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The Two-Way
11:44 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Greek Parliament OKs Austerity Budget

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and lawmakers from his New Democracy applaud after voting on the country's 2013 budget in Athens early Monday. Greek lawmakers approved the country's 2013 austerity budget, an essential step in Greece's efforts to persuade its international creditors to unblock a vital rescue loan installment without which the country will go bankrupt.
Thanassis Stavrakis AP

Originally published on Sun November 11, 2012 7:02 pm

Greek lawmakers approved early Monday the country's austerity budget – the final hurdle for the beleaguered country to get a massive $40 billion international bailout.

The country would go bankrupt without the money; some $6.3 billion worth of treasury bills come due Friday. Reporter John Psaropoulos covered the story for NPR's Newscast Unit. Here's what he said:

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:44 am
Mon November 12, 2012

The Winner Is: Cloud Atlas

Neo-Seoul: an inside joke in a movie about reincarnation?
Warner Bros.

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 12:24 pm

Everything becomes and recurs eternally — escape is impossible!

--Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

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Author Interviews
11:43 am
Mon November 12, 2012

'Heat' Imagines Life After 'Madame Butterfly'

Originally published on Sun November 11, 2012 11:36 am

The second act of Puccini's opera Madama Butterfly opens with the aching aria "Un Bel Di," one of the most famous in the Italian repertoire. Onstage, an abandoned young woman sings longingly for "one fine day" when her lover might return to her and their young son in Nagasaki, Japan.

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Author Interviews
11:42 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Philip Pullman Rewrites The Brothers Grimm

Courtesy of Viking

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 11:02 am

Two hundred years after the Brothers Grimm first published Children's and Household Tales, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm are getting another rewrite.

Philip Pullman, who wrote The Golden Compass of the young-adult fantasy series His Dark Materials, took on the challenge of retelling 50 of the original Grimm stories for his latest book, Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm.

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Opinion
11:41 am
Mon November 12, 2012

In The Faces Of Soldiers, Sadness And Sacrifice

Mike Ehrmann Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 7:28 am

Sophie Adelman is a writer based in Washington, D.C.

The way it worked was this.

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Books
11:36 am
Mon November 12, 2012

On Veterans Day, Stories Of Heroes And Homecoming

Originally published on Sun November 11, 2012 4:31 am

This Veterans Day, NPR Books went into the archives to find stories of combat and coping. A mother describes the emotional minefield of having a child at war, a Marine writes a memoir of a mortuary, and a photojournalist pays tribute to two centuries of Native-Americans in the military.

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All Tech Considered
11:33 am
Mon November 12, 2012

On Election Day, Romney's Killer Whale 'App' Couldn't Stay Afloat

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney waves to supporters before giving his concession speech in Boston on Tuesday.
Stephan Savoia AP

Originally published on Sun November 11, 2012 10:23 am

It was called Project ORCA, and the killer "app" was meant to be the Romney campaign's "unprecedented and most technologically advanced plan to win the 2012 presidential election," as described in a campaign memo.

It didn't quite work out that way.

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The Two-Way
11:26 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Lance Armstrong Cuts Formal Ties With Livestrong Charity

Lance Armstrong competes in the Rev3 Half Full Triathalon Sunday in Ellicott City, Md. Armstrong joined other cancer survivors in the event, which raised funds for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
Steve Ruark AP

The fallout from the Lance Armstrong doping scandal continues: Today, Livestrong announced the cyclist had cut all formal ties with the cancer charity.

AP reports:

"Armstrong resigned from the board of directors for Livestrong on Nov. 4. He had previously resigned as chairman from the charity he founded Oct. 17 but had kept a seat on the board. ...

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Election 2012
11:00 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Was Unlimited Cash Over-Hyped In Election 2012?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, with the election now over President Obama and members of Congress are getting no end of free advice about how they should spend the next four years. So today and tomorrow, we'll talk about that with people we are calling the loyal opposition. Today, we speak with one of Mr. Obama's former advisors, Van Jones, and we'll ask him what progressives want to see in the next four years.

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The Second Term
11:00 am
Mon November 12, 2012

What Progressives Like Van Jones Want In Next Term

Van Jones has become a leading voice on the progressive left. That only happened after a short stint as the Obama administration's Green Jobs czar. Jones is now the co-founder of the policy group, Rebuild the Dream. He talks with host Michel Martin about what progressives should expect — and demand — in a second Obama term.

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