Wed January 30, 2013

In 4th Quarter, Economy Shrank For First Time Since '09



It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep, with Renee Montagne. Good morning.

Let's try again, shall we, to explain what it means when we hear that the U.S. economy shrank in the fourth quarter of 2012. As we've discussed elsewhere in the program, the decline was slight - just one-tenth of a percentage point - but it is the first contraction of the economy since the Great Recession officially ended in 2009. NPR's Jim Zarroli is with us once again in New York. Jim, good morning.

JIM ZARROLI, BYLINE: Good morning.

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Wed January 30, 2013
It's All Politics

Disgraced Former Gov. Mark Sanford's Ready To Make Another Move

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 11:16 am

Mark Sanford, seen at the GOP convention last summer in Tampa, Fla., saw his career as South Carolina's governor implode in 2009 when he admitted to an extramarital affair.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Can Mark Sanford make a comeback? Right now, it appears quite possible.

The Republican ended his career as South Carolina's governor in disgrace after revealing in 2009 that he'd been surreptitiously spending time in Argentina visiting his mistress. But Sanford now hopes to return to his first job in politics, representing coastal South Carolina in the House.

"As soon as Sanford jumped in, he was the presumptive front-runner, simply because of his money and name recognition," says Scott Huffmon, a pollster based at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.

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Wed January 30, 2013
Live At The Village Vanguard

David Virelles Continuum: Live At The Village Vanguard

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 7:57 am

David Virelles.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

David Virelles moved to New York in 2009 — and, following in a long line of Cuban-born pianists before him, quickly found himself in several bands led by elite jazz musicians. But Virelles also moved to study composition with iconoclast Henry Threadgill, and what he's come up with as a bandleader extends beyond music.

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Wed January 30, 2013
Shots - Health News

Did Penicillin, Rather Than The Pill, Usher In Age Of Love?

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 5:28 pm

Would Woodstock have happened without penicillin?

We all know what fueled the sexual revolution: birth control and rock 'n' roll.

But what if that's not the whole story? What if America's libido was liberated not by the pill and heady doses of Jim Morrison, but by the lowly prescription drug penicillin.

Before penicillin was found to be effective against syphilis during World War II, sex brought with it the risk of syphilis, a disease that can cause blindness, dementia and paralysis.

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Wed January 30, 2013
WVAS Local

WVAS Local News

Strong storms moving through the state this morning has left thousands of people without power and forced schools to delay opening as a precaution.  Alabama Power Company said about 7,000 homes and businesses are in the dark early Tuesday, mostly in the western part of the state.  Officials say numerous trees are down near Fayette and in heavily wooded Winston County in northwest Alabama, but no injuries are reported.  Forecasters say winds up to 60 miles per hour are possible in central and south Alabama as a cold front collides with warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico. 

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Wed January 30, 2013
Monkey See

Coastal Snobbery, 'The Masses,' And Respecting The Lowest Common Denominator

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 12:03 pm


There are three phrases that are almost always bad news for a piece of cultural writing.

They are:

1. "The masses."

2. "Middle America."

3. "The lowest common denominator."

All three are ways to separate the writer and her sensibility — which are presumed to be congruent with the reader and her sensibility — from invisible and undefined others, for whom bad cultural content is produced and by whom it is unquestioningly gobbled up.

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Wed January 30, 2013
The Two-Way

192,000 Jobs Added To Payrolls This Month, Report Signals

Looking for work: In Birmingham, Ala., last summer, Jessica McQueen (left) and Ashley Abramson were among those filling out applications at a jobs fair.
Joe Songer Birmingham News /Landov

After bad news about late 2012 — that the U.S. economy shrank a bit in the fourth quarter — there's modestly good news about early 2013:

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Wed January 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Economy Shrank At 0.1 Percent Annual Rate In Fourth Quarter

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 9:11 am

The U.S. economy shrank at a 0.1 percent annual rate in the fourth quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reports, its first quarterly contraction since the second quarter of 2009.

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Wed January 30, 2013

McCoy Tyner: Live At SFJAZZ

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 11:16 am

McCoy Tyner at the SFJAZZ Center Opening Night concert.
Scott Chernis Courtesy of SFJAZZ

Few pianists have been as influential to modern jazz practice as McCoy Tyner. His harmonic and rhythmic conceptions, notably displayed as a member of John Coltrane's "classic" quartet, are instantly recognizable. And at age 74, you can still hear his driving left hand and dense chordal suggestions in fine form.

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Wed January 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Report: Your Salary Data May Be For Sale

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 6:42 pm

Fill out an application for a loan, and your wage history may go places you didn't expect.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

If you've earned a paycheck in recent years, you'll probably want want to know about this:

The Equifax credit reporting agency, NBC News reports, has collected 190 million employment and salary records on about one-third of U.S. adults and has sold some of the information "to debt collectors, financial service companies and other entities."

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