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Economy
5:21 am
Tue May 8, 2012

What Hollande's Anti-Austerity Rhetoric Means

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 7:41 am

Socialist Francois Hollande won the French presidency over the weekend, in large part due to his pledge to push for growth and battle the German-led austerity approach to Europe's fiscal problems. But what does that pledge mean in practical terms?

Asia
5:21 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Pakistan's Prime Minister Refuses To Step Down

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 7:41 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Pakistan's Supreme Court has issued a judgment against the country's prime minister - again. The court had already ruled against Prime Minister Yusuf Reza Gilani for blocking a corruption investigation. Now, the judges have released details of their ruling, giving 77 pages worth of reasons why they found the prime minister in contempt of court. Let's remember this conflict is taking place in a vital, if troubled, U.S. ally.

NPR's Julie McCarthy joins us on the line from Islamabad, as she has so many times over the years. Hi, Julie.

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Business
5:21 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Business News

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 7:41 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a shareholder revolt.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

Business
5:21 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Mortgage Update

Bank of America is offering to reduce an average $150,000 in principal for borrowers who qualify, a bank official says.
Chuck Burton AP

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 10:03 am

Bank of America is offering about 200,000 homeowners a chance to wipe out a big chunk of their mortgage debt. The offers are part of the settlement Bank of America and other major banks reached with state and federal regulators earlier this year, and it's one of the biggest principal forgiveness opportunities so far.

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NPR Story
5:17 am
Tue May 8, 2012

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 7:41 am

Beatles tunes are very hard to license — the surviving band members and heirs have been choosy about who can play their songs. AMC's Mad Men made the cut. For a reported $250,000, the show was allowed to pay "Tomorrow Never Knows."

NPR Story
5:17 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Germany Stays The Course On Austerity Measures

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 7:41 am

The elections in France and Greece signaled a resounding popular rejection of the tough austerity measures being pushed by Germany, Europe's largest economy. But Berlin doesn't appear to be changing course.

Theater
3:16 am
Tue May 8, 2012

A Test Of Hearts, Minds And 'Hands On A Hardbody'

Hands on a Hardbody
La Jolla Playhouse

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 4:04 pm

About 20 years ago, a Texas car dealership started a competition: Contestants had to keep one hand on a brand-new, fully loaded truck; the last person standing got to keep it.

It may not seem like a gripping drama, but it was the subject of a 1997 documentary. And now, it's the basis of a musical.

It's called Hands on a Hardbody, and that hardbody is, yes, the truck. At a rehearsal at the La Jolla Playhouse in California, it's on casters so the actors can spin it around the stage.

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Sports
7:49 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Orioles, Rex Sox Run Out Of Pitchers

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 12:55 pm

The 17-inning game went so long, that for the first time since 1925, two Major League teams had non-pitchers on the mound. Baltimore won with pitching from Chris Davis, who's trained to play first base.

Around the Nation
7:39 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Contest To Search For New Top Liar

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Around the Nation
6:25 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Drilling Boom Strains State Regulatory Agencies

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 6:34 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Tax revenue coming from shale, oil, and gas development has many states very happy, but the boom is also putting a strain on regulators. There are not enough of them to inspect all the drilling sites. Colorado, for example, has 17 inspectors for more the 47,000 active oil and gas wells. Kirk Siegler reports from member station KUNC.

KIRK SIEGLER, BYLINE: Each day, Jim Precobb(ph) of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission logs about 400 miles in his state-owned truck.

JIM PRECOBB: It is absolutely staggering.

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Europe
6:12 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Greek Voters Deal Main Parties Series Blow

Originally published on Fri July 6, 2012 11:23 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

One country that's very familiar with economic problems, Greece, held a parliamentary vote yesterday, and austerity-wary voters dealt a devastating blow to both main establishment parties.

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports the conservative New Democracy and socialist PASOK parties failed even to scrape together the necessary minimum to continue their co-governing coalition.

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Europe
5:55 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Hollande Defeats Sarkozy In French Presidential Election

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 6:34 am

In France Sunday, Socialist Francois Hollande defeated conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy. Hollande has railed against austerity measures and urged national unity.

NPR Story
5:44 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Airstrike In Yemen Kills Top Al-Qaida Leader

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 6:34 am

Yemeni officials have announced that an airstrike in Yemen Sunday killed a top al-Qaida leader. The suspect was on the FBI's most wanted list for his role in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole warship.

NPR Story
5:44 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Politics In the News

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 7:26 am

Vice President Joe Biden said he is "absolutely comfortable" with gay couples who marry getting the same civil rights and liberties as heterosexual couples. President Obama does not publicly support gay marriage.

Fine Art
2:49 am
Mon May 7, 2012

The Serious Comic Art Of Daniel Clowes

Artist Daniel Clowes says Enid, the cantankerous heroine of Ghost World, would probably hate the book she stars in.
Daniel Clowes Oakland Museum of California

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 11:09 am

Comics used to be seen as cheap throwaway entertainment for children and teenagers. But over the last few decades, comics have grown up; they're even released in longer formats, on nice paper with hard covers, as graphic novels.

Daniel Clowes is one of the artists cited for turning the form into serious art — in fact, the art has gotten so serious that his work is now in a museum. Clowes is one of the best-known comic artists working today, with two of his books made into Hollywood films: the Academy Award-nominated Ghost World and Art School Confidential.

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Author Interviews
2:49 am
Mon May 7, 2012

'Drift': Rachel Maddow On Why We Go To War

Courtesy MSNBC

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 12:34 pm

In past wars, the U.S. practically dismantled its military after the troops came home. But today, says MSNBC News anchor and writer Rachel Maddow, we find ourselves in a state of almost permanent war.

In her new book Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, Maddow invokes Thomas Jefferson, pointing out that one of Jefferson's main concerns was the danger of having a large military.

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Around the Nation
7:10 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Usual Flower Is MIA At Michigan Tulip Festival

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 9:57 am

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Space
7:06 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Photographers, Skywatchers Prepare For Supermoon

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 9:57 am

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Asia
6:48 am
Fri May 4, 2012

China: Chen May Apply To Study Abroad

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 9:57 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

In Beijing, American officials are working feverishly to end a diplomatic crisis over a Chinese dissident. It erupted just as the U.S. Secretaries of State and Treasury arrived this week for high level talks with the Chinese on economic and security issues. On Wednesday, diplomats on both sides thought they had found an agreement that would enable human rights activist Chen Guangcheng to go free. But that fell apart.

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Movies
6:46 am
Fri May 4, 2012

'Avengers' Usher In Summer Blockbuster Movies

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 9:57 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

OK, so it's still officially spring, but the movie world is kicking off the summer blockbuster season this weekend with a whole lineup of superheroes in Marvel's "The Avengers." Here's film critic Kenneth Turan's review.

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