2:05pm

Tue March 12, 2013
Arts & Life

Backstage At The Bolshoi Ballet

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 4:29 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan.

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1:00pm

Tue March 12, 2013
Shots - Health News

When It Comes To Health Care, Patients Don't Want To Weigh Costs

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 5:06 pm

Patients say they feel little personal responsibility for keeping health costs lower.
Andrei Tchernov iStockphoto.com

People willingly drive across town to save 50 cents on a carton of milk. But when it comes to health care, they don't want to think about how much it costs, and they don't want their doctors to think about it either, according to a recent study in the journal Health Affairs.

That's not good news for those who hope to nudge people into being more cost-conscious health care consumers.

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12:54pm

Tue March 12, 2013
It's All Politics

Why Obama (And Any President) Fails To Meet Expectations

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 3:06 pm

As with other recent presidents, Barack Obama is disliked and distrusted by roughly half the public. But some of his perceived failings may be the result of an inflated expectations game that all modern presidents must play.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Whether President Obama attacks members of Congress, takes them out to dinner or pays them visits on Capitol Hill, he needs their support in order to achieve major parts of his agenda.

That presidents are at the mercy of Congress when it comes to budgets and legislation is an obvious point, and one deeply embedded in the U.S. constitutional system.

But it's a truism that often gets overlooked in the rush to assume that what a president wants, a president can get.

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12:38pm

Tue March 12, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Big Data Is The Steam Engine Of Our Time

Originally published on Sat April 13, 2013 1:48 pm

Big Data: trying to make sense of the numbers
Kazuhiro Nogi AFP/Getty Images

We inhabit a world of blinding technological change. New devices, new programs and new infrastructure rise up, dominate discourse and pass away before we even have time to comprehend their intent. But for all the change we've experienced, the the most profound transformation of the digital era is really just getting started. Welcome to the era of Big Data.

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12:37pm

Tue March 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Palestinian Rocket Likely Killed 11-Month Old In Gaza, UN Report Says

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 9:54 am

Jihad Masharawi weeps while he holds the body of his 11-month old son Ahmad.
Majed Hamdan AP

It became the iconic photograph of Israel's military strikes in Gaza last November:

It showed Jihad Misharawi, a BBC Arabic journalist, carrying the body of his 11-month-old son, Ahmad. Misharawi is wailing, asking "What did my son do to die like this?"

An easy inference to make from the photograph was that the boy died because of an Israeli airstrike.

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12:21pm

Tue March 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Judge Enters Not Guilty Plea For Accused Colorado Theater Shooter

After his attorneys said they need more time to prepare to respond to the 166 counts of murder, attempted murder and other crimes he faces, a Colorado judge on Tuesday entered a not guilty plea on behalf of accused movie theater gunman James Holmes.

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11:43am

Tue March 12, 2013
Around the Nation

Moms Lean In... Or Not

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 12:05 pm

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's Chief Operating Officer, pushed buttons with her new book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead. In it, she advises young women to 'lean in' to their careers, and be more aggressive in pursuing leadership opportunities. Host Michel Martin asks the moms roundtable if they agree.

11:43am

Tue March 12, 2013
Race

The Revolution of Reverend Al Sharpton

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 12:05 pm

The Reverend Al Sharpton has moved from controversial street protester to a media activist with access to the president. Host Michel Martin talks with Corey Dade, NPR digital news correspondent, about his profile of 'The Rev.'

11:43am

Tue March 12, 2013
Africa

Kenyans Select President, But Opponent Vows Fight

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 12:05 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we will talk about the Reverend Al reboot - Reverend Al Sharpton, that is. For some people he's still just a loud-mouth provocateur, but for others he's become a trusted analyst, activist, and ally. NPR correspondent Corey Dade recently spent a very busy day with him and he'll tell us what he found out in just a few minutes.

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11:43am

Tue March 12, 2013
History

First African-American Poet Still Showing New Work

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 4:42 pm

Newly found poem by Jupiter Hammon.
Courtesy of Yale University Libraries

It's the handwriting that stands out to Cedrick May.

As an associate professor of English at the University of Texas, Arlington, he assigned his doctoral students to find some of the known works by Jupiter Hammon, the first published African-American poet. Hammon's works date back to 1760.

What one student ended up finding was a previously unpublished piece by the poet that shows how deeply he thought about slavery and religion.

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