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9:59 am
Thu August 8, 2013

THURSDAY: A Discussion of Hatred Against LGBT People with John Hill, John Weimer & John Denison

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 10:05 am

Jim talks about acts of anger and hatred against LGBT citizens in Louisiana with former Capitol correspondent John Hill, his partner John Weimer and former Monroe area news anchor John Denison.

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Planet Money
9:49 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Episode 477: Waiting For Robot Nannies

The key to Japan's economy?
Courtesy of Cartoon Network

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 8:37 pm

More than half of all Japanese women quit their jobs after giving birth to their first child. That's more than double the rate in the U.S., and it's a problem for Japan's economy.

If more women returned to the workforce, it would go a huge way toward boosting growth in the country and solving a big demographic problem — not enough working people to support the nation's retirees.

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Kitchen Window
9:48 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Cobbled Together: American Fruit Desserts

Emily Hilliard for NPR

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 11:56 pm

Cobbler. I didn't understand the dessert until I understood the word.

A professional "cobbler" is often thought of as a shoemaker and repairman, but a true cobbler is only a mender of shoes. A cordwainer is the more masterful footwear maker.

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Movie Reviews
9:41 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Poseidon's Little Squirt Is Back, And He's Still At Sea

Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman of Perks of Being a Wallflower) and his pal Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario) are two of the unusually talented teens resident at Camp Half-Blood, a summer retreat for — well, demigods, not to put too fine a point on it.
Fox

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 5:26 pm

Returning from sleep-away camp, my teenage daughter, who'd hitherto declared reading a foreign pursuit, announced that she was now a "bookie." Ruthlessly suppressing my inner jig, I nodded casually and asked how this literary epiphany had come about. A cabin full of reader-girls, it seemed, had turned her on to Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series. And so it came to pass that, over the next few weeks, my child holed up at the library and indulged a burgeoning obsession with Greek mythology.

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This Is NPR
9:41 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Preparing For The Worst: Training Journalists For Reporting In War Zones

Richard Knox, Peter Breslow, Deb Amos and Didi Schanche (l-r) pose with CPR dummies.
Carrie Kahn NPR

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 9:14 am

Two passenger vans full of NPR staffers headed up a mountain in May, trying to get to a press conference behind rebel lines. It wasn't going to be easy.

"I was sitting in the passenger seat. We got to the first checkpoint, and we could see that they were drunk and very hostile," correspondent Carrie Kahn said. "I was trying not to make eye contact, but was immediately pulled out of the car." The people at the checkpoint had weapons and things escalated. Then producer Tom Bullock stepped in and diffused the situation, at least for the time being.

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Music Reviews
9:40 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Buddy Guy: 'Rhythm And Blues' Titan Channels Guitar Wisdom

Buddy Guy's new two-disc set is titled Rhythm & Blues.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 6:25 pm

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NPR Story
9:40 am
Thu August 8, 2013

How To Choose A Cell Phone Plan

A woman using a cell phone walks past T-Mobile and Sprint stores in New York. Sprint and T-Mobile are eating into AT&T and Verizon's consumer bases. (Mark Lennihan/AP)

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 3:25 pm

Some major cell phone carriers recently changed their policies, allowing people to upgrade phones without having to wait for their contracts to renew.

When is the best time to switch your cell phone plan, and what are the features you should pay for?

The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Bellini looks at what carriers are offering and how to pick the plan that works best for consumers.

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NPR Story
9:40 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Deadline Looms For States To Enroll Thousands In Health Plans

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 3:10 pm

By October 1, states are supposed to have their health insurance exchanges up and running so they can enroll residents.

The exchanges are online insurance marketplaces for individuals and small businesses — where people can shop for a health plan.

Some people will pay out of pocket for their health coverage and others may get some help from the federal government to pay for their premiums.

Polls show that 40 percent of Americans do not know that the Affordable Care Act is in effect, and that percentage is higher for uninsured populations.

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NPR Story
9:39 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Washington Post's Top Editor Optimistic About Sale

A visitor views the front page of the Washington Post, displayed outside the Newseum in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, a day after it was announced that Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post for $250 million. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 2:01 pm

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has bought The Washington Post with $250 million of his own money.

News of the purchase shocked many who thought the Graham family would never sell the newspaper.

In a letter to employees, Bezos said he would be keeping his “day job” at Amazon, and his life in “the other Washington,” where Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle are based.

But his ownership will surely mean big changes at the Post.

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NPR Story
9:39 am
Thu August 8, 2013

As Fort Hood Shooting Trial Begins, A Look Back

Nidal Hasan is on trial for the deadly 2009 shooting rampage at a military processing center in Fort Hood, Texas. (Bell County Sheriff's Department via AP)

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 3:10 pm

After years of delays, the trial of the Army psychiatrist accused of the 2009 mass shooting at a military processing center at Fort Hood, Texas, is underway today under heavy security.

Hours before the trial was set to start, guards with long assault rifles stood watch outside the courthouse. The building is almost entirely hidden by 15-foot-tall stacks of heavy, shock-absorbing barriers that extend to the roof line.

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