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Author Interviews
3:46 am
Sun November 11, 2012

'Heat' Imagines Life After 'Madame Butterfly'

Originally published on Sun November 11, 2012 10:36 am

The second act of Puccini's opera Madama Butterfly opens with the aching aria "Un Bel Di," one of the most famous in the Italian repertoire. Onstage, an abandoned young woman sings longingly for "one fine day" when her lover might return to her and their young son in Nagasaki, Japan.

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The Salt
3:45 am
Sun November 11, 2012

Wild Turkeys Gobble Their Way To A Comeback

European settlers almost wiped out North America's native wild turkey. But conservation efforts have proved successful. There are now nearly 7 million birds found across 49 states.
Larry Price, National Wild Turkey Federation NWTF.org

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 1:38 pm

Wild turkeys and buffalo have more in common than you might guess. Both were important as food for Native Americans and European settlers. And both were nearly obliterated.

There were a couple of reasons for the turkey's decline. In the early years of the U.S., there was no regulation, so people could shoot as many turkeys as they liked. And their forest habitat was cut down for farmland and heating fuel. Without trees, turkeys have nowhere to roost. So they began to disappear.

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All Tech Considered
3:44 am
Sun November 11, 2012

Distracted Driving: We're All Guilty, So What Should We Do About It?

Despite the well-publicized dangers and laws against it in many states, texting or emailing while driving remains a huge problem.
Robert F. Bukaty AP

Originally published on Sun November 11, 2012 1:02 pm

One of the most dangerous things you can do behind the wheel of your car is text or check your email. Texting and driving is illegal in 39 states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Guam.

Despite the danger, millions of us continue to do it. I am ashamed to say that I was one of them.

During the recent presidential campaign, I was on the road — a lot. I was mainly driving on rural roads in places such as Iowa, Indiana and, of course, Ohio. On several occasions I checked my email while driving, and like many people I rationalized my behavior.

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Sunday Puzzle
1:33 am
Sun November 11, 2012

Saluting The Flag

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Originally published on Sun November 11, 2012 10:36 am

On-air challenge: Sunday is Veterans Day, so we have a game of categories based on flags. Given some categories, for each one name something in the category beginning with each of the letters F, L, A, G and S.

For example, if the category were chemical elements, you might say fluorine, lead, argon, gold and sulfur.

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Music Interviews
12:00 am
Sun November 11, 2012

Cody ChesnuTT: Vintage Soul With A Sense Of Place

Cody ChesnuTT just released his second full-length album, Landing on a Hundred.
John Ferguson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun November 11, 2012 10:36 am

The song "The Seed (2.0)," a collaboration between the hip-hop band The Roots and singer Cody ChesnuTT, was everywhere 10 years ago. But while The Roots produced album after album in the decade that followed, ChesnuTT took a hiatus. Now, he's finally out with his second full-length record, Landing on a Hundred.

"About four and a half, five years ago, material started coming," ChesnuTT tells NPR's Rachel Martin. "Certain ideas — lyrical phrases and melodies — would pop into my head, and I felt good about it. I felt energized again. I felt inspired again."

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U.S.
11:32 pm
Sat November 10, 2012

Petraeus' Fall As Stunning As The Career Before It

Gen. David Petraeus greets an Iraqi man at a tea shop in Baghdad in 2007. In 2011, Petraeus left the Army to become CIA director. He resigned Friday, citing an extramarital affair.
Chris Hondros Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 11, 2012 4:25 pm

The resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus, the retired four-star general who stepped down late Friday citing an extramarital affair, brings to an end one of the most storied careers in modern U.S. military history.

Petraeus left the Army in August 2011 after nearly four decades in uniform. Before his retirement ceremony had even begun, he walked up on the empty stage, went over to the podium and tapped on the microphone. The general was doing his own mic check.

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Presidential Race
10:08 am
Sun November 4, 2012

Romney Brings Bipartisan Appeal To Final Push

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ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: I'm Ari Shapiro, traveling with the Romney campaign. And here's a summary of Romney's final sprint: a rally in New Hampshire, a flight to Iowa for another rally, a flight to Colorado, two rallies there with a long bus drive in between then back to Iowa for a few hours' sleep in Des Moines. And that was just yesterday. Romney means it when he says:

MITT ROMNEY: We've had some long days and some very short nights.

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Presidential Race
4:35 am
Sun November 4, 2012

Obama Makes Final Pitch To Get Out The Vote

Originally published on Sun November 4, 2012 10:08 am

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U.S.
4:35 am
Sun November 4, 2012

Rural Crews Help City Comrades Tackle N.Y. Disaster

Originally published on Sun November 4, 2012 10:08 am

As New York City's first responders begin to show fatigue, and in many cases deal with losses of their own homes, replacement crews of firefighters are getting ready to roll into Manhattan and Long Island. Among them are a group of firefighters from a small rural fire station in the mountains of upstate New York.

Around the Nation
4:35 am
Sun November 4, 2012

Wandering The Border: N.Y. Reactivates, In Part

Originally published on Sun November 4, 2012 10:11 am

NPR's Margot Adler has been covering the storms aftermath. On Saturday, she walked into Central Park, opened for the first time since before the storm. She then went to examine the "border areas," those blocks where there was power and normalcy on one side, and on the other, no lights and just the noise of a few generators pumping power.

Presidential Race
4:35 am
Sun November 4, 2012

Candidates' Last Hurrah: What's The Strategy?

Originally published on Sun November 4, 2012 10:08 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

In this final weekend before Election Day, President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney are both looking for an edge as they make their final arguments to voters in a handful of battleground states.

For more, Mara Liasson, NPR's national political correspondent joins us. Mara, welcome.

MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Nice to be here.

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House & Senate Races
3:36 am
Sun November 4, 2012

Rape Comment Hangs Over Senate Race In Indiana

Republican Richard Mourdock, candidate for Indiana's U.S. Senate seat (right) meets Mike Nestor and LoRita Stofleth at Blueberry Hill Pancake House Saturday in Indianapolis.
Darron Cummings AP

Originally published on Sun November 4, 2012 12:08 pm

Republicans are hoping to gain control of the U.S. Senate. The path toward victory had Indiana solidly on their side. That was, until Indiana's treasurer Richard Mourdock beat longtime Sen. Richard Lugar in the primary.

Then, during a debate on Oct. 23, Mourdock and his Democratic opponent, Congressman Joe Donnelly, were asked about abortion and contraception. Like Donnelly, Mourdock said he was against abortion.

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Movies
3:08 am
Sun November 4, 2012

'SEAL Team' Film Adds Drama To Bin Laden Raid

A still image from a clip of the National Geographic Channel's SEAL Team Six. The film, which depicts the events leading up to the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, premieres Sunday night.
The National Geographic Channel

Originally published on Sun November 4, 2012 10:08 am

The story of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden has captured the imagination of authors and film directors.

Just this year, the mission carried out by Navy SEAL Team Six has already been re-told in three books, including one written by a former Navy SEAL. Acclaimed film director Katherine Bigelow, who directed the film The Hurt Locker, is getting ready to release her treatment of the bin Laden raid in December.

On Sunday night, the National Geographic Channel will air its film about the raid, SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden.

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Music Interviews
3:07 am
Sun November 4, 2012

Aerosmith: A Tumbling Down, Then A 'Magic Moment'

Music From Another Dimension!, Aerosmith's first studio album in over a decade, is out Nov. 6. Left to right: Joey Kramer, Brad Whitford, Joe Perry, Steven Tyler and Tom Hamilton.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun November 4, 2012 10:08 am

They were there in the 1970s,through the '80s and on into the '90s. Aerosmith has managed to become one of the most enduring bands in American rock history. Now, the group is releasing its first studio album in 11 years. It's called Music from Another Dimension!, and it's out this week.

The album is a labor of love, one that lead singer Steven Tyler says almost didn't happen. Speaking with NPR's Rachel Martin, Tyler points to a particularly rough experience in the time between albums: the day in 2009 when he fell off the stage during a live performance.

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World
3:06 am
Sun November 4, 2012

U.S. Handoff In Afghanistan Includes Radio Training

Unidentified Afghan civilians broadcast a radio program from the radio studio at Forward Operating Base Shank in Logar province, south of Kabul. The U.S. military is training Afghans to disseminate anti-insurgent messages via local radio.
Spc. Tia Sokimson DVIDS

Originally published on Sun November 4, 2012 2:54 pm

From the outside, this white metal container looks like all the other mobile structures at Forward Operating Base Shank, the main NATO base in Afghanistan's Logar province. But rather than housing soldiers, offices or latrines, the building contains a fully functioning — if spartan — radio studio.

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Superstorm Sandy: Before, During And Beyond
10:15 pm
Sat November 3, 2012

Insurance Companies Rethink Business After Sandy

This aerial photo shows destruction in the wake of Superstorm Sandy on Wednesday in Seaside Heights, N.J.
Mike Groll AP

Originally published on Sun November 4, 2012 2:56 pm

Superstorm Sandy capped what's been a pretty impressive couple of years for U.S. natural disasters. There have been wildfires, tornadoes, floods and derechos. And insurance companies are on the hook to pay billions in related claims.

"We're seeing more of everything, and what we're doing is trying to factor that in going forward as we work with others to have a better sense of what the future holds," says State Farm spokesman David Beigie.

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Sunday Puzzle
10:03 pm
Sat November 3, 2012

What's In A Name?

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Originally published on Sat November 10, 2012 4:12 pm

On-air challenge: Every answer today consists of the names of two famous people. The last name of the first person is an anagram of the first name of the last person. Given the nonanagram parts of the names, you identify the people.

Example: Madeleine ________ Aaron.

Answer: Madeleine KAHN and HANK Aaron

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Books
8:58 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Annotating 'Frankenstein' And Reviving A Classic

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

There are some books that have saturated themselves so deeply into our culture and consciousness we tend to believe we've read them, even when we haven't. Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" is one of those books.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "FRANKENSTEIN")

COLIN CLIVE: (as Dr. Henry Frankenstein) It's alive. It's alive. It's alive.

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Election 2012
8:58 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Weekend Brunch: Young Voters In Texas

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Asia
8:58 am
Sun October 28, 2012

What's Next For China's Economy?

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

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Presidential Race
8:58 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Ahead Of Storm, Obama Rallies In New Hampshire

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. The approach of Hurricane Sandy is threatening a number of important events this coming week, including Halloween, but it's also forced the presidential candidates to juggle their schedules as they head into the home stretch. President Obama is flying to Florida a day early to beat the storm. Although yesterday, there were clear skies for the president's campaign rally in New Hampshire. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.

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Politics
8:58 am
Sun October 28, 2012

The 'Truths' Of Politics Not Quite So True

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

If you've been following campaign news, you've probably heard a lot about the supposed truths of politics. These are the hard and fast rules pundits and politicians have gleaned over the years.

(SOUNDBITE OF NEWS CLIPS)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: No one has ever won the presidency without carrying their home state...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: No Democratic presidential candidate has ever won the presidency without carrying some Southern states.

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Presidential Race
8:58 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Romney Visits Florida On First Day Of Early Voting

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Republican Mitt Romney got a boost in Iowa yesterday from the Des Moines Register, becoming the first Republican that the paper has endorsed since Richard Nixon. Governor Romney was in Florida trying to drum up the votes on the first day early voting. NPR's Debbie Elliott reports.

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Sports
8:58 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Week In Sports: Giants Set Stage For Series Sweep

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Time now for sports - but no time for music this week, because today we want to get right to the latest in the World Series. And this morning, the San Francisco Giants and their fans are celebrating a 2-0 win over Detroit and a 3-0 lead in the World Series. NPR's Mike Pesca joins us for the latest. Hey, Mike.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hey.

MARTIN: Where does this leave the series?

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Environment
8:58 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Roaring Up East Coast

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. The nation is bracing for Hurricane Sandy, from the East Coast all the way into the Ohio Valley. The storm killed almost 60 people in the Caribbean, and U.S. officials are warning the storm could affect as many as 60 million people NPR's Allison Keyes reports.

ALLISON KEYES, BYLINE: All along the coast people like Carl Stevens in Virginia Beach were getting ready to hunker down for a while.

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Around the Nation
4:21 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Working It: Living Between Hope And Hardship

Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 8:58 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Time now for another story in our Working It series. People in Nashville, Tennessee, have been sharing their ups and downs in a difficult job market. Today, we meet James Elliott. He lost his job with a big construction company four years ago. Now, he works as a freelance carpenter and handyman. He's 51 years old, married, with a grown daughter and a 17-year-old son. We followed him through a day's work digging trenches and fixing cars with his friends.

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History
4:21 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Federalist Papers Mark 225 Years Of Prominence

Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 8:58 am

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JON MEACHAM: For Americans who believe that our politics is very divided and partisan now, you should have seen it back then.

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

That's author and historian Jon Meacham. And back then would be way back then.

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Presidential Race
4:21 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Romney Campaign Confident As Election Nears

Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 8:58 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

There is a little over a week left until Election Day and with the race in a dead heat, we invited representatives from each campaign on WEEKEND EDITION to make their case. Yesterday, my colleague Scott Simon spoke with Ben Labolt, from President Obama's re-election campaign. Today, we are joined by Barbara Comstock. She's an advisor with Governor Mitt Romney's campaign.

Ms. Comstock, welcome to the program.

BARBARA COMSTOCK: Good morning. Good to be with you.

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Movie Interviews
3:58 am
Sun October 28, 2012

John C. Reilly Wrecks It In 'Ralph'

Academy and Grammy Award-nominated actor John C. Reilly takes his talents to the animated world of video games in Wreck-It Ralph.
Christopher Polk Getty Images

Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 10:18 am

Hitting theaters this week is an epic story of good and evil, love and loss, failure and redemption ... Pac-Man ghosts and Cy-Bugs? Wreck-It Ralph is about video games and the characters who live in them.

Ralph is the villain who runs around smashing windows and destroying buildings. Fix-It Felix is the good guy with the golden hammer who cleans up Ralph's mess. And after 30 years as a video-game bad guy, Ralph is fed up with his job. Actor John C. Reilly, who does Ralph's voice, says grown-up audiences may be attracted to what is, essentially, a mid-life crisis.

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Sunday Puzzle
3:50 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Answer Me These Words Three

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Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 2:17 pm

On-air challenge: Every answer is a three-word phrase, in which each word has four letters. All three words end in the same three letters, and they rhyme. For example, given the clue, "Series of offerings of excellent chardonnays and Rieslings," the answer would be "fine wine line."

Last week's challenge from Pierre Berloquin: What letter comes next in this series: W, L, C, N, I, T?

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