7:03am

Tue April 2, 2013
Book Reviews

In 'Life After Life,' Caught In The Dangerous Machinery of History

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 9:56 pm

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Flannery O'Connor said short stories need to have a beginning, a middle and an end, though not necessarily in that order. But what about novels? Kate Atkinson seems to believe there can be a beginning, a middle and an end, and then another beginning, plus several more middles ... and why not have a beginning again?

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7:03am

Tue April 2, 2013
First Reads

Exclusive First Read: 'Julio's Day,' By Gilbert Hernandez

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 8:16 am

Julio's Day introduction by Brian Evenson, author of Windeye.


"...one day we were born, one day we shall die, the same day, the same second, is that not enough for you?" — Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

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6:46am

Tue April 2, 2013
The Two-Way

North Korea's Latest Threat: It Will Restart Nuclear Reactor

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 4:22 pm

North Korea's KCNA news agency released this photo Monday, saying it shows leader Kim Jong Un (at left) speaking during a plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the DPRK in Pyongyang. Hanging above is the image of his father, former leader Kim Jong Il, who died in 2011.
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A vow Tuesday from North Korea that it will restart a nuclear reactor that eventually could make about one bomb's worth of plutonium a year further escalates tensions that were already high due to that nation's almost daily threats, NPR's Louisa Lim tells our Newscast Desk.

According to Louisa, who filed her report from Beijing:

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5:18am

Tue April 2, 2013
Business

Business News

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 6:42 am

Monday marked the start of the application period for H1B visas — those are the work permits granted to 85,000 skilled foreigners each year. Many of them work in the high-tech industry. And for the first time since the financial crisis hit in 2008, the quotas for the H1B are expected to be filled in a single week.

5:18am

Tue April 2, 2013
Around the Nation

In Bankruptcy, Stockton Must Decide Pension Issue

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 6:04 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

A federal judge has ruled that Stockton, California, may enter into bankruptcy proceedings. That opens the way for Stockton to become America's largest bankrupt city. The population there is 300,000, bigger than Cincinnati, Newark, New Jersey or St. Paul, Minnesota. NPR's Richard Gonzalez reports that others cities share Stockton's problems.

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5:18am

Tue April 2, 2013
Business

Novartis Ruling Reverberates Past India's Borders

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 5:28 am

India's Supreme Court says drug maker Novartis can't hold onto its patent for the pricey cancer drug Gleevec simply by tweaking its chemical formula. That means generic drug makers can keep making a form of the drug at a tenth of Novartis's price — for the Indian market and for other low- and middle-income markets. Consumer advocates call it a major advance for access to generic drugs. Novartis and drug industry allies say it will chill companies' willingness to produce innovative products.

5:18am

Tue April 2, 2013
Economy

Economic Success Propels Germany Toward Europe's Political Power House

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 5:54 am

Steve Inskeep talks to Zanny Minton Beddoes, of The Economist, about the long-term impact of the Cyprus crisis on European economies. Beddoes offers the view from Germany. That country is now turning its attention to its own general elections in September.

5:18am

Tue April 2, 2013
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 6:47 am

Paco Santos' mattress company started selling My Mattress Savings Bank last month. The price tag is a little more than $1,000. His initial supply sold out in just 24 hours.

5:18am

Tue April 2, 2013
Around the Nation

Budgets Cuts Force Some Air Traffic Control Towers To Close

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 5:31 am

David Greene talks to Yvette Aehle, director of the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport, about her plans to shut down the airport's air traffic control tower. Because of sequestration, the FAA will no longer pay for air traffic controllers at 144 smaller airports.

5:18am

Tue April 2, 2013
Sports

Baseball Begins In The Shadow Of March Madness

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 6:28 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Well, let's take a break from all the March Madness in college basketball for a few minutes and talk about the beginning of the long and winding Major League Baseball season. Yesterday was opening day for several teams. We thought we'd tick off a couple of notable games and see if the very early results match up to preseason predictions. Or maybe they won't. Here to give us some guidance NPR's sports correspondent Tom Goldman. Morning, Tom.

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