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE DAILY SHOW")

JON STEWART: Yes! President Barack Obama decided to attend this debate. And the two candidates can finally have a truthful, substantive discussion about how much they (bleep) hate each other.

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Business
4:37 am
Thu October 18, 2012

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 12:11 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And today's last word in business reminds us how quickly Internet memes, those viral moments come and go. Our last word is: binders full of sales.

A promotional pitch from Spirit Airlines, in a reference to this line from Mitt Romney during Tuesday night's debate defending his record on hiring women.

(SOUNDBITE OF PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE)

MITT ROMNEY: I went to a number of women's groups and said can you help us find folks and they brought us whole binders full of women.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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Middle East
3:33 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Sheldon Adelson Shakes Up Israeli Newspaper Market

Former staff of Israel's daily Maariv newspaper protest their dismissals on Sept. 20, in Tel Aviv. The newspaper, one of the country's oldest, is on the verge of closure.
Uriel Sinai Getty Images

Originally published on Sun October 21, 2012 11:04 am

Israel's newsstands are looking noticeably less crowded these days, as a crisis in the Israeli press threatens several of the country's oldest publications. Media experts in Israel say that market competition and a tendency to buy political influence through media ownership have crippled Israel's once-thriving newspaper market.

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Planet Money
3:32 am
Thu October 18, 2012

A Tax Plan That Economists Love (And Politicians Hate)

The mortgage is going to cost more than you thought.
Paul Sakuma AP

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 12:51 pm

Watching a presidential campaign, it's easy to think that the nation is deeply divided over how to fix the economy. But when you talk to economists, it turns out they agree on an enormous number of issues.

So we brought together five economists from across the political spectrum and had them create their dream presidential candidate. Over the next few days, we'll have a series of stories on our economists' dream candidate. We start this morning with some changes to the tax code.

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