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11:22 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Cody ChesnuTT Contains A Universe On 'Hundred'

Cody ChesnuTT is the best sort of egomaniac: On Landing on a Hundred, he's preachy but delightful.
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Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 12:52 pm

Cody ChesnuTT is the best sort of egomaniac. He places himself at the center of his musical universe; he contains that universe within him. On his new album, Landing on a Hundred, he sings one song in the voice of the entire continent of Africa.

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'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup
11:20 am
Fri November 9, 2012

It's All Politics, Nov. 8, 2012

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Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 12:05 pm

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Election Day has come and gone, but NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin are still trying to make sense of it all. Was it close? Well, a 50-to-48 percent popular-vote edge for President Obama certainly indicates that.

But the president won just about every battleground state, pushing his Electoral College totals into landslide proportions. And, the Democrats did far better in the Senate than anyone expected.

The Two-Way
11:09 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Bradley Manning Offers To Plead Guilty To Lesser Charges

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning (right) is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., on June 25, 2012. His lawyer announced that Manning, who is accused of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks, had agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges.
Patrick Semansky AP

Originally published on Thu November 22, 2012 4:07 pm

Bradley Manning, the Army private accused of leaking classified information to the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, offered to plead guilty to lesser charges, his lawyer said.

In a statement posted on his website Wednesday, David Coombs, the defense attorney, said Manning offered to plead guilty through a process called "pleading by exceptions and substitutions."

Here's more from the statement:

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Politics
11:08 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Boehner: 'Raising Tax Rates Is Unacceptable'

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) makes remarks on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
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Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 5:38 am

The battle lines over the "fiscal cliff" are being drawn in Washington.

In an interview with ABC News, Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio said "raising tax rates is unacceptable."

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The Two-Way
11:07 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Report Finds Commander Of U.S. Forces In Europe Violated Travel Regulations

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 6:00 pm

The Defense Department inspector general found that Adm. James Stavridis, the commander of all U.S. forces in Europe and the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO forces, violated travel regulations and accepted gifts from foreign governments without reporting them in a timely manner.

The AP reports that the IG found that "Stavridis never attempted to use his public office for private gain nor did he commit personal misconduct"

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The Two-Way
11:06 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Navy SEALs Disciplined For Role In Videogame

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 7:52 pm

Seven members of the elite Navy SEAL Team 6 have been punished for their role they played in the creation of the videogame Medal of Honor: Warfighter.

NPR's Tom Bowman reported on the charges Thursday for our Newscast Unit. Here's what he said:

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The Two-Way
11:06 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Iran Says It Shot At U.S. Drone, Because It Trespassed

In this Sept. 6, 2007 photo, an MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle flies over a range in Nevada.
MSgt. Scott Reed AP

The Iranian defense minister confirmed today that his forces had shot a U.S. drone. But Brig. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi said it shot at the MQ1 Predator drone because it had trespassed into its airspace, The New York Times reports.

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NPR Story
11:02 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Oliver Sacks: Hallucinations

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 12:03 pm

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FLORA LICHTMAN, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Flora Lichtman. In his new book "Hallucinations," Oliver Sacks writes that you see with your brain, not with your eyes. And his book suggests our brains can play some bizarre tricks on is. Dr. Sacks describes a musician who sees intricate but unplayable sheet music superimposed on his field of vision.

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NPR Story
11:02 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Claims Thousands of NYU Lab Mice

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 12:03 pm

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FLORA LICHTMAN, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Flora Lichtman, filling in for Ira Flatow this week. Last week, when Hurricane Sandy sent a surge of salty water into cities and towns up and down the East Coast, among the casualties were thousands of research subjects: lab mice. A building at New York University's Medical Center flooded, and thousands of mice and rats that were being used to study cancer, heart disease and all kinds of other medical disorders died.

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NPR Story
11:02 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Scientists Solve Mystery of Earth's Shifting Poles

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 12:03 pm

Did you know that Earth's solid exterior can move around over its core, causing the planet's poles to wander back and forth? Adam Maloof, associate professor of geosciences at Princeton University, discusses the consequences of these shifts, and what may be causing them.

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