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The Two-Way
3:28 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Japan Sets Date For National Election

Japanese prime minister Yoshihiko Noda
Vincnt Thian AP

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 9:53 am

Unpopular Japanese prime minister Yoshihiko Noda dissolved Japan's lower house of parliament today, and called for national elections. Voters have increasingly disapproved of Noda, his predecessor and their Democratic Party of Japan since the tsunami and earthquake in March, 2011.

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Monkey See
3:28 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Let's Talk Turkey

NPR

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 2:13 pm

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It's Thanksgiving time again, and while we're very sad to be without our pal Glen Weldon this week, we're happy to be joined by the lovely Barrie Hardymon.

We start with a discussion of Thanksgiving and pop culture — and, more specifically, why there's not as much Thanksgiving-themed pop culture as you might think, particularly compared to Christmas. We explore the turkey episodes of Friends and other comedies, but talk a little about the surprising dearth of Thanksgiving movies.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:27 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

Minnesota Orchestra music director Osmo Vänskä, whose pleas to his symphony's management and players just went public.
Todd Buchanan courtesy of the Minnesota Orchestra

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 10:07 am

  • Minnesota Orchestra music director Osmo Vänskä has finally (and unusually for a conductor) spoken out about management's lockout of his players.
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Opinion
3:26 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Five Surprising Things About Philanthropy

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Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 9:55 am

Howard H. Stevenson and Shirley Spence are the authors of Getting to Giving: Fundraising the Entrepreneurial Way.

In the debate about the fiscal cliff, it is clear that private philanthropy will have a continuing and growing role. As a donor, nonprofit board member (including at NPR) and fundraiser, I've learned some things over the years about philanthropy. Here are a few things that may surprise you about the art of doing good.

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Monkey See
3:24 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Eric Idle: A Python In Winter

British comedian Eric Idle performs during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games in August.
Adrian Dennis AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 8:07 am

At the beginning of What About Dick?, a stage performance released this week as a digital download, writer/performer Eric Idle announces that the audience will be witnessing "Aural Cinema." The story — a tangential, broadly comic yarn involving the decline of the British Empire and "the birth of a sex toy invented in Shagistan in 1898" — is to be performed in the style of a radio play, with the actors (Russell Brand, Eddie Izzard, Billy Connolly, Tim Curry and Tracey Ullman, to name five) reading their parts from scripts into

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The Mix
3:23 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

The Mix: ThistleRadio's 100 Essential Celtic Songs

Scottish folk band Capercaillie is featured twice on Fiona Ritchie's list of essential Celtic songs.

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 2:57 pm

During almost 30 years hosting The Thistle & Shamrock, I've been privileged to hear thousands of albums recorded on everything from vinyl to MP3. For my list of 100 Essential Celtic Songs, I hand-picked songs and instrumentals by passionate performers from across the decades who helped define the sound of my radio shows.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
3:21 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Children Are Not Born Bad, Stupid or Lazy

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 2:01 pm

Walk into a 3rd-grade classroom and see children negotiating an obstacle course: desks, chairs and boxes create tunnels through which the students are crawling. A whistle blows and the students freeze in place; when a bell sounds, the kids once again negotiate their makeshift maze.

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Sports
3:07 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Anxiety Disorder Complicates NBA Player's Career

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 7:07 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

Now, to an unusual drama playing out in the NBA. It involves the Houston Rockets and their first-round draft choice, the 6-foot-8-inch-tall forward named Royce White. White suffers from general anxiety disorder, and the illness is complicating his transition to life in the NBA. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis joins us now as he does most Fridays. Hi there, Stefan.

STEFAN FATSIS, BYLINE: Hey, Audie.

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NPR Story
3:02 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Congressional Leaders Optimistic On Budget Deal

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 7:07 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. For the first time since the election, Republican and Democratic congressional leaders came together at the White House and by all accounts, it was time well spent.

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN BOEHNER: We had a very constructive meeting with the president.

SENATOR HARRY REID: So I think it was a very constructive meeting.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: It was a very constructive meeting.

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NPR Story
3:02 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Hostess To Sell Off Its Brands After 82 Years

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 7:07 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish. The Twinkie, the snack cake with incredible staying power on the shelf and in the marketplace, may have reached its expiration date. Hostess Brands says it is liquidating, going out of business after 82 years. The company wants to sell off all of its brands. The decision comes one week after a strike.

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