11:56am

Fri June 29, 2012
Sports

Foul Play At Euro 2012 From Racist Fans

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Switching gears now to a subject that also inspires passion around the world, the finals are set at Euro 2012. That's Europe's big national team soccer tournament. It's being held in Ukraine and Poland this year. Italy got into the final, thanks to two goals from the striker, Mario Balotelli.

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11:45am

Fri June 29, 2012
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup

It's All Politics, June 28, 2012

A landmark decision by the Supreme Court on health care reverberates across the nation — and now comes the political implications. NPR's Ron Elving and guest host Don Gonyea break down the ruling and what it means for November.

Plus, the House votes to hold the attorney general in contempt of Congress. And a review of key primary races.

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Marc Hirsh lives in the Boston area, where he indulges in the magic trinity of improv comedy, competitive adult four square and music journalism. He has won trophies for one of these, but refuses to say which.

He writes for the Boston Globe and has also been spotted on MSNBC and in the pages of Amplifier, the Nashville Scene, the Baltimore City Paper and Space City Rock, where he is the co-publisher and managing editor.

He once danced onstage with The Flaming Lips while dressed as a giant frog. It was very warm.

11:32am

Fri June 29, 2012
Monkey See

The Perfect Listen: Fiona Apple As A Lesson In Irrational Music Rituals

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 12:13 pm

Recording artist Fiona Apple performs in February 2011.
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On June 19, a week and a half ago, Fiona Apple released a brand new album, her first in seven years. The entire album had been available for streaming by NPR Music for a week and a half by then. Three days later, my copy arrived in the mail. It hasn't left my desk since.

I still haven't listened to it.

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11:10am

Fri June 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Stockton, Calif., Files For Bankruptcy

Among the projects that have helped put Stockton in the red: this downtown multiplex, which opened in 2003 and cost $15 million in public and private money.
Ian Hill KQED

The city of Stockton, Calif., has officially filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, The Stockton Record writes.

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10:56am

Fri June 29, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Supreme Court Health Care Ruling Prompts Foot Race In Press Corps

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 6:37 pm

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There were winners and losers in the journalistic race to get out the news of the Supreme Court's momentous ruling upholding the administration's health care law Thursday.

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10:53am

Fri June 29, 2012
Sports

R.A. Dickey On 'Winding Up' As A Knuckleballer

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 11:53 am

R.A. Dickey currently plays for the New York Mets. He was previously with the Seattle Mariners, Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers and Milwaukee Brewers.
courtesy of the author

This interview was originally broadcast on April 10, 2012. Since it aired, R.A. Dickey has pitched two consecutive one-hitters.

Most pitchers in the majors stick to fastballs, curveballs, sliders and change-ups when facing batters at the plate.

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10:47am

Fri June 29, 2012
Around the Nation

How To Avoid Bankruptcy (If You're A City)

A headline in The Record newspaper in Stockton, Cailf., tells the story of the city's plan for operating under Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection following failed talks with bondholders and labor unions.
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The city of Stockton, Calif., filed for federal bankruptcy protection Thursday, becoming the largest city in U.S. history to do so.

Some worry it's part of a wave. Six other municipalities have filed for bankruptcy protection this year. That's roughly on track with last year's pace, which saw 13 bankruptcies — the most in two decades.

A wave of municipal bankruptcies could be the country's next big financial crisis, several Wall Street analysts have warned.

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10:35am

Fri June 29, 2012
The Two-Way

On The Morning After, Who's The Winner Is Everybody's Guess

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 12:38 pm

Susan Clark (left) argues with another protester about the Affordable Care Act outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday.
Kris Connor Getty Images

Figuring out who benefits most politically from Thursday's Supreme Court decision that upheld the constitutionality of President Obama's health care overhaul seems to be today's toughest assignment.

On It's All Politics, our colleague Frank James says it's "difficult to overstate how big a win" it was for Obama.

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10:03am

Fri June 29, 2012
Cabinet Of Wonders

Cabinet Of Wonders: Episode Six

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 3:15 pm

Cabinet host John Wesley Harding kicked off the show with a heart-stopping Conway Twitty cover.
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