11:45am

Thu July 5, 2012
Books

What Happens When The Honeymoon Is Over?

From the flowers, to the dress, to the cake, it's easy for brides to get caught up in planning the wedding. But after the honeymoon, a lot of couples ask, "now what?" Wedding Cake for Breakfast features essays by 23 brides in the year after they say "I do." Host Michel Martin talks with co-editor Wendy Sherman and contributor Andrea King Collier.

11:45am

Thu July 5, 2012
Election 2012

La Raza Expects Gay Marriage Debate

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we turn to the National Council of La Raza's annual convention. That's the nation's largest Latino civil rights organization, and that group begins its convention this weekend in Las Vegas. I'm joined now by Ron Estrada, who is chairing the event. He's also the vice president of marketing for La Raza. Mr. Estrada, thank you so much for joining us.

RON ESTRADA: Michel, thank you for having me.

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11:45am

Thu July 5, 2012
Election 2012

Romney To Make His Case To NAACP

The NAACP is gearing up for its annual conference in Houston, Texas. Each year, the civil rights group attracts big names, including this year's guest speaker, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. Host Michel Martin talks with conference organizer Leon Russell about what's on his members' minds for this year's election.

10:30am

Thu July 5, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Mysterious Illness Claims Children's Lives In Cambodia

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 4:51 pm

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The source of an unidentified illness that has led to the deaths of 61 children in Cambodia since April is under investigation, according to the World Health Organization.

Most of the reported cases occurred in southern Cambodia. Health authorities in the Southeast Asian nation say the majority of the mystery ailment's victims have been under 7, NPR's Anthony Kuhn reported.

They suffered high fevers, followed by severe respiratory problems, and in some cases neurological symptoms.

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10:18am

Thu July 5, 2012
Monkey See

Life In Juxtopia

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 2:48 pm

Katie Kiang sits by an electrical outlet and a quiet spot to study inside the air-conditioned Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Md., on Monday.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

For five full days — following Friday night's nasty wind-and-rain flashstorm — you were without electricity in the Washington suburbs. Dodging felled trees and fallen power wires, you made daily forays to nearby cafes and coffee shops, establishments that did have power. There you could recharge the batteries in your laptop and smartphone and take care of various electronic chores, such as banking, sending gifts, ordering necessities and sorting through email.

But mostly you stayed home, reading books and actual newspapers, just like in the Olden Days.

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10:14am

Thu July 5, 2012
WVAS Local

WVAS Local News

Gun-related violence on the Fourth of July holiday left two people dead in Montgomery.  The victims included a 12-year-old boy.  According to Montgomery Police, the youngster was killed Wednesday afternoon at a residence on Commodore Street, just off Carter Hill Road.  Authorities said the shooting appeared to be an accident, but police said an inquiry will be conducted to determine the exact circumstances.  The 12-year-old victim's name was withheld.

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9:56am

Thu July 5, 2012
The Salt

In Lean Times, Creative Bakers Turn To Desperation Pies

Some desperation pies, like green tomato pie, still enjoy niche popularity today.
Kevin Turner Flickr

Imagine yourself as a resourceful farmer during the Great Depression. You'd like to make a dessert for your family, but traditional pie ingredients, like cherries or pecans, are too expensive or not available.

Desperate times call for desperation pies (or starvation recipes, if you happen to be in Greece).

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9:52am

Thu July 5, 2012
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

IOC Takes Questionable Stand On Gender And Hormones At The Olympics

South African athlete Caster Semenya's gender was investigated after winning gold in the women's 800m at the 2009 World Championships. Here she prepares for a meet in 2010.
Roni Rekomaa AFP/Getty Images

In preparation for the Olympic Games beginning in London later this month, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently issued a new ruling in the thorny arena of gender and sports.

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9:35am

Thu July 5, 2012
The Two-Way

WikiLeaks Begins Release Of 2.4 Million Emails Linked To Syrian Officials

WikiLeaks' webpage for its "Syria Files."
WikiLeaks.org

Saying that "the material is embarrassing to Syria, but it is also embarrassing to Syria's opponents," WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his aides today said they have more than 2.4 million emails "from Syrian political figures, ministries and associated companies."

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9:00am

Thu July 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Countrywide Gave Lawmakers, Officials Hundreds Of Discount Loans

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 10:40 am

Countrywide Financial Corp., the one-time mortgage giant, may have "skirted the federal bribery statute," but nonetheless used a VIP discount program to gain influence in Washington, a report from the Republican-led House Oversight and Government Reform Committee concludes.

We first posted on this news, broken earlier by The Associated Press and The Wall Street Journal, at 9 a.m. ET. Since then, the committee's report has been released. Read through to see our original post and the update with links and excerpts from the committee's work:

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