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The Two-Way
2:36 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Debating An Empty Chair? 'Eastwooding' Was A Thing Back In 1924

Actor Clint Eastwood speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum Thursday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 4:39 pm

If you've paid any attention to the last day of the Republican National Convention, you've no doubt heard about Clint Eastwood's strange performance in which he laid into President Obama, whom he pretended was sitting in an empty chair.

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Participation Nation
2:03 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Hay Is For Horses In Tryon, N.C.

Dedicating hay bales to the emergency food bank for horses.
Courtesy of Libbie Johnson

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 5:16 pm

The Tryon area has been known as "Horse Country" for almost a century. People here take their equine economy seriously, it's a major source of jobs. Drought conditions and the economy have forced many horse owners into a predicament of how to feed their families and their horses.

So the Hay Pledge was born. Horse owners and hay growers "pledge" 10 bales of hay if asked — unless their supplies are too low to share. Calls for assistance are confidential. Some 500 bales have been delivered in 2012, but winter is coming and that number will go up significantly.

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Politics
1:52 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

It's All Politics, Aug. 30, 2012

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NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin discuss highlights of the Republican National Convention — the speeches, the delegates, and what it all means for this year's election. In other news, Rep. Ben Quayle loses the GOP congressional primary in Arizona. Does that signal the end of his political career?

And borrowing from the Republican convention slogan that grew out of a statement from President Obama on the campaign trail, it's the "We Built It" edition of the "It's All Politics" podcast.

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Planet Money
1:51 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Inside America's Most Indebted City

A garbage truck at the Harrisburg, Pa., incinerator.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 4:58 pm

Harrisburg, Pa., leads the nation in a dubious distinction: It has the most debt per capita of any U.S. city. The town's 50,000 citizens are on the hook for $1.5 billion.

The bizarre tale behind the massive debt includes a do-gooder who skipped town, an epically mismanaged incinerator, and possible criminal behavior.

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Election 2012
1:19 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

A Few Convention Oddities, Pre-Clint Eastwood

Sen. Joe Lieberman appears at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., in 2008, just eight years after he was the Democratic vice presidential nominee. His appearance is just one of several notable oddities at recent political conventions.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 1:51 pm

From one angle, Clint Eastwood's dialogue with an imaginary President Obama — using a tall chair as a prop — at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Thursday night was sharp-pointed and youthful and edgy and film-schoolish.

From another angle, it could be construed as the meanderings of an older man who is disenchanted by a shaky economy, an ongoing war and the perception of broken promises, but somehow can't put his disgruntlement into words.

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Business
12:48 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Bernanke Defends His Efforts To Lift Economy

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with the latest comments from Ben Bernanke

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The Salt
12:45 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Farmers Use YouTube To Share Devastating Impacts Of Drought

A YouTube user who goes by Katzcradul posted this image of a parched gulch on her drought-stricken land in Missouri on the site.
YouTube

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 10:29 am

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Annoying Music For Labor Day
12:25 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Annoying Music For Labor Day

At least these unfortunate souls didn't have to listen to the annoying Labor Day songs Jim Nayder has chosen.
Getty Images

Originally published on Sat September 4, 2010 10:00 am

Monday is Labor Day, which means it's a good time to turn to the hardest-working man in the annoying-music business: Jim Nayder, a man with whom every conversation is a labor of love. In a recent interview with Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon, Nayder -- host of The Annoying Music Show! produced at Chicago Public Radio -- describes a passel of tunes with which to wind down the summer.

"Shine on Harvest Moon," Singin' Sisters of Syracuse

"Juanita Banana," J.R. Corvington

"Oscar Mayer Anthem," Evolution Control Committee

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Participation Nation
12:09 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Reading Aloud In Wilmington, Del.

A Read Aloud Delaware volunteer reads to a student.
Eric Crosson (c)

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 11:15 am

Read Aloud Delaware — headed by Executive Director Mary Hirschbiel and more than 800 volunteers — is making a noticeable impact in Wilmington.

When you read to the same children time and again, Mary says, "you see changes in their vocabulary, their ability to answer in complete sentences, and gradually the ability to have a conversation."

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Election 2012
11:51 am
Fri August 31, 2012

How Do Republican Delegates Define Success?

Throughout this election, both Republicans and Democrats have focused on a common theme: a successful America. But that vision seems to be different for each party. Host Michel Martin hears from delegates and others at the Republican National Convention about what success for America means to them.

Election 2012
11:51 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Charlotte Mayor: Ready For The Democrats

President Obama was the first Democrat in a generation to win in North Carolina, in 2008. Now, the city of Charlotte, North Carolina is gearing up to launch the Democratic National Convention, beginning Tuesday. Host Michel Martin speaks with Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx about how his city is preparing.

Election 2012
11:51 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Did Romney Make His Case?

Mitt Romney accepted the GOP nomination for president Thursday night at the Republican National Convention, promising to create jobs and boost the economy. Host Michel Martin checks in with Corey Ealons; he's a former communications adviser to the Obama administration; and with Ron Christie, a former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney.

The Two-Way
11:41 am
Fri August 31, 2012

BusinessWeek: Karl Rove Jokes About Todd Akin's Murder

Karl Rove talks on his mobile phone as he walks across the floor before the second session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Tuesday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

It's probably no exaggeration to say that Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for the senate race in Missouri who caused an uproar with his comments about abortion, became one of the least popular figures within the GOP.

How unpopular? Just look at the joke Republican master strategist Karl Rove made during a fundraiser:

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Music Reviews
11:31 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Shoes: After 18 Years, The Power-Pop Band Re-Ignites

Shoes.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 4:16 pm

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Movie Interviews
11:03 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Jack Black: On Music, Mayhem And Murder

In Bernie, Jack Black plays a local mortician who murders his live-in companion after she won't stop nagging him. The movie is based on a true story.
Deana Newcomb Wind Dancer Films

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 4:16 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on April 23, 2012. Jack Black's Bernie is now out on DVD.

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The Two-Way
10:17 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Fed Chief Bernanke Issues Strong Hint Of Further Stimulus

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke arrives for a dinner at the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium on Thursday.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 10:49 am

As the AP reads it, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke stopped just short of "committing the Fed to any specific move, such as another round of bond purchases to lower long-term interest rates."

Bernanke gave a speech at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Economic Symposium in Jackson Hole, Wy. today. As with all his speeches, it was being closely watched for signs on what the Federal Reserve would do next.

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The Two-Way
9:15 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Mitt Romney Headed To Louisiana To Tour Hurricane Damage

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 11:43 am

Just hours after accepting the presidential nomination of the Republican party, Mitt Romney is headed to Louisiana for a more sober occasion: He will tour the damage left by Hurricane Isaac.

Update at 11:42 a.m. ET. President Obama also announced that he would visit the affected areas on Monday.

NPR's Ari Shapiro reports Romney hopes to console the victims of the floods. Ari filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"This New Orleans trip was a last-minute addition to the schedule.

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The Two-Way
9:01 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Chicago Teachers Union Set Sept. 10 Walkout, If No Deal Is Reached

Chicago Teachers Union members picket on Aug. 22 in Chicago.
Sitthixay Ditthavong AP

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 1:00 pm

If teachers and administrators can't reach a deal for a new contract by Sept. 10, Chicago Teachers Union members will walk out of classrooms.

As the AP reports, the union's president said they made that decision because they were "tired of being bullied, belittled and betrayed."

The AP adds:

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Monkey See
8:51 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Hey, I Know That One: How SongPop Got Millions Of Players Naming That Tune

SongPop

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 11:16 am

Today, four million people all over the world will log on to Facebook — or take out their phones — and play SongPop. This summer, it's become the fastest growing social game on Facebook, taking a run at old standards such as Farmville and Words with Friends.

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Shots - Health Blog
8:46 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Tax Breaks For Organ Donors Aren't Boosting Transplant Supply

A kidney donor is wheeled to an operating room for a transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore in late June.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Seventeen states offer tax incentives to people who donate a kidney, a portion of their liver or bone marrow for transplantation. But a study finds these sweeteners aren't working.

Researchers looked at what happened in the years before and after these tax incentives were passed and found no increase in organ donation rates.

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