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It's All Politics
3:30 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Walker's Next Battle: Tenure

University of Wisconsin campus in Madison.
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Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 9:47 pm

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has been making national headlines for years taking on public and private sector unions. Now, the possible GOP presidential candidate is going after another group — nearly 5,000 tenured faculty in the 26-campus University of Wisconsin system.

Tenure typically means that a university faculty member who has taught for a number years and passes a review process can't be easily fired. Tenure also translates often into a raise. For 12-month faculty at UW-Madison, the raise is about $8,000.

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Sports
3:30 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Big Guns Having 'Equal Amounts Of Trouble' In Stanley Cup Finals

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 6:55 pm

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Law
3:30 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Supporter Says Woodfox Is 'Very Cautious' When It Comes To Judicial System

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 6:55 pm

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The Salt
2:44 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Mighty Farming Microbes: Companies Harness Bacteria To Give Crops A Boost

Pam Marrone (right), founder and CEO of Marrone Bio Innovations, inspects some colonies of microbes. Marrone has spent most of her professional life prospecting for microbial pesticides and bringing them to market.
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Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 6:55 pm

What if farmers, instead of picking up some agricultural chemicals at their local dealer, picked up a load of agricultural microbes instead?

It's something to contemplate, because some big names in the pesticide business — like Bayer and Monsanto — are putting money behind attempts to turn soil microbes into tools that farmers can use to give their crops a boost.

It's a symptom of the soaring interest in the ways microbes affect all of life. In our bodies, they help fight off disease. In the soil, they help deliver nutrients to plants, and perhaps much more.

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Music
2:43 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

On Your Road-Trip Playlist, The Usual Suspects Plus A Sweet Surprise

One of the surprises on our crowdsourced road-trip playlist was a song by folk singer and activist Barbara Dane, shown performing in 1960.
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Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 6:55 pm

When we put out the call to listeners asking for suggestions for the All Things Considered road-trip playlist, we could have guessed some of the songs you'd pick. Ray Charles' "Hit The Road, Jack," Willie Nelson's "On The Road Again," Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" — all of these were no-brainers.

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Movies
2:43 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Mystery Loves Company, And TCM's Noir Movie Marathon Has Plenty Of Both

The 1949 murder film Too Late For Tears, starring Lizabeth Scott and Dan Duryea, follows a woman desperate to protect a newfound fortune. It will be shown as part of Turner Classic Movies' "Summer of Darkness" on July 17.
Courtesy of Turner Classic Movies

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 6:55 pm

Who says summer has to be light and bright? Turner Classic Movies has kicked off its "Summer of Darkness" — 24 hours of noir films every Friday in June and July with an accompanying free, online class.

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U.S.
4:47 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

U.S. Export-Import Bank Targeted By Conservatives

A Boeing 737 at the company's factory in Renton, Wash. Foreign airlines that want to buy Boeing planes often do so with loans underwritten by the Export-Import Bank.
Saul Loeb AP

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 5:48 pm

Republicans are often seen as the party of business. So it's a little ironic that some of the most vocal opposition to the Export-Import Bank comes from conservative Republicans, such as Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan.

"If we're ever going to get rid of all the corporate connectedness, all the corporate welfare, you've got to start with the most egregious one and the most obvious one and that's the Export-Import Bank," he says.

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Sports
4:39 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

With 2-1 Finals Lead, What's LeBron James' Secret Motivation?

Cavaliers forward LeBron James urges on the crowd during the second half of Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Cleveland. The Cavs lead the series 2-1 and host Game 4 Thursday night.
Paul Sancya AP

Remember the essay LeBron James wrote nearly a year ago, announcing his triumphant return to Cleveland?

"I'm not promising a championship," he wrote. "We're not ready right now. It will be a long process."

Well, time has certainly sped up, especially to the delight of Cavalier fans. The long process he predicted will actually be over with just two more Cleveland wins. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are back at it Thursday night for Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

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Politics
3:35 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Political Consultant To Be Sentenced For Violating Campaign Finance Law

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 4:52 pm

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Performing Arts
3:18 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

'The Flick' Tells The Story Of The Movies, Off The Screen

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 4:39 pm

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History
3:18 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Prison Breaks Past: Several Inmates Have Tried To Escape From N.Y. Prison

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 4:39 pm

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Media
2:34 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Rupert Murdoch Plans To Step Down As CEO Of 21st Century Fox

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 4:50 pm

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Sports
2:34 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Families Of U.S. Women's Soccer Players Share Rituals For Calming Nerves

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 4:39 pm

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National Security
2:34 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Virginia Teen Pleads Guilty To Conspiring To Support Islamic State

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 4:53 pm

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Goats and Soda
5:22 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Creepy Or Comforting? South Korea Tracks Smartphones To Curb MERS

A woman on a street in Seoul checks her cellphone. The government is ramping up efforts to control an outbreak of the Middle East respiratory syndrome by monitoring the smartphones of those under quarantine.
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Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 6:55 am

More than 3,400 people are now under quarantine in South Korea's fight to contain an outbreak of the Middle East respiratory syndrome — a deadly virus that can cause severe pneumonia and organ failure.

So far, South Korea has reported 122 MERS cases. And the government is actively tracking the whereabouts of people possibly exposed to the virus.

Chung-ahm is a Buddhist monk who's quarantined in the Jangduk village in southern South Korea.

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History
3:48 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Radio Shack's Answering Machine Messages Were Hip To The Times

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 4:35 pm

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Sometimes, someone blogs about something that someone else blogged about, and it leads to an incredible discovery, or in this case, a rediscovery.

(SOUNDBITE OF ANSWERING MACHINE RECORDING)

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National Security
3:48 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Former Ambassador Ryan Crocker: Partitioned Iraq Is An Iranian Strategy

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 4:30 pm

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We turn now to Ambassador Ryan Crocker. He's a veteran diplomat who's represented the U.S. all over the region, including in Baghdad. Welcome to the program.

RYAN CROCKER: Thank you.

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Environment
3:48 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Californians Look To Sierra Nevada Native Americans For Drought Solutions

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 5:10 pm

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Around the Nation
2:44 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Los Angeles Police Board Says Officers Involved In Ezell Ford Shooting Violated Policy

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 5:07 pm

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Asia
2:44 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Pakistani Journalists Divided Over Whether Government Perks Cloud Their Autonomy

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 4:46 pm

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Book Reviews
2:44 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Book Review: 'The Black Snow,' Paul Lynch

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 4:54 pm

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Shots - Health News
4:16 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Costs Of Slipshod Research Methods May Be In The Billions

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Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 1:10 pm

Laboratory research seeking new medical treatments and cures is fraught with pitfalls: Researchers can inadvertently use bad ingredients, design the experiment poorly, or conduct inadequate data analysis. Scientists working on ways to reduce these sorts of problems have put a staggering price tag on research that isn't easy to reproduce: $28 billion a year.

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Law
3:58 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Dennis Hastert Investigation 'Undoubtedly Began' With The Banks

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 12:15 pm

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Health Care
3:32 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Obama Defends Health Care Law As Supreme Court Ruling Nears

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 6:10 pm

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Parallels
3:20 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

The Trouble That's Brewing In Burundi

The coffin of Theogene Niyondiko, who was shot dead by police during an opposition demonstration last Friday, is carried in Burundi's capital Bujumbura on Tuesday. Protesters have been demonstrating against President Pierre Nkurunziza, who plans to run for a third term next month.
Gildas Ngingo AP

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 10:35 pm

Hundreds of mourners in Burundi spilled out of a funeral service Tuesday at a Catholic church, their hands raised and their palms open in what is now a global meme against police violence.

They were there to mourn an engineering student, Theogene Niyondiko, 28. He was shot last Friday by police during a protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza.

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Music News
3:14 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

The Man Before The Guitar: Remembering Les Paul At 100

Les Paul's career as a guitarist and innovator led him to play jazz, pop and country with other legendary musicians for decades.
Courtesy of the Les Paul Foundation

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 4:57 pm

Say the name "Les Paul" to anybody born after 1960, and they'll probably think you're talking about an electric guitar. But the musician and inventor, who was born 100 years ago Tuesday, was also an accomplished jazz guitarist. Paul was never happier than when playing for a live audience.

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Politics
3:02 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Jeb Bush Visits Europe Ahead Of Presidential Campaign Announcement

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 5:16 am

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Author Interviews
2:25 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Napoleon In America: Not As Strange As It Sounds

Robert Siegel interviews Munro Price, author of Napoleon: End of Glory about napoleon's failed plan to relocate to America after the defeat at Waterloo.
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Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 8:25 am

Here's a preposterous idea: Napoleon Bonaparte, defeated at Waterloo, his 15-year run as dictator, conqueror and self-crowned emperor at an end, escapes to the United States. Well, as preposterous as that idea might sound, 200 years ago this month, Napoleon Bonaparte was thinking precisely that thought: Flee to America. How serious was he, and what would he have done if he'd become a Jersey boy? Munro Price is a professor of modern European history at Bradford University in England and the author of Napoleon: End of Glory.

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It's All Politics
2:10 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Advocates Push To Bring Solitary Confinement Out Of The Shadows

A guard looks over an empty inmate cell at the Northern Correctional Institution in Somers, Conn., in 2001.
Steve Miller AP

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 7:53 am

By last count, the Justice Department estimates about 80,000 U.S. inmates live in some kind of restricted housing.

That means being confined to a cell for about 22 hours a day.

"You are going to eat, sleep and defecate in a small room that's actually smaller than the size of your average parking space," said Amy Fettig, a lawyer who runs the Stop Solitary campaign for the American Civil Liberties Union. "And you're going to do that for months, years and sometimes even decades on end."

Fettig said solitary confinement is brutal and expensive.

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National Security
2:07 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

The Unfinished VA Hospital That's More Than $1 Billion Over Budget

Sloan Gibson, deputy secretary of Veterans Affairs, speaks in April at the construction site of the VA hospital in Aurora, Colo. The unfinished hospital is more than $1 billion over its original budget and congressional funding runs out this week.
David Zalubowski AP

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 4:57 pm

A decade ago, plans were drawn up for a huge Veterans Affairs hospital near Denver intended to replace old and crowded facilities for nearly 400,000 vets in Colorado and neighboring states.

The original budget was $328 million, but that was totally unrealistic, the VA now acknowledges. So how much did it finally cost?

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