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10:59 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Listeners Love Fiasco And Cash Connection

Tell Me More host Michel Martin and editor Ammad Omar open up the mailbag to see what listeners have to say. This week, the program's Twitter feed lit up when rapper Lupe Fiasco talked about why he's a big Johnny Cash fan.

Faith Matters
10:59 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Young Mormon Women 'Thrilled' By New Mission Age



I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we dig into our digital mailbox to hear from you about stories that caught your attention this week. That's BackTalk and it's coming up in a few minutes.

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The Two-Way
10:40 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Life Of The Mother: Never A Reason For Abortion, Congressman Says

Congressman Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) right, and challenger Tammy Duckworth, left, at a televised debate at WTTW Chicago on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 12:43 pm

During a televised debate Thursday on Chicago's WTTW, Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) reiterated his opposition to abortion in any circumstance. It's similar to the Republican Party's national platform, which doesn't have any exceptions for abortion in the case of rape or incest. Walsh is taking it a step further — banning abortion to save the life of the mother.

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Election 2012
10:39 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Are Candidates Ignoring the Poor?

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 10:59 am

President Obama and Governor Romney have discussed the middle class a great deal during the debates, but the candidates haven't spent nearly as much time talking about the poor. To get a read on the state of poverty in America, host Michel Martin talks with Irwin Redlener, of the Children's Health Fund and Timothy Noah, a columnist for The New Republic.

Shots - Health News
10:33 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Tweet Chat: Chasing Down Polio, Eradication In Sight

Ado Ibrahim carries his son Aminu through a village in northern Nigeria. Aminu was paralyzed by polio in August.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 3:26 pm

Polio is on the ropes.

Thanks to vigorous efforts to eradicate the virus through vaccination, there are only three countries on the face of the earth where polio is still endemic.

Reported cases of the paralytic virus worldwide stand at 177 so far this year compared with 350,000 in the late 1980s.

Can polio be wiped out? The target is within sight.

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It's All Politics
10:32 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Redistricting In Maryland Imperils Longtime Congressional Republican

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., at a House Small Business Committee hearing on Sept. 21, 2011. After two decades in Congress, a redrawn district has put his re-election in question.
T.J. Kirkpatrick The Washington Times /Landov

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 12:38 pm

Democrats have an uphill battle to take control of the House of Representatives in November. But one bright spot for the party is in Maryland's 6th Congressional District.

State Democrats redrew the district's boundaries, and now it favors their party. That leaves 10-term Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett in trouble.

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Planet Money
10:27 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Manufacturing Jobs Aren't Coming Back, No Matter Who's President

St. Louis Fed

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 1:33 pm

The percentage of Americans working in manufacturing fell under President Reagan. It also fell under Presidents Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama (respectively).

Which is to say, the decline of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. economy is not about who is president or what his policies are. It's the result of long-running, irreversible, historical factors (read: technology and globalization).

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Planet Money
10:25 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Episode 410: Why K-Pop Is Taking Over The World

Not a fluke.
Hye Soo Nah AP

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 9:03 pm

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America used to lead the world in making cars. Now we don't. China does.

We used to be the number one maker of steel. American steel built bridges and ships all over the world. Not anymore.

But the world's most popular music still comes from American artists. Turn on a car radio in Italy, walk into a store in Mozambique, and there's a good chance you'll hear an American pop tune.

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All Songs Considered
10:25 am
Fri October 19, 2012

CMJ 2012: Discoveries Day Two

Drummer Zach Hill of Sacramento-based band Death Grips, during the group's speaker-busting set at (Le) Poisson Rouge.
Loren Wohl for NPR

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 4:54 pm

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This Is NPR
10:24 am
Fri October 19, 2012

"America's Got Talent" Winner Terry Fator Loves NPR

Terry Factor at NPR Member Station KNPR.
Christopher Smith KNPR

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 11:57 am

Nevada Public Radio sent us this photo of ventriloquist and comedian Terry Fator, winner of NBC's America's Got Talent, showing some NPR love (along with his friend "Winston").

Last month Fator performed two shows at The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV, supporting KNPR.