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12:55 am
Sat June 16, 2012

Daredevil High-Wired For Success Over Niagara Falls

Nik Wallenda crosses over Niagara Falls on a tightrope on Friday. He became the first person to cross directly over the falls from the U.S. into Canada.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 9:22 am

Daredevil Nik Wallenda became the first person to walk directly over Niagara Falls on Friday night. More than 100,000 people crowded onto the U.S.-Canadian border to watch him inch along a tightrope.

Wallenda's wire weighed seven tons and took hours to string across the falls with a helicopter. Crews held it in place with two construction cranes.

Wallenda is part of the famous "Flying Wallendas" circus family. Over seven generations, they've pulled off daring stunts all over the world.

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Music Interviews
2:52 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Glen Hansard: The Best Songs Come 'As A Gift'

Glen Hansard's new album, his first proper solo release, is titled Rhythm and Repose.
Heidi Rose

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 4:59 am

Glen Hansard began singing on the streets of Dublin when he was just 13. Now, in his early 40s, it's almost hard to count his honors. Once, the musical featuring his songs, just won eight Tony Awards.

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Annoying Music
2:48 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

The Most Annoying Songs Of The Summer (So Far)

No one ever said summer music had to be fun.
Ryan Lane iStockPhoto.com

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 9:22 am

NPR Music has already put together a list of 50 of our favorite songs to help you celebrate the summer. On it, you'll find cheery synth-pop singles, smooth R&B ballads, thumping club bangers and fist-pumping rock anthems.

Missing, however, are those "deep cuts" that lend themselves to a detached, ironic, slightly campy appreciation — the songs that are so bad they're good.

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The Two-Way
1:51 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Tonight, Wallenda Will Attempt High-Wire Walk Over Niagara Falls

Nik Wallenda looks at the tightrope cable in Niagara Falls, Canada on Wednesday.
David Duprey AP

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 5:34 am

Nik Wallenda has successfully walked across Niagara Falls on a 2-inch-wide cable. As if there wasn't enough drama, he added a bit of last-minute mystery to his audacious attempt.

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Election 2012
1:20 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

City Slickers Romney And Obama Woo Rural Voters

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, wave from a campaign bus on Friday at Scamman Farm in Stratham, N.H.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 2:24 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was in New Hampshire on Friday, back at the farm where he launched his presidential campaign one year ago.

"In the days ahead, we'll be traveling on what are often called the backroads of America," he said. "But I think our tour is going to take us along what I'll call the backbone of America."

It was the first stop on a five-day bus tour that will take him to small towns. The former Massachusetts governor's campaign is calling it the "Every Town Counts" tour.

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Pop Culture
1:15 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Beauty At The Beach Takes A Retro Turn

A trio at the beach, clad in state-of-the-art (in 1948) suits.
Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 5:18 pm

With summer looming, it's time to prep for your vacation (or, for many in these financially tight times, "staycation"). The good news? A trip to the beach or the pool. The bad news? You need a swimsuit.

But the fitting-room-phobic can take heart in a trend that's seized the swimsuit industry lately. It's a retro look that includes high-waisted bikini bottoms, ruffles, halters and more.

Retro Trend Echoes A Glamorous Time

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It's All Politics
1:10 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

President Obama's Immigration Shift Could Bolster Latino Support In November

Supporters of President Obama's announcement on immigration policy rally outside the White House Friday.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 11:00 am

President Obama's decision to stop deporting young, otherwise law-abiding illegal immigrants could help rebuild his support among electorally important Latinos after 18 months of futile efforts, some activists said Friday.

"There is overwhelming support for the protection of these children, as there is in the rest of the country. I think this could have an energizing effect on Latino voters," says Clarissa Martinez del Castro, director of immigration and national campaigns for National Council of La Raza.

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The Two-Way
12:42 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

U.S. Acknowledges Military Action In Yemen And Somalia

Drone strikes against members of al-Qaida in Yemen and Somalia have been widely reported. But for the first time, the White House has publicly acknowledged these operations.

The administration said the U.S. had taken "direct action" in both countries in a six-month report on U.S. combat operations required by the War Powers Resolution.

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Europe
12:38 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Greek Leftist Leader Up For 'Worst Job' In Europe

Syriza Party leader Alexis Tsipras greets supporters at a party rally in Athens. The leftist party came second in the elections last month and could win a revote on Sunday.
Milos Bicanski Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 5:41 pm

A few short weeks ago, the Greek politician Alexis Tsipras was a young rebel leading Syriza, a fractious leftist coalition best known for anti-austerity protests. Now, his party could come in first in Sunday's election.

The party's possible win alarmed the German edition of the Financial Times as it posted an online appeal in Greek calling on voters to resist his demagoguery.

But Tsipras, a civil engineer who has been involved in leftist politics since his teens, says his program to roll back austerity will save the euro from its ballooning debt crisis.

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Shots - Health Blog
12:38 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Calif. Runs With Health Law Without Waiting On Supreme Court

California lawmakers have been introducing legislation that would replicate key pieces of the federal law, including bills defining benefits and guaranteeing coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 1:25 pm

Many states have done nothing to implement the health overhaul law, saying they'll wait to see how the Supreme Court rules.

Not California.

The country's most populous state got out in front first on implementing the law, and it hasn't slowed down in recent weeks as the rest of the country waits to hear from the high court.

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Africa
11:59 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Egyptian Protestor: Candidates Don't Represent Me

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 1:25 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And we're going to hear now from a human rights activist and blogger in Egypt. Dalia Ziada was part of the protest movement that led to the downfall of President Mubarak. Dalia, welcome back to the program.

DALIA ZIADA: Thank you so much.

BLOCK: And we just heard calls from Egyptians to boycott the election this weekend, people who say it's a sham, that it's all rigged by the military. Do you agree with that?

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The Two-Way
11:55 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Napolitano: New Immigration Policy Is Part Of A 'Strong Enforcement'

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 1:25 pm

In an interview with All Things Considered's Audie Cornish, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the administration's decision to defer the deportation of some young illegal immigrants is a part of a "strong enforcement" of immigration laws.

She said that this administration has stymied illegal border crossings and stepped up deportations of criminals.

"Strong enforcement also embodies looking at different categories differently when the facts justify that we do so," Napolitano said.

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National Security
11:55 am
Fri June 15, 2012

50 Years After A Cold War Drama, A Silver Star

This undated photo of Francis Gary Powers shows him standing next to a U-2 spy plane. Powers was shot down and captured in the Soviet Union in 1960 and held for nearly two years. He was posthumously awarded a Silver Star at the Pentagon on June 15.
AP/Allied Museum

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 1:58 pm

When an experimental U.S. spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960, the U.S. government quickly came up with elaborate cover stories.

"The plane [Soviet leader Nikita] Khrushchev reported shot down inside Russian territory presumably is an American, single-engine jet, a U-2 reported missing on a flight along the Turkish-Russian border last Sunday," a broadcast at the time said. "The national space agency has been flying these planes, 10 of them, in many parts of the world, studying the upper atmosphere."

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Sports
11:55 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Why Are Baseball's No-Hitters No Longer Rare?

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 1:25 pm

And the no-hitters keep on coming. Matt Cain pitched a perfect game for the San Francisco Giants Wednesday night. It was the fifth no-hitter in Major League Baseball this season and it's only June. Audie Cornish talks to sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about where Cain's performance ranks in the record books and why no-hitters, which used to be rare, are now seemingly routine.

The Two-Way
11:52 am
Fri June 15, 2012

The Euro Crisis Has A Beat (And You Can Cry To It)

The Guardian/YouTube

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 3:52 pm

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Shots - Health Blog
11:22 am
Fri June 15, 2012

As More Americans Live Through Cancer, Survivors' Ranks Grow

An American Cancer Society Relay for Life event at the University of Texas-Dallas in 2006. The events are meant to "celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease," according to the organization.
Josh Berglund via Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 12:07 pm

A cancer diagnosis is no longer a death sentence for many people who get one.

The ranks of American cancer survivors are growing, and will increase from 13.7 million in January 2012 to nearly 18 million in January 2022, according to a report from the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute.

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It's All Politics
10:54 am
Fri June 15, 2012

With DREAM Order, Obama Did What Presidents Do: Act Without Congress

President Obama on Friday announced he was using his executive power to give some young illegal immigrants the right to stay longer in the United States.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 8:12 am

President Obama's announcement Friday that he is using his executive authority to defer deportation proceedings for young immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally but meet certain requirements was just the latest example of the president's use of his power to act without Congress on policy issues.

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Food
10:20 am
Fri June 15, 2012

African Land Fertile Ground For Crops And Investors

Rei do Agro cleared trees from this land over the past 18 months. It previously looked like the land on the right.
Belchion Lucas for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 1:25 pm

Second of a two-part story. Read Part 1

In some countries of Africa, there's a land rush under way as investors claim farmland, establish mega-farms and try to cash in on high prices for food and biofuels. These deals are controversial. Critics accuse investors of dispossessing subsistence farmers.

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The Salt
10:11 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Salmonella in Dog Food Is Making Humans Sick

Dogs are cute, but they can give Salmonella to their owners.
Harkamal Nijjar iStockphoto.com

A lot of people share everything with their dogs — a long walk, a bed, even people food. But one thing you might not want to share is a nasty bug called Salmonella.

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The Two-Way
10:08 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Neil Munro, Of Daily Caller, Interrupts President During Rose Garden Address

Neil Munro of the Daily Caller (center) interrupts U.S. President Barack Obama with questions as he delivered remarks in the Rose Garden at the White House.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 2:52 pm

President Obama grew very angry when Neil Munro of the website Daily Caller shouted a question in the middle of his address at the Rose Garden.

The first time he was interrupted, Obama said, "Excuse me sir. It's not time for questions, sir. Not while I'm speaking."

The president was issuing a statement about his administration's decision to delay the deportation of some young immigrants. Toward the end of his speech, Obama addressed Munro directly.

Here's a bit of audio from that moment:

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Shots - Health Blog
8:51 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Know The Enemy: Scientists Use Genetics To Get Ahead Of Malaria

A micrograph shows red blood cells infected by the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum.
John C. Tan AP

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 9:20 am

Like the proverbial mosquito that buzzes in your ear but won't die, a lasting solution to malaria has been maddeningly elusive to health experts.

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The Two-Way
8:43 am
Fri June 15, 2012

An L.A. Preschool Graduation Turns Into A Brawl

A screen shot of a Youtube video.
Youtube

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 10:09 am

As the father of an almost 3-year-old, I know the preschool years can get pretty rowdy.

But what happened during a Los Angeles preschool graduation ceremony is almost unbelievable:

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The Two-Way
8:07 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Hoax No. 2: 'Kindness In America' Memoir Writer Shot Himself

We were very tempted earlier this week to post about the guy who said he's writing a memoir called Kindness in America and had gotten shot while hitchhiking across the country. Many sites picked up that oh-so-ironic story.

Then we got distracted. Probably by our shoes.

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Politics
7:34 am
Fri June 15, 2012

In Washington, Leaking As A Way Of Life

President Richard Nixon tells reporters he will not allow his legal counsel, John Dean, to testify before Congress in the Watergate investigation, March 15, 1973. Leaks about the Watergate break-in eventually helped lead to Nixon's resignation. And his administration fought and lost a Supreme Court battle over leaking of the so-called Pentagon Papers about Vietnam.
Charles Tasnadi AP

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 9:27 am

A leak — in a pipeline, at a nuclear plant, within a top-secret agency — can be dangerous, disastrous, deadly. But sometimes a leak can also be a good thing — drawing attention to a larger systemic problem.

The debate over news leaks bubbled up again this week after reports that The New York Times relied on information from top-tier and unnamed U.S. officials to reveal details about the U.S. cyberbattle against Iran.

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Planet Money
7:30 am
Fri June 15, 2012

An Austerity Wedding, With No Money For A Dress

Elias Tilligadas and Katerina Margeritou are getting married next week.
Nikolia Apostolou NPR

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 1:25 pm

Katerina Margaritou and Elias Tilligadas live in Athens. They're getting married next Wednesday — three days after the Greek election that has the global economy on edge.

Katerina is a chemist, and she works for a company whose main customer is the Greek government. The Greek government, of course, is broke. So Katerina hasn't been paid since last year.

"I'm very happy because I'm getting married," Katerina told me this week. "But I'm very sad because at the moment I cannot buy a dress. My boss promised me that he's going to give money to buy a dress. So I'm waiting."

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'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup
7:16 am
Fri June 15, 2012

It's All Politics, June 14, 2012

David Karp AP

June already has brought a strong dose of bad news for President Obama, from the monthly jobs report to questions about his Cabinet. So, how much can an incumbent blame on his predecessor?

Plus, Gabby Giffords' annointed successor wins the House seat in Arizona's special election. NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin discuss.

The Two-Way
7:10 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Rajat Gupta Guilty In Insider Trading Case

Rajat Gupta on Wednesday as he arrived at the federal courthouse in Manhattan.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

"Rajat Gupta, who reached the pinnacle of corporate America as managing partner of McKinsey & Co. and was a director at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Procter & Gamble, was convicted by a federal jury of leaking inside information to hedge-fund manager Raj Rajaratnam," Bloomberg News writes.

The Associated Press recaps the case:

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Shots - Health Blog
7:09 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Insurers Wait For Verdict On Health Care Law And Their Bottom Line

Demonstrators both for and against the health care law turned out on the steps of the Supreme Court on March 27, the second day of oral arguments before the court.
John Rose NPR

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 1:25 pm

All eyes these days are trained on the U.S. Supreme Court, which is expected to rule sometime this month on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

But some people are waiting more anxiously for the court to rule than others. Among them are those with a major financial stake in whether the law goes forward or not and if so, in what form.

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Education
6:36 am
Fri June 15, 2012

FAMU President On Cleaning Up Band Culture

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 5:34 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, America's Catholic bishops are meeting in Atlanta this week. They're asking whether reforms meant to protect kids from sexual abuse are working and they're facing questions about whether they're crossing the line from principled to partisan in their fight against the Obama administration's contraception mandate. We'll talk about all of that in just a few minutes.

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Faith Matters
6:36 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Bishops Ask If Enough Done To Stop Sex Abuse

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 10:11 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we open up our mailbox and hear from you about the stories we've covered this week. That's called BackTalk, and it's in just a few minutes.

But, first, it's time for Faith Matters. That's the part of the program where we talk about matters of faith and spirituality. And today, we talk about that big meeting of the American Catholic bishops. They're wrapping up their annual meeting in Atlanta today and they had a lot on their agenda.

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