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2:31 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Shortage Of Nintendo's New Wii U Expected

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

For those who want to buy Nintendo's new video game console, you may have to wait a while. The Wii U goes on sale Sunday, but many stores have already sold out pre-orders. On Amazon, you can find the new console, but for much more than Nintendo's $350 price.

To find out what's the big deal for gamers and for Nintendo is, we've called Daisuke Wakabayashi. He covers Japanese video game companies for The Wall Street Journal, and joins us from Tokyo.

Good Morning, Dai.

DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI: Good morning.

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The Two-Way
2:29 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Both Sides 'Ready To Escalate' As Israel And Hamas Fire Away

Israeli tanks on the border with the Gaza Strip earlier today. Israeli officials have said they are prepared to mount a ground offensive.
Menahem Kahana AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 4:26 am

  • NPR's Anthony Kuhn talks with Steve Inskeep

Even though there were talks of a ceasefire to coincide with the visit of the Egyptian prime minister to Gaza, today, the fighting has instead escalated.

Avital Leibovich, a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces confirmed that for the first time, rockets fired from Gaza hit an area outside Jerusalem. The Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, who leads the West Bank, said that the "escalation is at its peak," both in Gaza and out of Gaza.

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Around the Nation
2:21 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Colorado Charity Sends Underwear To Sandy Victims

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. People trying to help victims of Hurricane Sandy have hit bottom. People sent clothes but did not think to send underwear. Apparently this is a regular problem for people in need. Enough so that a Colorado nonprofit called Underwearness exists to send underpants to the needy. They raise money with an annual race, which people run without any pants. This nonprofit is sending 2,500 pairs of kids' underwear to storm-soaked Staten Island. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Asia
2:13 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Sips And Dips: Spa Celebrates Beaujolais Noveau

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Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. A Japanese spa resort made quite a splash yesterday in a pool spiked with Beaujolais Nouveau, the first vintage of the season from the famous French wine region. The fresh and fruity drink was released yesterday. The spa near Mt. Fuji celebrated with wine in glasses, as well: sips and dips for spa customers. The spa also promised beautiful, smooth skin. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

National Security
12:08 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Petraeus To Testify At Closed Congressional Hearings

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 5:36 am

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It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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And I'm Linda Wertheimer. Former CIA Director David Petraeus is testifying before two congressional committees today. He's been called to discuss the CIA's role in the attack at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, back in September; an attack that took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. This also happens to be General Petraeus' first public appearance on Capitol Hill since he resigned over an extramarital affair.

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Economy
11:47 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Everyone 'Has To Participate' To Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 12:26 am

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Listen carefully to both President Obama and Republican leaders, and you hear hints of room for compromise. They're talking of taxes and spending as a deadline approaches, December 31st, when higher taxes and spending cuts would take effect. That would reduce the federal deficit, but also damage the economy, according to forecasters.

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Around the Nation
11:47 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Obama Promises To Follow Through With Sandy Rebuilding

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 1:10 am

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President Obama returned yesterday to the scene of Hurricane Sandy's devastation; this time, visiting hard-hit areas of New York. He promised to stick with residents until the rebuilding effort is complete. Here's NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

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Business
11:47 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Federal Housing Administration To Run Out Of Funds

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 12:17 am

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NPR's business news starts with more mortgage problems.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: Independent auditors released a report this morning, showing that the Federal Housing Administration is facing a shortfall from losses on the mortgages it insures. The Obama administration says it's going to take steps to prevent a taxpayer bailout.

As NPR's Ailsa Chang reports, the FHA has been struggling since the foreclosure crisis hit four years ago.

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Economy
11:47 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

U.S. Mayors Concerned About Fiscal Cliff Cuts

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 1:49 am

The two biggest fears of the fiscal cliff are defense cuts and tax hikes. The nation's mayors say the devastating effects of automatic cuts reach further than the Defense Department — right into their own cities. Steve Inskeep talks to the Democratic Mayor of Charleston, S.C., Jospeh Riley and Republican Mayor Scott Smith of Mesa, Ariz., about the impact sequestration could have in their cities.

Business
11:47 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 2:30 am

Honda, which has long aspired to launch off the road and into the skies, is one step closer to that goal. It has started production on its HondaJet. It's a twin jet engine aircraft, being assembled in North Carolina, aimed at the business market. Industry insiders call it the "Honda Civic of the skies."

Middle East
11:47 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Egypt Tries To Broker Cease-Fire In Gaza Strip

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 9:09 am

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This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

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Middle East
11:47 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Gaza Violence, Israel

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 4:25 am

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As Israel and Hamas continue launching attacks, residents of the Israeli city of Tel Aviv and communities to its south remain on alert for missile strikes. Sheera Frenkel reports that many fear the current round of violence is nowhere close to being over.

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Middle East
11:47 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Price Hikes Lead To Deadly Protests In Jordan

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 1:27 am

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Israel's neighbor Jordan had largely avoided the unrest sparked by the Arab Spring until now. Jordan's king has outlasted protests that have been much smaller than in other nations, but a government move to raise fuel prices sparked fresh protests and even calls for King Abdullah to step down. A protester who died in a clash with police has become a symbol of protesters' fury. NPR's Leila Fadel has the story.

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Planet Money
10:37 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

It's Legal To Sell Marijuana In Washington. But Try Telling That To A Bank.

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Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 9:03 am

Voters in Washington and Colorado just approved measures legalizing marijuana for recreational use. But businesses that want to sell marijuana in those states will face a problem: No bank wants to do business with them.

I called several banks in Washington. I called a local credit union, a tiny bank in the San Juan islands. Everybody said basically the same thing. Even if selling marijuana is legal under state law, it's still illegal under federal law. And banks and credit unions worry that this could get them in trouble.

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It's All Politics
10:26 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

In California, 'Republican' Is Becoming A Toxic Label

Citizens vote in Los Angeles County on Nov. 6.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 11:12 am

If the election results were disappointing for Republicans nationally, they were devastating for the GOP in California.

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Superstorm Sandy: Before, During And Beyond
10:25 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Want To Help Sandy Victims? Send Cash, Not Clothes

Volunteers sort through donated clothes in Sea Bright, N.J.
Pam Fessler NPR

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 11:47 pm

Whenever there's a disaster, people want to give, and Hurricane Sandy is no exception. According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, U.S. charities collected more than $174 million in donations as of Nov. 9 to help respond to the storm.

But it's not only money that has been pouring in. Relief programs have also received mountains of clothes, food and other supplies, not all of which are needed.

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Movie Interviews
10:19 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Director Joe Wright On Tolstoy's Iconic Adultress

Director Joe Wright has directed just four full-length features, but he has already made his mark on Hollywood with hits like Pride and Prejudice and Atonement.
Slaven Vlasic Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 11:47 pm

Leo Tolstoy's epic novel Anna Karenina has captivated readers since the 1800s — and movie directors have been among the intrigued, adapting the story over and over.

The latest is from director Joe Wright, who with Pride and Prejudice and Atonement to his credit certainly knows his way around a literary adaptation. Those films starred Keira Knightley, who has worked with Wright once again as the story's tragic heroine.

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Susan Stamberg's Cranberry Relish Tradition
10:19 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

A 'Splendid Table' Set With Mama Stamberg's Relish

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Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 5:40 am

Lynne Rossetto Kasper's The Splendid Table is a show for people who love to eat. Every week, on many public radio stations, Lynne and guests give recipes, history lessons and background on various edibles. And on Thanksgiving Day, she does a live two-hour call-in show, helping listeners with the Big Meal. Sometimes Lynne gets desperate callers — but she seems able to calm them down.

"We save just about anything," Kasper says. "I'm not saying it's always the greatest save, but we give it a shot"

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StoryCorps
10:16 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

An Unusual Friendship, Forged Over Thanksgiving

Larry Rolf (left) and Denny Daniels are best friends who were both married to the same woman — though at different times. After she died, the two helped each other cope.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 9:04 am

Larry Rolf and Denny Daniels know their relationship is an unlikely one. They're best friends, and they were both married to the same woman — her name was Sharon — though not at the same time.

They met on Thanksgiving, in 1990, just outside of Minneapolis. Denny and Sharon were dating. Larry and Sharon had broken up, and Larry had re-married 13 years prior.

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Heavy Rotation
2:03 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Heavy Rotation: 5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

KCEP in Las Vegas can't stop playing Avant's new jam, "You and I," which features R&B singer Keke Wyatt.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 8:19 am

Every so often, people at an NPR station discover a song they can't get enough of. On those occasions, we ask them to share their obsession with the nation. Ben Famous is the music director at KCEP Power88 in Las Vegas. He spoke to Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep about a new cut from R&B heavyweight Avant. It's called "You and I," and it features Keke Wyatt. "The first time we played it," says Famous, "the phone lines lit up, and people were like, 'Who was that?' 'What was that?'"

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The Two-Way
1:30 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

ICE Agent Settles Harassment Suit With U.S. Government

The Associated Press has an update on a story we told you about this past summer:

"A senior agent for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the government have agreed to settle a discrimination lawsuit, according a court record filed Thursday.

"In a two-sentence notice, a lawyer for ICE Agent James T. Hayes Jr. said the 'parties have come to an agreement in principal' to settle the case for $175,000.

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It's All Politics
1:10 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Geography, Not Gerrymandering, May Explain GOP's Hold On House

A man votes on Nov. 6 in Chicago.
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Some Democrats complain that Republicans in recent decades have had the edge in House races because GOP state legislatures have been better at the gerrymandering game. Except that may not be true.

Some political experts believe there's an easier explanation, and perhaps a tougher one for Democrats to overcome: Voters supporting Republican House candidates, they say, are spread over more congressional districts than those who support Democrats. It's that simple. It's merely a matter of geography.

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The Two-Way
1:07 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Pregnant Woman's Death Sparks Abortion Debate In Ireland

People hold pictures of Savita Halappanavar during a vigil outside Belfast City Hall, Northern Ireland, on Thursday. Halappanavar died Oct. 28 in Galway, Ireland, just days after she was denied an abortion.
Peter Morrison AP

The death of an Indian woman is prompting Ireland to examine the conditions under which abortions can be permitted in the country.

Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year-old dentist, died last month after she began to miscarry her 17-week-old fetus. Doctors denied her an abortion, a procedure that is illegal in the predominantly Catholic country, because the fetus had a heartbeat. The story gained traction this week after Halappanavar's husband took her body back to India for cremation and went public with the events that led to her death.

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The Salt
12:58 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Oh Goodies: Walmart Goes Mail-Order Gourmet

The November box from Wal-Mart's Goodies Co. certainly looks festive, but only time will tell if it survives the scrutiny of the foodie community.
Wal-Mart

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 9:51 am

Wal-Mart is throwing its hat in the gourmet food ring just in time for the holidays this year. Wednesday, the megastore company launched a monthly food subscription service that sends customers a sampling of novel food products each month.

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The Two-Way
12:47 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Israeli Ambassador: 'We Hope It Doesn't Come To Ground Operations'

Family and friends of Aaron Smadja, one of the three Israelis killed by a rocket fired from Gaza, mourn during his funeral at a cemetery in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malachi on Thursday.
Tsafrir Abayov AP

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 1:13 pm

In an interview with All Things Considered's Melissa Block, Israel's Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren said that Israel's calling of 30,000 reservists "signals a preparation for possible land action, which we may need to defend our citizens."

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Shots - Health News
12:38 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Health Exchange Activity Heats Up As Deadline Is Extended

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman announced Thursday that his state will choose the federal health insurance exchange program.
Nati Harnik AP

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 2:45 pm

There's nothing quite like a deadline to focus the mind. Even a deadline that's not quite real.

Friday was originally the day that states were supposed to not only tell the federal government whether they planned to run their own health exchanges but also how they planned to do it.

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Superstorm Sandy: Before, During And Beyond
12:30 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

In Sandy's Wake, A Reshaped Coastline

Sandy punched a hole in the barrier island that holds the affluent borough of Mantoloking, N.J., temporarily splitting the community in two. The storm also destroyed several multimillion-dollar homes and erased the island's protective system of dunes.
Doug Mills AP

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 6:55 am

New Jersey's most affluent community, Mantoloking, sits on a narrow barrier island 30 miles north of Long Beach. As Sandy approached, most of the residents fled inland. But Edwin C. O'Malley and his father, Edwin J. O'Malley Jr., hunkered down in their 130-year-old house.

They tied a boat to their porch and then watched the storm surge break over the dunes and flood the streets.

"Overnight that night, lying in bed, I could actually hear waves hitting the side of the house — which obviously made it more difficult to get to sleep," the younger O'Malley says.

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It's All Politics
12:22 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

As Dust Settles, Voters Cite Campaign's Negativity

Lynn Armstrong Coffin and Eric Papalini box with puppets depicting Mitt Romney and President Obama in Sarasota, Fla., in September.
Chris O'Meara AP

Voters were frustrated by a 2012 presidential race they called more negative than usual and more devoid of substantive discussion of issues, according to a survey released Thursday by the Pew Research Center.

And voters are pessimistic about the prospect of a more productive Congress, Pew found.

Two-thirds of registered voters surveyed after Election Day said they believe relations between Democrats and Republicans will stay the same or worsen over the coming year.

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The Salt
11:48 am
Thu November 15, 2012

A Dash Of Latin Flavor On The Thanksgiving Table

Chef Jose Garces' quinoa soup.
Jason Varney

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 11:59 am

When Chef Jose Garces, the Philadelphia-based restaurateur and author of The Latin Road Home, thinks back to the Thanksgiving table of his youth, he remembers the turkey, and his father's chicken giblet gravy.

But his parents, who emigrated to Chicago from Ecuador in the 1960s, whipped up Ecuadorean staples as well.

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The Two-Way
11:39 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Panetta Orders Review Of Military Ethical Standards

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta speaks during a press conference following meetings as part of AUSMIN at the State Reception Centre in Kings Park in Perth, Australia.
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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has ordered a review of military ethical standards. The order comes just days after CIA Director David Petraeus stepped down because of an extramarital affair.

The Washington Post reports, however, that Panetta was in the process of ordering this review despite the Petraeus scandal. The Post adds:

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