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4:06 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Sory Kandia Kouyaté: Guinea's Voice Of Revolution

Released last month, La Voix de la Révolution is a new compilation of songs by Sory Kandia Kouyaté, who died in 1977.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 5:33 pm

Sory Kandia Kouyaté was one of the most celebrated singers in West Africa when he died suddenly in 1977. He was just 44, and given his spectacular voice, it's a safe bet that Kouyaté would have been an international star had he lived just a few years longer. Now, some of his finest recordings have been collected on a two-disc retrospective called La Voix de la Révolution.

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The Two-Way
4:04 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

House Votes To Repeal Health Care Law

With a vote of 244 to 185, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives just voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's signature domestic legislation known colloquially as "Obamacare."

Of course, the vote doesn't matter, because the measure has a very slim chance of being adopted by the Senate.

The AP reports that this is the "33rd time in 18 months that the tea party-infused GOP majority has tried to scrap, defund or scale back the law since grabbing the majority."

The AP adds:

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Shots - Health Blog
3:57 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Firefighters Prevail In Fight for Health Insurance

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 5:33 pm

It all started around a kitchen table in Custer, South Dakota. John Lauer, a 27-year-old seasonal firefighter for an elite U.S.

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All Songs Considered Blog
3:50 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

'Big Easy Express': Three Bands, One Train, A Ton Of Music

Bryan Ling

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 8:25 am

Attention fans of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show: You are bound for glory! Big Easy Express is a new film featuring all three bands and their whistle-stop journey from Oakland to New Orleans aboard a vintage train.

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Planet Money
3:49 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Episode 383: What The Health Care Decision Means For Peoples' Lives

Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 10:19 am

The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the health-care law will change peoples' lives. On today's show, we talk to a few of those people.

When the ruling came down, we were visiting people who work at a health insurance agency in Connecticut. The Court's ruling means the company needs to find a new line of business or close down altogether. (Here's more on our visit.)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:45 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Former Yankees Pitcher Jim Bouton Plays Not My Job

Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Sun April 15, 2012 3:27 pm

Jim Bouton is a former All-Star pitcher for the New York Yankees. His classic baseball memoir Ball Four, which was first published in 1970, is just out as an e-book.

Bouton famously wrote about shenanigans in baseball, which have arguably gotten worse since then. But compared to other sports around the world, baseball players are hardly immoral at all. We're going to ask him three questions about people who really know how to cheat.

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NPR Story
3:44 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Soccer Fans Scrap Sports Commentary For Organ Music

Stephen von Bothmer, one of Germany's leading silent film composers, accompanied the June 22nd football match between Germany and Greece on the organ at Emmanus Church in Kreuzberg.
FILMZ

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 3:12 pm

Berlin's streets came to a halt as Berliners squeezed themselves into neighborhood bars to watch the European Soccer Championship.

But at Lausitzerplatz in Kreuzberg, Emmanus Church was the main attraction as visitors and international guests filled the pews to watch the June 22nd match between Germany and Greece on a big screen TV. The game was accompanied by organ music by Stephan von Bothmer.

Von Bothmer is Germany's leading silent film composer. He is known for his sold out silent film performances at iconic venues like the Berliner Dom and Babylon Theater.

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Opinion
3:44 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

The Nation: The One Word That Saved Health Care

Tea Party protesters demonstrate against the Supreme Court ruling upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Healthcare Act outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on June 28.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 3, 2012 8:41 am

Ilyse Hogue is a columnist for The Nation.

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Planet Money
3:40 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

The Value Of Taxing The Wealthy: $56 Billion

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 2:06 pm

The debate is back over what to do with the Bush tax cuts, which are scheduled to expire at the end of the year.

The Obama administration wants to extend them only for families earning less than $250,000 a year. Republicans generally favor extending them for everyone. What hangs in the balance are tax breaks for wealthier Americans.

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The Two-Way
3:40 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Train Derailment In Columbus, Ohio Triggers Explosion

Neighbors watch a fire from a train derailment in Columbus, Ohio.
Andrew Spear AP

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 10:42 am

A train carrying hazardous material derailed in Columbus, Ohio overnight and boxcars caught fire. The Norfolk Southern freighter was outbound for Chicago when it jumped the tracks about 2:00 a.m.

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The Two-Way
3:39 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Surprise, San Bernardino! You're Bankrupt

San Bernardino City Hall
City of San Bernardino

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 10:02 am

Residents of San Bernardino woke up to suddenly find their city has been told "Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200." And oh, do they need money.

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Planet Money
3:36 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

The Failure Of The Candy Tax

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 5:13 pm

Last week, we re-aired an episode recorded in 2010 with economist Joshua Gans, author of the book Parentonomics. In the episode, Gans' 11-year old daughter, B., told us about his technique for keeping her from spending too much allowance money on candy:

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The Two-Way
2:33 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Florida A&M President Resigns In Wake Of Hazing Scandal

James Ammons in 2006.
Gerry Broome AP

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 2:50 pm

The hazing scandal at Florida A&M University has cost the university president his job, the AP is reporting.

James Ammons submitted his resignation today just after the parents of Robert Champion added the university to a wrongful death lawsuit.

Champion, an A&M drum major in the famed "Marching 100" band, died in November after going through a violent hazing ritual on parked bus. Eleven marching band members have been charged.

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The Two-Way
2:31 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

An Amazing Life: Robert de La Rochefoucauld, World War II Saboteur

Amazon.com

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 2:32 pm

As brother Jim Memmott tweeted: "Good heavens, what a life."

Read this New York Times obituary of Robert de La Rochefoucauld and we bet you'll say something like that too. As the Times writes, in World War II the French count's exploits as an agent for the British:

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Presidential Race
2:26 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Where They Stand: Obama, Romney On Immigration

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 3:51 pm

Below are President Obama's and Republican challenger Mitt Romney's policies and proposals regarding immigration. NPR will be comparing the two candidates on various issues in the run-up to the November election. If you have suggestions for other issues you'd like us to explore, please leave a note in the comments section below.

DREAM Act:

Obama:

Supports; also endorses letting foreign students stay in U.S. after college graduation.

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World Cafe
2:26 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Bear In Heaven On World Cafe

Bear in Heaven.
Shawn Brackbill

Bear in Heaven, the brainchild of Jon Philpot, spent the winter trimming down (from a quartet to a trio) and stocking up, releasing its third album I Love You, It's Cool this spring. To promote the record, Philpot posted it in its entirety on the band's website, but not before slowing the audio down 400,000 times. At its original tempo, Bear in Heaven's music is at once ambient and energized, resonating in synth-driven waves that swell and pulse through an electric sea.

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Europe
1:58 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

In France, The (Abandoned) Dog Days Of Summer

Dogs wait to be adopted at the Animals Without Home shelter south of Paris in Montgeron, France, in August 2010. France is among the European countries with the highest number of abandoned pets during the summer months, when people take long vacations.
Joel Saget AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 5:33 pm

For Europeans, it's not uncommon to take a whole month of vacation in the summer. But the season can be a deadly time for the many pets left behind — permanently.

The abandonment of domestic animals by vacationers is a scourge in many countries across Europe. And in France, this summer isn't likely to be different despite campaigns by animal-rights groups against the practice.

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The Two-Way
1:55 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

That's 'Gnathia Marleyi' To You: Scientist Names New Species After Bob Marley

Male gnathiids.
Ann Marie Coile Arkansas State University

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 4:00 pm

We're not quite sure what to make of it. Is it an honor? Is it an insult?

Either way, a biologist and a fan of Bob Marley has decided to name a new species in honor of the Jamaican singer.

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It's All Politics
1:44 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Romney Absorbs Boos, Tells NAACP That Democrats Have Failed Blacks

Mitt Romney speaks at the NAACP annual convention Wednesday in Houston.
Pat Sullivan AP

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 3:02 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney didn't expect a warm embrace when he took the stage Wednesday at the NAACP annual convention in Houston.

And he didn't get one.

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The Picture Show
12:50 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Lobster Or Pomegranate? Food Choices On The Poverty Line

Brazil: 2.33 reals, or $1.14 U.S., of watermelon.
Courtesy of Stefen Chow

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 2:51 pm

How much food could you buy per day if you were living at the poverty line? In the U.S., that might equal one live lobster, two whole pomegranates or 39 Oreos. In Thailand, three fried fish. And in Brazil, you could have just part of watermelon.

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